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Feb. 11, 2008

AEP Texas joins
GeoFORCE team
AEP Texas has joined the GeoFORCE Texas program in its efforts to inspire budding Southwest Texas scientists to consider the geosciences and related fields of study.  MORE
 

 

Feb. 11, 2008                                                                                       

Presidentís contract 
extended
Southwest Texas Junior College board members voted unanimously to give president Ismael Sosa, Jr., a one-year extension of his contract, during the boardís regular monthly meeting on Jan. 17.

With the extension, Sosaís contract now runs through July 2011.

The board also adopted a new policy for hiring top administrative personnel. The policy calls for the college to first advertise internally to fill vacant positions and then, if no acceptable candidate is available, the position will be advertised externally.

Specific qualifications for each administrative position are also included in the new policy.  MORE
 

 

 

Enrollment
looks steady
Unofficial enrollment for the spring semester stood at just over 4,900 students following the first week of classes.

SWTJC Dean of Admissions Joe Barker said Friday, Jan. 18, he expects the final number for spring registration to end up right around last yearís official count of 4,620.

"Our office has a long list of students to contact before the 12th class day, but when all is said and done I feel like our official head count will be close to last yearís," Barker said.

The all-time record enrollment for SWTJC is 5,115 students set in the fall of 2004.

 

Feb. 6, 2008                                                                                                   

Former student
dies in car wreck
Former SWTJC student Ana Ramirez of Eagle Pass died in San Antonio early Saturday morning, Jan. 26, when the car she was a passenger in was slammed into by a drunk driver.

Ramirez, 21, was a College Bound student at SWTJC Uvalde in the summer of 2005. She attended classes in Uvalde in the fall of 2005 and spring of 2006 before transferring to SWTJC Eagle Pass for the 2006-2007 school year.

Funeral services were scheduled at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 29, at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Eagle Pass.

 

 

Jan 25, 2008                                                                                                    

Spring
registration
begins
Early registration for the spring 2008 semester is underway at SWTJC.

Telephone, online and advisor-assisted early registration all began Nov. 5 and will run through Dec. 7. Regular registration will be Dec. 14 through Jan. 9 and Jan. 14 through 15.more

 

                                                                                      

ABE Fall Festival

ABE students had their first Fall Festival on Oct. 31st at 9:00am. The students had volleyball, football as well as a lunch for all who attended. "It was a successful festival." said Ms. Ramirez Maverick TABE Assessor. MORE

 

 

Eagle Pass Soccer Team Win

The Eagle Pass Soccer Team brought back the 1st place trophy during a Thanksgiving Tournament over the Holidays held in Eagle Pass. This is the second trophy they have brought since they started. Congratulations to all the Soccer Team Members from  the faculty, staff and student body.

 

 

Law enforcement
academy will
remain open
The Middle Rio Grande Law Enforcement Academy at SWTJC will continue offering basic peace officer training next semester.

SWTJC Dean of Institutional Advancement and Technology Blaine Bennett told college trustees at their Nov. 29 board meeting that state officials had backed off an earlier decision to close the academy due to low passing rates on the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education (TCLEOSE) exam.

"I come before you tonight to tell you that we will continue to offer classes in the spring and are cautiously optimistic our law enforcement academy will remain open for many years to come," Bennett said. MORE

 

Dec 3, 2007                                                                                               

Spring
registration
begins
Early registration for the spring 2008 semester is underway at SWTJC.

Telephone, online and advisor-assisted early registration all began Nov. 5 and will run through Dec. 7. Regular registration will be Dec. 14 through Jan. 9 and Jan. 14 through 15.

Students currently registered in "developmental courses" are not eligible for online and phone registration and must wait until Jan. 2 to take advantage of advisor-assisted registration.

Students who have completed the top level of all developmental courses successfully, can register using telephone or online registration beginning Dec. 15.

 

Nov 15, 2007                                                                                   

Eagle Pass LVN Club Food Sale

The LVN Club had a food sale to raise money for their club on Friday Oct 26 at the Maverick County  Lake from 7am-2pm. Serving from breakfast tacos to lonches, hamburgers, nachos and a whole lot more. It was a very successful day for the LVN members. PICS

 

 

Oct 29, 2007                                                                        

Nursing program
gets thumbs up
from state board

The Texas Board of Nursing gave its unanimous approval Thursday for SWTJC to begin its first Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) class this summer.

ADN Director Dr. Geraldine Goosen, R.N., Ph.D., told SWTJC board members of the stateís approval during its regular monthly meeting Thursday night.

"We had 12 people, including three directors of nursing and one hospital administrator from across our service area, attend todayís board hearing," Goosen said. "Iím pleased to report we received the boardís unanimous approval to begin our first class."

The new program will be housed in the Witt Building currently being used by Sul Ross Rio Grande College on the Uvalde campus.

"By starting in the summer, this will give us time to get Rio Grande College moved to their new building and then do some remodeling in the Witt Building before we begin classes," SWTJC Dean of Instruction Hector Gonzales told the board.

To successfully complete he program, students must accumulate a total of 68 semester credit hours, 31 in academic courses and 37 in technical courses from the Workforce Education Course Manual.

Students who successfully complete the program will earn an Associate of Applied Science Degree and qualify as a candidate to sit for the NCLEX-RN state licensing exam.

A total of 20 students will be accepted for the first class.

In other business at its Oct. 18 meeting, the board approved the hiring of Gilbert S. Bermea as the new associate dean for Eagle Pass and the hiring of Shonda Brice as an LVN clinical instructor for Eagle Pass.

Board members also heard a report from public information officer Willie Edwards on the upcoming SWTJC Friends and Alumni Network Presidentís Gala and a construction update from dean of instruction Hector Gonzales.

According to Gonzales, contractors remain optimistic of an early December completion date on the Rio Grande College facility and an early March completion date on the Rodolfo R. and Dolores Flores Student Services Center at SWTJC

 

                          

Students
must have
parking permits

PARKING REGULATIONS

 

SGA Inauguration

SWTJC SGA members(left to right) Eric, Tanya and, Jesus enjoy their inauguration meal.

SWTJC SGA members had their inauguration dinner Friday  Oct. 5 at  La Cabana restaurant from 6-9. "The dinner was to officially  recognize the new senators and new officers." said Karysa Gurwell Secretary of State.

"Everyone had good time and are very excited about the new coming year for the SGA." said Jose "Poncho" Jasso new senate for the SGA.

New Officers of the SGA are President Janira Colecio, Vice-President Felicia Macias, Secretary of State Karysa Gurwell, Recording Secretary Benjamin Flores, Corresponding Secretary Yanira Ruiz, Parliamentarian Joseph Oyervides, Treasure Jesse Rodriguez, Asst. to President Kathy Sanchez, Official Photographer Jesus Constancio.

New Senate of the SGA are Joey, David, Jose R., Danny, Tanya, Claudia, JoseJ., Celina, Cynthia, Nadia. MORE PICS

 

Oct. 12, 2007                                                          

Outdoor Education Campout

Members of Aurelio De Leon's fall outdoor education class in Eagle Pass enjoyed a weakened camping trip Sept. 28-30 to the Frio and Sabinal River Canyons.


Members of Aurelio De Leon's fall outdoor education class in Eagle Pass enjoyed a weakened camping trip Sept. 28-30 to the Frio and Sabinal River Canyons. 

The group made camp near Concan at Andy's on River Road. Saturday morning after preparing breakfast the group headed out for the Vanderpool area of the Sabinal Canyon and a visit to Lost Maples, the group hiked approximately five miles on the west hiking trail.

A total of 16 students and instructor De Leon took part in the camping trip.

Outdoor Education will be offered again during the spring semester in Uvalde and Eagle Pass.

 

CMI rep
recruiting
workers
Representatives of Credit Management Inc. (CMI) will be on the Eagle Pass campus through Friday, Sept. 14, recruiting employees for full and part-time positions.

According to CMIís Yvette Dominguez, available positions include both part-time and full-time bilingual recovery specialists. CMI is also looking to hire a full-time bilingual center supervisor and call center manager.

A total of 40 positions are available with an anticipated start date of Sept. 24.

Prospective employees should be goal oriented and possess excellent negotiation skills while collecting payments on past due accounts.

For more information on available jobs contact Dominguez (830-773-1191), or Middle Rio Grande Workforce Board Vice President of Human Resources Linda Wright at (972-862-4241)

Oct. 8, 2007                                               

College rodeo action slated 
October 4-6 
in Uvalde
UVALDE Ė Action in the 45th Annual Southwest Texas Junior College Rodeo will bust out of the chutes Oct. 4-6 at the Uvalde Fairgrounds.

According to SWTJC rodeo coach Roy Angermiller, top athletes from across Texas and Louisiana will compete in the annual event sanctioned by the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association (NIRA). MORE

Oct. 5, 2007                 

Rodeo headed to town

SWTJC will host its annual intercollegiate rodeo in Uvalde on Oct. 4-6. Men's and women's teams from across Texas and Louisiana will compete in a variety of events at the Uvalde Fairgrounds.

 

 

Sept. 27, 2007


Solis is new
EP student
activities
coordinator
Eagle Pass native Claudia Solis is the new student activities coordinator on the SWTJC Eagle Pass campus.

Solis assumed her new position this summer after working for the college eight years in the Adult Basic Education program and the EOC program.

A 1992 graduate of Eagle Pass High School, Solis attended SWTJC and then went on to receive her bachelorís degree in interdisciplinary studies from Sul Ross Rio Grande College in 1997.

Prior to working for SWTJC, Solis taught elementary classes for four years with the Eagle Pass ISD.

"Iím excited about my new position and I plan to work hard to get our students involved in campus life so they can have a more enjoyable college experience," Solis said.

According to Solis, getting to know the students is her top priority.

"Iíve seen some familiar faces from my years teaching GED classes, but I have been getting out on campus every day trying to meet more and more of our students," Solis said.

In addition to her duties as student activities coordinator, Solis will also serve as a student advisor.

"I want students to know my door is always open, even if they just want to come by and talk," Solis said.

Solis and her husband Raul, who works in contractor sales for McCoyís, have been married for 13 years and they have three children: Idalis, 11; Raul Jr., seven; and Nayeli, four.

In her spare time, Solis likes to jog, exercise and watch the Dallas Cowboys and San Antonio Spurs.

Sept. 4, 2007

CMI rep recruiting workers
Representatives of Credit Management Inc. (CMI) will be on the Eagle Pass campus through Friday, Sept. 14, recruiting employees for full and part-time positions.

According to CMIís Yvette Dominguez, available positions include both part-time and full-time bilingual recovery specialists. CMI is also looking to hire a full-time bilingual center supervisor and call center manager.

A total of 40 positions are available with an anticipated start date of Sept. 24.

Prospective employees should be goal oriented and possess excellent negotiation skills while collecting payments on past due accounts.

For more information on available jobs contact Dominguez (830-773-1191), or Middle Rio Grande Workforce Board Vice President of Human Resources Linda Wright at (972-862-4241)

Sept 29, 2007

Accuplacer schedule set
for 2007 fall semester

The Accuplacer exam will be offered on five separate dates this fall on the SWTJC Eagle Pass Campus.

Testing dates are Oct. 13, Nov. 3, Nov. 17, Dec. 1 and Dec. 8. All tests will begin at 9 a.m.

The Quick THEA exam will also be administered on Nov. 3 and Dec. 8.

Practice exams for both the Accuplacer and THEA are available online at www.testpreview.com

ACCUPLACER Schedule