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SWTJC end of the year BBQ



SWTJC Eagle Pass Campus had their end of year bbq on May 12th at 5pm in F 120.

Instructors, staff and faculty were treated to some good old fashion brisket, beans and potato salad to celebrate another successful year. more pics

We also congratulated Mr. Robert Koening Biology Instructor on his retirement. We would like to thank everyone that made this year possible.

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2015-16 Graduates
SWTJC Del Rio held a small photo session for students that did not cross the graduation stage in Uvalde. The graduation ceremony was cancelled due to bad weather. Students are pictured with Del Rio Campus V.P. Derek Sandoval and their families. Photos

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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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Mr. and Miss. SWTJC crowned at 2016 Palm's Fest in Eagle Pass
Mr. and Miss SWTJC Eagle Pass were crowned April 22nd during the SWTJC Palm's Fest in Eagle Pass. Photos


Claudia De La Garza, Activity Life coordinator welcomed those attending this year's fest, De La Garza introduced the candidates for the Mr. and Miss. SWTJC and announced the 2016 winners.

For the Eagle Pass campus, winners were Mr. Carlos De La Cerda and Miss. Amanda Martinez representing Phi Theta Kappa.


Additionally, a total of 10 students were honored by faculty and staff with Who's Who recognition, during the award Ceremony.


SWTJC Eagle Campus honorees include:Celestino Mendez, Cynthia J. Crabtree, Adela Esquivel, Rosa Flores, Damian Gutierrez, Darien K. Long, Bridgitte Y. Luna, Leslie T. Tamez, Michelle M. Trevino and Isha S Vasquez Candelario.


Vice- President Mr. Gilbert Bermea presented the awards to all honorees during an awards presentation.


Also recognized at the ceremony were Leadership award winners from the Eagle Pass Campus. Recipients of "L" awards are chosen by sponsors of various clubs and organizations at the college.


On the Eagle Pass Campus, winners include: Anacaren Fernandez, Sileny Rivera and Alex Rodriguez, Student Government Association; Cynthia Crabtree, Michelle M. Trevino and Roque Peña, Phi Theta Kappa;Lisa Reyez LVN.

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Creative Arts 5k Run

The SWTJC Del Rio Campus Creative Arts Club (CAC) will be hosting their first 5k walk/run/fly event, W.I.N.G.S (Women In Need Getting Support) on May 21, 2016. The event is to help raise money for the New Horizons Women’s Shelter. The event will start at Greenwood Park. Pre-Registration is $15, Registration the day of the event is $20 with a $5 credit for any approved donated items. This particular event is spearheaded by Elvira Ahkothe, aka Eevee and current club President Cynthia R. Garcia. “I initially thought of the 5k, but as a group we all agreed it was a good idea to help the Women's Shelter. As a Club it would be a good idea for us as a group to give back to the community and to give ourselves some exposure as well,” said Ahkothe. The event starts at 7:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. there will be music, and entertainment. This event is opened to the public; we hope to see students, faculty and staff from SWTJC supporting this event. 

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Starburst Festival


SWTJC Del Rio held the Starburst Festival in honor and recognition of the 2015-16 graduates and award recipients. The award ceremony was held on Thursday, May 12th at 7 p.m. followed by a reception and dance, in the Amistad Room (building A). Photos



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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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Christmas at the College

SWTJC Del Rio held its first Annual Christmas at the College Tuesday, December 1st. Attendees were treated to Christmas carols from the Del Rio High School Choir, pan dulce and hot chocolate, and the arrival of Santa Claus. Children of all ages lined up to take pictures with Santa including parents, students, and staff. Visit our FaceBook page for more PHOTOS.

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Former dean receives award for dedication to higher education in Eagle Pass
  It has been some ten odd years since former SWTJC Associate Dean of Eagle Pass, Gilbert C. Bermea retired from the college, where he worked for 35 years.

Last month Bermea found himself back on the SWTJC Eagle Pass campus, however this time as the recipient of the Founder's Award from Beta Lambda Gamma Chapter of the international honor society Phi Theta Kappa in Eagle Pass.

The award presented to him was for his longstanding dedication and involvement in the establishment of the SWTJC Eagle Pass campus.

Bermea was honored with the award during the chapter's spring induction ceremony in Eagle Pass.

Paul Kimble, SWTJC Math instructor and PTK advisor introduced Bermea by referring to him as a mentor.

"I — just like you step daily on the path that this man laid. To many of us, he is a great mentor,” said Kimble. “He is a champion of our age. He has always been a man of strength, resilience and persistence.”

Bermea modestly accepted the award, acknowledging his wife Irmgard for always supporting him throughout all the years he worked for SWTJC.

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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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Honoring SWTJC Veterans

The SWTJC Veteran’s Affairs Office held its annual Veteran's Day Luncheon on the Del Rio campus Tuesday, Nov. 10th to honor veterans for their service. 

Local veterans from all branches of service were invited. Former SWTJC English instructor, Patrick Dugan, Retired USMC, was the guest speaker. Willie Braudaway, USAF veteran and SWTJC Del Rio librarian, sang the National Anthem.


Sponsors for the luncheon include the Veteran’s Affairs Office, Registrar’s Office, the Catholic Club, Vice President of Student Services, Margot Mata and the Outreach Department. PHOTOS

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Student receives All-State Academic Award













  Roque Peña, a student at SWTJC in Eagle Pass, was awarded a medallion as a member of the Texas All-State Academic team. This award and selection is given to outstanding students on behalf of Phi Theta Kappa, the Association of community college presidents and The University of Texas in honor of outstanding academic and civic performance. The award was given at the Texas State Capitol on Friday, March 25th. Congratulations to Roque for his high honor.

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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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2015 Fall Fiesta

SWTJC Del Rio Campus held its 2nd Annual Fall Fiesta event on Thursday, October 22nd. This year’s event was held inside the Academic B Building due to inclement weather. Fall Fiesta is a Student Involvement Fair devised to provide information on college resources available on campus. Recruiters from TAMU-SA, TAMIU-Laredo, Our Lady of the Lake University, Park University, and U.S. Customs & Border Protection were available to answer students questions.


In addition to the educational activities, each department/organization booth provided games and goodies for each participant. The event ended with pizza and door prizes.


For more photos of the event visit our FaceBook page.

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Celebrating 'No Recommendations
SWTJC Del Rio faculty and staff were treated to a hamburger lunch for their efforts in assisting with achieving a 'No Recommendations' status with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) reaffirmation of accreditation visit.

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Homecoming Parade
Students from SWTJC Early College High School took part in Wednesday's Homecoming parade.

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Safe N' Sober Week
safe n sober 2016

SWTJC Eagle Pass promoted Safe N' Sober Week with a variety of activities. Starting Monday, March 7th "Know Your Limits" Banner Pledge  flyers, bracelets and  pamphlets on alcohol awareness were distributed in C building 11am - 1pm.  More Pics

On Tuesday, March 8th students were treated to Mock-tail drinks and a Contest get involved with sprit with non- alcoholics drinks.

On Wednesday, March 9th PTK had their Blood Drive and Thursday, March 10th was BYOB party - "Bring your own Banana" students were treated to banana splits in F building.

The Safe N' Sober event was sponsored by Student Activities Office.



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College Crossroads 2016
College Crossroads 2016


              The Student Success Center hosted its annual College Crossroads on March 22nd in F 120. where students had the opportunity to visit with advisors, financial aid and several other departments as we kick-off summer and fall registration. More Pics

  "We want students to be ready for the upcoming semesters and be aware of all the services and resources available to ensure success on their academic journey," said Miss. Claudia Valdez Student Success Coordinator." Plus, various universities were invited to come and talk to students to share about the different programs offered once they graduate and transfer." During this time, we also had student organizations share with students on campus the various things they are doing and what their organization represents.

The event was successfully attended by students, faculty and staff. Thanks to all who participated and continued to support all events hosted by the Student Success Center.

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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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Del Rio Student Activities is now on facebook…

Want to get the latest information on events, clubs, and much, much more… click on the link below to visit and like our facebook page, then be sure to check in with us often to get the latest information on what is happening at the Del Rio campus!!/pages/SWTJC-Student-Life-Del-Rio-Campus/389408541167422

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Eagle Pass TSI Summer Schedule
The TSI will be offered at the Eagle Pass Campus on the following dates.

If you have any questions please stop by the office to schedule your exam date or pick up your schedule.
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Feeling hungry?
Students on the Del Rio campus have a new place to hang out or grab a bite to eat. The new snack bar, located in the J Building, will have a variety of goodies available for breakfast and lunch.

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Final Exam Spring 2016
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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