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Local youth attend first college science summer camp
STEM Boot CampOver 100 youth participated in the first SWTJC Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Summer Camp. Youth members from the surrounding communities were introduced to the importance of a STEM education and engaged in hands-on STEM activities.

Four camps were held between July 17 and July 27. Participants channeled their inner engineer to design, create, and improve upon their engineering constructs.

The summer camps were held on the Eagle Pass Campus on July 17 and 18; Del Rio Campus, July 19 and 20; Uvalde Campus, July 24 and 25, and on the Crystal City Campus on July 26 and 27.

Additional activities included learning the various states of matter and candy math, an after-lunch activity in which students determined the color distribution of a bag of M&M's.

Nora Padilla, a Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Park Ranger also spoke of the various wildlife flora and fauna found at the Devils River State Natural Area.

"I am thankful to the parents for enrolling their children and to all the volunteers for their time,” said STEM Outreach Coordinator and camp organizer Oscar Gaytan. “I am happy to see a continued increase of STEM awareness in our community and look forward to seeing more community members take advantage of our existing resources and STEM Career Pathways."

The college is currently hosting the STEM Boot Camp for students currently pursuing a STEM Career Pathway. For more information on STEM or digital media from past events, please visit or contact Oscar Gaytan, STEM Outreach Coordinator, at

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College encourages civic engagement for students, faculty and staff
Service learning projectIf you frequently drive down Garner Field Road, on occasion, you may have seen some SWTJC students in bright orange vests picking up trash. At first glance, you may have thought these students were being punished for not turning in an assignment.

On the contrary, the students were taking part in a service learning project, which is a newly adopted method of instructing at SWTJC. Service learning projects have been trending in the world of higher education.

The individuals picking up trash are members of the two-year honor society, Phi Theta Kappa at SWTJC. The club’s adopt-a-highway program is only one of many service learning projects conducted at SWTJC.

Earlier this year the college administration launched the second part of the Quality Enhancement Plan, which focuses on the high impact practice of service learning.

The idea behind service learning is to combine community service with academic instruction while focusing on critical, reflective thinking and personal and civic responsibility.

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SWTJC prepares for campus concealed carry
Uvalde, TX, – Come August 1, 2017, SWTJC will allow concealed handguns to be carried on any of the colleges’ sites with the exceptions of the Hondo, Medina Valley and Pearsall campuses.


The Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill 11 during the 84th Legislative Session in 2015, which was signed into law in June of the same year by Governor Greg Abbott.


The Hondo, Medina Valley and Pearsall campuses are exempt due to those buildings being leased by entities which are not required to adhere to the new law. The building in Hondo is leased from the City of Hondo, while the Pearsall building is leased from the Pearsall Independent School District. In Castroville, SWTJC classes are housed in a building leased from the Medina Valley Independent School District.


SWTJC President, Dr. Hector Gonzales formed the Campus Concealed Carry Committee to obtain input and feedback from the SWTJC community regarding the implementation of the new law.


The committee submitted a report containing implementation recommendations to President Gonzales.


Exclusionary Zones areas on campus where the concealed carry of a firearm is not permitted, which include child care facilities located on campus, nursing and radiology laboratories, testing rooms, libraries, cafeterias and snack bars. For a complete list of exclusionary zones visit for a frequently asked questions page has been published.

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Enrollment continues to climb for fall semester
Stock photoUvalde, TX, – Registration, both online and in person, continues for fall semester classes at SWTJC.


SWTJC Registrar Luis Fernandez reminds students that time is running out to get applications for financial aid completed.


"Students who will be seeking financial aid and who haven't completed all their paperwork need to get busy," Fernandez said.


Registration for fall classes started in April and over 2,900 students have already registered.


Fernandez says the earlier students register the better their chances of getting the instructors they want, the classes they need and the times they need them.


"Registering early also gives students more time to arrange payment options," Fernandez said.

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Trustees approve balanced budget, appoint vice president of Del Rio campus
Uvalde, TX, – It was a busy night for SWTJC trustees during the board's regular monthly meeting on June 16 in Uvalde.


Highlighting the action taken, the board adopted an operating budget for the fiscal year 2018, appointed a vice president of the Del Rio campus and approved a salary increase.


The fiscal year 2017-2018 budget is balanced at $45.6 million, up $2.8 million from the 2016-2017 budget.


Increases in state support and tuition account for most of the rise. Hector Gonzales, college president, said, “We have realized about a $400,000 increase in state appropriations.”


The board of trustees approved a salary increase of two steps for all employees on a classified scale. Also, board members authorized one percent as an equivalent for one step for unclassified employees.


In other business, trustees appointed Connie Buchanan as the new vice president of the Del Rio campus, replacing Derek Sandoval who filled the vice president of administrative services earlier this year. Buchanan’s new role as vice president of Del Rio will take effect July 1.

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FAN scholarships total $19K for graduating seniors across the area
FAN logoUvalde, TX, – The Friends and Alumni Network (FAN) at Southwest Texas Junior College has announced the awarding of $19,000 in scholarships to 19 recent high school graduates from across the region.


Individual scholarships for the 2017-18 school year were awarded to students from Brackettville High School, Carrizo Springs High School, Crystal City High School, Del Rio High School, Pearsall High School, Sabinal High School, and Uvalde High School.


"We are extremely pleased to be able to help these deserving students as they pursue their higher education at SWTJC," said FAN treasurer Wade Carpenter.


Class of 2017 Uvalde High School recipients of $1,000 FAN scholarships includes Jose Luis Benavides, Jr., Lyndon B Diongzon, Alexsander Rodriguez, and Alondra Romo.


Brackettville High School graduate, Louisanna Rodriguez was awarded a $1,000 scholarship.


Also, receiving $1,000 scholarships were Destiny Cantu of Pearsall High School and Gloria Delgado of Sabinal high School.


FAN scholarships were also awarded to graduates of Del Rio High School, with Leanne Delgadillo, Andrea Guerrero, Joshua Lopez, Christina Stovall, and Leslie Torres each receiving a $1,000 in scholarship money.


Crystal City High School 2017 graduates Sebastian Bonilla, Jose Cervera, Klaudia Contreras, Esther Loera, Rebecca Martinez, and Devin Trevino each received $1,000 scholarships.


Carrizo Springs High School graduate Yazmin Avila received a $1,000 scholarship.

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