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 …

Student of the Week – Carlet Mokom

To be successful, Carlet Mokom believes that a student has to put a set of feet in their dreams. Originally from east Africa, Carlet moved to the Valley more than three years ago after attending the University of Yaounde I in Cameroon. Today, he is an accountant in the making at South Texas College. Carlet, pronounced with a silent ‘r’, is currently studying business administration. He will be receiving his Associate degree in December, and will be following up with an accounting degree at a four-year university. “I have always had the determination to get up. The struggle is what keeps … Read More …

Student of the week: Bianca Blanco

Bianca Blanco is eager to begin molding little minds into future leaders. Growing up as a mentor to three younger brothers, that experience gave her the inspiration to pursue a career helping young children. Today, Bianca is a teacher in the making at South Texas College. A 2015 graduate from Nikki Rowe High School, Bianca says she is nearly complete with her associate degree in education, and aims to teach elementary school students. “I have always wanted to help students, and originally I wanted to help through the IT program,” Bianca said. “I wanted to be an IT teacher, but then I … Read More …

Student of the Week: Jesse Garza

Never one to let any obstacle stand in his way, Jesse Garza attributes a strong work ethic, perseverance, and dedication to school that has enabled him to reach for his academic goals despite being completely blind. Today, Garza is a business owner in the making at South Texas College. I belong to an organization called the National Federation of the Blind, and our motto is we do not let blindness define us. We live the life we want, so I agree with that philosophy,” said Garza, who is pursuing a Business Management degree at STC. “I’m living the life I want, coming to college, graduating … Read More …

Student of the Week: Corina Rodriguez

It’s never too late to strive for your dreams, according to Corina Rodriguez. After nearly two decades of being out of school, Rodriguez said she found the strength and determination to eventually finish a life-long goal. Today, Rodriguez is an attorney in the making at South Texas College. Rodriguez says it’s often a challenge juggling work, school and family life. There are times when she gets out of class at 9 p.m. and immediately heads to the office to prepare for trial leaving her with as little as three hours of sleep on some nights. “It was scary at the beginning, being that I had … Read More …