80R14921 JGH-D
  By: Martinez H.R. No. 1668
         WHEREAS, Since its inception 14 years ago, South Texas
  College has been offering residents of the lower Rio Grande Valley
  an opportunity to expand their horizons through education; and
         WHEREAS, Recognizing the need for a college in the area,
  Mario Garcia, a political science professor at The University of
  Texas-Pan American, and Roberto Gutierrez, a state representative
  from McAllen, initiated efforts to explore the issue; and
         WHEREAS, Created to serve residents of Hidalgo and Starr
  Counties, South Texas Community College was established by an Act
  of the Texas Legislature in 1993; through the years, the school has
  grown from an enrollment of 1,000 to more than 17,000 students, and
  from a faculty and staff of 267 to 1,664; originally one campus, the
  college now has campuses in McAllen, Weslaco, and Rio Grande City,
  as well as the Dr. Ramiro R. Casso Nursing and Allied Health Center
  in McAllen and the Technology Center in south McAllen; and
         WHEREAS, Renamed South Texas College in the fall of 2004, the
  college is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and
  Schools to award bachelor of applied technology, associate of arts,
  associate of sciences, and associate of applied sciences degrees
  and certificates; STC now offers 90 degree and certificate programs
  in such fields as technology management, criminal justice, computer
  information systems, and business administration; and
         WHEREAS, In recent years STC has begun offering dual
  enrollment programs in school districts throughout Hidalgo and
  Starr Counties, allowing eligible high school students to take
  college-level courses in medical sciences and engineering; it also
  offers the Partnership for Workforce Training and Continuing
  Education program, with weekend and evening courses, that allows
  lifelong learners to upgrade skills, change careers, or seek
  personal enrichment; and
         WHEREAS, South Texas College has increased educational and
  professional opportunities for many people in the Rio Grande
  Valley, and its contributions indeed merit special commendation;
  now, therefore, be it
         RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 80th Texas
  Legislature hereby honor all those associated with South Texas
  College for their commitment to academic achievement and extend to
  them best wishes for continued success; and, be it further
         RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be
  prepared for South Texas College as an expression of high regard by
  the Texas House of Representatives.