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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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College dedicates new library and campus to Crystal City natives
Open HouseUvalde, TX, March 10 – Local dignitaries and education advocates joined college administrators as Southwest Texas Junior College at Crystal City hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house at its newly constructed, state-of-the-art library building on Friday, March 23.

Honored guest speakers included Frank Moreno, Mayor of Crystal City; Tracy King, State Representative District 80; Joel Luna, Zavala County Judge, and Dr. Hector Gonzales, SWTJC President. PHOTOS

President Gonzales expressed his thanks to the City of Crystal City and its citizens for their commitment to SWTJC.

“I want to thank the community of Crystal City and specifically the mayor, city council and the city manager for their commitment to Southwest Texas Junior College,” said Gonzales. “This library would not be possible without the generosity and the vision of the city and citizens of Crystal City.”

Dr. Gonzales recognized Victor Lopez, college board member who played a critical role in the construction of the new library. The newly constructed library was named the Victor Lopez Library and Study Center.

“I am very proud of what we have accomplished, it was just a vision then and now it is here,” said Lopez. “This is the biggest tool for our students to use in order to succeed and to go on and become productive citizens of our society.”

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