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Uvalde robotics team advances to regional championship
Robotics competitionUvalde, Texas, Feb. 23 – The Uvalde W.O.T.E.S, which stands for We Owe the Earth Support, from Benson Elementary School, advanced to the Alamo West Division Regional Championship during the FIRST Lego League Animal Allies Challenge qualifier in Uvalde on Saturday (Feb. 11).

Team Tech Tacs from Robb Elementary School placed second in the research and project category.

“I am very proud of our students, it has been a privilege to be their coach,” said Hope Sandoval, Uvalde robotics coach. “It has been a great journey to experience the excitement, fear, nervousness, enthusiasm, frustration and determination from both the W.O.T.E.S. and the Tech Tacs.”

SWTJC and the Uvalde Consolidated School District partnered up to host the First Lego League qualifier.

Teams who competed came from all over the region including Del Rio, JBSA-Lackland, Laredo, San Antonio, Somerset, Uvalde, and Von Ormy.

The team’s objective was to design and program a robot to perform certain tasks, along with a presentation that aims to use science and technology to solve an issue related to animals.

“It was great to see all the enthusiasm from the kids, parents, and teachers,” said Cheryl Sanchez, tournament director. “The competition allowed students to exercise their minds, work as teams and problem solve.”

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College and career day draws large crowd
CollegeDay EPUvalde, Texas, Feb. 23 – Over 700 Eagle Pass high school seniors attended the College Day event on Thursday (Feb. 16) in Eagle Pass.

High schools represented included Eagle Pass High School and C.C. Winn High School. The event was a partnership between Middle Rio Grande Development Council, Texas Workforce Commission, and SWTJC.

"The turnout was great, and I believe it was a very productive day for all the students who attended," said student recruitment coordinator Damacio Sanchez.

A total of four $300 scholarships were awarded to students in attendance. Winners included Alonso Vallejo, Israel Castillo, Stephanie Ramos, and Jeanette Fernandez.

The college is hosting a second college day event on Feb. 28 in Uvalde, where nine schools from the region are expected to attend.

Schools expected are Brackettville High School, Carizzo Springs High School, Crystal City High School, D’Hanis High School, Leakey High School, Heritage Academy, Medina Valley High School, Rocksprings High School, and Uvalde High School.

Breakout sessions will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. followed by a complimentary lunch, which will be served from 12:30 to 1:15 p.m. in the water fountain area behind the administration building.

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Trustees approve contracts for vice presidents, data center upgrade
The SWTJC board of trustees acted on a myriad of items during their regular monthly meeting on Thursday (Feb. 16) in Uvalde.

In the agenda items approved was the new EMT-Basic and Paramedic programs, with the EMT-Basic program scheduled to begin in Eagle Pass this fall. The Paramedic program will be initiated sometime within the next year.

Board members voted to extend the vice president’s contracts until Aug. 31, 2020.

In other business, trustees voted to approve a data center upgrade and financing. The upgrade includes reducing from 49 servers down to six servers. Implementing a disaster recovery site in Eagle Pass, a storage area network, virtualizing servers, and new back-up system.

According to the proposal submitted by IT Director Scott Baker the upgrade would cost approximately $300,000.

Earlier during the meeting, Baker updated the board on the current status of completed IT projects, which included Office 365, upgrading email for students, enhancing customer service response time, active directory migration, and newcopiers.

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Students attend Community College Day in Austin
Community College Day VisitUvalde, Texas, Feb. 10 – A group of approximately 20 SWTJC students, administration, faculty, and staff attended Community College Day on Feb. 7 at the state capitol in Austin.

Students from Del Rio, Eagle Pass, and Uvalde campuses joined over 1,500 other college students from across the state at the capitol.

The day began with a complimentary breakfast at the Robert Johnson Conference Center. Immediately after breakfast, the students met with District 80 State Representative Tracy O. King of Uvalde in his office, where he spoke on various topics.

“I am very fond of SWTJC, I went to school there after graduating from Carrizo Springs High School,” said King. “As a matter a fact, my first elected office was at SWTJC as president of the student council.

After meeting with King, the SWTJC group visited with District 74 State Representative Poncho Nevarez of Eagle Pass. Students were able to state their concerns to Nevarez, such as tuition and school funding.

“You’re preaching to the choir,” said Nevarez “I always do my best in looking out for schools like yours. I encourage you to continue to lobby for your school to all the other representatives and me.”

Students also had the opportunity to speak with staff members of District 19 State Senator Carlos Uresti and District 53 State Representative Andrew Murr of Kerrville.

Also, included in the day's activities were visits to the gallery of the house as it conducted the business of the day. SWTJC President Hector Gonzales, Ph.D., accompanied the group during their visit to the capitol.

The event was sponsored by the Texas Association of Community Colleges.

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Entries being sought for annual college creative arts contest
Uvalde, Texas, Jan. 12 – Calling all artists! Southwest Texas Junior College is seeking entries for its 36th Annual Creative Arts Contest.

Plans are underway, and entry deadlines have been announced for the yearly creative arts contest.

Rules and entry form are available at The entry deadline for literary and visual arts is 5 p.m., Wednesday, March 23. 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.

Trophies and medals will be awarded to first through fourth place in all age groups and categories. Judges will also select an overall literary and visual arts winner in each age group. Cash prizes of $20 will be presented to overall winners.

Age divisions will be the same as last year and will include: Pre-K and Kindergarten, grades 1-2, grades 3-4, grades 5-6, grades 7-8, grades 9-10, grades 11-12, college and community.

The SWTJC Arts and Sciences Division and the SWTJC Public Information Office coordinate the annual event.

“The college has a strong commitment to supporting and promoting the creative arts, and we look forward to another year of outstanding entries,” said Cheryl Sanchez, dean of the college of liberal arts.

Sanchez encourages all area English and language arts teachers in public and private schools, as well as home school teachers, to have their students to enter the contest.

“We know the demands on teachers are enormous, but this doesn’t have to be work written specifically for the contest,” Sanchez said. “I encourage teachers to get their top writers to submit entries from their best efforts during the school year, even if they were turned in last fall.”

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