Student of the Week: Angela Salinas

Angela Salinas is a dedicated student and mother of two girls, with her sights set on pursuing a career in law enforcement in the near future. Despite being in her first semester, professors at STC say she is showing signs of future academic success. Angela said she recently attended career day at her children’s elementary school. At that event there were parents who were doctors and policemen, and when they asked students to raise their hands, those who had parents who had graduated college, her children were among those who didn’t raise their hands. “I felt very sad. That was an … Read More …

Student of the Week: Skylar Jaramillo

As an Honors student and member of the Valley Scholars Program at South Texas College, Skylar Jaramillo says the experiences she has received at STC have given her the opportunity for learning and growth. Jaramillo is a 2017 graduate of McAllen High School. Originally from Colorado, she spoke about her experience initially attending a high school with only 100 students. “It wasn’t as much of a challenge there, so when I moved here I had amazing educational opportunities. I was introduced to dual enrollment courses that I originally had no access to back home,” Skylar said. “I was … Read More …

Student of the Week: Bryan Estrada

Bryan Estrada had always been driven by an intense work ethic. After 20 years in the oil field and spending so much time away from his loved ones, Bryan said found himself seeking a life changing career. He decided on a career choice where he would be able to make a difference in someone’s life, and one in which he desired nothing more than to be a great role model for students. He soon recalls that there was nothing more than he wanted to do than to be a teacher and a coach. A graduate of PSJA High School in 1997, professors at STC have recognized Bryan for his outstanding leadership … Read More …

Student of the Week: Gabriel Rocha

Since he was young, Gabriel Rocha says he has always been fascinated with machines and how they operate; especially firearms. Inspired by his father, who was a firearms instructor with US Border Patrol, Gabriel said he channeled those experiences to eventually pursue a degree in manufacturing technology. A graduate of McAllen High School, Gabriel said he received his certificate in structural welding while still in high school. At the same time he met an Advanced Manufacturing teacher that introduced him to an entirely different world, he said. “Immediately I thought, this is … Read More …

Student of the Week: Magali Reyes

Despite commuting to South Texas College every day from Rio Grande City, Magali Reyes says she is determined to receive her education. Magali says she desires to have a brighter future, and knows that in the long run all of her hard work will not only pay off, but will be rewarding. “After high school I joined the Navy for four years and returned in August of 2014. When I got back from the military service, I told myself that I didn’t want to be on the unemployment list collecting,” she said. “I decided to return back to school to get my degree in engineering with the hopes of being the … Read More …

Student of the Week: Susana Adams

Immersed in culture, and brandishing a deep affection for writing and literature, Susana Adams says her appreciation for the languages of the world will take her far into a career as an international translator for the United Nations. Born in McAllen, Susana is a graduate from Mission Veterans Memorial High School. Of mixed European descent, she said she is part French, Spanish and German. Now studying world languages, Susana said she is fluent in Spanish and French. “This is why I love languages,” Susana said. “My grandmother is from Bordeaux in France, and she had a really hard … Read More …

Student of the week: Obed Garcia

Following many years of job experience in a variety of fields, Obed Garcia says he most recently put aside a successful career in sales to come back to school after more than 20 years. Self-described as a full-time student and full-time dad, Obed believes it’s never too late to begin a new life. Originally from Laredo, Obed graduated high school in 1997, and shortly after went into the Marines. His many experiences have included a stint with the management team at Sears, a career in international sales with an oilfield company, and opening his commercial landscaping business, which he did … Read More …

Student of the week: Juan Manuel Hernandez

Juan Manuel Hernandez talks about his motivation to return to school despite not being a full-time student since he graduated high school in 1978.   Hernandez, 58, is a veteran and former aviation mechanic from 1978 until 1995. Once he retired from the military, Hernandez said he began working at the Evins Juvenile Detention Center in Edinburg where he worked for the next 16 years. “I don’t let it bother me,” Hernandez says of the age gap between him and other students. “I am here to get a better education and to get a better job. South Texas College is here to help and guide me … Read More …