Tag Archives: South Texas College

Local College, ISDs Part of $10.3-Million TWC Grants

JET grant

The Texas Workforce Commission has awarded 41 grants totaling $10,379,293 to multiple public community colleges, public technical institutes, public state college and independent school districts for programs that focus on supporting high-demand occupations through the Jobs and Education for Texans grant program. Locally, recipients include South Texas College as well as Brownsville, Harlingen, La Joya and South Texas ISDs. The JET grant program focuses on projects that develop training programs to…

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Another Journey Begins With VIDA

Mariana Lozano

Growing up, Donna resident Mariana Lozano watched how hard her parents worked and yet how they struggled just to make ends meet. As she watched, she made plans. Her plans were to finish college so she could help them as her family’s first college graduate. “A friend told me I needed to apply to VIDA,” Lozano said.  VIDA is the Valley Initiative for Development and Advancement. The nonprofit organization was…

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STC and Trancasa To Roll Out New CDL Program

South Texas College, in partnership with international ground transportation leader Trancasa, has set in motion a new commercial driver’s license program that will address a growing demand for drivers in the industry. “This is a classic example of South Texas College reskilling and upskilling through education and training to meet regional and local labor demands,” said South Texas College president Dr. Ricardo J. Solis who brokered the partnership with Trancasa.…

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STC Receives GED and Workforce Training Grants

South Texas College is one step closer to its goal of tapping into private foundations to support 1,000 at-risk individuals in need of GED and workforce training opportunities. The initiative coordinated by the departments of Continuing Education and Resource Development, Management and Compliance worked to raise $600,000 in award agreements from private foundations. STC’s Board of Trustees formalized and approved the latest installment of $289,388 by The Meadows Foundation Oct.…

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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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SWG Engineering Goes Solar

SWG Engineering aerial view

SWG Engineering held a grand opening Sept. 30 for its new solar-powered office building off International Boulevard in Weslaco. The engineering firm specializes in innovating municipal infrastructures. On hand to help celebrate were representatives from the Weslaco Chamber of Commerce, Valley Baptist Micro Hospital, Frost Bank and Smith Security & Fire. Daniel Montez, campus administrator of South Texas College Mid-Valley, attended the event due to his interest in learning more…

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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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RGV Focus Presents $30K To STC

RGV Focus presents a $30,000 check to South Texas College for students pursuing workforce credentials on Aug. 24. (photo STC)

A renewed donation by RGV Focus for the coming semester at South Texas College will continue to increase credential certificates and advancing degrees in the Valley. RGV Focus, the educational arm of Dallas-based Communities Foundation of Texas presented a $30,000 check to STC directed towards students pursuing workforce credentials. RGV Focus Senior Director Dr. Rodney Rodriguez was in attendance to present the award to STC trustees at their regular board…

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Love Of Libraries Extends Globally

On Infotopia for students in grades 5-12 and their teachers, one subject area is languages. By clicking on that link, students can find numerous French, Spanish, German and American Sign Language resources.

It is said that “once a teacher, always a teacher.” The same can be said about a school librarian. Both are on point in the case of Dr. Michael and Carole Bell. Mike taught Spanish and history, including a three-year stint at Edinburg High School, the Hockaday School in Dallas and Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD. He earned one master’s in education and another in library science before claiming the ultimate educational achievement,…

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