Category Archives: Education

Path Leads to Becoming the IT It Guy

Jose Cavazos

When Jose Cavazos’s co-worker at Barcom Technology Services in Harlingen told him they had a service call at the Valley Initiative for Development and Advancement office in Mercedes, he felt a sense of both nostalgia and excitement. Cavazos had considered stopping in VIDA’s former office in Weslaco several times, but it was always closed by the time he got out of work. “As soon as we walked into the building,”…

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Scholarship Program Launches for Pharr Students

Scholarship applications are now available for Pharr students via the Pharr EDC Foundation, in partnership with the Pharr Economic Development Corporation and the City of Pharr. The Pharr EDC Foundation will award a total of 150 scholarships. Each will be in the amount of $2,000 ($1,000 per semester) for one academic year. The deadline to submit an application is April 12 by 5 p.m. “We are excited to open the…

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TSC Dual Enrollment Saves Families $22 Million

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Since 2017, families have collectively saved $22 million in college tuition and fees through dual credit partnerships between local school districts and Texas Southmost College, according to the college. Dual credit courses are those that students take that count for both high school and college credit. Students may attend these classes either at their high schools or on a college campus. From fall 2017 through fall 2020, Lower Rio Grande…

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TSC Among Small Group of Colleges With Enrollment Increases

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Texas Southmost College joins the elite ranks this year of only nine percent of community colleges across the nation that saw an increase in enrollment. From fall 2019 to fall 2020, TSC’s Department of Institutional Planning, Research and Effectiveness reports that TSC’s enrollment has seen a 1.73 percent increase. Across the state, Texas community colleges are seeing a 7.1 percent decrease. Nationally, community colleges are experiencing a 10.1 percent decrease…

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Pharr EDC Foundation Launches

Bobby Carrillo, Daniel Chavez, Ricardo Medina, Eleazar Guajardo, Itza Flores, Dr. Ramiro Caballero, Mayor Ambrosio Hernandez and Victor Perez.

The Pharr Economic Development Corporation, in partnership with the City of Pharr, has launched the newly created Pharr EDC Foundation. As the City of Pharr’s economic development arm, the Pharr EDC has always focused its efforts on creating direct pipelines for students, post-secondary education workforce development, entrepreneurship and business development. These efforts will further expand through the Pharr EDC Foundation with a special focus on education. The Pharr EDC Foundation recently…

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TSC Offers First Roofing Apprenticeship Program in RGV

TSC Director of Workforce Training and Continuing Education Thomas Tynan, TSC President Jesus Roberto Rodriguez, TSC Associate Vice President of Instruction and Workforce Joseph Fleishman, Schwickert’s Roofing Apprentice Juan De la Garza, Schwickert's Tecta America Human Resource Manager Leslie Thomas, TSC Board of Trustee Chair Ruben Herrera, TSC Board of Trustee JJ De Leon, TSC Board of Trustee Alejandra Aldrete and Workforce Solution Cameron Executive Director Pat Hobbs.

Texas Southmost College and Schwickert’s Tecta America will be offering a new Roofing Pre-Apprentice Program beginning April 5. The program is the first of its kind in the Rio Grande Valley, creating jobs and opportunities.  “What TSC and Schwickert’s have created through this partnership is about to change lives,” said Joseph Fleishman, TSC associate vice president of workforce development. “This program is a win-win for everyone involved and we are…

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Connecting The Valley To Better Opportunities

Isidro Ramos, workforce development manager, works with a VIDA student as part of individual case management the workforce training provides. (Courtesy)

The Valley Initiative for Development and Advancement has proven to be a nimble workforce training program. In 25-plus years, it has been helping unemployed and underemployed residents land better-paying jobs. It demonstrated that again recently when VIDA launched an electrician journeyman training program. Administrators at VIDA see the Liquefied Natural Gas project coming closer to reality at the Port of Brownsville. They recognize there is a growing market for electricians.…

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TSTC Nursing Welcomes Lifelike Equipment

This lifelike simulator (aptly named "Junior" by students and faculty) is one of the new pieces of technology in the TSTC Nursing program classroom. (photo TSTC)

Nursing students at Texas State Technical College will be learning with some new equipment. Several grants are allowing for the purchase of a Nurse Anne simulator, a SimBaby simulator and a SimMom update, among other teaching essentials. The simulators, which mimic real patients, give students a real-world sense of their future careers. They also make for more learning time due to current limits on clinicals and other outside practicums. TSTC…

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TSC Welcomes New Foundation Director 

David Tumlinson

David Tumlinson is the new Texas Southmost College director of Foundation and Community Outreach. Over the past two decades, Tumlinson has worked as the deputy director for the Cameron County Juvenile Justice Department in San Benito, where he began as a probation officer in 2001.  “I’m excited to begin in this new role at this stage of my life,” said the Brownsville native. “I’m in a position to make a…

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Grant Helps Former Students Return to TSTC

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Texas State Technical College was recently awarded a $300,000 reskilling grant to provide financial assistance to students who have had to drop out of college because of adversities. “As we help rebuild the Texas economy, getting individuals employed in high-paying jobs is at the forefront of our mission,” said TSTC Associate Vice Chancellor of Enrollment Management Christine Stuart-Carruthers. “This grant focuses on students who have been out of college for…

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