The Office of the President
Sometimes I feel like a proud parent when talking about South Texas College, but it’s hard not to brag when you are the president of the largest, fastest growing college south of San Antonio. STC’s growth in every respect has been truly phenomenal since our founding in 1993 and there is so much to be proud of.
On the academic side we not only offer more than 100 degree and certificate program options, but we also offer a myriad of continuing and professional education opportunities and are the only community college in Texas offering two Bachelor of Applied Technology degrees. We have one of the largest Dual Enrollment Programs in the state offering thousands of Valley high school students the chance to accelerate their higher education with free college credit. And our Distance Education Program has been a model for colleges across the state and nation.
I can also honestly say that students attending STC have an opportunity to transform their lives, not just earn college credit. We offer students a variety of academic and social clubs creating opportunities for students to enhance their learning and build lasting friendships. We also offer terrific options for free tutoring, job placement and counseling, helping students get the support they need to ensure their academic and personal success. Our Alumni & Friends Association is building bridges between generations of graduates and current students.
But the biggest thing I have to brag about is the caliber of student we attract at STC. I visit each of our five campuses frequently, as well as our early college high schools and dual enrollment programs. The students I see are all motivated, hungry for a better life. More than 70 percent of our students are the first in their families to attend college, meaning they don’t know exactly how to attend college at first, but they know it’s the path to a better future.
At STC we know it’s our job to make the process of attending and staying in college as easy and accessible as possible. And we are completely committed to our work. That’s why thousands of students have put their futures in our hands. And you can see our success in the successes of our graduates working and living not only in the Rio Grande Valley, but across Texas, the nation and the world.
Welcome to South Texas College , where we are positively changing lives and transforming possibilities.
Shirley A. Reed, M.B.A., Ed.D