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Nurse Gives Back After Receiving So Much

After passing the National Council Licensure Examination, Gilda Lee Sauceda worked at Fresenius Kidney Care before choosing to become a traveling dialysis nurse.

When you learn, teach. When you get, give.  ~Maya Angelou Weslaco native Gilda Lee Sauceda grew up with a single mom who became disabled when her daughter was just 10 years old. She felt grateful that they had a roof over their head and their basic necessities, but the struggles were real. The labels were there — eighth-grade drop-out, GED holder, low-income — but Sauceda did not allow labels to…

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TSTC Nursing Welcomes Lifelike Equipment

This lifelike simulator (aptly named "Junior" by students and faculty) is one of the new pieces of technology in the TSTC Nursing program classroom. (photo TSTC)

Nursing students at Texas State Technical College will be learning with some new equipment. Several grants are allowing for the purchase of a Nurse Anne simulator, a SimBaby simulator and a SimMom update, among other teaching essentials. The simulators, which mimic real patients, give students a real-world sense of their future careers. They also make for more learning time due to current limits on clinicals and other outside practicums. TSTC…

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STC Summer Offers Some Face-to-Face Instruction

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Some face-to-face classes are gradually returning to South Texas College this summer after integration of federal, state and county safety protocols. STC will begin in-person courses for select programs and will continue for summer courses which officially begin on June 1. STC is currently open for its police and fire academies at the Regional Center for Public Safety Excellence. Throughout the week of April 27, nearly 200 students were completing…

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A Healthy Dose of Success

TSC Licensed Vocational Nursing students. (photo TSC)

Working to fill a national nursing shortage, the Licensed Vocational Nursing program at Texas Southmost College recently saw its largest graduating class. In addition, it is maintaining a solid 92-percent pass rate on the National Council Licensure Examination. “I am so proud of what our team and students have been able to achieve,” said TSC Vocational Nursing interim program director Molly Showalter. “This type of success gives our program a…

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Living a Better VIDA

Anna Martinez is a patient care technician at Weslaco Regional Rehabilitation Hospital. She will soon graduate from South Texas College in July with an associate’s degree in nursing, thanks in part to financial aid and support services from VIDA. (photo Ruben Garcia)

Anna Martinez may not have imagined what coming home would mean for her and her 8-year-old daughter.   Born and raised in Weslaco, Martinez and her family moved to Houston when she was in fourth grade. The years that followed were difficult. When Martinez became a teen parent, depression and anger sent her on a downward spiral.  Then Martinez’s parents separated, adding to her pain. Three years ago, Martinez decided to…

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STC Announces BSN Program

The inaugural cohort of STC's new RN to Bachelor of Science in Nursing students. (photo STC)

South Texas College is starting a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program, according to officials at a special event Nov. 25. Among those in attendance were the inaugural cohort of student nurses clad in green scrubs. Dr. Christie Candelaria serves as program chair of both the Associate Degree Nursing Program and the new BSN program. “I would treat this just like having a family,” Candelaria said about the start…

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STC Nursing Receives Equipment Grant

South Texas College will be the recipient of a $75,000 grant by Texas Workforce Commission for its Associate Degree of Nursing program. South Texas College is one of 27 institutions to receive the JET grant totaling $5,718,073.

South Texas College is the recipient of a $75,000 grant by Texas Workforce Commission for high-demand job training in its Associate Degree of Nursing program. The grant provides funding for equipment to eligible educational institutions for developing programs. These programs can be career and technical, leading to a license, certificate or post-secondary degree. The Jobs and Education for Texans grant is part of an initiative by TWC. It supports TWC’s efforts…

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Using Science to Craft Beer

Steve Padilla, UTRGV legacy alum, and owner of Big River Brewery. (photo, Paul Chouy, UTRGV)

It’s not about the type of beer that fills your glass; it’s all about the process. Just ask Steve Padilla. Owner of Big River Brewery in Pharr and alumnus of UTRGV legacy institution UT Pan American, Padilla says that whether you prefer stouts, lagers or seasonal sours, his authentic Valley brews came from ideas fermented in the science classroom. Padilla got a degree in nursing in 2008. As a nurse and anesthetist,…

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STC Hosts Allied Health Open House

South Texas College’s Nursing and Allied Health campus hosts its open house March 30.

South Texas College’s Nursing and Allied Health Campus hosts its open house March 30. During this time, the public may tour the facilities, as well as explore the career pathways in the medical field. Advisors will be on site to discuss information regarding the Texas Success Initiative Assessment. Those who have interest may also register for the fall 2019 semester. “The goal is to really make sure that attendees have…

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TSC To Offer Associate Degree in Nursing

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The Texas Board of Nursing unanimously granted Texas Southmost College initial approval to establish a new Associate Degree Nursing education program. The program will begin with the upcoming fall semester. “The re-opening of TSC’s ADN program was one of the priorities of the college and the board of trustees, and we’re excited to have achieved it,” said TSC Board of Trustees Chair Adela Garza. “TSC’s nursing program has a long…

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