South Texas College
|South Texas College|
|President||Shirley A. Reed, MBA, Ed.D.|
|Location||McAllen, Rio Grande Valley, Texas, USA|
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South Texas College (STC) is a public community college in the Rio South Texas Region, and is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award Bachelor of Applied Technology, Associate of Applied Science, Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees. STC has an enrollment of approximately 31,000 students and a staff of 1,600 working across six campuses.
- Pecan Campus (main), McAllen, Texas
- Mid-Valley Campus, Weslaco, Texas
- Starr County Campus, Rio Grande City, Texas
- Technology Campus, McAllen, Texas
- Ramiro R. Casso Nursing & Allied Health Campus, McAllen, Texas
- E-STC Virtual Campus
Board of Trustees
- Rose Benavidez, District 1
- Graciela Farias, District 2
- Paul Rodriguez, District 3
- Gary Gurwitz, District 4
- Dr. Alejo Salinas, Jr., District 5
- Jesse Villarreal, District 6
- Roy de Leon, District 7
- Dr. Shirley A. Reed, President
- Dr. Juan E. Mejia, Vice President for Academic Affairs
- Jose Cruz, Vice President for Information Services and Planning
- Diana Pena, Vice President for Finance Services
- Wanda Garza, Interim Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management
About South Texas College
The South Texas College Strategic Plan for 2008 thru 2013 was published by the college in 2008. It is available on their web site at http://www.southtexascollege.edu/about/strategic_plan/pdf/stratPlan08_13.pdf.
Associate Degrees and Certificates
South Texas College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award Bachelor of Applied Technology, Associate of Applied Science, Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees and certificates. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of South Texas College. More than 31,000 students attend STC and a faculty and staff of more than 1,600 serve STC’s five campuses.
The college offers more than 100 degree and certificate program options, including associate degrees in a variety of art, science, technology and allied health fields of study. The college also offers twenty online degree and certificate options.
Bachelor of Applied Technology
STC offers a Bachelor of Applied Technology (BAT) degree in Technology Management, as well as a Bachelor of Applied Technology in Computer and Information Technologies. The college is one of only three Texas community colleges accredited to offer a BAT degree and the only community college in Texas accredited to offer three bachelor’s degrees.
Dual Enrollment Opportunities
STC has instituted a variety of dual enrollment programs, including early college high schools, drop-out recovery programs and other unique initiatives with high schools throughout Hidalgo and Starr counties. The programs allow eligible students to take college courses while attending high school. Combined, more than 11,000 students are currently enrolled in these programs.
The college has also developed two intensive academic programs for students interested in pursuing degrees in the medical and engineering fields. The Dual Enrollment Medical Science Academy and the Dual Enrollment Engineering Academy consist of concentrated two-year programs of study and internship opportunities for qualified students to pursue an Associate of Science degree during their junior and senior years in high school.
Business and Industry Training
STC’s Partnership for Business and Industry Training offers employers customized training that will upgrade the skills of current employees and prepare new employees for a variety of industries.
Continuing and Professional Education
The program provides opportunities for lifelong learners to upgrade their skills, change careers or seek personal enrichment.
The college is the fiscal agent and home of the executive offices for the North American Advanced Manufacturing Research and Education Initiative. STC serves as the Regional Institute for Advanced Manufacturing linked to all the community and technical colleges in the region. The college has taken the lead in helping train the workers to fuel a regional manufacturing economy and to support innovations in rapid response manufacturing.
STC has more than 60 articulation agreements in place with colleges across the country for those students who wish to continue their education beyond an associate’s degree. Following is a sampling of colleges with formal agreements with STC:
- Georgetown University
- University of Houston–Clear Lake
- Midwestern State University
- University of North Texas - Denton
- Texas A&M University – College Station
- University of Texas–Arlington
- Texas A&M University–Kingsville
- University of Texas–Brownsville
- Texas State University – San Marcos
- University of Texas–Pan American
- Texas Tech University
- University of Texas–San Antonio
About the Faculty
South Texas College currently employs 428 full-time and 228 adjunct instructors. There are 384 faculty members with master’s degrees, 46 hold double master’s, five hold triple master’s and 79 have doctorate degrees. In certificate and other programs, there are 97 faculty members holding bachelor degrees and 44 with associate degrees.
- More than 60% of student population are the first in family to attend college
- More than 95% of students are Hispanic
- More than 75% of students (not including dual enrollment students) take advantage of some form of financial aid
- More than 35% of students go on to immediately pursue a bachelor’s degree
- Class size averages 26 students per faculty member
- Accounting Society
- Amnesty International Student Chapter at STC Mid-Valley Campus
- APICS- new student organization for Resource Management
- Art Department Club D' Artiste
- BAT- Bachelors of Applied Technology Club
- Biology Club (Mid-Valley Campus)
- Border Studies Club (Mid-Valley Campus)
- CADD Club(Computer Aided Drafting & Design) (Technology Campus)
- Chemistry Club (website,)
- CIMA- Comic Illustrations & Manga Arts
- Education Club (Mid-Valley Campus)
- Inventors and Entrepreneurs Club (website)
- Japanese Anime Club
- Literary Arts Society (Mid-Valley Campus)
- Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society- Beta Epsilon Mu Chapter
- Safe Zone (Mid-Valley Campus)
- SGA Student Government Association
- SIFE- STC Students in Free Enterprise
- Valley Scholars
- WILD- Writers in Literary Discussion
South Texas College currently runs a leadership development program with students engaging the community and the students with service learning, and action learning projects- Partner organizations in the surrounding community allow STC Students and student groups to engage in positive change projects, and volunteer to support existing projects to create a better Rio Grande Valley