Category Archives: Technology

Pointing a Business Skyward

Esteban Mejia Jr., founder and owner of Sky I.T. Solutions

Esteban Mejia Jr. has the restless energy of an Air Force veteran who once worked long shifts as a nuclear cruise technician. Returning home, the Mercedes native built an information technology business from scratch. He’s now working to extend his brand. “My dad would tell me, growing up, ‘Never back down from work,’’ he said. “So I’m always thinking, ‘what else, what else can I do?’” Mejia is the founder…

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Partnership Provides Free Wi-Fi Hot Spots in McAllen

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The City of McAllen has recently made free Wi-Fi hot spots available throughout the city. The McAllen Independent School District made available equipment necessary for the connection points to provide the Wi-Fi spots. With public schools across the Rio Grande Valley going virtual through April, many families who do not have internet service in their homes are struggling to find a way to fulfill these assignments. “These are just some…

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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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Rio Sports Broadens Sports Broadcasting 

Joe Bowling prepares to broadcast a high school girls' game at Harlingen South High School on Rio Sports Live.

Joe Bowling grew up a Midwest kid listening to his heroes. It was the voices of legendary baseball broadcasters Jack Buck and Harry Carey that carried into Bowling’s home in southeast Missouri. He was a baseball-crazed kid following his beloved St. Louis Cardinals. “It got into my blood,” Bowling said of his love for sports and broadcasting. Those influences play out today as Bowling calls Rio Grande Valley sporting events…

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Qualfon Continues Growth in Harlingen

Qualfon Data Services

Qualfon Data Services LLC is already producing more than $8 million annually into the local economy in wages and now, it is expanding its footprint in Harlingen. According to the Harlingen Economic Development Corporation, the business providing contact center services, integrated marketing solutions, big data analytics, and back-office processing is receiving a $200,000 job creation grant from the EDC. This comes after Qualfon extended their lease on a 40,000-square-foot office…

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TSTC to Offer Evening Drafting and Design Course

For the first time, TSTC’s Architectural Design and Engineering Graphics Technology will expand its offerings with evening classes beginning Spring 2020. Department Chair Samuel Pizano says the change comes at a time when students are seeking flexibility. Evening and online courses are growing in popularity. In fact, the program has already seen its first registrants for evening classes. “We’ve recently seen a lot more interest in our program from students…

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VTX1 Shows Its Heart

VTX1 employees raise the frame for a Habitat home. (photo VTX1)

Leandro Pedraza of VTX1 took the concept of paying it forward and then made it count in Raymondville. Pedraza, an accounting manager with VTX1, heard the Family Crisis Center in Raymondville had suffered a devastating burglary. The result was the theft of all of the facility’s computers along with other damages. Pedraza wanted to see what could be done to help and asked his supervisors for permission to proceed. At…

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Considerations When Choosing Business Hardware

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Your small business’s hardware includes your desktop and laptop computers, servers, printers, portable storage devices, video cards and telephone systems. Basically, any type of physical tech product falls into this category. Since these items can take up a significant portion of your IT budget, it’s important to consider new purchases carefully. Each item will have its own specific set of features and options. But there are some considerations that apply…

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Grants Fund Numerous Partnerships, Apprenticeships

The Texas Workforce Commission presents more than $300,000 in grant funding to the Lower Rio Grande Valley Workforce Development Board. The funds support projects in the board's partnership with STC, Edinburg EDC and Pharr EDC. (photo STC)

With more than $300,000 in funding, South Texas College is partnering with local workforce agencies and municipalities to bring numerous education and training opportunities to the Rio Grande Valley. The Lower Rio Grande Valley Workforce Development Board now has more than $300,000 in grant funding from the Texas Workforce Commission. The board is in now in a partnership with STC, Edinburg Economic Development and Pharr Economic Development. Earlier this month,…

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Grant Provides Cybersecurity Career Pathways

STC is the recipient of a $700,000 grant from the Perkins Reserve Fund. The funds will help convert one the college’s classrooms into a state-of-the-art cybersecurity lab. (photo STC)

Viruses that corrupt software. Ransomware that holds data hostage. Foreign adversaries that hack into private and public accounts. Our reliance on computers has spawned many new fields in digital technology. And the challenge of protecting those computers and the data they transmit thus falls on experts in cybersecurity.  “Because these issues are in the news, everyone is aware that the security of our computer networks and data is vital,” says…

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