Category Archives: Community

Making the Impossible Possible

Jorge Sanchez thought he had the perfect plan in place after graduating from high school. He earned a scholarship to St. Edward’s University in Austin, where he planned to major in biology with a concentration in biological sciences. But as he calculated the cost for tuition, room and board, and books, Sanchez realized this plan did not make financial sense. “Even though I was given a scholarship to study at…

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Local Author Debuts New Children’s Book

Jack's Journey

Local author and educator Alejandra Breeden has published “Jack’s Journey,” her debut children’s book sharing the story of a cheery donkey who must embark on an adventure to deliver a mysterious and precious gift. In “Jack’s Journey,” Breeden illustrates the trip Mary and Joseph took from Nazareth to Bethlehem to deliver baby Jesus through the eyes of their trusty donkey. As Jack excitedly ponders the meaning behind the gift he…

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TSTC Fills Cool Jobs in Rio Grande Valley

TSTC offers an Associate of Applied Science degree in HVAC Technology, an HVAC Technician certificate and a Basic HVAC occupational skills award. (photo TSTC)

When air conditioning breaks down on those sizzling Rio Grande Valley days, leave it to heating, ventilation and air conditioning technicians to come to the rescue. More of the technical superheroes are needed in the region and throughout Texas. “Right now, we are getting job offers from different companies,” said Jorge Cabrera, lead instructor in Texas State Technical College’s Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning Technology program in Harlingen. “I don’t have…

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Free Fishing in Texas June 5

Anglers across the State of Texas are gearing up for Free Fishing Day on June 5. The first Saturday in June each year allows Texans to fish on any public waterbody in the state without a fishing license. “Free Fishing Day is a wonderful opportunity for anglers to share their knowledge, skills, equipment and love for fishing with a new participant, yet it’s also more than that,” said Craig Bonds,…

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TSTC Meets Need for Precision Machining Jobs

Texas State Technical College offers an Associate of Applied Science degree in Precision Machining Technology. It also offers a certificate of completion in Machining. (photo TSTC)

From airplane landing gears to smartphones, precision machining is a critical component of our lives. “Everything comes from an actual machine shop making the products you are going to need for later use,” said Isaac Gonzalez, lead instructor in Texas State Technical College’s Precision Machining Technology program in Harlingen.  Gonzalez said it is challenging to change misconceptions about how modern precision machining is. While students learn some techniques on older,…

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San Juan Becomes Development Hotspot 

A new Taco Palenque is among the new restaurants and retail outlets opening in recent months in San Juan.

San Juan for years was on the periphery of the growth that came to define the McAllen-Pharr-Edinburg metro area. It was a stop of little notice when it came to business, heading east on Expressway 77/83. The feel began to change in the late aughts, around 2008, when H-E-B left Pharr to build and open one of its superstores in San Juan right along the expressway. It added a buzz…

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Valdez Sets Sights High For Weslaco EDC

Steven M. Valdez

The Weslaco Economic Development Corporation has a new executive director and its new leader comes from within the organization. Steven M. Valdez was selected as the executive director by the EDC’s board on May 19. Valdez formerly served as the EDC’s director for nearly five years. He comes into his new job with an understanding of the organization’s key functions. He also knows how it interacts with city government. Those…

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Reserva Opens Second Location at School of Medicine

Reserva Coffee Roasters begins a new chapter, opening at the UTRGV School of Medicine’s Team-Based Learning Center in Edinburg. (photo Paul Chouy, UTRGV)

The owners of Reserva Coffee Roasters began a new chapter recently when they opened their doors at the UTRGV School of Medicine’s Team-Based Learning Center in Edinburg. Owners Michelle and Danny Quiroz are two legacy UTRGV alumni. The construction planning for the Team-Based Learning Center started in 2018 and included a space for a potential café. UTRGV officials explored different service operators but settled on teaming up with a locally owned…

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Partnership To Train 50K Texans for Cloud Careers

cloud computing

The Texas Association of Community Colleges, in collaboration with Amazon Web Services Inc., is launching a statewide initiative to enable access to cloud computing education courses and certifications for students in community colleges. It aims to train, reskill and certify 50,000 Texans, over the next three years, to qualify for cloud computing jobs in their local communities. This statewide program is part of the Texas Reskilling & Upskilling through Education…

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TSTC Program Ready to Fill Valley Jobs

TSTC Health information technology

Health information technology enables people to work wherever they want to do their part to keep patients’ health care records organized. Beyda Ramirez, an instructor in Texas State Technical College’s Health Information Technology program in Harlingen, said graduates do more than handle billing and coding. They also maintain the accuracy of electronic medical records and work with medical facilities’ clinical documentation improvement plans. “The medical field is always updating and…

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