Uvalde robotics team advances to regional championship02/24/2017
Uvalde, 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 crowd02/24/2017
Uvalde, 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. Full Article >>>
Trustees approve contracts for vice presidents, data center upgrade02/20/2017
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. Full Article >>>
Students attend Community College Day in Austin02/10/2017
Uvalde, 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. Full Article >>>
Welcome Back Sp 201702/06/2017
SWTJC students, faculty and staff enjoyed free hotdogs, chips and sodas at the Welcome Back for the spring semester on Feb. 2nd. Special thanks to Mr. Bermea, faculty and staff who volunteered their time to make this event a success. PicsFull Article >>>
4DX Silver Certificate01/23/2017
Congratulations go out to the Southwest Texas Junior College Social & Behavioral Sciences Department in Eagle Pass on Achieving the 4DX Silver certificate. Pictured Vice-President Mr. Gilbert Bermea, Mr. Manuel Ortiz, Team Leader Mr. Mario Cardenas and Mr. Jose Perez (not pictured). Congratulations on their achievement.Full Article >>>
Entries being sought for annual college creative arts contest01/12/2017
Uvalde, Texas, Jan. 12 – Calling all artists! Southwest Texas Junior College is seeking entries for its 36th Annual Creative Arts Contest.
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2016 Christmas at the College12/08/2016
SWTJC Del Rio held its second Annual Christmas at the College Wednesday, December 7th. Attendees were treated to Christmas carols from Garfield Elementary, Buena Vista Elementary, and Del Rio High School choirs, pan dulce and hot chocolate, games and activities, culminating with 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. SWTJC Faculty & Staff would like to wish everyone in our community a very Merry Christmas and properous New Year!Full Article >>>
4DX Silver Certificate12/01/2016
Southwest Texas Junior College Diesel Technology Department instructors Mr. Lucas Librick and Mr. Victor Caballero in Eagle Pass are recognized for achieving the 4DX Silver certificate. Pictured Mr. Victor Caballero, Mr. Lucas Limbrick, and Vice-President Mr. Gilbert Bermea. The Team worked diligently to achieve the level. Congratulations on their achievement to the team. picsFull Article >>>
4DX Silver Certificate11/29/2016
Congratulations to SWTJC Del Rio Social Sciences team on their 4DX Silver Certificate achievement! Pictured L to R: Del Rio Campus Vice President, Derek Sandoval, Douglous Braudaway, Joshua overfelt, Hector Rivera, Dr. Nancy Masterson, and Twila Barnnett. Full Article >>>
4DX Silver Certificate11/28/2016
Congratulations are in order for the SWTJC Del Rio Library on their 4DX Silver Certificate achievement! Pictured L to R: Sandy Colombo, Willie Braudaway, Dora Padilla, and Del Rio Campus Vice President, Derek Sandoval.
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Amistad Parade Entry11/28/2016
Mr. Robert Deleon's Adult Education and Literacy Program ESL class float in the Amistad Day parade on October 22nd, received 3rd Place in a parade that had over 70 entries. The theme of the float was The Importance of Education.Full Article >>>
4DX Top Performer11/16/2016
Congratulations SWTJC Del Rio’s Social and Behavioral Sciences Department on earning the Top Performer Award! Pictured L to R: Del Rio Campus Vice President, Derek Sandoval, Twila Barnett (economics), Douglas Braudaway (government), Joshua Overfelt (history), Hector Rivera (computer science), and Dr. Nancy Masterson (psychology).
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4DX Bronze Certificate11/16/2016
Congratulations are in order for the SWTJC Del Rio’s Nursing team on their 4DX Bronze Certificate achievement. Pictured from L to R: Vice President Derek Sandoval, LVN instructor, Laura Gammill and LVN Director, Amanda Hadley.
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4DX Bronze Certificates11/01/2016
Southwest Texas Junior College Diesel Technology Department instructors Mr. Lucas Librick and Mr. Victor Caballero in Eagle Pass are recognized for achieving the 4DX Bronze certificate. Pictured Mr. Lucas Limbrick, Vice-President Mr. Gilbert Bermea and Mr. Victor Caballero. The Team worked diligently to achieve the level. Congratulations on their achievement to the team. More picsFull Article >>>
4DX Top Performers10/28/2016
Congratulations to the 4DX Top Performers of the week of Sept. 26th, Southwest Texas Junior College Department of Financial Aid.
The Eagle Pass staff members of Southwest Texas Junior College-Financial Aid Department pictured are Mrs. Janell Fernandez Aid Advisor, Mrs. Maria Villarreal-Financial Aid clerk, and Vice-President Mr. Gilbert Bermea. Keep up your efforts! More picsFull Article >>>
Final Exam Spring 201703/28/2016
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