South Texas College celebrates third and final cohort of graduating faculty making a difference through STEM-based training
More than 50 educators from across the Rio Grande Valley are now certified by South Texas College’s RGV STEM Faculty Institute, becoming leaders in science, technology, engineering and math
Working under the Texas Regional STEM Degree Accelerator, 56 faculty members from school districts across the Valley successfully completed the training. This includes intensive professional development training with the intent to enrich students’ learning experience in STEM related fields. STC held a ceremony for STEM Faculty Institute graduates on Nov. 2.
The ceremony included faculty from at least nine ISDs, two colleges and two universities including Brownsville ISD, Donna ISD, Edinburg CISD, Hidalgo, La Joya, Los Fresnos, Mission CISD, PSJA ISD, Weslaco ISD, South Texas College, Texas Southmost College, Texas A&M University-Kingsville and UTRGV.
“Everybody is asking when the next one is, but we don’t have one on the horizon just yet because this grant is ending,” said Valerie Gamez, project director of the TRSDA at South Texas College – Pecan Campus. “We know teachers from all three cohorts are seeing positive results already and we will be doing more classroom observations in the spring. In the meantime, we are looking for new opportunities to continue this valuable work.”
Educate Texas awarded STC the $800,000 TRSDA grant to help support the training of approximately 200 RGV K-12 dual credit and higher education faculty over the course of three years. The goal of the initiative is to align curriculum between K-12 and higher education institutions in an effort to increase interest in STEM, and help students successfully complete a STEM-focused program of study, specifically in either healthcare or computer information technology.
The mission of the program aims to provide training, as well as community and industry collaboration to benefit more than 40,000 STEM students across the Rio Grande Valley as they prepare for STEM-related careers.