Resource Development, Management and Compliance

Recent Award Announcements

1. Region One Education Service Center (Region One ESC) Agreement for Instructional Services for the Adult Education and Family Literacy Grant

Award: $219,578
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This agreement provides funding for post-secondary education/training services through an Integrated Education and Training model for a total of 60 students. South Texas College’s Department of Continuing, Professional and Workforce Education will provide Adult Basic Education and Adult Secondary Education instructional services training in phlebotomy, emergency medical responder, educational aide, pipe welding, and medical office specialist. The funding period is from July 1, 2020 to July 1, 2021.

This award aligns to Strategic Directions #1, Lead Community Engagement, by advancing mutually beneficial community and educational partnerships with Region One Education Service Center.


2. The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Carl D. Perkins Basic Grant

Award: $1,805,785
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This grant focuses on improving the academic and technical achievement of Career and Technical Education (CTE) students, strengthening the connections between secondary and postsecondary education and improving work-based learning opportunities.  Funds will be used for instructional equipment, training services, professional development, CTE personnel and other program activities for Career and Technical Education in the Division of Academic Affairs (Nursing and Allied Health; Business and Technology; Math, Science and Information Technology; and Liberal Arts & Social Sciences), Student Affairs & Enrollment Management, Continuing and Professional Workforce Education, and Information Services and Planning based on the goals of the Comprehensive Local Needs Assessment. The funding period is from September 1, 2020 to August 31, 2021.

This award aligns to Strategic Directions #3, Create Educational Opportunities for Students, and Strategic Direction #4, Foster Student Success, by providing students access to career and technical education training and educational programs that align to the purpose and intent of the Perkins V-The Strengthening Career and Technical Education for the 21st Century Act.


3. Texas Workforce Commission, Skills Development Fund in partnership with RGV Med, L.L.C. (dba Doctors Hospital at Renaissance) additional funds

Award: $177,447
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These additional funds expand upon an existing grant to provide customized training in a variety of healthcare areas for at least 3,999 new and existing employees from RGV Med, LLC (dba Doctors Hospital at Renaissance). The funds will be used for salaries, benefits, tuition, fees, books, instructional supplies, consumables, curriculum development, and equipment. These funds will increase the total award to $1,235,067.

The Department of Continuing, Professional, and Workforce Education had previously established an MOU with RGV Med, LLC to provide specialized training to their employees. Through this grant STC will receive $485,446 and RGV Med, LLC will receive $749,621. The funding period is from March 1, 2019 to February 28, 2021.

This award aligns with Strategic Direction #1, Lead Community Engagement, by strengthening and developing partnerships with local organizations to align educational opportunities with community and workforce needs.


United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) NIFA Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI) Education Program), Bio Energy and Water for Agriculture Research and Education (BE AWARE 2) Subaward from the University of Texas-San Antonio (UTSA) in partnership with South Texas College and the University of Texas Rio Grande

Award: $24,107
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This subaward will fund a stipend for a faculty member at South Texas College (STC) to promote, inform, and recruit at least four students per year for Algae Biotechnology summer courses to be held at UTRGV as part of the BE AWARE 2 program. During the Algae Biotechnology summer course, STC faculty will observe, mentor, and aid in the instruction with students throughout the 5-week course.

This program will help strengthen students’ interest in the biological sciences and prepare them for future careers related to the food, agriculture, natural resources, and human (FANH) sciences. The funding period is from September 1, 2020, to August 2024.

This award aligns with Strategic Goal # 1, Lead Community Engagement, engaging and strengthening communities through diverse efforts and developing partnerships to align educational opportunities with community needs.


Rio Grande Valley (RGV) Partnership Foundation Award in partnership with the Lower Rio Workforce Development Board

Award: $40,000
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This award will provide funding to South Texas College to offer short-term training to 21 eligible incumbent workers and dislocated workers interested in completing a certificate or credential aligned to prepare for an occupation on the Lower Rio Grande Valley Targeted Demand list. Targeted occupations include those in areas such as health care and welding. RGV Partnership Foundation is contributing $10,000 to support this project and the Lower Rio Grande Workforce Development Board is contributing $30,000 from its Alternative Plan Funds from the Texas Workforce Commission for training through Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) funds to support this project. The funding period for this grant is from August 1, 2020, to April 3, 2021.

This award aligns with Strategic Goal # 1, Lead Community Engagement, engaging and strengthening communities through diverse efforts and developing partnerships to align educational opportunities with community needs.


Workforce Solutions, Student Reengagement Model

Award: $50,000
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This award will fund tuition and fees for up to 67 students who need one or two courses to complete their Certificate and/or Associate of Arts. South Texas College will use the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s GradTX program as a model for the Workforce Solutions Re-Engagement Training Model.  Re-engagement activities include a dedicated plan of action that includes processes related to re-admissions, financial aid, academic advising and on-boarding. The funding period is from April 1, 2020 through August 31, 2021.

This award aligns with Strategic Goal #4, Foster Student Success, by providing students with accessible pathways and effective support structures that promote persistence, educational attainment, academic achievement, and personal and professional growth.


The Rio South Texas Education and Community Development Foundation, Destination Graduation Program

Award: $25,000
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This award will provide financial assistance for up to 50 students who have earned a significant number of semester credit hours, but have stopped attending prior to graduating with their Certificate, Associate’s or Bachelor’s degrees. The funding period is from June1, 2020 through May 31, 2021.

This award aligns with Strategic Goal #4, Foster Student Success, by providing students with accessible pathways and effective support structures that promote persistence, educational attainment, academic achievement, and personal and professional growth.


Workforce Solutions, Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Alternative Grant

Award: $164,610
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This Interlocal Agreement will support the implementation of the Workforce Solutions (WFS) and South Texas College (STC) Online Program Support and Expansion grant. STC will be responsible for supporting and expanding distance learning opportunities for local manufacturing employers and current and future employees interested in this field by providing equipment, supplies/licenses and develop curriculum for the conversion of online classes. STC will also implement a robotic camp with local school districts to create awareness and expose elementary students to STEM careers.  The funding period is from May 1, 2020 through August 31, 2021.

This award aligns with Strategic Goal #1, Lead Community Engagement, by strengthening partnerships with local organizations to align educational opportunities with community and workforce needs. This award also enhances and leverages partnerships with school districts to improve college matriculation.


Texas Workforce Commission, Skills Development Fund COVID-19 Special Initiative

Award: $287,500
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This award will provide training in response to the direct needs of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Training will target those business partners retooling business processes to respond to the need of COVID-19 related necessities, as well as those businesses that are retooling to provide continuing employment to employees. Approximately $2,000 will be made available per qualifying participant.  Industries that will be targeted for this grant are Healthcare, Manufacturing, IT, Transportation, Construction, and Goods & Services.  Short-term training topics will include billing for telehealth services, disinfection training, COVID-19 related stress, customer safety, and cross-training for employees to fill job demand resulting from workforce reduction. The funding period is from June 8, 2020 through June 30, 2021.

This award aligns to Strategic Goal #1, Lead Community Engagement, by strengthening partnerships with local organizations to align educational opportunities with community and workforce needs.


Texas Workforce Commission, Explore STEM! for Students with Disabilities

Award: $17,280
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This grant is awarded to the Institute for Advanced Manufacturing (IAM) to provide two online instruction STEM-based summer camps designed to provide students with disabilities (ages 14-22) the opportunity to learn about STEM occupations first hand. Students will be instructed through the Microsoft Teams online platform along with providing each student an Instructional Coach to assist with hands-on lead activities for the Lego Ev3 and Arduino Camp, an open-source electronics platform-based hardware and software kit. This grant gives the IAM an opportunity to work with students with disabilities, enhance their learning experience through interactive learning, and encourage students to persist in STEM-related studies. South Texas College Computer Science faculty and FIRST RGV will provide curriculum development and online instruction for both camps. The funding period is from March 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020.

This grant is aligned to Strategic Direction #1, Lead Community Engagement, by providing middle and high school students with disabilities, the opportunity to engage in coherent educational experiences through Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) learning camps that encourage them to pursue higher education in STEM-related occupations.


The National Science Foundation, Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (S-STEM) Grant

Award: $649,369
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The S-STEM grant will provide scholarships to two cohorts of 20 undergraduate students pursuing an associate’s degree in biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, mathematics, and physics. The project aims to increase student persistence, retention, transfer, and graduation in STEM fields by linking scholarships with structured student professional development activities, including faculty mentoring, tutoring, undergraduate research experiences, internships, and participation in discipline-specific conferences. The funding period is from January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2024.

Prior to pursuing this grant, the Department of Resource Development, Management and Compliance and the Division for Math, Science, and Bachelor Programs coordinated efforts and the college invested in providing professional development for faculty and Grant Development Officers focused on developing strong proposals for NSF grants. In 2018, The Grant Training Center conducted training titled Designing Winning National Science Foundation (NSF) Proposals. This NSF S-STEM Grant is the first NSF grant to be awarded to South Texas College over the last five years.

This grant aligns with Strategic Direction #3, to Create Educational Opportunities for Students and Strategic Direction #4, Foster Student Success, by providing educational opportunities that enable a seamless transfer to advanced degrees and by providing effective a support structure that promote persistence, educational attainment, academic achievement, personal and professional growth.


The University of Texas – Austin, Charles A. Dana Center with funding from the Trellis Foundation Grant, Interagency Cooperation Agreement with South Texas College

Award: $4,000
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This award fund costs associated with professional development for Transfer Partnership Strategy (TPS) on topics such as improving collaboration and strengthening applicability advising. South Texas College is one of 26 institutions invited to participate in TPS, which will allow access to technical expertise from three national partners (HCM Strategists, Aspen, and SOVA) providing customized data reports that include metrics, transfer student outcomes, and opportunities to contribute to improving transfer at our institution, as well as across the state.

Participating institutions are expected to:

  • Identify a transfer team responsible for attending a January 2020 convening and participating in TPS technical assistance and events
  • Set (or reaffirm existing) institutional transfer goals using the Institutional Practice Framework and Tools co-developed with our national partners; and
  • Contribute to a shared communications campaign that elevates the work of the TPS institutions in the state of national media.

The period for this agreement is from February 1, 2020 to June 1, 2020.

This grant is aligned to Strategic Direction #1, Lead Community Engagement, to strengthen and develop partnerships with local organizations to align educational opportunities with community and workforce needs.


Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), Carl D. Perkins Basic Grant, Additional Funds (Reallocation)

Award: $206,063
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The purpose of the Carl D. Perkins Basic Grant is to improve graduation, retention, access, quality, and to provide for the expansion of Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs. Each year, after initial allocations to awarded applicants, the THECB issues a reallocation of available remaining funds to applicants who have met or exceeded the state target rates on Core Indicators 2P1: Credential, Certificate, or Diploma; 3P1: Student Retention or Transfer; and, 4P1: Student Placement. These funds are to be used for instructional resources and equipment for CTE programs. With this reallocation, the Perkins Basic Grant award for this funding period totals to $2,082,963.

The funding period is from September 1, 2019 to August 31, 2020.

This award aligns with Strategic Direction #3, Create Educational Opportunities for Students, by providing students with opportunities in career and technical education, including extensive support to complete programs successfully.


Texas Workforce Commission, Skill Development Fund

Award: $340,000
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Funding from this award will help to provide customized training to upskill 181 new and incumbent workers in the Advanced Manufacturing Industry. Training will consist of related positions for: Business Technical (Blue Print Reading and Fundamentals of Robotics), General Technical (Continuous Improvement Skills, OSHA 10-30 Certification and Non-Technical positions that include Customer Service, Team Building and Productive Group Skills.  Employees from Alps Logistics USA Inc., Kenneth Fox Supply Company and Universal Metal Products Inc. will receive customized training for various courses that are tailored to meet the needs of each workforce business partner.

The funding period is from February 1, 2020 to July 31 2021.

This award is aligned to Strategic Direction #1, Lead Community Engagement, to strengthen and develop partnerships with local organizations to align educational opportunities with community and workforce needs. 


The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), Professional Nursing Shortage Reduction Program (NSRP) –Over 70 Program, additional funds

Award: $409,308.87
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These additional funds are for fiscal year 2019 for the Division of Allied Nursing and Health to recruit and retain students enrolled in the Associate Degree Nursing Program. Funds will be used for costs exclusively related to enrolling additional students, nursing faculty enhancement, recruitment and retention strategies, development and implementation of innovative methods involving curriculum and/or preceptorships.

November 2019 Reimbursement - $129,869
In the College’s application for NSRP Funds, administration over-estimated the number of traditional track ADN graduates. While 127 graduates were projected, only 112 traditional track students successfully graduated the program in FY 18 – 19. The College was required to reimburse the THECB $129,869 for the over-funded amount. On November 26, 2019, the Board ratified this reimbursement.

February 2020 Additional Funds - $409,308.87
In that same application for NSRP Funds, administration under-estimated the number of transfer track ADN graduates. While 64 graduates were projected, 118 transfer track students successfully graduated the program in FY 18 – 19. The THECB is now reconciling the difference by providing additional funding in the amount of $409,308.87 to the College.

This allocation of additional funding is the final reconciliation of the College’s FY 18 -19 NSRP Program Funding, and reflects a net increase of $279,439.87 in additional funds which will support nursing student success at South Texas College.

These funds align to Strategic Direction #2, Access and Success, by increasing the college-going culture in the region through community outreach for the nursing program.


The Jobs for the Future (JFF), Google IT Support Professional Certificate, Subaward

Award: $10,000
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Jobs for the Future (JFF) is working with Google to help community colleges integrate the Google IT Support Professional Certificate into their programs and/or curricula. South Texas College faculty will engage in a range of activities to offer the Google IT Support Professional Certificate and will explore integration of the Certificate into a credit pathway.

These funds align to Strategic Direction #2, Create Educational Opportunities for Students, by providing accessible and inclusive educational opportunities that align programs with emerging technologies and changing needs in the job market.


BBVA Foundation, Community Giving Program Grant

Award: $5,000
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A grant from the from the BBVA Foundation, Community Giving Program will help underwrite The Institute for Advanced Manufacturing’s (IAM) Industrial Automation and Robotics Training Program to offset tuition and fees for up to 12 new and incumbent workers. Participants will receive an industry-recognized credential from Festo Didactic. The award period is from November 4, 2019 through November 4, 2020.

This grant aligns to Strategic Direction #2, Access and Success, by providing students access to resources to enroll in South Texas College’s Advanced Industrial Automation Training Program.


The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), Nursing Shortage Reduction Program (NSRP)

Award: $84,626.50
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These funds are for the fiscal year 2020 for the Division of Allied Nursing and Health to recruit and retain students enrolled in the Associate Degree Nursing Program. Funds will be used for costs exclusively related to enrolling additional students, nursing faculty enhancement, recruitment and retention strategies, development and implementation of innovative methods involving curriculum and/or preceptorships. The funding period is from October 1, 2019 to September 31, 2020.


The Texas Workforce Commission, Skills for Small Business Fund Grant

Award: $262,500
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South Texas College’s Department of Continuing, Professional Workforce Education and the Institute for Advanced Manufacturing will utilize these funds to provide training for employees of small businesses to upgrade employment skills. Courses in accounting, computers, strategic management, Health Insurance Portability, and Accountability Act (HIPPA) regulations, and customer service will be offered. The program will cover tuition and fees for course offerings provided by South Texas College up to $1,800 in a 12 month period for a new employee and up to $900 for an existing employee. The funding period is from December 1, 2019 to December 31, 2020.


Educate Texas Agreement with South Texas College

Award: $70,000
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These funds from Educate Texas, a public-private initiative of Communities Foundation of Texas in coordination with Educational Resources Partnership (ERP) are for South Texas College to provide a collection of data, reports on transitions, predictive analytics, multiple measures, placement projections and convene with IHE partners to understand data and analytics. Additional services include working with Educate Texas to help define multiple measures placement. The funding period is from December 2, 2019 to March 31, 2021.


The Texas Higher Education Foundation (THEF), Texas Affordable Baccalaureate Grant (TAB)

Award: $35,000
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This grant will support a marketing campaign and advertising for Competency-based Education (CBE) programs that have been developed by South Texas College with financial support from previous grants from THEF. Additionally, funds will support continued dissemination of the CBE Handbook created by South Texas College to other Texas institutions of higher education. The funding period is from January 25, 2020 to August 31, 2019.


Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Carl D. Perkins Basic Grant

Award: $1,876,900
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This grant focuses on improving the academic and technical achievement of Career and Technical Education (CTE) students, strengthening the connections between secondary and postsecondary education, and improving accountability.  Funds will be used for instructional equipment, examination training services, professional development, CTE personnel and other program activities for Career and Technical Education in the Division of Academic Affairs (Nursing and Allied Health; Business and Technology; and Liberal Arts & Social Sciences), Student Affairs & Enrollment Management, Continuing and Professional Workforce Education, and Information Services and Planning. The funding period is from September 1, 2019 to August 31, 2020.

This award aligns to Strategic Directions #1, Clear Pathways, and Strategic Direction #2, Access and Success, by increasing community awareness and access to career and technical education training and educational programs that align to the purpose and intent of the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act.


United States Department of Education, High School Equivalency Program

Award: $1,919,976
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The purpose of this grant is to implement a 5-year project that will assist a total of 500 Migrant and Seasonal Farmworkers (MSFW) and eligible family members to obtain the equivalent of a secondary school diploma with opportunities to enroll in a post-secondary Industry Recognized Certification Career Pathway Training Program at South Texas College and to continue to complete a degree program.  Funds will be used for personnel to provide oversight, coordination of the project, individualized case management support, supplies, tuition, fees, fuel allowances for HEP participants, and the external evaluation of the project. The funding period is from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2024.

This award aligns to Strategic Directions #1, Clear Pathways, by providing students with clear college and career pathways that lead to completion and jobs.


The AT&T Foundation, AT&T Aspire Grant

Award: $101,570
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The purpose of the grant is to support the Rio Grande Valley public safety community by providing First Responder Certification training to individuals that are new to the field and First Responder Re-Certification training for First Responders employed by local county and city police, fire, and emergency management services. Training will be conducted through the Continuing Education department in collaboration with the Emergency Medical Technology Program.  Funds will be used for personnel, textbooks, supplies and certification fees in support of 40 new certificates and 40 re-certifications.  The funding period is from September 2019 to August 2020.

This award aligns to Strategic Directions #5, Collaboration, by advancing mutually beneficial community and educational partnerships with the public safety community.


Eastfield College, Dallas County Community College District, Carl D. Perkins State Leadership Subaward

Award: $10,025
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Eastfield College plans to develop competency-based education (CBE) Blended Pathways options with the mentor support of South Texas College as a primary partner for the project. Funds from this subaward will be used for personnel to serve as subject-matter experts and for travel costs to provide training and guidance at Eastfield College for faculty and staff in the development of the Competency-based Education (CBE) Blended Pathways model.

This award aligns with Strategic Direction #5, Collaboration, by advancing mutually beneficial community and educational partnerships to create a collective impact on student success. This award also aligns to Strategic Direction #2, Access and Success, by increasing community awareness and access to Career and Technical Education programs.


Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), 2018 College Readiness and Success Models for 60x30TX, Additional Funds

Award: $24,759
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This grant is to enhance and scale co-requisite model offerings for Integrated Reading and Writing classes with History, Political Science, Arts, and Academic English to meet or exceed the requirements of House Bill 2223. The proposed project supports student success by offering co-requisite models concurrently leading to successful course completion of both academic and developmental classes. At the time of initial Board approval, the Board was informed that there was a possibility of additional funds being provided by THECB. These additional funds are being awarded to add to the 25% ($66,638) of funds requested in the application and 50% ($108,450) for anticipated completion funding as requested in the application. Total funding from THECB for this grant will not exceed $274,847, which includes initial funds previously authorized in the amount of $75,000. The funding period is from August 15, 2018 to August 31, 2020.

This grant aligns to Strategic Direction #2, Access and Success by increasing the college going and college completing rates in the region.


The Association of American Colleges and Universities Subaward with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Ascendium Education Group, Inc.

Award: $30,000
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This sub-award is provided to South Texas College for participation in the Association of American Colleges and Universities’ (AAC&U) Strengthening Guided Pathways and Career Success by Ensuring Students are Learning project. Guided Pathways support student success and build institutional capacity by defining clear and coherent pathways for degree completion and ensures learning while on the pathways, leading to completion of a postsecondary degree or credential. Funds will be used for faculty stipends, professional development, and travel to support project goals.

This sub-award aligns to Strategic Direction #4, Collective Responsibility, by empowering faculty to design the best learning experiences for students, leading to their academic success, career readiness, and timely completion. The funding period is from June 1, 2019, to August 31, 2021.


The RGV Focus Sub-award from RGV Focus in Collaboration with Educate Texas and the Communities Foundation of Texas

Award: $35,000
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This subaward is provided to South Texas College to engage in and collaborate with the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley and Texas Southmost College in a Talent Hub Initiative.  The Talent Hub Initiative will create multiple pathways to postsecondary success by identifying strategies for degree completion.

This sub-award aligns to Strategic Direction #5 Collaboration by advancing mutually beneficial community and educational partnerships to create a collective impact on student success. The funding period is from March 2019 to October 31, 2020.


Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), 2018 College Readiness and Success Models for 60x30TX, Additional Funds

Award: $175,088
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This grant is to enhance and scale co-requisite model offerings for Integrated Reading and Writing classes with History, Political Science, Arts, and Academic English to meet or exceed the requirements of House Bill 2223. The proposed project supports student success by offering co-requisite models concurrently leading to successful course completion of both academic and developmental classes.

At the time of initial Board approval, the Board was informed that there was a possibility of additional funds being provided by THECB. These additional funds are being awarded to cover the remaining 25% ($66,638) of funds requested in the application and 50% ($108,450) for anticipated completion funding as requested in
the application. Total funding from THECB for this grant will not exceed $250,088, which includes initial funds previously authorized in the amount of $75,000. The funding period is from August 15, 2018 to August 31, 2020.

This grant aligns to Strategic Direction #2, Access and Success by increasing the college going and college completing rates in the region.


Lower Rio Grande Valley Workforce Development Board - Workforce Solutions, Child Development Associates Credential Program (CDA)

Award: $40,575
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This grant from Workforce Solutions provides funding for Child Development Associates Credential courses to be taken by employees of Child Care Services Vendors in Starr, Hidalgo and Willacy Counties. These funds will be used for tuition, fees and textbooks for up to 25 candidates for the Fall 2019 semester. If more participants express interest in the CDA program, Workforce Solutions will allow South Texas College to request additional funds. This award is for the period of January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019.

This grant aligns to Strategic Direction #2, Access and Success, through coordinated efforts with Workforce Solutions to outreach prospective students to enroll at South Texas College in a Child Development Program.


Lower Rio Grande Valley Workforce Development Board - Workforce Solutions, Childhood Conferences Participant Scholarship Funds

Award: $10,000
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This grant provides funding for registration for 50 participants to attend the Special Needs and Leadership Conference and for 100 participants to attend the Child Care and Early Childhood Conference (conducted in Spanish), which is hosted by South Texas College’s Child Development and Early Childhood Program. If additional participants express interest in registering for the conferences, Workforce Solutions will allow South Texas College to request additional funds. Conferences will take place on the following dates: April 2019, June 2019 and October 2019. This award is for the period of January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019. 

This grant aligns to Strategic Direction #2, Access and Success, by promoting a college-going culture through proactive outreach targeting prospective students to attend conferences.

 


The Texas Higher Education Foundation, Texas Affordable Baccalaureate Grant (TAB) with support from the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation

Award: $67,733
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This grant provides funds to increase the number of courses offered in the competency-based (CB) format for the CB Bachelor’s Programs in Organizational Leadership and Technology Management. Upper division and general education courses will be converted to the CB format to ensure the programs offer the same quality and resources as traditional bachelor’s programs. The funding period is from January 2019 to January 1, 2024.

This grant is aligned to Strategic Direction #2, Access and Success by increasing the number of competency-based courses in the Bachelor’s of Applied Technology and Science Programs.


The Texas Higher Education Foundation, Texas Affordable Baccalaureate Grant (TAB) with support from the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation

Award: $14,906
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Grant funds will be used to create a handbook that standardizes and codifies guidelines for creating and administering competency-based (CB) programs for South Texas College (STC) faculty, staff, and administrators and other institutions of higher learning in accordance with pertinent accreditation standards, College policies and procedures, and best practices. The funding period is from January 2019 to February
28, 2020.

This award aligns to Strategic Direction #4, Collective Responsibility, as it encourages South Texas College faculty in the Division of Math, Science, and Bachelor Programs to work together within and across disciplines to design the best learning experiences for students, leading to their academic success, career readiness, and timely completion.


The Texas Higher Education Foundation, Texas Affordable Baccalaureate Grant (TAB) with support from the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV)

Award: $40,065
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South Texas College and the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (UTRGV) will collaborate to develop a 100% online competency-based (CB) Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Care and Early Childhood Studies (ECEC).

The benefits of this project are increased enrollment, expanded inventory of CB courses, and additional pathways for students to earn bachelor’s degree that are affordable, accessible, and accelerated. In addition, STC will contribute $5,855 in-kind support for overseeing the planning, implementation and evaluation of the project. The funding period is from January 2019 to January 1, 2024.

This award aligns to Strategic Direction #2, Access and Success, by creating a competency-based Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Care and Early Childhood Studies as an affordable, accessible, and accelerated path to completion of the bachelor degree program.


Texas Workforce Commission, Pell Grant Ability to Benefit Capacity Building

Award: $159,445.83
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This award will help deliver innovative Career Pathways to seventy-seven participants that will result in increased attainment of High School Equivalency Credentials, Recognized Postsecondary Credentials, and reduced student debt for college credit coursework. Partners for this program include the Lower Rio Workforce Development Board, Region One Education Service Center, Rio Grande Valley Literacy Center, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley High School Equivalency Program, Motivation Education and Training Inc., Goodwill Industries, Sandia Depot, Ramos Trucking Services, Curly’s Towing Service, Bio-Ops, On Target Transportation, McAllen Country Club, Rio Grande Regional Hospital, Knapp Medical Center and Valley Regional Medical Center. The funding period for this grant is from January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2020.

This award aligns to Strategic Direction #2, Access and Success by providing innovative workforce training opportunities for students in a Career Pathway Programs.


Texas Workforce Commission, Accelerate Texas IV: Integrated Education and Training

Award: $499,859
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This grant will provide concurrent enrollment for 200 participants in Workforce Training and Adult Education and Literacy (AEL) services. This program is designed to build the college’s capacity to expand, develop, and implement the Integrated Education and Training (IET) model. Project funding will support the core components of IET, including Workforce Training, Workforce Preparation Activities, AEL Activities, related coordination, staffing, curriculum development and educational and career counseling services. The funding period for this grant is from November 1, 2018 to October 31, 2020.

This award aligns to Strategic Direction #3, High Success Rate by providing training that develops skills to meet employer needs and contribute toward the economic mobility of the region.


The Truth Initiative, Tobacco-Free College Grant Program

Award: $20,000
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The Truth Initiative has awarded funding to 152 minority-serving institutions and community colleges to advocate for a 100% smoke-free and tobacco-free college environment. This grant will be managed by the Nursing and Allied Health Division Respiratory Department. Respiratory Club students will promote a tobacco and e-cigarette free environment by hosting open house events including informational booths, social media promotions and flyer and banner distribution at all 5 STC campuses. Two student Taskforce Leaders from the Respiratory Club will co-develop and lead at least four advocacy activities. By the end of the grant period in 2020, Truth Initiative will assist grant staff and Club students to draft a policy recommendation for a 100% smoke-free or 100% tobacco-free policy to present to key decision makers. The funding period is from February 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020.

This grant aligns to Strategic Direction #4, Collective Responsibility by empowering students to work together to design develop and conduct informative events for other students, staff and faculty at South Texas College.


Additional funds from U.S. Department of Education, STC In Focus Grant – Developing Hispanic Serving Institutions (DHSI) Supplemental Award

Award: $115,722
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Funding from the Department of Education will be used to promote, recruit and support the development and delivery of financial literacy training for college students.  The proposed project will be conducted in Active Learning Classrooms to maximize student engagement, interest in training topics, and to utilize technology to enrich the learning experience.

This grant aligns to Strategic Direction #3 High Success Rate, by supporting efforts that ensure student success in achieving milestones in order to increase the economic and social mobility of residents in our region.


Excelencia in Education
Adult Learner 360 Grant

Grantor: The Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL)
Award: $40,000
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South Texas College was selected to participate in a 3-year initiative that will provide tools for Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) to further examine how institutions are serving adult students. Foundations supporting this initiative include the Kresge Foundation, Great Lakes Guarantee Corporation, and the Greater Texas Foundation. The Adult Learner 360 Academy will help HSI’s take actionable steps in implementing plans to serve their Latino adult students ages 25+.

There will also be funding to support institutional efforts on research, evaluation, and data collection in the amount of $5,000 per year in years 1, 2 and 3. The funding period is from September 7, 2018 to September 6, 2021.

This award aligns to Strategic Direction #4, Collective Responsibility by empowering faculty to work together within and across disciplines to design best learning experiences for students, leading to their academic success and career readiness.


College Readiness and Success Models for 60x30TX

Grantor: Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board
Award: $75,000
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This grant is to enhance and scale co-requisite model offerings for Integrated Reading and Writing classes with History, Political Science, Arts, and Academic English to meet or exceed the requirements of House Bill 2223. The proposed project supports student success by offering co-requisite models concurrently leading to successful course completion of both academic and developmental classes. Additional funding may be provided, subject to THECB Board approval, to cover anticipated completion funding for a total award of $250,088. The funding period is from August 15, 2018 to August 31, 2020.

This award aligns to Strategic Direction #2, Access and Success, by increasing the college going and college completing rates in the region.


Texas Affordable Baccalaureate (TAB) Expansion Grant with support from the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation

Grantor: The Texas Higher Education Foundation
Award: $73,450
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This grant will provide support for the development of a 100% online, competency-based option for the Bachelor of Applied Technology Degree in Medical and Health Service Management (BAT-MHSM) at South Texas College. The funding period for this grant is from August 1, 2018 to July 31, 2020.

This grant is aligned to Strategic Direction #2, Access and Success by creating a competency-based Bachelor of Applied Technology Program in Medical and Health Service Management as an affordable, accessible, and accelerated path to completion of the bachelor degree program.


Nursing Shortage Reduction Program-Regular Grant Funds

Grantor: The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB)
Award: $225,124
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These funds are awarded to the Division of Allied Nursing and Health to recruit and retain students enrolled in the Associate Degree Nursing Program. Funds will be used for costs exclusively related to enrolling additional students, nursing faculty enhancement, recruitment and retention strategies, development and implementation of innovative methods involving curriculum and/or preceptorships. The funding period is from September 1, 2018 to December 31, 2023.

These funds align to Strategic Direction #2, Access and Success, by increasing the college-going culture in the region through community outreach for the nursing program.


Nursing Shortage Reduction Program-Regular Funds

Grantor: The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB)
Award: $194,287
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This grant is to recruit and retain students in the Associate Degree Nursing Program.  Funds will be used for costs exclusively related to enrolling additional students, nursing faculty enhancement, recruitment and retention innovation, development and implementation of innovative methods involving curriculum and/or preceptorships.  The funding period is from September 1, 2017 to November 11, 2021.

These funds align to Strategic Direction #2, Access and Success, by increasing the college-going culture in the region through outreach for the nursing program.


The Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS) Program

Grantor: U.S. Department of Education
Award: Not to exceed $929,800
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This grant helps to support affordable childcare services for eligible students at the Child Development Center, which is located at the South Texas College Mrd Valley Campus. Funds will be utilized for tuition and fees for 50 eligible students each semester and 40 children in the summer. The funding period for this grant is from October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2022.

This grant is aligned to Strategic Direction #6, Cost Efficiency by supporting students with affordable childcare services to keep the related costs of higher education affordable.


What We Do

The Resource Development, Management and Compliance Department promotes the identification and acquisition of external funds and supports compliance with grants that are awarded to the college. Staff members provide internal pre-award services, which promote the long-term financial growth of the institution, by providing technical assistance with the development of fundable proposals that align to one or more of the Strategic Directions of South Texas College. Post-award support is provided to Principal Investigators and Project Directors in departments that manage the implementation of grants to support compliance with applicable regulations, policies, and guidelines from funding agencies. The Department of Grant Development, Management and Compliance coordinates with administration across the college to ensure continuous alignment between external grants and institutional priorities.


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