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Palomino Fest donates $800 to college police academy
Uvalde, Texas, Sept. 26 – Palomino Fest donated $800 to the Middle Rio Grande Law Enforcement Academy for their participation in the 20th Annual Palomino Fest in Uvalde.

Cadets of the academy donated their time, providing traffic and parking control at the festival.

Donation photoAccording to academy instructor, Andy Davila 42 cadets worked the entire weekend directing festival-goers to parking and keeping the congestion of traffic to a minimum.

“I was very proud of our cadets, they did a fantastic job,” said Davila.

J.J. Suarez, who helps organize the event, praised the cadets and the academy instructors for their contribution to Palomino Fest.

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Medina Valley school creates scholarship in honor of two college employees
Margot Mata and Michelle TorresUvalde, Texas, Sept. 22 – When you hear of a scholarship being named in honor of someone, usually that person has passed on. Not in this case, the honorees are very much alive.

PHOTO: Margot Mata (left) and Michelle Torres (right)

SWTJC recently received word that the Medina Valley Education Foundation will award a scholarship this May to a deserving dual credit student in honor of two members of the SWTJC family. 

The two individuals being recognized for their contributions towards Medina Valley’s Dual Credit program are Margot Mata, vice president of student services and Michelle Torres, director of outreach.

The Medina Valley High School dual credit program began during the 2009 - 2010 school year with approximately 150 students and has grown almost 67 percent since.

Mata, who was the outreach director at the time, worked diligently with Medina Valley High School staff and administration to get the program off the ground.

“It was an arduous task, nevertheless it couldn’t have been done without the collaboration between the college and the high school,” said Mata. “When I heard about the scholarship I was humbled and truly honored.”

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Palomino Fest draws record crowd, presents $25,000 check to SWTJC
Palomino FestOrganizers say upwards of 22,000 people attend the 2016 Palomino Fest Labor Day Weekend Celebration held last weekend (Sept. 1 - Sept. 4) at the Uvalde County Fairplex.

Festival founders, the Arreola brothers presented a $25,000 check to college president Dr. Hector Gonzales to help fund the Los Palominos scholarship at SWTJC. WATCH VIDEO

Wade Carpenter, festival coordinator recognized the volunteers and partners who helped with this year's festival.

“It takes many volunteers and partnerships to produce an event of this magnitude,” said  Carpenter. “ It was a great weekend that ended with a surprise fireworks celebration on Sunday night to cap off the 20th anniversary of Palomino Fest. We are already working on plans for 2017.”

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Trustees hold second public hearing on proposed tax rate
The second meeting centered on a proposed three-cent tax rate increase from 13 cents to 16 cents per $100 valuation and offered the public at large an opportunity to weigh in on proposed measures.

Two Uvalde citizens did exactly that, offering positive comments regarding the proposed tax rate during the hearing.

Rene Nolasco, a local business owner, told the board his question was answered in a handout provided, which indicated the proposed three-cent tax rate increase from 13 cents to 16 cents per $100 valuation. Nolasco also said, "I strongly support this institution."

Don Laffere of Uvalde was on hand and informed the board he reviewed the college’s operating budget.

He commended the college on managing the institution’s funds. Laffere further added he did not think the three-cent increase was excessive and pointed out the amount of money the college receives from taxes is lower than the funds received from tuition and the state appropriations.

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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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