Category Archives: Education

Partnership Leads to New Careers For GED Grads

TSTC Phlebotomy Technician

Students pursuing a General Educational Development diploma through the Brownsville Independent School District can also now train and get certified as a phlebotomist through TSTC’s Workforce Training and Continuing Education department. The offering comes with a new partnership between Texas State Technical College and the BISD Adult Continuing Education program. “This is the first time we have partnered with BISD in this capacity,” said Myra De Leon, Workforce Training and…

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McAllen Student is National Merit Finalist 

David Li, National Merit

McAllen ISD student David Li is now part of a prestigious group of national scholars. Li is one of approximately 15,000 finalists in the 65th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. The honor places him in the top one percent of students nationwide who took part in the program. Li is a student in the International Baccalaureate Programme based at Lamar Academy. His home campus is McAllen Memorial High. He is…

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STC Ranks Among Most Innovative Online Schools

South Texas College is among the most innovative online schools for students seeking associate degrees, according to Online Schools Center. (photo STC)

South Texas College is among the most innovative online schools for students seeking associate degrees, according to a new nationwide ranking. The acknowledgement comes from Online Schools Center. The website is an online resource for students seeking an online option for college apart from traditional institutions. STC was the only institution in Texas to receive the recognition being among the “30 most innovative online colleges” in the nation. The college…

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Harlingen EDC Donates to TSTC Scholarships

Harlingen EDC donates $100,00 to the TSTC Foundation.0

The Harlingen Economic Development Corp. recently donated $100,000 to the TSTC Foundation scholarship fund. The money will help TSTC students residing in Harlingen or HCISD who face hardships and need assistance. “Our chancellor always says, ‘Sometimes our students are one flat tire away from not graduating,’ and there’s truth in that,” said TSTC Provost Cledia Hernandez. “These scholarship opportunities will not only change their current situation, but they will also…

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TSTC Police Welcomes New Officer

Cristobal Villalon

Cristobal Villalon’s childhood dream came true recently when, with his family present, he was sworn in as a police officer at the Texas State Technical College Police Department. At a swearing-in ceremony led by TSTC Police Chief Eduardo Patino and Justice of the Peace Eloy Cano Jr., the Brownsville native said he has finally found his home at TSTC. “I couldn’t believe how much the department feels like family,” said the…

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Team Tiger Puts the HEART in Martial Arts

Tiny Tigers are the youngest group with children as young as 4 years old.

The RGV is home to many incredible local businesses that strive to make an impact on the community. Among them are those who have a dedication to instilling life lessons such as anti-bullying through the art forms of martial arts and taekwondo.  Team Tiger Martial Arts was first established nearly 15 years ago out of founder Gilberto Villanueva’s home in Palmhurst, Texas. The licensed chemical dependency counselor came across victims…

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STC Path Links Low-Income Students to Careers

Valley lawmakers join leadership from South Texas College for the official launch of a pilot program targeting 80 low-income students, existing firefighters and first responders. The grant will encourage students to complete or re-certify their first responder certification. (photo STC)

South Texas College is offering a new pilot program to match the needs of low-income students with the ongoing demand for skilled first responders. The program will target 80 low-income students as well as existing firefighters and first responders. The goal is for participants to complete or re-certify their first responder certification. With a grant from AT&T, the pilot program will cover all costs associated with the first responder certification.…

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TSTC Offers New School Bus Driver Course

Workforce Training and Continuing Education at Texas State Technical College is introducing a new course that will help both the region and state fill a need for endorsed bus drivers. As early as next month, the School Bus Driver Endorsement course will begin and is already enrolling students. “We’ve been working on bringing this program to life for a little over a year, and we’re excited to finally launch it,”…

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UTRGV Professors Creating a Buzz

Joanne Rampersad-Ammons and Dongchul Kim are collaborating across disciplines to study the honeybee population in South Texas. (photo Paul Chouy, UTRGV)

Research by two UTRGV professors is monitoring the critical honeybee population in South Texas via tiny cameras placed on their hives. The research by Dongchul Kim and Joanne Rampersad-Ammons is receiving funding from a federal research grant from the USDA. Kim is an assistant professor of computer science and principal investigator on the project. Rampersad-Ammons is co-PI and professor in the School of Earth, Environmental and Marine Sciences. “Applying Computer Vision…

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Students Create Environmentally Sustainable Fashion Line

Model Hannah Grace Vaughan poses in “Newsflash” of the Modern Chaos series.

Local high school seniors recently began an environmental conversation by using their artistic creativity and passion for fashion design and photography to advocate for ecological sustainability within the world.  International Baccalaureate Programme at Lamar Academy students Gisselle Costa and Denisse Damken are the designers of a fashion line completely made out of recycled materials. The project raises awareness of environmental conservation.  “The name of our project, Modern Chaos, illustrates what…

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