Category Archives: Member Briefs

South Texas College Police Academy First to Offer Newest Firearms Shooting Simulations Training System

MCALLEN, TX (June 14, 2017) – The Law Enforcement Program at South Texas College is taking their program to a whole new level by being the first police academy in the Rio Grande Valley to incorporate the newest, higher standard in firearms training simulations, the Virtra V-300. Virtra is the newest training tool for law enforcement professionals that demonstrates how quickly decisions have to be made, and if they are not made immediately and rationally, lives can be lost, according to STC Law Enforcement Program Chair Victor Valdez. The program plays out like a VR simulator. Real-world engagements occur in a 300-degree environment. Threats come from all directions. The disadvantages to training on a single-screen simulator, the cadet is only utilizing a 60-degree field of view, and doesn’t have to turn to scan the environment for a potential threat. Valdez says the overall benefit of having this system is to…

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South Texas College gears up for its annual Ceramics Conference with two artists from Alpine, TX

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South Texas College begins its 11th annual ceramics exhibition and workshop, “More than Coincidence: Continuations in Clay” in the Rio Grande Valley with an opening reception on June 22 at the Pecan Campus Library Art Gallery. The exhibit will be on view from June 22 to August 11, 2017, at the Library Art Gallery and at the Art Building B Gallery, located at 3201 West Pecan Blvd. in McAllen. The event includes a full display of ceramic work by distinguished Texas ceramicists Gregory Tegarden and Amanda Calhoun as well as ceramic work from 12 universities and community colleges across the U.S. “It should be really interesting on several levels once again,” said Chris Leonard, STC ceramics instructor and exhibit/conference organizer. “This year we are blessed to have a pair of artists making their way in and outside of clay with interesting backgrounds and shared histories. This should be an educational…

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

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  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!

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  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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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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New LASIK Center in McAllen, TX

Leading national LASIK provider, The LASIK Vision Institute (LVI) announces the opening of its new laser eye surgery center in McAllen, TX. A trusted destination for vision correction procedures, the new center offers patients unparalleled expertise, convenience, and affordability. We offer 25% Off discounts to all members and member employees.

STC brings together leaders of industry in healthcare and information technology

South Texas College is seeking to bring as many leaders as possible from across the Valley to share their concerns about industry in the region. Working with decision makers in the healthcare and information technology industries, the goal is to gather those who recognize that there is a high demand for growth in these sectors throughout the Valley. In a two-day event held at the Weslaco Chamber of Commerce on Jan. 24-25, the RGV Healthcare Industry Partnership and the RGV Information Technology Partnership, in collaboration with representatives from STC’s Texas Regional STEM Degree Accelerator (TRSDSA), RGV FOCUS, McAllen Economic Development Corporation, Harlingen Chamber of Commerce, Weslaco EDC, Workforce Solutions-Hidalgo, and the Rio South Texas Economic Council continued their discussion to determine priorities for collective action among professionals in healthcare and information technology. “Our plan is to get as many leaders from across the Valley, from Brownsville to Rio Grande City,…

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  ‘No Barriers for Students’ – STC Opens New Student Enrollment Center

Following official ribbon cutting, South Texas College set to open new student enrollment center. For the upcoming Summer and Fall semesters, students registering for classes at the South Texas College Pecan campus will avoid waiting in long lines at the old admissions, info & welcome centers thanks in part to a new Student Enrollment Center the college unveiled Tuesday.  The renovated space, located inside the first floor of Building K, combined these areas into one larger, open-concept space to offer students a virtual one-stop for admissions and registration. “This embodies what South Texas College is all about, no barriers for students,” said STC President Dr. Shirley A. Reed. “Everything is open and collaborative. Students will be here in a comfortable environment, and will have the chance to register early and get their services done on time.” The enrollment center should be fully operational by the end of February. When it…

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McAllen to announce STC as recipient of Development Fund Grant

The City of McAllen and the Institute for Advanced Manufacturing (IAM) at South Texas College are announcing an investment to help McAllen become increasingly competitive on a global scale. The city will present a $400,000 Development Corporation Fund grant award to STC at its Technology Campus Building B atrium at 10:30 a.m. on Jan. 19. The campus is located at 3700 W. Military Highway in McAllen. The ceremony recognizes McAllen and South Texas College in their partnership for manufacturing customized training catered to industry located within the city. “This is a partnership that has been ongoing for the last 15 years,” said Carlos Margo, STC Dean of Industry Training. “These funds will be used primarily for the delivery of customized training for McAllen manufacturing companies, and is intended to help companies grow and become more efficient, productive and ultimately help the economy here by doing so.” Customized training involves over…

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Now Open! Cambria Hotel & Suites McAllen Convention Center in McAllen, TX

Choice Hotels International, Inc. (NYSE: CHH), one of the world’s largest hotel companies, O’Reilly Hospitality Management, LLC, Hankin Enterprises, and Fulcrum Management are set to officially open the doors of the new Cambria hotel & suites in McAllen, TX today. Located just steps from the McAllen Convention Center, the 121-room Cambria McAllen will serve as the brand’s third property in Texas “said Roxanne Pequeno, General Manager of the new hotel. The new Cambria Hotel & Suites McAllen Convention Center features a modern design, while also taking cues from the vibrant city that surrounds it. Amenities will include a contemporary Bistro called Social Circle, serving a menu comprised of local specialties created by Chef Michael DeMaria; liquor, wine, beer and freshly prepared grab-and-go gourmet salads and sandwiches; and a barista bar; an outdoor pool; and over 2000 square feet of meeting space with integrated AV capabilities available for meetings. “McAllen is…

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Raba Kistner Brings their Coastal Services to the Rio Grande Valley

Tom Burr, COO of the Raba Kistner Environmental group, has announced that Raba Kistner has brought their coastal protection, restoration and resiliency services to the Valley. The Coastal Services and Engineering (CSE) group will focus their efforts along the entire Texas Gulf Coast. The CSE group is led by Melany Larenas, PG and Scott Hicks, PE.  The group introduces a full suite of coastal engineering and geological capabilities to Raba Kistner’s Valley offices. For more information, please contact Melany at mlarenas@rkci.com or Scott Hicks at shicks@rkci.com.

Register now for STC Spring 2017 Classes

Registration for the upcoming 2017 spring semester is underway at all South Texas College campuses. Classes start January 17 and students are encouraged to register early. South Texas College offers 119 degree and certificate programs with classes ranging from art, biology, and automotive technology to nursing, mathematics and political science. More than 34,000 students attend STC, and a faculty and staff of more than 1,600 serve STC’s five state-of-the-art campuses, two teaching centers and South Texas College Online, a virtual campus. Day, night, weekend, and online classes allow students to fit school into even the busiest of schedules. Many classes are in high-demand and fill quickly, so early registration ensures the best selection of classes and times. Advisors are available to assist new students with the registration process. Current and recently enrolled students can register online at SouthTexasCollege.edu/register or at any South Texas College location. New students can apply for admission…

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