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Board extends administration contracts
The SWTJC Board of Trustees extended administration contracts during their regular meeting on Thursday, Feb. 19, in Uvalde.

Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Mark Underwood, Vice President of Finance Anne Tarski and Vice President of Student Affairs Margot Mata all had their contracts extended through August 2018.

Associate vice presidents Derek Sandoval and Gilbert Bermea were retitled to vice presidents and their contracts were extended through August 2018.

Vice President of Administrative Services Joe Barker had his contract extended through August of 2016.

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Entry deadlines near for creative artists
Deadlines are coming soon for the 34th Annual Southwest Texas Junior College Creative Arts Contest.



“The deadlines for submitting entries to the annual contest are fast approaching,” Creative Arts Contest Coordinator, Ismael Martinez, said.



Literary entries should be submitted no later than Feb. 26, with Mar. 5 being the deadline for visual arts entries. DOWNLOAD ENTRY FORM



Cash prizes, trophies and medals will be awarded in the annual event, which attracts thousands of art, photography and writing entries from across the region.



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Big crowd attends college day
College DayApproximately 275 high school seniors from twelve high schools attended the spring college day at SWTJC Uvalde on Tuesday, Feb. 17. PHOTOS

The students were taken on a tour of the campus and later attended breakout sessions on admissions, financial aid and student support services throughout the morning.

"It was a good turnout and I want to thank all the faculty and staff for all their work in putting together another great college day," said SWTJC outreach coordinator Damacio Sanchez.

An additional college day will be held during the fall semester. 

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Police academy debuts iPads in classroom
Middle Rio Grande Law Enforcement Academy added a new tool to their classroom; iPads were issued to every cadet at the beginning of the spring academy in January.

“Having the iPads has made a world of difference for our cadets, it has streamlined our entire classroom learning materials and testing,” said Andrew Davila, Middle Rio Grande Law Enforcement Academy instructor. “Cadets now have all their notes and any other information they need for the academy all in one location as opposed to having numerous documents either in some type of notebook or electronic files on a USB drive.”

A total of 35 iPads were purchased through the Carl Perkins grant, which is a grant used to provide materials for vocational-technical programs.


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Students attend community college day in Austin
Group PhotoA group of over 50 SWTJC students, administration, faculty and staff attended Community College Day on Feb. 3 at the state capitol in Austin.

Dual credit students from Uvalde High School, as well as SWTJC students from Del Rio, Eagle Pass and Uvalde campuses joined over 1,500 at the rally outside the capitol. PHOTOS

The event was sponsored by the Texas Association of Community Colleges. Speakers from TACC, as well as various state legislators and the president of the Texas Junior College Student Government Association all spoke at the opening of the day's activities.

Following the opening speeches, student representatives in attendance were encouraged to visit with their respective legislators concerning various issues facing the 50 community college districts across the state.

The SWTJC group visited with District 80 State Representative Tracy O. King of Uvalde and District 74 State Representative Poncho Nevarez of Eagle Pass.

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February is Financial Aid Awareness month
February is Financial Aid Awareness Month, and an important time to remind families that despite the rising cost of tuition and fees, financial aid can help make college possible, especially for families with the most financial need.

Southwest Texas Junior College encourages anyone who is interested in attending college to begin the process now by looking into funds available through the Department of Education and other resources.

Every year the Department of Education provides over $150 billion in Federal Student Aid in the form of grants, work-study and loans. This aid assists students to pay for expenses such as tuition & fees, room & board, books and supplies as well as transportation. Other items the aid can help students fund are computers for school use and dependent care while the student attends school.

In order to qualify, a person must: demonstrate financial need; be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen; have a valid Social Security number; register for Selective Service, if you are a male between the ages of 18 and 25; show you have a high school diploma or GED or completed a high school education in a home-school setting approved under state law; and maintain satisfactory academic progress in college or a career school. The StudentAid.gov website is a good source to find out more about eligibility for financial aid and answer questions you may have about financial aid.

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Good crowd attends Eagle Pass ground breaking
Eagle PassIt's official – ground has been broken for the new construction project on the SWTJC campus in Eagle Pass. School officials hosted an official groundbreaking ceremony on Jan. 23 for the $6.9 million project.

Joe Barker vice president of administrative services, welcomed SWTJC faculty, staff and members of the community including city mayor Ramsey Cantu, city council members Luis Sifuentes, Gloria Hernandez, Rudy Villapondo, and William Davis. Other local dignitaries in attendance included Maverick County Judge David Saucedo, Eagle Pass Independent School District Superintendent Gilbert Gonzalez, Sul Ross State University President Bill Kibler, Rio Grande College Associate Provost Dr. Paul Sorrels and numerous other guests. Victor Lopez was also recognized; he was representing the SWTJC Foundation, Inc. board.

SWTJC President Dr. Hector Gonzales welcomed guests to the ceremony and shared his long-term vision for the college in Eagle Pass. VIDEO PHOTOS

"Earlier this year we bought ten acres on Veterans Boulevard to create a technical campus for the community and over a year ago we purchased 18 acres on the other side of the hospital to secure the future growth for this institution and this community," Gonzales said. "We are doing everything we can to plan for the future and to accommodate the growth we see here."

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SWTJC pumping $156.9 million into economy
By Kim Eagle
Uvalde Leader News Staff Writer

Southwest Texas Junior College not only gives students an opportunity to earn a degree close to home, but it has a total yearly economic impact of $156.9 million in the college’s service area.
This area includes Uvalde and towns west to Del Rio and Eagle Pass, south to Crystal City and east to Hondo and Castroville. COMPLETE ECONOMIC IMPACT STUDY

The $156.9 million in added income was equal to approximately 2.6 percent of the region’s Gross Regional Product in 2012-2013, according to an economic impact study conducted by Economic Modeling Specialists International, authorized by Texas Association of Community Colleges.

“The college spent $24.3 million in operations in the region; students spent $193,500; alumni – these are former students of ours – in a one-year period, contributed $132.3 million... for a yearly impact of $156.9 million,” Gonzales said.

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