Category Archives: Education

TSC Earns 10-year Reaccreditation

TSC_Gorgas Hall

Texas Southmost College was awarded reaffirmation of accreditation by its regional accrediting agency earlier this month. The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges reaffirmation accredits TSC through 2030. “Accreditation from SACSCOC is the most important designation TSC can achieve for our community,” said TSC President Jesús Roberto Rodríguez. “Not only does it attest to the high quality of programs and services we offer, regional accreditation is required…

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STC Tops Texas in Latino Enrollment, Graduation

STC Latino Grads

South Texas College is in the Top 3 nationwide and also in the top spot in Texas for enrolling and graduating Latinos according to Excelencia in Education. Washington D.C.-based Excelencia is a nonprofit organization that seeks to improve education outcomes for Latino college students. Their findings come as part of a Latino college completion study Aug. 12. STC enrolled 31,949 students in fall 2018, 95 percent of which were Hispanic…

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Producing Health Care Workers In Time of Need

South Texas Training students practice skills on each other in early spring 2020. (Courtesy)

The front lines of hospitals and nursing homes are under severe duress – and help isn’t coming just from universities and nursing schools. Employers are in need of nurse assistants, medical assistants and phlebotomists in caring for surging numbers of patients. Career schools with licenses from the Texas Workforce Commission are training and educating these essential workers. Schools such as Careers Unlimited and South Texas Training Center are working to…

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STC Child Development Center Adapts

South Texas College Mid-Valley Campus Child Development Center

With the beginning of the fall semester, services are available for student-parents at the South Texas College Mid-Valley Campus Child Development Center. Staff and faculty at the site say they have implemented stringent safety measures to protect children and parents. This includes electronic forms, zoom parent meetings and temperature checks. These are in addition to all the required sanitizing procedures as mandated by the CDC and state childcare licensing. “As…

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UTRGV Offers Bachelor’s Degree in Cybersecurity

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UTRGV will offer a new Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity starting Sept. 1. The program will teach students about information assurance, network and computer security, digital forensics, operating systems security and more. Students in the 120-hour program will study the security aspects of computing and cyberspace. This is central to the rapidly expanding security concerns in an ever-changing technological world. The program requires 50 advanced hours of instruction for core,…

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Pharr Hosts Drive-Thru First Responders Festival

The City of Pharr held its annually Pharr First Responders Festival last weekend. Originally planned as a traditional festival, this year’s event became a drive-thru. During the successful event, the city and first responders gave away 2,000 bags of school supplies to the community. “It was wonderful to witness our city departments, first responders and employees join together to help our community,” said Mayor Ambrosio Hernandez. “These past few months…

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TSC Police Academy Graduates 35 Cadets

CJI Virtual Graduation Ceremony

It was new. It was different. But taking the next step toward a lifelong goal and the sighs of relief were all the same when 35 Texas Southmost College Criminal Justice Institute cadets “walked the stage” on July 24 during TSC’s first-ever CJI Virtual Graduation Ceremony. Among the 35 graduates are nine female cadets, the most in any previous CJI class. “It took a little while to get here, but…

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STC Enrollment Centers Open Every Saturday

South Texas College Enrollment Center

South Texas College’s enrollment centers at Starr, Mid Valley and Pecan campuses are open on all Saturdays throughout August to help students with registration for the fall semester.  Both enrollment centers and financial aid areas will be open for students by appointment only. Students can sign up for an appointment online, or by downloading the Qless app and searching for South Texas College. Enrollment centers will be open from 10…

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Medical Residents Set the Standard

Dr. Miguel Tello, center, with the first class of physician residents of a UTRGV School of Medicine program in the Mid-Valley. (Courtesy)

Eddy Berges earned medical degrees and training in his native Dominican Republic and then in Puerto Rico.  A major goal still lay ahead and Berges pursued it by applying to several medical schools in the United States. Berges’ goal was to be accepted into a residency program. He found one in the Rio Grande Valley, and a program barely getting off the ground.  Berges and five other physician residents from…

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OLLU Sparks New Higher Ed Opportunities

Exterior shot of OLLU campus in La Feria.

Dr. Patricia Blanco was there at the beginning. It was fall 2013 and Our Lady Of The Lake University was making its big move in the Rio Grande Valley. The San Antonio-based university was establishing a bricks-and-mortar location in La Feria. It was a sure sign the Catholic school was intent on a permanent presence.  “It was a leap for OLLU,” said Blanco, the director of the university’s RGV campus.…

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