Author Archives: VBR

UTB online education master’s program named one of top in nation

U.S. News & World Report announced yesterday (Jan. 10) that The University of Texas at Brownsville’s College of Education is one of the publication’s top 15 programs in the nation for its master’s degree online program in Educational Technology. The publication categorized the program in it’s Student Services and Instructional Technology category. UTB’s program is one of four universities from Texas in the top 15 in the nation, ranking 14…

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University Center recognized again

University Center, located on the Texas State Technical College Harlingen campus, recently received its third industry award, a regional Award of Merit in the Green Project category for 2011 from the Engineering News-Record magazine. SpawGlass Contractors submitted the nomination to ENR for its energy conservation features, which includes a 442 solar panel roof which provides up to 106 kilowatts of electricity, a sun-shaded curtain wall, and reclaimed wood taken from…

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Efficiency Training Results in Leaner Operation

“We’re seeing more than a tenfold return on our investment in Six Sigma training,” said Joe Olmeda, VP of Manufacturing at BSN Medical in the Rio Grande Valley. The Reynosa-Hidalgo facilities of the global company make and distribute fracture management components, the supplies that are used to protect and immobilize fractured arms and legs. The seven BSN mangers who trained for the Six Sigma Black Belt in 2011 have applied…

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Knapp Acquisition Labeled a Win-Win Situation

South Texas Health System’s acquisition of Knapp Medical Center in Weslaco is scheduled to be finalized at the end of January 2012. The partnership process began in May 2011 when a consultant hired by Knapp Medical Center recommended that the 226-bed community hospital find a strategic partner in the local marketplace. After reviewing various proposals, Knapp Medical Center chose to enter into negotiations with South Texas Health System (STHS). A…

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Employment Professionals: Puzzle Solvers

Susan LeMiles

Each year 9.7 million people are hired by staffing firms to report for work at companies in the U.S. Sixty-four percent of management and executive positions are filled by third-party recruiters … these guys definitely do something right. Whether you are outsourcing your entire HR function to a multinational staffing firm, using a specialty recruiter working on straight commission or engaging the world’s most elite executive search firm, the rules…

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Nominations being accepted by SBA for small business awards

The U.S. Small Business Administration is seeking nominations for awards honoring the critical economic role small businesses play in federally funded research and development through SBA’s Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs. Three awards will be given in Washington, DC in April: one for companies that have participated in the SBIR/STTR programs, one for individuals who advocate on behalf of the programs, and a third “Hall…

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Speed Networking with a commercial twist Jan. 12

The Brownsville Chamber of Commerce hosts a different kind of networking opportunity Jan. 12 from 5:30-7 p.m. with “Speed Networking” at Beef O’ Brady’s, 3457 Old Hwy 77, Suite 100. With participants encouraged to bring a minimum of 60 business cards, the event features tables of six, where each person presents a “60-second commercial” on his or her business. Tables rotate out, with participants also networking for two minutes at…

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New health clinic for veterans planned for McAllen

A new outpatient clinic is being planned by the Department of Veterans Affairs at the intersection of North McColl Road and East Hackberry Avenue in McAllen. The estimated building cost is $20 million and will create 217 construction jobs before completion in the summer of 2013. The projected one-story building will include 51,675 square feet of space for specialty services for veterans, including “primary care, mental health, specialty care and…

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McAllen ISD CFO nominated for state award

Chief financial officer for McAllen ISD Cindy Medrano-Richards is one of only 10 individuals throughout Texas nominated for the Texas Association of School Business Officials Commitment to Excellence award. She was nominated by the local Valley Association of School Business Officials. Medrano-Richards has served McAllen ISD for 18 years and was named CFO in 2009. Presentation of the Commitment to Excellence Award takes place at the TASBO annual conference Feb.…

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STC honored for increasing graduation rate

South Texas College was one of only four community colleges in Texas during the fall semester to be recognized by the Texas Association of Business for its efforts to increase its graduation rate and help students progress through higher education in a timely manner. STC was honored in the very large community college category with Howard Community College, Paris Junior College and Blinn College being recognized in other categories. From…

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