Category Archives: Education

TSC Names Rodriguez New President

Jesus Roberto Rodriguez

President chosen among 30 applicants Jesus Roberto Rodriguez, Ph.D., is the new president of Texas Southmost College. Rodriguez’s new role was announced by the Texas Southmost College Board of Trustees at a July 20 special meeting. Rodriguez is currently dean for the Business Center of Excellence at Houston Community College. Previously, he was a dean at Lone Star College System and Butler Community College. At both colleges, he strengthened programs, student…

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Economic Boost from Under the Sea

UTRGV researchers are building one of the biggest artificial “low-profile” reefs in the Gulf of Mexico off the South Texas coast. (UTRGV photo by Veronica Gaona)

Man-made RGV Reef impacts local environment and economy Red snapper is one of the important commercial fish along the lower Texas Gulf Coast and researchers are building an artificial reef to help maintain and grow habitat for that popular fish and other species. In 2015 red snapper hauls totaled more than 2.2 million pounds, according to the Texas Almanac. That catch was worth more than $9.4 million. Researchers from UTRGV’s…

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Officials, Public Welcome Residency Clinic

Dr. Guy Bailey, founding president of the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley, speaks at the Knapp/UTRGV Family Practice Residency Clinic ribbon cutting. (photo VBR)

Family Practice Residency Clinic opens soon Officials with Knapp Medical Center and UTRGV held a ribbon cutting this morning, July 20 at the new Knapp/UTRGV Family Practice Residency Clinic. The clinic opens to the public in August. The clinic will provide medical residents the opportunity to focus on adolescent and geriatric care, as well as urgent care and community-based care. The 12,000-square-foot clinic features multiple exam rooms and training facilities for as…

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Free Coding Classes for Young Students

Sylvan and Mission EDC's partnership in Code the Town offers even more children to learn the importance of technology skills with upcoming, free coding classes.

Coding camp starts July 31 In order to raise awareness about the importance of computer science education, free summer camp classes are available beginning July 31. The classes are the result of a partnership between Sylvan Learning of the Rio Grande Valley and the Mission Economic Development Corporation. The new classes are part of the Code The Town initiative. The design helps students gain specialized technology skills that are in…

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Young Entrepreneurs Explore Smart-Farming 

Students perform repairs and modifications on a robot during the UTRGV Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center summer camp in June.

Camp combines farming and business The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley’s McAllen Teaching Site was crowded with eager IDEA high school students waiting to showcase their smart-farming robots, whose yield ultimately would determine the fate of their newly founded small businesses. Students cheered as the robots they had built collected simulated crops and piglets. The university’s Texas Manufacturing Assistance Center (TMAC) this summer hosted its sixth annual summer camp for IDEA…

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Transfer From TSC to STC Easier

Earning a bachelor's degree from South Texas College is now more streamlined for Texas Southmost College Associate of Applied Science graduates. (photo STC)

Associate TSC graduates can progress to STC bachelor’s Students earning an Associate of Applied Science Degree from Texas Southmost College in Brownsville can now transfer into bachelor’s degree programs at South Texas College. The colleges entered an articulation agreement for progression to the next level of course work leading to the higher degree. “This has been a fairly quick process,” says Kelli Davis, STC University Relations officer. “TSC has been very eager to…

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UoH Satellite Pharmacy Program Opens

UoH satellite pharmacy program opens in Edinburg. (photo City of Edinburg)

Program serves College of Pharmacy Doctors Hospital at Renaissance and the University of Houston are opening a satellite pharmacy program for its College of Pharmacy in Edinburg. The program serves as a teaching site for the college’s Professional Pharmacy Hispanic Healthcare Certificate Program. The program will help close disparity gaps in health care in the Rio Grande Valley. Students will train in a team-based approach with medical students and students from…

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Community Colleges to Offer Bachelor Degrees

With the passage of SB 2118, South Texas College's Division of Nursing and Allied Health is planning to offer a Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. (photo STC)

State Bill Hopes to Fuel Select Fields State Bill 2118 is now official, permitting community colleges to offer certain baccalaureate programs. These programs include those in the fields of applied technology, applied science and early childhood education, as well as nursing. As a result, South Texas College plans on offering a Bachelor of Science in Nursing program by fall 2018. The announcement was made by STC and Valley lawmakers June…

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Local Educators Certified in STEM

61 Educators Trained by STC The second cohort of faculty receiving certification by South Texas College are now ready to guide student in STEM careers. The 61 educators are the latest graduates of the RGV STEM Faculty Institute. Working under the auspices of the Texas Regional STEM Degree Accelerator, faculty members from school districts across the Valley completed intensive professional development training with the intent to enrich students’ learning experience…

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JET grant provides medical training

STC recently received a $223,109 JET grant to assist in training for careers in the medical profession. (photo STC)

STC award provides 150 with training South Texas College is the recipient of a $223,109 Jobs and Education for Texans grant (JET grant) from the Texas Workforce Commission. The grant helps the college purchase and install equipment to provide 150 students with training for careers in the medical profession. This includes positions such as licensed practical and vocational nurses. The JET program provides funding for equipment for the purpose of developing…

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