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2019
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South Texas College and Valley school districts emphasize partnerships for continued success

South Texas College is committed to forging new and innovative partnerships with all school districts in order to transform the region, according to STC President Dr. Shirley A. Reed.

In honor of School Board Appreciation Month, South Texas College hosted its 5th annual Board Appreciation Breakfast Friday, Jan. 18. The event was organized as a ‘thank you’ to its many partners in education across Hidalgo and Starr Counties. At the event, STC’s Board of Trustees gathered with superintendents and board members from local school districts as well as Region One Education Service Center and were lauded for their leadership, hard work, and dedication.

STC trustees in attendance included Chairman Paul R. Rodriguez, Vice Chair Rose Benavidez, Dr. Alejo Salinas Jr., Victoria Cantu, and Rene Guajardo.

“I want to acknowledge those trustees who put themselves out there and who are trying to do what is right,” Rodriguez said at the event. “The reality is you represent students, parents, taxpayers, vendors, and employees and you do an outstanding job. Thank you for the commitment that each and every one of you has shown in your service to your respective organizations.”

Region One ESC executive director Dr. Cornelio Gonzalez.
“This is very important for the region as a whole. The challenge of making sure all of our students have the opportunity of getting a college education is critical for the economy of our communities.
Region One ESC executive director Dr. Cornelio Gonzalez.

Districts in attendance at the event included leadership from McAllen ISD, Hidalgo ISD, Edinburg CISD, La Joya ISD, Vanguard Academy, Mercedes ISD, Edcouch-Elsa ISD, South Texas ISD, Pharr Oratory, as well as Region One.

“We want to say ‘thank you’ and how much we appreciate our partnership,” Dr. Reed said. “Prospective colleges couldn’t begin to do what we do if it wasn’t for such strong support from all of our school districts and Region One. When it’s all said and done, we are all in it for the same reason, for the children and adults in the community.”

At the event, attendees were informed on STC’s dual credit program as the most effective pathway to creating a college-going and college-completing culture for families in the Valley. Now in its 20th year of academic excellence, the program has grown from 441 students in fall 1999 to over 13,000 as of fall 2018 and serves as a higher education partner for 24 school districts and 70 high school sites.

“This is very important for the region as a whole,” said Region One ESC executive director Dr. Cornelio Gonzalez. “The challenge of making sure all of our students have the opportunity of getting a college education is critical for the economy of our communities.

“The only way we can do it is if we all cooperate, and it takes the participation and support of every superintendent and every school board member, every teacher and every parent who cares about their kids,” Gonzalez said. “In order to give those opportunities to our children, everybody needs to work together.”