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Sandoval promoted to VP spot at SWTJC
Derek SandovalTHE FOLLOWING was taken from
a news story in the Uvalde Leader News.

Derek Sandoval was promoted to vice president of administrative services on April 20 by the Southwest Texas Junior College board of trustees.

Sandoval previously served as vice president in charge of the Del Rio campus. He started his SWTJC career as an instructor in 1995. In 2007 he became kinesiology department chair until his current Del Rio position in 2013.

He was selected SWTJC Outstanding Faculty Member in 2012.

Sandoval earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas Tech University and a Master of Education from Texas State University.

Sandoval’s new position will be based in Uvalde.

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Judson High School team places first in criminal justice competition
Group winnersThe 12th Annual SWTJC Criminal Justice Competition was held Friday, (April 21) on the Uvalde campus.

Judson High School took top honors in the team competition, which included a total of 31 teams from across south and southwest Texas. PHOTOS

Eagle Pass Border Patrol Post 925 earned second place, and Stevens High School Post 521 placed third.

More than 500 students took part in the event which featured competition in 13 events including fingerprinting, push-ups, sit-ups, patdown frisk search and arrest, crime scene, felony traffic team stop, domestic violence, shooting simulator, criminal justice quiz bowl, mile run and 100-meter run.

"I want to thank everyone who volunteered to make this year's competition a success," said Director of Outreach, Michelle Torres.

SWTJC’s criminal justice department, along with the outreach department, coordinated the daylong event.

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Creative arts winners 2017: the complete list
winnersThe award's ceremony for the 36th Annual Southwest Texas Junior College Creative Arts Contest is scheduled at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 27, in the Matthews Student Center Ballroom on the SWTJC Uvalde campus.

First through fourth places in various age groups and categories will be announced at the ceremony and winners will receive trophies and medals. A $20 cash prize will be presented an overall literary and visual arts winner in each age group.

For a complete list of winners by community click here.

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New service learning scholarship now available
Uvalde, TX, March 10 – Applications from eligible students are now being accepted for the newly created SWTJC Service Learning Scholarship.

According to the American Association of Community Colleges, service learning is combining community service with academic instruction, focusing on critical, reflective thinking and personal and civic responsibility.

The scholarship is designed to promote service learning by individually awarding four SWTJC students with a scholarship that can be used to attend SWTJC in the Fall 2017 semester.

The students eligible for the award must have completed a service learning or community-based learning project in the Fall or Spring semester of the current academic year.

Students should submit a scholarship application on the form provided online by the Southwest Texas Junior College Scholarship Committee.

Scholarships will be awarded on an annual basis and disbursed in August of the next academic year.

Students are required to continue attending classes and maintain no lower than a 3.0 grade-point average.

Each scholarship awarded will be a minimum of $500 annually to be paid in one payment or credit.

The application deadline is April 30.

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SWTJC partners with various region educators to address higher education needs
Gonzales speaks at forumMiddle Rio Grande Development Council’s Education Committee, Southwest Texas Junior College, and Sul Ross Rio Grande College, hosted the first ever regional educational forum named “Collaborative Approach to Education in the Middle Rio Grande Region” in Uvalde on Thursday (April 6).

The forum’s objective was to provide the first step in addressing as a collaborative effort the higher education needs of our region.

“Our goal is collaboration—partnerships are key not only to Southwest Texas Junior College but also to the advancement of our region,” said Dr. Hector Gonzales, college president. “It’s hard to advance higher-ed or advance anything in isolation.”

The focus of this forum centered on a discussion of the current certificate and degrees offered by both post-secondary institutions along with present and future trends in dual credit.

Other topics addressed were dual credit, early college high schools, career technology, current financial models, proposed state legislation, and pathways models.

The forum was led by Dr. Hector Gonzales, SWTJC President; Dr. Paul Sorrels, Sul Ross State University-Rio Grande College Vice President and Gilberto Gonzalez, Superintendent of Eagle Pass Independent School District and Chairman of the MRGDC Education Committee.

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Gala raises approximately $29,000 for scholarships to SWTJC
Gala nightApproximately 350 attended the 2017 President’s Gala on April 1 at the Uvalde County Fairplex Events Center.

According to Wade Carpenter, FAN secretary/treasurer, “$29,000 was raised for our scholarship fund this year". PHOTOS

"On behalf of the entire FAN organization and gala committee I want to thank everyone who made this year's event such a great success,” added Carpenter.

SWTJC President Dr. Hector Gonzales expressed his gratitude to those who sponsored this year’s event and talked about the importance of partnerships between the college and area businesses and organizations.

Gonzales went on to speak on the impact that SWTJC has on the 11-counties in its service area.

“We did a statewide study back in 2014, and economic analyst found that the SWTJC engine generates $160 million annually in our 11 counties,” said Gonzales. “It’s important—what we do in training and educating our students is a valuable piece of our economy.”

This year’s gala was a “Mardi Gras” theme with casino entertainment and music provided by Full House Entertainment of Eagle Pass.

Founded in 2007, the SWTJC FAN has awarded over $200,000 in scholarships to hundreds of students.

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