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4DX Gold Certificate

Congratulations to SWTJC-Del Rio Library team on their 4DX Gold Certificate achievement! Pictured L to R: Sandy Colombo, Dora Padilla, Willie Braudaway and Del Rio Campus Vice President, Derek Sandoval.

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PTK Library Remodel project



Eagle Pass – Tuesday, June 27, 2017, SWTJC Eagle Pass Campus’s Phi Theta Kappa and SWTJC students completed their Glass Elementary Library Remodel project which is part of their PTK Reading B.O.O.K.S. (Books Offer Opportunities for Knowledge and Success) campaign. Over the course of three and a half weeks, PTK worked on making the library an engaging and friendly reading environment. More than thirty SWTJC and Back to Action Physical Therapy volunteers cleaned, sanded, primed, painted, and constructed furniture to make the project a success.

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SWTJC prepares for campus concealed carry
Uvalde, TX, – Come September 1, 2017, SWTJC will allow concealed handguns to be carried on any of the colleges’ sites with the exceptions of the Pearsall and Hondo campuses.


The Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill 11 during the 84th Legislative Session in 2015, which was signed into law in June of the same year by Governor Greg Abbott.


The Pearsall and Hondo campuses are exempt due to those buildings being leased by entities which are not required to adhere to the new law. The building in Hondo is leased from the City of Hondo, while the Pearsall building is leased from the Pearsall Independent School District.


SWTJC President, Dr. Hector Gonzales formed the Campus Concealed Carry Committee to obtain input and feedback from the SWTJC community regarding the implementation of the new law.


The committee submitted a report containing implementation recommendations to President Gonzales.


Exclusionary Zones areas on campus where the concealed carry of a firearm is not permitted, which include child care facilities located on campus, nursing and radiology laboratories, testing rooms, libraries, cafeterias and snack bars. For a complete list of exclusionary zones visit for a frequently asked questions page has been published.

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4DX Gold Certificate

Congratulations to SWTJC Del Rio Financial Aid team on their 4DX Gold Certificate achievement! Pictured L to R: Sonia Adan-Medina and Margarita Garcia.

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Graduation reception 2017


Eagle Pass - May 19th- The Graduates of 2017 were treated to a small reception. The students were treated to sandwiches, sodas and a small gift . The students also had the opportunity to take a picture with the Vice President Mr. Bermea and family. Congratulations Class of 2017 from all of us at the Eagle Pass Campus. Pics

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Enrollment continues to climb for fall semester
Stock photoUvalde, TX, – Registration, both online and in person, continues for fall semester classes at SWTJC.


SWTJC Registrar Luis Fernandez reminds students that time is running out to get applications for financial aid completed.


"Students who will be seeking financial aid and who haven't completed all their paperwork need to get busy," Fernandez said.


Registration for fall classes started in April and over 2,900 students have already registered.


Fernandez says the earlier students register the better their chances of getting the instructors they want, the classes they need and the times they need them.


"Registering early also gives students more time to arrange payment options," Fernandez said.

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Honors and Recognition Ceremony


SWTJC Del Rio held its annual Honors and Recognition Ceremony on April 27, 2017 at the Sul Ross Auditorium.  Several students were presented various awards including Who’s Who and the L Award.


Who’s Who honorees are selected by faculty and administrators based on leadership, scholarship, and character. Students must be in good standing and enrolled in an average of 14 semester hours in two semesters or at least 14 semester hours if attending only one semester.  Del Rio Who’s Who recipients:  Jorge I. Chavez, Cynthia G. Elguezabal, Amanda Guardiola, Thomas Levrie, Valeria Montoya, Daniel R. Perez, Victoria R. Trevino, and Valeria M. Vazquez.


The “L” Award is our symbol of leadership and excellence and is awarded to students who have made outstanding contributions through student organizations at Southwest Texas Junior College. L Award recipients: Luis “Rey” Colunga and Yvonne Alvarado- Campus Light, Jessica Carrillo and Aaron Lopez- Creative Arts Club, Karina Alcorta and Stephanie Nunez- Phi Theta Kappa, and Thomas Levrie and Mark Vasquez- S.T.E.M. Club. Photos

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SWTJC end of the year BBQ


SWTJC Eagle Pass Campus had their end of year bbq on May 11th at 5pm in C building.

Instructors, staff and faculty were treated to some good old fashion brisket, beans and potato salad to celebrate another successful year. More pics

Various SWTJC staff received service pins from Vice President Mr. Bermea during the annual event

Mrs. Delia Esquivel received a 30 year service pin,  while Mrs. Claudia De La Garza received a 15year pin. Mr. Jaime Sierra also received a 15 year service pin.

Mrs. Sonia Alvarez and Mrs. Julie Monsivais both received their 10 years service pin.

We would like to thank everyone that made this year possible.

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Trustees approve balanced budget, appoint vice president of Del Rio campus
Uvalde, TX, – It was a busy night for SWTJC trustees during the board's regular monthly meeting on June 16 in Uvalde.


Highlighting the action taken, the board adopted an operating budget for the fiscal year 2018, appointed a vice president of the Del Rio campus and approved a salary increase.


The fiscal year 2017-2018 budget is balanced at $45.6 million, up $2.8 million from the 2016-2017 budget.


Increases in state support and tuition account for most of the rise. Hector Gonzales, college president, said, “We have realized about a $400,000 increase in state appropriations.”


The board of trustees approved a salary increase of two steps for all employees on a classified scale. Also, board members authorized one percent as an equivalent for one step for unclassified employees.


In other business, trustees appointed Connie Buchanan as the new vice president of the Del Rio campus, replacing Derek Sandoval who filled the vice president of administrative services earlier this year. Buchanan’s new role as vice president of Del Rio will take effect July 1.

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Spring Phi Theta Kappa Inducts 35 into Alpha Ometa Iota

Thirty-five Del Rio SWTJC students were inducted into the Alpha Omega Iota chapter of Phi Theta Kappa for Spring 2017.  They responded to an invitation from Dr. Hector Gonzalez to join Phi Theta Kappa based on their academic achievement, good moral character, and recognized qualities of citizenship.


New members include Mariela Alcorta, Nadia Alvarado, Danielle Alejandra Arias, Giovanna Cardenas, Liliana Cardenas, Katrina Ann Carter, A J Cuellar, Todd David Cullinane, Analaura Davila, Alexis Ann Davis, Amanda Nicole Delgado, and Cynthia Elguezabal.


Also inducted were Kaitlyn Josephine Garcia, Carolynn Marie Garza, Yajaira Gomez, Amanda Lee Guardiola, Jacqueline Maria Kiniskey, Nicole M Liljequist, Naomi Guadalupe Martinez, Rosa Icela Martinez, and Marimar Meza.


Other students inducted include Adrana Salinas Montejano, Valeria Montoya, Dalila Abigail Morales, Elizabeth V Osorio, Esai Patiño, Iliana Reyes, Erin Celine Riley, Victoria Elizabeth Rios, Rocio Rodriguez, Serina Monique Rush, Eduardo Salazar, Ricardo Sandoval Jr., and Nicole Vasquez.


Dr. Gonzalez’ invitation said, “Membership in Phi Theta Kappa, the International Honor Society for Two-Year Colleges, is a highly coveted honor” among SWTJC students.  He also encouraged, “I believe the activities and fellowship you [will] enjoy as a member [will] be a valuable addition to your college experience.”


Family, friends, and SWTJC faculty and staff honored the Phi Theta Kappa inductees in the Sul Ross-Rio Grande College auditorium and enjoyed a reception across the hall afterward.


The Alpha Omega Iota chapter of Phi Alpha Theta meets weekly on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 11:00 a.m.  Chapter advisors are Dr. Nancy Masterson and Mr. Doug Braudaway.

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The Diesel Grillin Outlawz win the Grand Champion


Eagle Pass, Texas May 18th- The "The Diesel Grillin Outlawz", representing the second year diesel students were named Grand Champions at the First Ever "Gilling with the Vice President" on Friday (May 5th) on the Eagle Pass Campus. Photos

The "Theta Apple Pie", representing the Phi Theta Kappa were named the reserve grand champions.

Coming in thrird overall was Team Grillin Writers, representing the Creative Writing Club.

A total of 7 teams participated in the cooking contest, and all teams were required to cook and submit a half chicken, ribs and fajitas.

Judges were selected from members of the SWTJC faculty, staff and administration.

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FAN scholarships total $19K for graduating seniors across the area
FAN logoUvalde, TX, – The Friends and Alumni Network (FAN) at Southwest Texas Junior College has announced the awarding of $19,000 in scholarships to 19 recent high school graduates from across the region.


Individual scholarships for the 2017-18 school year were awarded to students from Brackettville High School, Carrizo Springs High School, Crystal City High School, Del Rio High School, Pearsall High School, Sabinal High School, and Uvalde High School.


"We are extremely pleased to be able to help these deserving students as they pursue their higher education at SWTJC," said FAN treasurer Wade Carpenter.


Class of 2017 Uvalde High School recipients of $1,000 FAN scholarships includes Jose Luis Benavides, Jr., Lyndon B Diongzon, Alexsander Rodriguez, and Alondra Romo.


Brackettville High School graduate, Louisanna Rodriguez was awarded a $1,000 scholarship.


Also, receiving $1,000 scholarships were Destiny Cantu of Pearsall High School and Gloria Delgado of Sabinal high School.


FAN scholarships were also awarded to graduates of Del Rio High School, with Leanne Delgadillo, Andrea Guerrero, Joshua Lopez, Christina Stovall, and Leslie Torres each receiving a $1,000 in scholarship money.


Crystal City High School 2017 graduates Sebastian Bonilla, Jose Cervera, Klaudia Contreras, Esther Loera, Rebecca Martinez, and Devin Trevino each received $1,000 scholarships.


Carrizo Springs High School graduate Yazmin Avila received a $1,000 scholarship.

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Eagle Pass PTK Spring 2017 Induction


  Eagle Pass, Texas - The Beta Lambda Gamma Chapter of the International Honor Society Phi Theta Kappa inducted 37 new members this spring at Southwest Texas Junior College during a ceremony held Feb. 24th in Eagle Pass. Photos


New members inducted include Joelly A Aguilar Infante, Amanda Appleton, Oro Almaguer, Juan Barrientos, Heber A. Carrillo, Lindsey Carrillo, Marlene Coronado, Geronimo De La Cruz, Diana Carolina De Luna, Jesus Esquivel, David Galan, Jorge Gleason, Denisse Gonzalez, Topacio Guevara, Roxana A. Hernandez, Lysette Huerta, Hilda M. Lopez, Wendy R. Lopez and Christina Martinez.

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PTK Dual Credit 2017 Sp Induction


Eagle Pass, Texas - The Beta Lambda Gamma Chapter of the International Honor Society Phi Theta Kappa inducted 14 new members this spring at Southwest Texas Junior College during a ceremony held March 7th in Eagle Pass. MORE


New members inducted include Julia Escalante, Lesllie Garza, Antonio Gonzalez, Jacob Guerra, Magaly Hernandez, Clarissa Hernandez, Conrado Jimenez, Nojem Libson, Priscilla Orozco, Kassandra Ponce, Cosme A. Rodriguez, Abigail Ruiz, Jaqueline Sesatty and Julianna Vasquez.. Current Beta Lambda Gamma Chapter members participating in the ceremony were Amanda Martinez, Joanna Castro, Olga Flores, Azalia Martinez and Tristan Huerta. Guest Speaker was Paul Kimble- SWTJC Math Instructor.


To earn membership in Phi Theta Kappa, students must have completed at least 12 semester hours with at least a 3.5 GPA. Students must also be currently enrolled in at least six hours and maintain a 3.0 GPA to remain members in good standing

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Career Crossroads
SWTJC Del Rio hosted their annual Career Crossroads Week that took place on Tuesday, February 28 thru March 2nd. The three day event was geared to provide students with information on majors, careers, and resources on our campus. Students had the opportunity to visit with prospective employers from our community to ask questions in their respective areas. Students who attended all three days of the event were entered into a drawing for an Amazon Fire Tablet in appreciation for their attendance and participation. Tablet winner was Armando Garcia. Students that applied for graduation prior to the event were entered into a drawing for a cap and gown courtesy of the Student Activities office. The winner of the cap and gown was Roland Martinez. PHOTOS

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Commitment to Excellence Ceremony
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 Commitment to Excellence Award Ceremony was held in Eagle Pass, April 27, 2017 at 5pm in F 120. Students awards for the Who’s Who Award were recognized by Mr. Bermea.  They were Joelly A. Aguilar, Rodolfo Castillon, Joanna J. Castro, Carlos De La Cerda, Alexis De La Garza, Patrick Perales, Amanda Martinez, Madison Pope, and Cecilia Castillo. PICS

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Nerd Bowl
Nerd Bowl

Eagle Pass – On April 28th, SWTJC’s Eagle Pass Campus, in conjunction with PTK, hosted the first ever Nerd Bowl. Nerd Bowl was a day dedicated to academic competition. During the morning, more than forty-five students took multiple department exams in the following disciplines: Math, Science, English, History, Psychology, Art, and Speech. Each exam allowed students to add to their overall point total depending on how well they did. In the afternoon, students competed in teams of five in a jeopardy-like event. During the first round, twelve teams competed against each other. Teams had six minutes, at each station, to answer five questions in the following subjects: Math, Chemistry, Biology, Psychology, English, History, Art, and Speech. The top two teams The Procrastinators and Theta Apple Pie advanced to the final round. In the final round, each team had a limited about of time to answer one question from the above disciplines. At the end of the final round The Procrastinators and Theta Apple Pie were tied with 300 points each. So, both teams advanced to the tie breaker round. General knowledge questions were asked during the tie breaker round. The competition was tough, and in the end Nerd Bowl was won by Theta Apple Pie. Ms. Valerie Ruiz, Ms. Claudia Valdez, and Mr. Dennie Johnson would like to thank everyone who volunteered their time and helped to sponsor the very successful event. Eight students were awarded scholarships, and even more students were awarded individual prizes. PICS

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SWTJC offers free summer STEM boot camps
STEM summer camp
Uvalde, TX, – Southwest Texas Junior College is hosting a residential Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) boot camp from August 7 to August 15.


The boot camp is a free math-intensive program designed for first-year students who will pursue a STEM Career Pathway at SWTJC. 


The purpose of the camp is to help incoming STEM students succeed and prepare for the rigors of a STEM degree.


Students will have the opportunity to receive a scholarship, which can be applied towards the Fall 2017 semester tuition at Southwest Texas Junior College.

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Final Exam Spring 2017
4DX Silver Certificate

Congratulations to SWTJC Del Rio Advising team on their 4DX Silver Certificate achievement! Pictured L to R: Marilyn Casson and Advising Director, Stephanie Cerna.

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4DX Silver Certificate

Congratulations to SWTJC Del Rio Student Success & Engagement team on their 4DX Silver Certificate achievement! Pictured L to R: Eva De Anda and Laura Gloria.

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4DX Silver Certificate

Congratulations to SWTJC Del Rio Financial Aid team on their 4DX Silver Certificate achievement! Pictured L to R: Sonia Adan-Medina and Margarita Garcia.

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SWTJC faculty recognized for excellence
Haynes-GearUvalde, TX, – Two Southwest Texas Junior College faculty members received National Institute for Staff & Organizational Development (NISOD) Excellence Awards at a ceremony in Austin on May 28.


The recipients of the award were Aubrey Haynes, economics instructor and Dale Gear,  criminal justice instructor.


During an awards dinner, each Excellence Award winner received a specially cast, pewter medallion.


According to Professional Development Officer, Dr. Amy Garcia, SWTJC selects two people each year for the NISOD award, a membership organization created in 1978 to promote and celebrate excellence in teaching, learning, and leadership at community and technical colleges.


“College division chairs selected two individuals from their departments and submitted names to the deans. Next, the deans choose an individual from a technical area and an academic area,” said Garcia. “Final approval was then made by SWTJC President, Dr. Hector Gonzales.”

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