Author Archives: Anabel Aranda-Saenz

South Texas College to begin offering Continuing Education Credits to nurses and nursing faculty


  McAllen, Texas (March 28,2017) — Two and a half years in the making, South Texas College will now be offering specialized Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for Continuing Nursing Education (CNE) in the Rio Grande Valley.   Working in collaboration with STC’s Nursing and Allied Health (NAH) campus, the college is now approved for CEUs for CNE-specific training for nurses and nursing educators throughout the region. “We are doing all we can within STC Continuing Education to develop programs for the community to take them here locally,” said Juan Carlos Aguirre, Dean of Continuing Education at South Texas College. “This is one of the most important components of our mission. It’s to develop programs here as opposed to having to travel out of the Valley to get those CNE units.” Nurses require at least 10 Continuing Education credits per year while nursing educators require at least 20. STC will begin…

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We’re Open!!! The NEW Home 2 Suites by Hilton® McAllen is now open and ready to serve you!


  The hotel is located by the McAllen Convention Center, and the brand new McAllen Performing Arts.  Our Home2 Suites is an all- suites, extended-stay hotel designed with the savvy and thrifty travelers in mind. No matter how long you are out on the road, we want you to feel like this is your Home2. With a unique approach to comfort, flexibility, sustained ability and functionality all included in our rate, we strive to make sure that you not only feel at home but are also inspired. The privilege of being nestled in the middle of all the newest shopping stores, restaurants, and entertainment at Palms Crossing Outdoor Shopping Mall.   Our Home2 Suites is only three miles from the McAllen Miller International Airport, plus we offer complimentary airport shuttle to and from the airport.   At Home2 Suites, all of our guests enjoy: An innovative studio or one‐bedroom suite complete…

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Fishing and sports, German Shepherds/Belgian Malinois and a love of marketing all make up a part of Jennifer Vasquez, McAllen Chamber Ambassador. Jennifer has been the Marketing Manager for BlueWave Express over three years, ever since the company opened in the Valley. A Mass Communications with PR and Advertising graduate from The University of Texas Pan American, Jennifer makes good use of her time as an Ambassador. “I want to get BlueWave Express more involved with the community,” the, co-chair of the Ambassadors said. “It’s been a great opportunity to spread the word about the company and to educate the area about our services, including our three-minute wash, free vacuums and memberships.” BlueWave Express has five Rio Grande Valley locations, with two more opening soon and eight more locations in Houston. Among Jennifer’s hobbies are fishing and enjoying being with her family, which currently includes 12 dogs (6 puppies) of…

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Every year the Chamber’s Top 5 Small Businesses Committee selects five small businesses out of those entered to represent the small business community of McAllen. The five named businesses for 2016 are Alberico Fine Wine, McAllen Country Club, Mail-Pak Your Box Store, Texas Border Business/MegaDoctor News and The Dry Room. “Winning this award is a confirmation to my staff that over these past years their work has been recognized as quality,” said Rick Ramos, owner, Alberico Fine Wine. “There are so many small, successful businesses that have been around for such a long time. This is a humbling experience.” Ramos’s dream of owning his own restaurant became a reality over five years ago when he decided to open a new concept, offering wine at retail prices with meals. Celebrated for excellent cuisine, Alberico Fine Wine has put top emphasis in food quality and customer service. Pro-active in giving back to…

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    1) What is your favorite book? Dinesh d’Souza is my favorite author. Right now, one of the books I’m currently enjoying is Stealing America. I like autobiographical books mainly.   2) What is your favorite movie? I’m a big Star Wars fan so the entire Star Wars series. I like the villains so I do like the Darth Vader characters, the scythes. I would say, however, that out of them all Han Solo might be my favorite.   3) What was your favorite vacation spot? I like the beach but it gets a little old. I like places which have activity like New Orleans and Las Vegas.   4) What is your life’s motto? Don’t sweat the small stuff!   5) Where were you born? McAllen, TX. I’m a true blue local, born in the old downtown hospital.   6) What was a life changing event in your…

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STC named second in the nation for awarding Associate Degrees to Hispanics by Hispanic Outlook Magazine

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   South Texas College has been recognized by The Hispanic Outlook on Education (HO) Magazine as one of the leading community colleges for Hispanics in the United States and has been highlighted in the February issue of HO magazine.   STC ranks number two on the 2015 Associate degrees granted by four-year schools according to HO. The designation comes from HO’s “Top 25 Community Colleges for Hispanics” ranking published in its February 2017 issue.   STC is the only Texas college that made the rankings, sharing the top 10 spotlight with colleges from Florida, and Nevada. Miami Dade College ranked at the top of the list.   STC offers more than 119 degree and certificate program options including associate degrees in art, science, technology and allied health fields. The college also offers 18 online associate degrees and certificate options through South Texas College Online enabling students to earn their degrees…

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