South Texas College named among the top nursing schools in the southwest

McAllen, TEXAS – South Texas College has one of the country’s top nursing schools in the southwest region.

A study by the Research Team at Nursing Schools Almanac, which collected data on over 3,200 institutions nationwide ranked STC’s Division of Nursing and Allied Health (NAH) 45 out of more than 350 nursing schools considered in the southwest, which includes schools in Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas. Only 10 percent of the 3,200 schools made the final list.
Of the top 100 nursing schools in the United States, only 4 institutions were located in Texas including UT Houston, Austin, San Antonio, and Texas Tech University.

“It is an honor to be included in one of the country’s top 50 nursing schools in the southwest region especially being evaluated against universities that offer Bachelors of Science in Nursing and other graduate nursing degree programs,” said Jayson Valerio, Interim Dean of the Nursing & Allied Health Center at STC.
“This recognition can be attributed to South Texas College main core values such as excellence, innovation, giving back to the community, professionalism, collaboration, integrity, and most especially student success,” Valerio said. “We take pride in promoting student success and completion of their degree through the implementation of diverse and individualized strategies and initiatives. The NAH Division is gifted with a high caliber of faculty and staff and highly engaging student support services.”

STC Associate Degree Nursing students receive detailed instructions during a class at the Dr. Ramiro R. Casso Nursing and Allied Health Campus located in McAllen.

NAH offers an ADN program with three entry points: a traditional two-year pathway for non-nurses, a three-semester pathway for EMT paramedics, and a 12-month pathway for existing LVNs.

STC also offers a three-semester LVN certificate program that provides classroom instruction and clinical practice in the nursing care of four populations: adults, mothers / newborns, children, and the elderly. The college graduates 100-120 new LVNs and nearly 200 new RNs annually.
Students of all programs have exhibited strong licensure exam pass rates. Since 2008, LVN students have achieved an NCLEX-PN pass rate of 85.2 percent, while ADN students have achieved an NCLEX-RN pass rate of 85.4 percent. The National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN) is administered by individual State Boards of Nursing. The exam is used to determine a nurse’s eligibility to begin practice as an entry-level practical/vocational nurse.

“As the healthcare delivery system is changing at a rapid pace, our faculty not just in nursing but as well as other allied health programs must keep abreast with the trends in fostering safe and high-quality healthcare,” Valerio said. “The National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) is a proficiency exam that evaluates safety. As a registered nurse and a nurse-educator myself, I have the professional and legal obligation to produce graduates that are safe and competent. We, the faculty in both programs, need to arm our students with a complex set of knowledge, skills, and values that empower them to function safely and efficiently in the healthcare setting.”

According to the Research Team (2016), each nursing school in the region was evaluated on three dimensions, this included the institution’s academic prestige and perceived value, which represented 50 percent of the overall score.
Prestige and value were measured by:
• Graduates’ ability to repay their student debt in a timely manner
• Professional designations)
• Grant funding for nursing research from the National Institutes of Health
• Other established methodologies including U.S. News & World Report’s MSN and DNP rankings.

STC was also ranked according to the breadth and depth of nursing programs offered, which comprised 15 percent of the overall score, and student success, particularly on the NCLEX national licensure, which comprised 35 percent of the institution’s overall score.

“This remarkable distinction would not be possible without the headship team of South Texas College and the academic chairs headed Dr. Christie Candelaria and faculty and staff for the ADN department and Ms. Daphine Mora, RN, MEd, program chair for the vocational nursing and faculty and staff,” Valerio said. “Having been at the College for almost 13 years and currently serving as the Interim Dean of Nursing and Allied Health for less than a year, one thing I can attest, is the outstanding Leadership Team at the College headed by our founding President, Dr, Shirley Reed, and Vice-President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Anahid Petrosian, and the members of the College Board of Trustees.
“This leadership team is always committed to student success by maintaining high expectations, setting courageous goals, and constantly seeking methods for improvement and innovations to provide a better quality of life in our community,” he said.

For more information the South Texas College Division of Nursing and Allied Health visit http://nah.southtexascollege.edu/

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First MOU Signing Ceremony Between STC and UTRGV

MEDIA ADVISORY – First MOU Signing Ceremony between South Texas College & University of Texas Rio Grande Valley will be on August 10.

WHAT: A ceremony during which a memorandum of understanding (MOU) will be recognized and signed in order to facilitate student success through seamless transfer from South Texas College (STC) to the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV).  The MOU will create a framework for students and their advisors, in order for them to understand how courses will move between the two institutions.

WHERE: South Texas College – Pecan Campus

Rainbow Room (Library Bldg. F 2nd Floor)

3201 W. Pecan Blvd.

McAllen, TX 78501

WHEN: Monday, August 10, 2015

10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

WHO: Leadership from both institutions will be in attendance including South Texas College President Dr. Shirley A. Reed and University of Texas Rio Grande Valley President Dr. Guy Bailey.

MEDIA: Representatives from South Texas College and the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley will be available for interviews and photos before and after the ceremony. Your RSVPs via phone or email are appreciated.549449c133fdd.imageSTC Logo Vertical

 

Press Release: Education Grants for Plus 50 Population

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South Texas College (STC) has joined the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) in an initiative to engage and support students age 50 and over. Organized by AACC, the Plus 50 Initiative is a grant program focused on workforce training and career preparation for the plus 50 student population.

Since the partnership began in 2013, students have earned certificates in areas including health care, social services, and education through the Department of Continuing Professional & Workforce Education (CPWE) at STC.

It was an honor to have received this grant from the American Association of Community Colleges” said Juan Carlos Aguirre, associate dean of CPWE. “It’s an even greater honor to serve the local plus 50 population and empower them with knowledge and skills that lead to demand occupations.”

Eligible participants interested in gaining marketable skills and credentials are encouraged to apply for the grant as funds are still available. In total, 29 students are expected to benefit from the program. One of those students is 59-year old Juan Torres of Pharr, TX.

Last fall, Torres walked into an advising office to gain information about degree options. It was then that he learned of the Plus 50 Initiative. With an interest in the health care field, he decided to apply for a grant. Just seven weeks later, Torres completed the Phlebotomy Program and is currently gaining hands-on experience at Nuestra Clinica Del Valle in San Juan.

“From basics to more advanced biology and anatomy, every course subject has been interesting and very useful,” he said. “My favorite aspect about the field is analysis. It’s our job to collect blood samples so that a physician can have the necessary information to find a diagnosis and treat the patient.”

Since opening its doors to the community in 2006, CPWE has served thousands of students, 15 percent of them being age 50 and over. Among the growing number of CPWE programs include Alternative Teacher Certification, Cake Decorating, Floral Design, English as a Second Language, Phlebotomy, Real Estate, Computer Applications, Welding, GED, Bus Driving, and Truck Driving.

For more information on the Plus 50 Initiative or other continuing education opportunities, contact the Department of Continuing Professional & Workforce Education at (956) 872-3585 or visit cpe.southtexascollege.edu.

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Continuing Professional & Workforce Education instructor Leonel Oyervidez teaches a class at the Pecan Plaza.

Maquila Workers Expected to Utilize STC’s Festo-Certified Training Center

Photo courtesy of Joey Gomez/The Rio Grande Guardian.

Photo courtesy of Joey Gomez/The Rio Grande Guardian.

South Texas College is taking the lead to begin training maquila workers on the use of cutting-edge automation at its Technology Campus in McAllen.

By announcing the Festo Certified Training Center for Robotics and Industrial Automation, STC is launching the first program of its kind in the nation, one that will enable manufacturers from Mexico to have the first shot at the groundbreaking technology.

Festo refers to a privately owned German industrial control and automation company, which is a leading global supplier of automation technology.

The Festo Certified Training Center will provide the local workforce with state of the art training and globally recognized credentials in different technologies of advanced manufacturing and industrial automation such as pneumatics, electro-pneumatics, mechanics, sensors, stepper and servo motor technologies, programmable logic controllers, and industrial robotics.

Festo, which has 17,800 employees in 176 countries, says its mission statement is the maximum productivity and competitiveness for customers in factory and process automation.

“A lot of what they do today in the maquilas is use a lot of automation technology and it is increasing,” said Carlos Margo, interim associate dean of industry training and economic development at South Texas College. “STC has wanted to bring Maquila workers over here for training for some time but getting the permits was not easy. We did have some border crossing issues and visas and permits but we were able to work that out with the help of McAllen EDC and the Mexican Consulate’s Office and Customs and Border Protection.

STC has received a special permit that will enable employers in Reynosa to send their staff to the college for specialized training without the usual formalities like student visas. The permit will be used specifically for customized training, according to Margo.

While grants are available for U.S. companies, training for workers from Mexico will be paid for by the employers themselves. There are more than 200,000 manufacturing employees employed within a 50 mile radius in Mexico, and there are more than…

Read more at The Rio Grande Guardian.

Festo Certified Training Center is First in Nation, Ceremony May 28

The Office of Industry Training & Economic Development and the Institute for Advanced Manufacturing (IAM) at South Texas College (STC) will announce their certification as a globally recognized Festo Certified Training Center on Thursday, May 28, 2015, during a ceremony starting at 10:00 a.m. at the STC Technology Campus in McAllen. Festo is a privately owned German industrial control and automation company and is a leading global supplier of automation technology.

During the certification process, STC IAM Instructor Ernesto Avila was evaluated by a Festo audit team while conducting trainings. Photo courtesy of South Texas College.

During the certification process, STC IAM Instructor Ernesto Avila was evaluated by a Festo audit team while conducting trainings. Photo courtesy of South Texas College.

The Festo Certified Training Center for Robotics and Industrial Automation is the first of its kind in the nation, opening a world of opportunities for students and companies who are utilizing automation technology.

“Giving students the opportunity to earn a globally recognized certification is going to make them more valuable in the workforce,” said Carlos Margo, interim associate dean of industry training & economic development. “Companies on both sides of the border will also be able to benefit from this high level of automation certification.”

urrently STC-IAM training partners include Alps Automotive, Cinch Connectors, Coca Cola, Fiberio Technology, Fujitsu Ten, GE Energy, Grand Rapids Foam Technologies and Royal Technologies to name a few.

“A combination of having the appropriate robotic and other automation equipment in our IAM Lab, certified trainers, classrooms and our proximity to manufacturers in our region is what ultimately qualified South Texas College for the certification,” said Margo. “We are located in a unique area where we have proved automation technology can be utilized now and also shows growth potential in the future. Our Festo Lab will also serve as an inducement for prospective manufacturers who may be considering the Rio Grande Valley to establish or relocate their operations.”

The Festo Certified Training Center will provide the local workforce, new and incumbent, with state of the art training and globally recognized credentials in different technologies of…

Read more at SouthTexasCollege.edu.

Festo Ceremony Invitation

STC Secures Festo-Certified Training Center Status

Festo, a worldwide leader in automation and industrial training and development, will send one of its top executives from Germany to McAllen next Thursday for a unique certification ceremony.

Photo Courtesy of the Rio Grande Guardian. Story by Steve Taylor.

Photo Courtesy of the Rio Grande Guardian. Story by Steve Taylor.

The Office of Industry Training & Economic Development and the Institute for Advanced Manufacturing (IAM) at South Texas College will be recognized for developing the first Festo-certified training center for robotics and industrial automation in the United States.

The STC ceremony starts at 10:00 a.m. on May 28 at the STC Technology Campus in McAllen. Andres Alcantar, chairman and commissioner representing the public on the Texas Workforce Commission has confirmed his attendance at the ceremony.

“We are proud to have achieved this certification,” Carlos Margo, interim associate dean of industry training and economic development at South Texas College, told the Rio Grande Guardian. “The Festo Certified Training Center for Robotics and Industrial Automation is the first of its kind in the nation. It will open a world of opportunities for students and companies who are utilizing automation technology. Giving students the opportunity to earn a globally recognized certification is going to make them more valuable in the workforce.”

Festo, which has 17,800 employees in 176 countries, says its mission statement is the maximum productivity and competitiveness for customers in factory and process automation. Asked to explain who Festo is, Margo said: “Festo is a global, a major multinational company, headquartered in Germany. They provide a lot of industrial control and automation equipment for manufacturing companies. They also specialize in higher education, providing equipment and trainers for the purpose of providing education and training for industrial applications in automation and robotics.

“As part of their education line they have a process whereby they can certify a center or an organization as a Festo-certified training center. That allows that organization to provide credentials to individuals or trainees who complete a certain number of training hours or courses. They in turn receive an actual Festo certificate. Our instructors here at South Texas College have become certified instructors in Festo technology and so they now can be the providers of this instruction and through them we can provide training and certification for trainees.”

Among the local manufacturers that use Festo equipment, Margo said, are Alps Automotive, Cinch Connectors, Coca Cola, Fiberio Technology, Fujitsu Ten, GE Energy, Grand Rapids Foam Technologies and Royal Technologies.

Margo said he believes the Festo certification will help local economic development corporations lure more manufacturing companies to the Rio Grande Valley.

“Everything we do here is tied to economic development. I think this certification will not only help our students but help the economic development corporations around the Rio Grande Valley as they try to bring manufacturing companies to our region. Companies on both sides of the border will be able to benefit,” Margo said.

“Essentially what we are doing is replicating what advanced manufacturing is today. That has a lot to do with automation, their conversions to automation and automated systems. We are looking to replicate that to provide training, to get workers from industry up to par when it comes to those skills. We also want to make sure industry knows that they can count on us to provide this training for their employees.”

Ernesto Avila, project manager for Institute of Advanced Management at STC, is one of two instructors at STC to receive Festo Trainer certification said: “We are very proud. We are the first center in the United State to be a…

Read more at the Rio Grande Guardian.

South Texas College Named to Victory Media’s 2015 Military Friendly Schools List

South Texas College announced today that it has been designated a 2015 Military Friendly® School by Victory Media, the leader in successfully connecting the military and civilian worlds. South Texas College’s profile is available in the all-new Schools Matchmaker at www.GIJobs.com/schools.

U.S. Marine Veteran and STC Student Julian Ortega graduated this spring with an associate degree in culinary arts while proudly wearing a red, white and blue cord provided by the Office of Veterans Affairs.

U.S. Marine Veteran and STC Student Julian Ortega graduated this spring with an associate degree in culinary arts while proudly wearing a red, white and blue cord provided by the Office of Veterans Affairs.

Now in its sixth year, the Military Friendly® Schools designation and list by Victory Media is the premier, trusted resource for post-military success. Military Friendly® provides service members transparent, data-driven ratings about post-military education and career opportunities.

The Military Friendly® Schools designation is awarded to the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace military students, and to dedicate resources to ensure their success in the classroom and after graduation. The methodology used for making the Military Friendly® Schools list has changed the student veteran landscape to one much more transparent, and has played a significant role over the past six years in capturing and advancing best practices to support military students across the country.

“We are proud to have been recognized as a Military Friendly School,” STC Associate Dean of Student Financial Services, Testing and Veterans Affairs Miguel Carranza said. “We continuously strive to create a welcoming atmosphere and assist our veterans that are currently still serving in our nation’s military and those that are making the transition back to civilian life so that they may continue their…

Read more at the SouthTexasCollege website.

Reed: STC-TAMHSC Articulation Agreement is Just The Beginning

Dr. Shirley Reed did not get to speak publicly at last Wednesday’s articulation agreement between South Texas College and Texas A&M University Health Science Center.

However, the STC president was present to sign the document. Under the agreement, TAMHSC School of Public Health and South Texas College will launch an undergraduate program to help students earn a bachelor of science in public health.

Reed has provided the Rio Grande Guardian with these remarks:

“This articulation agreement allows students to spend two years at South Texas College and transfer to Texas A&M Health Science Center’s new bachelor’s program in public health. It’s a great opportunity for students interested in the public health field with high demand and tremendous need in the Valley and throughout Texas.

“This is one of many articulation agreements we have with Texas A&M. Our relationship began in 2000 when the Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine provided an opportunity for the very best South Texas College students to get advanced admissions into medical school. We then went on to articulate our associate degree in nursing to Texas A&M’s bachelor’s degree in nursing.”

“These are strong articulation agreements, and it’s just the beginning. The Texas A&M School of Rural Public Health is located adjacent to the South Texas College Nursing & Allied Health Campus. The expansion South Texas College is planning right next door is going to provide…

Read more at The Rio Grande Guardian.