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 …

Student of the week: Claudia Dominguez

Claudia Dominguez, 41, and a mother of two, can recall working the fields until she was 20 years old. Traveling with her family to Michigan, she remembers working in the freezing cold or searing heat, but realizes it has shaped a strong commitment to hard work and her children. Now, nearly twenty years later, Claudia is a teacher in the making at South Texas College. A graduate from Weslaco High School in 1994, Claudia talks about initially sacrificing her education for her family. “During my first experience in college I found out right away that I was going to have to put my education … Read More …

Student of the Week: Julissa Zarate

Reflecting on her life in high school as a migrant student, working the fields with her family, Julissa Zarate says the experience helped her get a sense of working hard for something she wants. Today, Julissa is a pediatrician in the making at South Texas College. A graduate from La Grulla High School in 2014, Julissa says she wanted to stay closer to family while attending college. She is currently majoring in Biology at STC with plans to become a pediatrician. “At first, I didn’t know what I wanted to do. I changed my major three times, but I knew I wanted to be with children,” … Read More …

Student of the Week: Alondra Diaz

As the current President of the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, and member of the Valley Scholars Program, Alondra Diaz says she turned indifference towards her education into motivation for success, Today, Alondra is a graphic artist in the making at South Texas College. A resident of Edinburg, Alondra graduated high school in 2014 from Edinburg High School. Originally considering dropping out of high school, Alondra says she was motivated to finish by her family and coordinators of STC’s Valley Scholars Program. She graduated in December but now continues at STC, pursuing a second … Read More …