Category Archives: Member Briefs

Southern Careers Institute Seeking Nurse Aide Instructors

MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN A STUDENT’S LIFE! Are you a driven individual who enjoys the challenge of exceeding expectations and goals?  Are you passionate about improving people’s lives? Southern Careers Institute is currently seeking Nurse Aide Instructors for our new Nurse Aide program at the Pharr, Texas location. As an Instructor, you will have the opportunity to positively impact students’ lives by engaging them in learning new skills. Position Requirements: Successful candidates will have the following: ·         Must be a current Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) or Registered Nurse (RN) licensed in Texas; ·         Successfully completed a course in teaching adults, experience in teaching adults or supervising nurse aides; ·         1 year long-term care facility experience is required; ·         Ability to keep a classroom full of students engaged in the learning process.  In other words, you must have strong communications skills; ·         Perform other duties as assigned.    

Fifteen McAllen ISD Choirs earn Sweepstakes

District dominates by earning 40 percent of all Sweepstakes trophies Fifteen groups from McAllen ISD earned the highest score at the Middle School Choir UIL Concert and Sight-Reading Contest held recently at PSJA Southwest High. McAllen ISD sent 21 choirs to compete. Of those, 15 of them (71 percent) received Sweepstakes which is the highest UIL music score. McAllen ISD also had four other groups earn a Superior Rating in either Concert or Sight-Reading. That means 90 percent of the district’s choirs received an award at UIL. McAllen ISD also had more performing groups at UIL than any other school district (28 percent of the total competing groups).  In fact, 40 percent of all UIL Sweepstakes Trophies were awarded to McAllen ISD choirs. Fossum and Morris middle schools each earned four Sweepstakes awards. Cathey earned three while De Leon earned two. Brown and Travis earned one each. Lincoln Middle School…

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Mesquite Beans From Lowly Seed to Dazzling Superfood

Texas has one of the highest populations of mesquite trees in the country. To the average person this really doesn’t matter, but to Victoria Barrera Cappadona, those feathery, spring-green trees with long, glittering, golden beans have been the catalysts to a tremendous change in her life. “When we were in the midst of a heavy drought in 2012, everything dried up around the ranch except the mesquite trees which looked like Christmas trees with their beautiful glorious pods,” Cappadona stated. “I asked my father-in-law what could be done with the mesquite bean pods and he said he’d heard of honey and jelly being made.” Launching into research mode, a common mode for this inquisitive, exuberant woman, Victoria began studying about the bean and discovered its many health benefits. Deciding to act on the knowledge, she first launched her original Mesquite Bean Jelly-experiment with the Chilli Pequin for a delicious added…

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South Texas College receives $929,800 grant from the U.S Department of Education

The Department of Childhood Development at South Texas College (STC) received a four year grant from the U.S Department of Education of $929,800 as part of the Child Care Access Means Parents in School Program. The grant will provide affordable childcare services for eligible students at the Child Development Center, located at the South Texas College Mid Valley Campus. Funds will be utilized to cover tuition and fees for 50 eligible children of STC student-parents each semester and 40 children in the summer. STC’s Mid Valley Campus Child Development Center, which is nationally accredited, is committed to providing a lab program to train future early childhood professionals and has served as a catalyst for quality care and education for children and their families for the past 10 years. Veronica Rodriguez, Assistant Professor and Program Chair of Child Development, says this grant will serve students greatly and believes that the Child Development…

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Couture Ravel “Piano Trio in A minor”

Join us for a romantic evening and experience “Piano Trio in A minor” by Maurice Ravel that will captivate you from the very first measure. Written for cello, piano and violin — Ravel’s piece is a true sonata for three players, rich in the harmonic and textural innovations with a passionate final movement filled with shimmering, never-ending trills from the strings and a wild whoosh or two from the piano. Featuring VSO Concertmaster, Geoffrey Wong, violin; Benjamin Ponder, cello and Daniel Steenken, piano. Thursday, February 15, 2018 at Sky Tower Club, Chase Bank, 17th Floor, 200 S. 10th St., McAllen, Tx Contact: Valley Symphony Orchestra at  956-661-1615 or


The Valley Symphony Orchestra and Trudie Elmore Abbott invite you to América, América. Let the music move you with Latin-inspired symphonic music from Cuba, Brazil & Mexico with Col. R.T. (Ret). & Carol Ann Dixon sponsored guest artist, UTRGV Mariachi Aztlán. A concert so energetic, so rhythmic, so explosive, you’ll have a hard time staying still in your seat. Friday, February 2, McAllen Performing Arts Center, 8:00 p.m.  Musical Director/ Conductor: Peter Dabrowski Contact: Valley Symphony Orchestra at  956-661-1615 or  

Final Mile of the McAllen Kids Marathon

On Saturday, January 20, at McAllen Convention Center, our students will run the Final Mile of the McAllen Kids Marathon. As you know, we are a school district that has been recognized nationally for encouraging physical and nutritional health. This is the culmination event for our district-wide effort.  Please encourage students to register by going online at McAllen ISD students can receive a medal and a t-shirt for completing their  Final Mile. This free event is set to begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday. Adults are encouraged to also sign up to run in the adult marathon on Sunday, January 21. Adults can sign up at Employees and students (13 years and older) will receive a 50% discount (PROMO CODE: MISD17) when they sign up for the McAllen Marathon/Scott Crane Memorial Run!  McAllen Kids Marathon Final Mile WHAT: Joint press conference WHEN: 10:30-11 am, Friday, Jan. 19 WHERE:…

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Governor Abbott Appoints Villarreal To Texas Facilities Commission

Governor Greg Abbott has appointed Rigo Villarreal to the Texas Facilities Commission for a term set to expire on January 31, 2023. The Commission manages state government buildings and handles the sale of surplus property, including property donated to the state by federal programs. Rigo Villarreal of Mission is the superintendent of bridges for the City of McAllen. He is a board member of the Rio Grande Valley Chamber of Commerce, McAllen Chamber of Commerce, and the Border Trade Alliance Executive Board, and a member of the Texas Transportation Commission Border Trade Advisory Committee. Additionally, he is a former member of the Freight Advisory Committee and the Panama Canal Stakeholder Working Group for the Texas Department of Transportation. Villarreal received a Bachelor of Social Work and a Master of Public Administration from The University of Texas – Pan American.


Design 6 unique pendants in just 2 hours! We will guide you through the design process and provide all the materials and tools needed for your exquisite jewelry pieces.  These pieces will be fired and picked up later. CLASS FEE:  $35, 16+ yrs. Prior glass cutting experience is not required. For your safety, open toe shoes are not allowed in the classroom.  TUESDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2017 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM ADVANCE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED.  SPACE IS LIMITED.  

South Texas College Seeking Partnership with Department of Homeland Security Agencies Ahead of Center Opening

Maintaining security on the border requires the highest level of advanced specialized training. South Texas College has begun a series of law enforcement stakeholder meetings with Hidalgo and Starr County mayors, city managers, police chiefs, and Texas Department of Public Safety Commissioner Cynthia Leon as part of Phase II for its Regional Center for Public Safety Excellence (RCPSE). The latest phase includes the expansion and development of professional continuing education training for federal agencies within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. To accomplish this, STC is pursuing a partnership with the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC), which is reviewing the College’s master plan for the upcoming Regional Center Public for Safety Excellence in Pharr, slated to open June 2018. Based in Glynco, GA, FLETC is the name of the interagency law enforcement training body for 91 federal law enforcement agencies. With an annual budget of $272 million, it also…

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This fused glass votive will surely add to your Christmas decor.  Create it in just 2-hours!  We will guide you in designing and preparing a beautiful piece of glass and also take care of the firing process.  Materials included. For your safety, open toe shoes are not allowed in the classroom.  16+ yrs. TWO CLASSES OFFERED FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE. TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2017 at 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM.  CLASS FEE:  $35   SPACE IS LIMITED.

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 recently certified by South Texas College are now leaders in Science, Technology Engineering, and Math. As the latest graduates from the RGV STEM Faculty Institute, the faculty has been charged with guiding students into 21st century STEM careers. Working under the Texas Regional STEM Degree Accelerator (TRSDA), 56 faculty members from school districts across the Valley successfully completed 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. In attendance at the graduation ceremony for TRSDA was new president of Texas Southmost College Dr. Jesus Roberto Rodriguez; Texas A&M-Kingsville Dean for its RGV Engineering Initiative, Dr. Oralia De Los Reyes; Dr. Greg Garcia, Program Evaluator with the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Brownsville ISD; as well as representatives from ISDs across the…

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American Advertising Federation – Media Auction November 9

The local chapter of the American Advertising Federation, will be holding its annual fundraising event on November at South Texas Buick-GMC in McAllen at 6 p.m. The Media Auction is an opportunity for all businesses to save on media, donated by our member suppliers, in radio, television, outdoor, print and digital for a substantial savings. The proceeds of this auction will fund the programming, education and public service activities of the AAF-Rio Grande Valley. Find out more about the AAF-RGV at

South Texas College professor Liza Veliz becomes regional vice president of national honor society in Psychology

Liza Veliz, a psychology professor at South Texas College, has been elected to serve as the Psi Beta Southwestern Regional Vice-President on the Psi Beta National Council for a two-year term, 2016-18. Professor Veliz was officially installed on Aug. 3 during the 2017 national convention of the American Psychological Association held in Washington DC.  Veliz is faculty advisor of the South Texas College Psi Beta Chapter. Psi Beta is the national honor society in psychology for community colleges and a member of the Association of College Honor Societies (ACHS). Psi Beta is an affiliate of the American Psychological Association (APA) and the Association for Psychological Science (APS).  Psi Beta’s mission is to professionally develop outstanding students at two-year colleges through promotion and recognition of excellence in scholarship, leadership, research, and community service. Active Psi Beta chapters, such as the chapter at South Texas College, provide students with a wealth of…

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