Category Archives: e-Brief Features

TSTC Transforms Mechanics Into Technicians

(photo TSTC)

Texas State Technical College Automotive Technology instructor Miguel Zoleta is making sure his program’s students stay plugged in to advancements in the automotive industry. “Right now, we’re seeing that a lot out of industry is electrical vehicles, and electrical vehicles are coming out in every dealership,” he said. “Every company is trying to come out with at least one line of an electrical vehicle.” The bells and whistles that come…

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Local Businessman Donates To TSC Scholarships

  Brownsville native and entrepreneur Steven De La Garza understands, firsthand, the vital role community colleges have in developing the next generation workforce. To ensure students have access to high-quality education that will connect them with careers that are in demand, he is funding scholarships at Texas Southmost College.  His first donation of $30,000 will go toward full student scholarships for workforce training programs. This includes welding, industrial scaffolding, plumbing…

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National Apprenticeship Week Nov. 15-21

The U.S. Department of Labor celebrates the 2021 National Apprenticeship Week Nov. 15-21. The weeklong celebration allows labor and business leaders, educational institutions, career seekers and other partners to demonstrate support for apprenticeships. These positions prepare a highly skilled, diverse workforce to meet the talent needs of employers and train Americans for good-paying jobs across multiple industries. “Registered apprenticeships provide a path to the middle class for workers, and this year’s National…

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Life-Changing Decision Leads To Nursing Career

Maria Delgado

When McAllen resident Maria Delgado first applied to the Valley Initiative for Development and Advancement in 2012 after learning about it from an outreach counselor at South Texas College, the VIDA staff knew she was an excellent candidate. Delgado was a single mother with two daughters, ages 11 and 5, unemployed and on public assistance and a first-generation college student. She served in the National Guard for two-and-a-half years. But…

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City of McAllen Hosts 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony


City of McAllen officials and the McAllen Fire Department will host a 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony Sept. 11 at 9 a.m. at the McAllen Central Fire Station, 201 N. 21st Street. The public is invited to join the McAllen Fire Department and first responders as they pay tribute to those that gave it all so others may live. City leaders will make remarks on the anniversary of 9/11 during the Remembrance…

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Salvation Army Feeds First Responders Sept. 10

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The Salvation Army in Harlingen will provide an appreciation luncheon for all first responders Sept. 10 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. This event is completely free for any and all first responders in the community. The Salvation Army asks any first responders not in uniform to present their credentials. First responders may eat inside the facilities at 119 E. Monroe in Harlingen or they can take it with them.…

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UTRGV School of Nursing Set To Expand

Rendering of the UTRGV School of Nursing facility in Pharr. (Courtesy City of Pharr)

The UTRGV School of Nursing celebrated its expansion during a signing ceremony Sept. 2 with the City of Pharr at the site of the school’s future facility at 2800 N. Cage Boulevard. In May, the U.S. Department of Commerce awarded the school a $2-million grant under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act fund. The federal funding will also be matched with $24 million in local investments. The project…

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Gayman Channel Restricts Public Access

Based on study and recommendations from ecologists, the current 34-foot-wide half-mile Gayman channel will be widened to 250 feet and deepened to nine feet. This will increase tidal exchange by a factor of 13x and restore the ecosystem as a major fish, wildlife and waterfowl nursery and habitat.

Access to the Carl “Joe” Gayman Channel is closed to the public as of Aug. 28 as work continues to increase tidal exchange and restore the Bahia Grande as a major fish, wildlife and waterfowl nursery. The closure occurs south of SH 48, limiting public parking and access to the channel. The current 34-foot-wide half-mile Gayman channel connects the Bahia Grande and the Brownsville Ship Channel. It is widening to…

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UTRGV Expands Healthcare With MD Anderson

UT Health RGV

UT Health RGV is expanding its healthcare offerings in South Texas with a new Cancer and Surgery Center. In addition, the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center will provide oncology advisory services at the center. The center is part of the phase 1 development of UTRGV’s McAllen Academic Medical Campus. The 100,000-square-foot center will sit within the 495 Commerce Center development, on the south side of Pecan Boulevard between…

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