Category Archives: Education

Magnet Schools Adapt to Changing Times

Simulation Lab Facilitator Linda Valdez shows the variety of equipment in her lab at Med High

Engineering students are at work inside a new innovation lab building on the Mercedes campus of the South Texas Independent School District campus. They peer over laptops and move from table to table, conferring over projects and looking over numerical formulas that offer solutions.  “These kids know they’re not on an island,” said Gabe Valdez, an instructor at the school. “They collaborate. They look for opportunities to teach each other.”…

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A Healthy Dose of Success

TSC Licensed Vocational Nursing students. (photo TSC)

Working to fill a national nursing shortage, the Licensed Vocational Nursing program at Texas Southmost College recently saw its largest graduating class. In addition, it is maintaining a solid 92-percent pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination. “I am so proud of what our team and students have been able to achieve,” said TSC Vocational Nursing interim program director Molly Showalter. “This type of success gives our program a…

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New Dual Credit Program Readies For Cybersecurity

STC’s new Dual Credit Cybersecurity Program provides students from partnering area high schools the opportunity to pursue a Certificate in the field of Cybersecurity. (photo STC)

The first cohort of students are now making their way through South Texas College’s Dual Credit Cybersecurity Program. The program provides students from partnering area high schools the opportunity to pursue a certificate in the field of cybersecurity.   Students participating in the Career and Technical Education pathway are on track to complete their Cybersecurity Specialist Certificate. Completion will come by the end of their senior years in high school.…

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McAllen Students Host U.S. Senate Candidate Forum 

Candidates and students pose for a photo after the forum. Back row, Jack Daniel Foster Jr., Michael Cooper, Chris Bell, Jonah Riojas; front, Amanda Edwards, Victor Hugo Harris, Sema Hernandez, Karolina Vargas, Alexis Alvarado and Chloe Jerez.

McAllen ISD students recently hosted a community candidate forum for those running for the U.S. Senate in the 2020 May primary elections. Those in attendance were Chris Bell, Michael Cooper, Amanda Edwards, Jack Daniel Foster Jr, Victor Hugo Harris and Sema Hernandez.  Students Jonah Riojas (McAllen High School), Karolina Vargas (Nikki Rowe High School), and Alexis Alvarado (Memorial High School) were the panelists asking questions to the candidates. Chloe Jerez…

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Public Education Retirees Meet for Legislative Agenda

A group of public-school employees and retirees recently met recently in McAllen to establish a legislative agenda for the 2021 legislative session in Texas. Seen here are, back, retirees Chris Ardis, Kathy Johnson, Debbi Benson, Jerry Albrecht and Herb Trevino; front, retirees Chiqui Guerra and Torchie Champion with current public-school employee Norma Guerra.

A group of retired public school employees, along with two current employees nearing retirement, recently met in McAllen to begin working on a legislative agenda for the 2021 Legislative Session. Their agenda will address the critical needs of Teacher Retirement System of Texas retirees. Addressing health care First on the group’s agenda is health care. In 2017, the Texas legislature raised the health-insurance deductible for TRS retirees under the age…

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Making Their Mark In Healthcare

Vocational nursing students at Valley Grande Institute do skills practice in a lab.

Anabell Cardona was 15-years plus into managing clinics and doctors’ offices in Weslaco and McAllen. It was then she figured the time was right, in her mid-30s, to make a career breakthrough. Cardona recalls having no fear in 2001 as she sat in front of a banker and faced a business loan with six figures in it. She was ready to purchase Valley Grande Institute of Weslaco. “Where do I…

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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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