EDITORIAL: STC is a game-changer

As a retired commercial banker and now chief executive of a real estate title insurance agency, I have had the pleasure throughout the past two decades to host many out-of-town business executives who are invariably astonished by what they find upon touring our community. They see an impressive array of commercial developments, hospitals, financial institutions, industrial development parks. In short, they see a fast-growing community with tremendous potential for continued economic and social development.



EDITORIAL: STC bond right for region now

A $159 million bond proposal that South Texas College has on the upcoming Nov. 5 ballot rightly has many citizens concerned. However, ensuring the continued success of this community-based college is an integral part of the economic and workforce growth of this region and therefore is needed to keep STC on track to continue serving residents of the Rio Grande Valley.

Therefore, the editorial board of The Monitor recommends voting in favor of the bond package.



STC wants $15.6M chunk of bond election for McAllen technology campus

McALLEN — Since its inception in 1997, the South Texas College technology campus grew from an initial enrollment of 608 to 3,769 this fall — part of the reason officials say they’re asking for a $159 million bond election this November.

STC is asking voters to foot the bill while the most populous city in its district asks approval of three ballot initiatives worth $45 million, including a $15 million bond election for youth sports fields in McAllen. The college collects taxes from Hidalgo and Starr counties.

If passed, the bond means a 23 percent tax increase in support of the proposed construction of eight new STC buildings and renovation or expansion of seven others at campuses throughout the Upper Valley.



Why South Texas College is Important to Our Region

The national unemployment rate declined to 7.4% over the summer, but the improvement was largely due to fewer people looking for work. Labor force participation has dropped from 67.3% in 2000 to 63.4% in May of 2013 (a 34-year low). There is a disconnect between what skills businesses are looking for and what is available. If young people are going to enjoy the same increases in living standards over a lifetime that other generations in the United States have enjoyed, we have to make our workforce more competitive and increase productivity through innovations and high value goods and services and education.



Bond Election Could Yield Major STC Starr Campus Renovations, Expansion

Starr County – At a press conference held Wednesday morning, June 26, at the South Texas College Cooper Center in McAllen, the STC Board of Trustees officially presented the details of November’s upcoming 2013 Bond & Maintenance Election. On the ballot will be two propositions that, if passed, would result in a tax increase, and an almost twenty-five million dollar construction and renovation project for the Starr County Campus.



STC produces Q&A booklet to explain upcoming bond election

McALLEN, August 26 – Why is South Texas College’s bond election in November necessary? Will senior citizens and the disabled pay increased property taxes as a result? Does STC serve students from Mexico?

Dr. Shirley Reed, president of South Texas College, gets asked these and other questions a lot. So, Reed and STC’s public information office have produced a brochure entitled “Frequently Asked Question and Answer” to explain the college’s upcoming $159 million bond and maintenance election.



STC proposes tax rate increase, promising Upper Valley impact

June 27, 2013 — South Texas College President Shirley Reed made her case Wednesday for the hard sell she might face in asking voters to approve a 23 percent tax increase this fall.

Though made public earlier this spring, a November $159 million bond election became official Tuesday when the STC Board of Trustees unanimously approved bringing it to voters. On Wednesday, STC trustees and Reed, who described the proposed construction as “no frills,” held a news conference showcasing the proposal.



STC to hold $159 million bond election in November

June 26, 2013 — The South Texas College board of trustees voted unanimously Tuesday evening to hold a $159 million bond and maintenance election on Nov. 5.

The funds will be used to construct and equip college buildings at all STC campuses. Trustees believe the bond issue will be a catalyst for economic development and regional prosperity.

“We see a definite need to provide a skilled and talented workforce to the many people who are investing in this region,” said STC board of trustees Chair Rose Benavidez. “We are helping businesses, the tax base, and more important we will be able to continue to draw investments from other areas to this location, to this region, which sorely needs more investment.”




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Proposed regional public safety center rides on STC bond election (The Monitor)

June 7, 2013 – A potential regional law enforcement training center heralded by local leaders Friday is largely dependent on a portion of the $159 million South Texas College bond election in November.

The plan to bring a Regional Center for Public Safety Excellence would have a transformational effect on the Rio Grande Valley, leaders from the city and state level said Friday.



South Texas College Spring 2013 Commencement Exercises

May 16, 2013 – Congratulations are in order for approximately 4431 South Texas College students who have earned their certificate, associate or baccalaureate degrees at STC this Spring 2013. Approximately 2500 of these graduates will take part in five graduation ceremonies starting May 17 through May 18, at the State Farm Arena. In addition, STC is proud to graduate 961 dual enrollment high school students with certificate and associate degrees, creating a pathway to employment and higher education.




April 29, 2013 – South Texas College (STC) was honored as a finalist for the inaugural American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Awards of Excellence in the category of Student Success for its Dual Enrollment Medical Science Academy (DEMSA) during the 2013 AACC Convention in San Francisco on April 23, 2013. STC shares this elite distinction with four community colleges from across the nation in a new national program designed to recognize innovation and promising practices among two-year colleges.



McAllen business leaders show signs of support for STC bond election
(The Monitor)

April 15, 2013 – Twelve years ago, the most recent bond package for South Texas College barely skated by on the strength of votes from Starr County and the Mid-Valley. As the college prepares to put an even more ambitious bond package before voters this fall, McAllen business leaders are giving encouraging signs about potential support from business leaders in central Hidalgo County.



STC bond to stretch across Valley
(The Mid-Valley Town Crier)

April 12, 2013 – South Texas College’s Mid-Valley campus would see millions spent in construction if a $159 million bond issue is approved by voters in November.

At a public hearing Tuesday, Monte Churchill, administrator at the Mid-Valley campus, along with and a panel of STC’s board of trustees sat among students and parents as Campus President Shirley Reed discussed what the bond issue would be tackling. The main purpose of the bond is to expand and create facilities at all five STC campuses.



Residents, STC leaders meet on bond (The Monitor)

April 10, 2013 – In their first meeting with community members about a planned $159 bond election, South Texas College leaders heard positive reactions from students and economic development officials from the Mid-Valley area.

STC President Shirley Reed and the college’s board of trustees met in Weslaco for the first of several discussions with Hidalgo County and Starr County residents on the costs and potential impact of the bond package.



Benavidez: STC bond issue will assist medical school project
(Rio Grande Guardian)

March 9, 2013 – Board Trustees with South Texas College hope that a proposed bond election set for November 2013 will provide some of the infrastructure needed for a future medical school in the Rio Grande Valley.



STC receives Skills Development Fund Grant (

February 15, 2013 – A five-member business consortium has partnered with South Texas College to provide job training using an $801,077 Skills Development Fund grant from the Texas Workforce Commission on Feb. 13

The businesses partnering in the grant include I. Kunik Co., Val Verde Vegetable Co. Inc., Coast Tropical, Del Monte Foods, and Loop Cold Storage Co. have united to help better advancement opportunities for workers in the Rio Grande Valley.


STC graduates first class of police cadets, looks to create own force (The Monitor)

January 26, 2013 – Surveying the scene of nine graduating cadets and family members who joined the audience at Pharr Events Center, South Texas College President Shirley Reed reflected on the obstacles overcome for the school to train its first class of police trainees.