Category Archives: Education

UTRGV Transitions Occupational Therapy Program

occupational therapy

The UTRGV Department of Occupational Therapy has transitioned its master’s program into a doctoral program. As part of the university’s College of Health Professions, the OT program provides student-centered instruction. The curriculum prepares future practitioners for working with people who need physical, sensory or cognitive assistance. This new program replaces UTRGV’s Master of Occupational Therapy in an effort to meet unique demands in healthcare. It will also create entry-level clinical doctoral…

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UTRGV Receives $1 Million To Enhance Campus Life

(photo David Pike, UTRGV)

The UTRGV Foundation is allocating $1 million to the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley to help support campus life initiatives that were approved last year by a student referendum. Last November, UTRGV students voted to approve an athletics fee increase to help fund the expansion of spirit programs. Funds will also go towards the establishment of a marching band, women’s swimming and diving, and football. The allocation by the…

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Hidalgo County Pledges $2 Million to STC Nursing

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Hidalgo County Judge Richard Cortez and the Hidalgo County Commissioners Court have pledged $2 million to fund salaries for South Texas Colleges Nursing and Allied Health nursing instructors. The funding is an effort to increase enrollment while also doubling the number of nurses graduating from STC. Cortez and others gathered Feb. 14 at STC’s Nursing and Allied Health Campus to celebrate the funding. Joining Cortez for the check signing were…

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Pharr EDC Accepting Scholarship Applications


The Pharr EDC Foundation is now accepting applications from 2021-2022 graduating seniors for its Foundation Scholarship. The scholarships benefits students in Pharr who are enrolling in a qualifying post-secondary institution. Deadline to apply is 5 p.m. March 14. The scholarship offering is in partnership with the Pharr Economic Development Corporation and the City of Pharr. “We are excited to open the Pharr EDC Foundation Scholarship to our Pharr community for…

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TSC Offers New Substitute Teacher Course

At the request of local superintendents, Texas Southmost College is now offering a Substitute Teacher course. The 12-hour course, introduced by TSC’s Workforce Training and Continuing Education department, is designed to produce well-trained and prepared substitutes to enter the classroom. Workforce Training and Continuing Education Executive Director Bervick Simon said TSC has worked closely with local school districts to identify the skills needed to be a qualified substitute teacher. “Substitute…

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TSC Partnership Strengthens Ports And Aerospace Industry

Texas Southmost College is leading a coastal community college workforce training consortium to increase the number of students earning college credentials leading to high demand jobs at Texas’ seaports and the aerospace industry.  With funding from a $1.8-million grant from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, TSC, Houston Community College and San Jacinto College will collaboratively create, redesign or expand the reach of training for nine industry-aligned college credentials. These…

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Grant Looks To Increase Industry Certifications

Texas Southmost College representatives receive a $30,000 Texas Mutual Workforce Grant by RGV Focus during a recent check presentation ceremony.

A $30,000 Texas Mutual Workforce Grant was recently presented to Texas Southmost College from RGV Focus to help ensure opportunities for TSC faculty and students. The grant will allow students to earn certifications in credit and non-credit workforce programs at TSC in specific skill sets. Faculty will be able to earn new certifications to add to the TSC inventory. TSC President Jesus Roberto Rodriguez said everything that TSC is doing…

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UTRGV Student Takes Grand Prize for AI Project

Md Salman Rahman

Entrepreneurship and Artificial Intelligence are coexisting fields for UTRGV graduate student Md Salman Rahman. They are his vessels to improving lives and helping his community. Rahman, who is passionate about exploring novel ways to utilize his expertise in data science in the healthcare sector, represented UTRGV in November in the Blackstone LaunchPad Big Idea Competition. The virtual competition hosts students with no prior entrepreneurship experience to practice distilling and presenting latent…

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STC Respiratory Therapy Program Re-Accredited

STC Respiratory Therapy

The Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care has reaffirmed South Texas College’s Respiratory Therapy Program accreditation for the next 10 years. Following a thorough review, CoARC determined that Respiratory Therapy met all national established accreditation standards. It commended the program for its continuous quality in education. The reaffirmation was essential for the college so it can continue awarding its Respiratory Therapy Associate of Applied Science degree. Accreditation by CoARC provides assurance…

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H-E-B Recognizes McAllen ISD For Excellence

Excellence in Education

McAllen ISD is one of eight school districts that are finalists for H-E-B’s 20th annual Excellence in Education Awards program. It is also one of five public school boards H-E-B is recognizing to highlight the importance of strong leadership at the board level. McAllen ISD is one of five districts in the Large School Districts category; three other districts make up the Small School Districts category. Four early childhood education…

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