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Will Hurd visits Southwest Texas Junior College, meets with officials
U.S. Congressman Will Hurd met with college president Dr. Hector Gonzales and other SWTJC leadership members on Monday (Aug. 22) in Uvalde.

Hurd was at SWTJC to voice his support for a Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI) Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) grant the college is applying for. 

The SWTJC STEMward Bound project is modeled after a study entitled: Doubling Graduation Rates: Three-year Effects of CUNY's Accelerated Study in Associate Programs (ASAP) for Developmental Studies.

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Welcome message from the college president
PresidentWelcome students to Southwest Texas Junior College! I hope that each of you enjoyed a summer filled with relaxation, new experiences, family and friends.

There’s always a sense of excitement at the beginning of a new academic year. I personally am excited to get another semester started with you all.

Additionally, I want to welcome returning faculty, and staff. We are excited everyone has returned safely to another wonderful semester at SWTJC.

Those of you who are returning to campus may have noticed a few changes as well as many new faces.

Let’s take a moment to welcome the newest members of the Southwest Texas Junior College community, beginning with Amy Maldonado and Johnny Field, law enforcement academy instructors; Erick Navarro and Jose Zavala, Jr., Eagle Pass welding instructors; Janna E. Calk, Maria Elena Martinez and Jeanne Leake, associate degree nursing instructors.

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Late registration extended for Eagle Pass and Crystal City, 12-week semester available
Luis Fernandez Classes are underway for the fall 2016 semester. According to registrar Luis Fernandez, Tuesday, Aug. 23 was the last day to late register or change classes for the 16-week session.

However, the deadline has been extended until Aug. 25 for our Eagle Pass and Crystal City campuses due to the AT&T network outage they experienced on Monday and Tuesday.

For those students who missed the opportunity of signing up for 16-week fall session, a 12-week session is now available.

"Tuesday was the last day to register or make schedule changes," Fernandez said. "Students who missed signing up for the 16 week fall session now have an opportunity to register for the 12 week session.”

According to Fernandez, registration for the new 12-week fall session goes through Sept. 9, with late registration taking place from Sept 12 - 16, which is also the last day to pay.

Students can make an appointment to see a counselor to register for 12-week session classes. They should also contact the financial aid or business office to find out about payment options available.

Classes for the 12-week fall semester begin Sept. 19.

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Ceremony honors regional HSE graduates on August 13 in Uvalde
HSE GraduationA total of 53 graduates completed the High School Equivalency (HSE) program, with 17 donning caps and gowns on Saturday, August 13 to commemorate their accomplishment.

Dr. Olga M. Escamilla, AEL Director served as Master of Ceremony and began with a general welcome to family, friends and special guests such as, Dr. Harry O. Watkins, SWTJC Board Member and various program instructors and supervisors.

Deacon Daniel Ibarra delivered both the invocation and benediction, while Alexis Vera, Uvalde High School choir member sang a flawless acapella rendition of the National Anthem.

Tina M. Diaz-Decker, Middle Rio Grande program specialist, conveyed the motivational keynote address to the graduates.

She expressed to them that “Obtaining your TX-CHSE not only reflects credit upon yourself – but, also models the example and blazes the trail for others to follow."

Romelia Aranda, Dean of Workforce Education and Dr. Mark E. Underwood presented the certificates of completion to the graduates.

After the presentation of certificates students were allowed to reflect on their accomplishment at the podium.
Graduates from Uvalde and the area included Claudia Castillo, Sergio Castillo, Kathie Castro, Caren Cortez, Krista Grant, Thelma Hernandez, Nicholas Hise, Christopher Martinez, Bianca Mata, Michael Moos, Farrah Pickens, Tyressa Schaefer, Remberto Tijerina and Madeline Torres, and Jonathon Gass from Knippa.

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College board votes to seek increased tax
The Southwest Texas Junior College Board of Trustees voted to approve placing a proposal to adopt a tax rate of $0.16 per $100 valuation on the agenda of the September meeting during their regular monthly meeting on Thursday (Aug. 18) in Uvalde.

Board members Antonio H. Rivera, Victor Lopez, Anita Shackleford, Harry Watkins and board president Rodolfo R. Flores voted for the new tax rate. Trustees Tony Moreno and Elena Lara casted the two dissenting votes.

College president, Hector Gonzales stated the impact of a three-cent tax rate increase to the tax payer would be minimal.

“On a $50, 000 dollar home we’re talking about a $15 increase per year, which is $1.25 per month and on a $150,000 home we’re talking about a $45 increase per year, which is $3.75 per month,” Gonzales said. “I don’t think it’s an unreasonable request and I think that is not a whole lot to ask for from our taxpayers for the benefit that they derive from having a viable institution in their community. The college has not raised any taxes since 2009.”

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Faculty wrap up convocation, classes start Monday
GonzalesSWTJC faculty wrapped up the weeklong fall convocation on Friday (Aug. 19).

SWTJC President, Hector Gonzales, Ph.D. kicked off convocation by addressing all faculties on Tuesday (Aug. 16) during the annual fall general address.

Gonzales began his opening remarks by welcoming the new faculty and staff to Southwest Texas Junior College.

He used his time to update faculty and staff on the status and progress on a myriad of topics including the college’s five-year strategic plan.

“We have a 14-19 strategic plan, and right now we are in the process in reviewing of the goals we have accomplished,” said Gonzales. “We will take this next year to look at that plan, make adjustments and come up with a new five-year plan.”

The current strategic plan focused on three main goals, which included to increase the number of developmental students to become college ready, the second was to increase the number of graduates and transfers, and third to increase the number of students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics majors.

According to Gonzales, some of the objectives also addressed in the plan were upgrading facilities in Del Rio, Eagle Pass and Uvalde.

In addition, a sizeable investment was made this summer on upgrading the information technology infrastructure.

Faculty attended meetings with their division chairs; committee meetings and also partook in the 4 Disciplines of Execution, which is an initiative of precise rules for translating strategy into action at all levels of an organization.

Classes begin on Monday (Aug. 22), while late registration runs through Aug. 23.

Students, who did not have the opportunity to sign up for the 16-week fall semester, can register for the 12-week fall semester through Sept. 16.

Classes for the 12-week fall semester begin Sept. 19.

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