Student to Instructor: A Transformative Journey in SWTJC's Diesel Technology Program

Student to Instructor: A Transformative Journey in SWTJC's Diesel Technology Program

Uvalde, TX, May 1, 2024 - Librado Rodriguez's journey from being a student in the Southwest Texas Junior College Diesel Technology program to becoming an instructor is a testament to his dedication and passion for the field.

Born in Piedras Negras, Coahuila, Mexico, Librado's educational path took him to Eagle Pass, where he attended elementary through junior high. Rodriguez then went on to attend St. Anthony's Catholic High School in San Antonio, where he graduated as part of the Class of 1998. That same year, he enrolled at SWTJC to begin his general studies.

Despite facing a temporary hiatus to support his family's business, his determination led him back to SWTJC in 2005. In 2008, he proudly graduated with an associate degree in diesel technology, marking a significant milestone in his educational and professional growth.

Librado excelled in his academic pursuits and actively contributed to the diesel program as a lab assistant from 2006 to 2009, showcasing his commitment to the program's success. His expertise and dedication to the field led him to a role as a diesel mechanic with the Eagle Pass Independent School District's Transportation Department in 2009, where he continued to hone his skills and make a meaningful impact.

Librado's journey reached new heights in 2013 when he seized the opportunity to become the shop supervisor within the school district's transportation department, demonstrating his leadership and technical proficiency. His invaluable contributions and unwavering dedication caught the attention of SWTJC, which led to a career-defining moment when he was offered the position of instructor in the diesel technology program in the fall of 2023.

Rodriguez continues to inspire and guide the next generation of diesel technicians as an instructor, imparting his knowledge and practical experience to the students. His transition from a student to an instructor within the same program he attended is a testament to his expertise, passion, and the exceptional quality of education provided by SWTJC's Diesel Technology program. 

Librado's remarkable trajectory exemplifies the program's ability to shape and elevate careers in the diesel industry. His dedication, perseverance, and unwavering commitment to excellence make him an exemplary figure within the program and a source of pride for SWTJC.