South Texas College and Universidad Tamaulipeca Partnership Heralds Start of International Initiative with Mexican Institutions
South Texas College will begin assisting prospective students attending technical institutions in Mexico who are seeking to enter the manufacturing industry. An agreement signed between STC and Universidad Tamaulipeca Monday is now the model for potential future partnerships with other institutions of education in Mexico, according to college administrators.
Rapidly developing partnerships between South Texas College and manufacturers south of the border are driving the development of new training opportunities for Mexican students.
Through an expanding international initiative, STC has announced that it has begun assisting prospective students attending technical institutions in Mexico who are seeking to enter the manufacturing industry.
This effort has enabled South Texas College’s Office of Industry Training and Economic Development to announce a new bi-national partnership with Universidad Tamaulipeca on April 11.
A signing ceremony by both institutions establishes customized quality training for students from the university, which is comprised of three campuses in Reynosa, Rio Bravo and Matamoros.
In attendance at the signing was South Texas College President Dr. Ricardo J. Solis, Universidad Tamaulipeca President Dr. Oscar W. Aguilar Rodriguez, and Tamaulipeca Director of Academics Dr. Pedro Ollervides Cuevas.
STC Vice Chair Dr. Alejo Salinas attended on behalf of the Board of Trustees.
“We look forward to continuing this unique collaboration that will be in high demand,” Solis told attendees at the ceremony. “South Texas College will be at the forefront, and working where the demand is and that is with the technical universities in Mexico. Together we will move forward and collaborate, especially with those projects that will require us to attract and retain students and employees.”
“This initiative with Universidad Tamaulipeca actually stems from our contracts with the maquilas. This will serve as a model for potential future partnerships with other institutions of education in Mexico."
South Texas College and Universidad Tamaulipeca both have sufficient capacity to promote plans and programs that can lead to the improvement for training in both countries.
STC’s Institute for Advanced Manufacturing will take the lead by offering a diverse set of courses meant to satisfy employer and student needs for customized training including manufacturing, robotics and automation, logistics, cold storage and related industries.
University Tamaulipeca officials say they are dedicated to the training of professionals to develop the skills required to meet the challenges of international globalization, encouraging innovative capacity and competitiveness, generating commitment to continuous improvement and consolidating leading professionals, entrepreneurs, modifiers of organizations in Mexico.
“Today we are signing a collaboration agreement between the Universidad Tamaulipeca and South Texas College. It is a student exchange agreement that benefits us a lot because it gives us the opportunity to better prepare our students for the workforce,” said Aguilar Rodriguez in Spanish. “This agreement fulfills many of our student’s dreams because it prepares them to be able to work in companies that require people with skills and I believe that universities like STC can provide this since STC is one of the colleges that has better preparation and better equipment. With the President of STC opening the doors to provide us with all the support, we will form very efficient people who are very prepared and will serve in the development of the City of Reynosa and of course the whole country.”
STC expects an initial cohort of 15 university-level students from Mexico who will train using Computer Numeric Control (CNC) equipment as well as robotic and pneumatic machines depending on the students chosen field, according to college administrators.
STC plans to begin reaching out to other institutions in Mexico including those in Nuevo Leon and El Bajio, which includes the states of Aguascalientes, Jalisco, Guanajuato and Queretaro.
Over the last six months, STC has begun in earnest the initiative through the college’s workforce training, non-credit sector. Through a recent agreement with INDEX Reynosa, STC faculty and instructors are now provide training on-site and in Mexico to the maquiladoras, which include core manufacturing companies.
“This initiative with Universidad Tamaulipeca actually stems from our contracts with the maquilas. This will serve as a model for potential future partnerships with other institutions of education in Mexico,” said Dr. Carlos Margo, STC Associate Dean for Industry Training and Economic Development. “Our goal is to help the business and industrial community in Mexico just like we help those communities here in the Valley. In turn, we at the college build our capacity. We continue to grow and we continue to innovate as a result of offering this international training so it’s a mutual benefit. Our goal is to expand further into Mexico and this international initiative means we can really go anywhere, but these first steps are serving as a model for potential future growth.”