Student of the Week: Cruz Mata

Returning to school after more than 20 years, Cruz Mata says her experiences in life have shaped her approach to education and where she wants to be in the future. Raising a family and also spending years volunteering her time at Knapp Medical Center in Weslaco have enabled her to decide on her path in life. Born in San Juan, Cruz said she was a migrant in high school. She left school after she became married during her senior year, three months before she was slated graduate. “I never was able to go back to school. I had kids, and I put my school on the backburner,” Cruz said. “I … Read More …

Student of the Week: Ilissa Valenciana

Ilissa Valenciana is a student that has set no limits to her career aspirations. A graduate of Rio Grande City High School in 2012, by participating in the DEMSA program (Dual Enrollment Medical Science Academy), she was able to graduate high school with an Associate degree in biology. The Academy is designed to encourage area high school students into the health care professions by providing college course-work and health related opportunities that will motivate, educate, and prepare students for higher education in the field of medicine. Now returning back to South Texas College, … Read More …

Student of the Week: Christian Adame

Originally from Tamaulipas, Christian Adame says he grew on the ranchlands in Mexico. Often helping his father as a laborer, Christian says his biggest dream was to receive an education and obtain a better quality of life for himself and his family. Fast-forward more than five years, today Christian is a CNC programmer in the making at South Texas College. Arriving to the United States from Mexico when he was a freshman in high school, Christian said he began taking manufacturing classes his junior year and eventually picked up welding. “Coming here to the United States has opened the … Read More …

Student of the week: Amy Olivares

Fostering a love for reading and writing since she was a child, Amy Olivares says she has utilized her talents to one day pursue a career working for book publishers or with ESL students. Highlighting STC’s role in helping her grow as a communicator, Amy is an editor and educator in the making at South Texas College. A 2015 graduate of Rio Grande City High School, Amy has worked as a note-taker for the counseling department at STC’s Starr County Campus for the last two years. Often quiet and reserved, Amy took the lead at the department during the fall of 2016 to assist and train incoming … Read More …

Student of the Week: Jose Galvan

Jose Galvan is an exceptional student, even among a group of elite students. He is currently projected to become Salutatorian at Progreso ECHS, and is an engineer in the making at South Texas College. Jose’s current list of high school activities includes JROTC Battalion Commander, Varsity Cheer Squad, National Honor Society Member, Varsity Track & Field and Student Council. In his spare time, Jose volunteers in beautification events including clean up days at South Padre Island and at the Valley Nature Center in Weslaco. At South Texas College, he has excelled academically in one of … Read More …

Student of the Week: Jocelyn Pinte

Above everything else, Jocelyn Pinte believes that college is about learning and thinking of the future. Striving to excel, Jocelyn has emerged an excellent role model to her peers and is a teacher in the making at South Texas College. Originally from El Salvador, Jocelyn says she arrived to the United States as a middle school student and eventually graduated from Johnny G. Economedes High School in Edinburg. Taking a year off after high school, Jocelyn said she opted to turn her proficiency in Spanish into a career in education. “Spanish is my first language, that’s why I would like to … Read More …

Student of the Week: Lorena Martinez

Lorena Martinez says she always had an affinity for science and math. Born in the U.S., but raised in Mexico, she moved back to the United States in middle school to make the most of her education. Today, Lorena is a nurse in the making at South Texas College. Upon moving to the U.S. as an eighth grader, Lorena would eventually graduate from South Texas High School for Health Professions in Mercedes. While in high school she received her certification as a Certified Medical Assistant and would gain experience in emergency rooms at various hospitals. She arrived at STC in the fall of 2015 … Read More …

Student of the Week: Emilia Ramirez

Recognized for her responsibility and determination to complete her education, and assisting others to do the same, Emilia Ramirez says she is always available to lend a helping hand. Emilia is a mentor who always goes the extra mile for new students transitioning to college. Today, she is a Physical Therapist in the making at South Texas College. Born and raised in Rio Grande City, and a graduate of Rio Grande City High school in 2014, Emilia says she has always wanted to help people, and has translated that passion to eventually becoming a Physical Therapist Assistant after college. … Read More …