South Texas College

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South Texas College
Established 1993
President Shirley A. Reed, MBA, Ed.D.
Academic staff
Students 31,000[1]
Location McAllen, Rio Grande Valley, Texas, USA
26°12′59″N 98°15′12″W / 26.216316°N 98.253316°W / 26.216316; -98.253316Coordinates: 26°12′59″N 98°15′12″W / 26.216316°N 98.253316°W / 26.216316; -98.253316
Colors Violet and Green

South Texas College (STC) is a public community college in the Rio Grande Valley region of South Texas, 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.[1][2] It was created on September 1, 1993 with the passage of Texas Senate Bill 251, the purpose of which was to serve Hidalgo and Starr County. [3]

The college is well known in higher education circles for its diverse student body and for operating one of the largest dual enrollment/early college high school programs in the United States.

As defined by the Texas Legislature, the official service area of STC includes all of Hidalgo and Starr Counties.[4]


  • 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

Executive Staff

  • Dr. Shirley A. Reed, President
  • Dr. Anahid Petrosian, Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs
  • Dr. David Plummer, Interim Vice President for Information Services and Planning
  • Wanda Garza, Interim Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management
  • Mary Elizondo, Chief Financial Officer

About South Texas College[edit]

Student Success Building at the Mid-Valley Campus in Weslaco.
Fall Festival at STC

About the faculty[edit]

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.

Vital statistics[edit]

  1. More than 60% of student population are the first in family to attend college
  2. More than 95% of students are Hispanic
  3. More than 75% of students (not including dual enrollment students) take advantage of some form of financial aid
  4. More than 35% of students go on to immediately pursue a bachelor’s degree
  5. Class size averages 26 students per faculty member

Strategic planning[edit]

The South Texas College Strategic Plan for 2008 thru 2013 was published by the college in 2008.[5]

Associate degrees and certificates[edit]

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[edit]

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 and a Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) in Organizational Leadership. The college is one of only three Texas community colleges accredited to offer a BAT or BAS degree and the only community college in Texas accredited to offer three bachelor’s degrees.

Dual enrollment opportunities[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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.

Leadership development[edit]

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

Articulation agreements[edit]

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:[6]

Student organizations[edit]

  • Accounting Society
  • Amnesty International Student Chapter at STC Mid-Valley Campus
  • APICS- new student organization for Resource Management
  • Art Department Club D' Artiste
  • BAT- Bachelor 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[7][8]
  • CIMA- Comic Illustrations & Manga Arts
  • Education Club (Mid-Valley Campus)
  • Inventors and Entrepreneurs Club[9]
  • Japanese Anime Club
  • Literary Arts Society (Mid-Valley Campus)
  • Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society- Beta Epsilon Mu Chapter
  • Political Science Club - MidValley Campus[10]
  • Safe Zone (Mid-Valley Campus)
  • SGA- Student Government Association
  • ENACTUS- ENACTUS formerly Students in Free Enterprise-SIFE[11]
  • Valley Scholars
  • WILD- Writers in Literary Discussion



  1. ^ a b "South Texas College Fact Sheet 2010-2011" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on July 21, 2011. Retrieved January 2, 2011. 
  2. ^ "About South Texas College | South Texas College". Retrieved 2015-12-15. 
  3. ^
  4. ^ "Texas Education Code - Section 130.199. South Texas Community College District Service Area". Archived from the original on July 17, 2010. Retrieved June 10, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Strateic Plan" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on May 27, 2010. Retrieved March 23, 2009. 
  6. ^ "South Texas College". Retrieved 2015-12-15. 
  7. ^ "Chemclubstc". Retrieved 2015-12-15. 
  8. ^ "The Traveling Chemists". Retrieved 2015-12-15. 
  9. ^ "Inventors and Entrepreneurs Club at STC". Retrieved 2015-12-15. 
  10. ^ "Political Science Club at South Texas College - MidValley Campus". 2015-11-17. Retrieved 2015-12-15. 
  11. ^ "Dedicated to making the world a better place through entrepreneurial action". 2015-10-16. Retrieved 2015-12-15. 

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