Local Educators Certified in STEM

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61 Educators Trained by STC

The second cohort of faculty receiving certification by South Texas College are now ready to guide student in STEM careers. The 61 educators are the latest graduates of the RGV STEM Faculty Institute.

Working under the auspices of the Texas Regional STEM Degree Accelerator, faculty members from school districts across the Valley completed intensive professional development training with the intent to enrich students’ learning experience in STEM related fields.

Participating faculty hail from seven ISDs, two community colleges and two universities. Valerie Gamez, project director of TRSDA at South Texas College – Pecan Campus, states ultimately the program could serve 15,000 students.

“We had a larger group than we had in Cohort I,” said Gamez. “We also had a different kind of challenge in that, for Cohort I, we did most of our seven day institute during the summer. Cohort II was held over the course of two semesters during the fall and spring.”

The training is due to a $800,000 TRSDA grant from Educate Texas to STC. The grant helps support the training of approximately 200 RGV K-12 dual credit and higher education faculty over the course of three years. The goal is to align curriculum between K-12 and higher education institutions in an effort to increase interest in STEM. Students will then hopefully complete a STEM-focused program of study, specifically in either healthcare or computer information technology.

The Texas Regional STEM Degree Accelerator is now recruiting for the third and final cohort of the RGV STEM Faculty Institute. The cohort dates are July 25-28 and Sept. 28-29, with graduation on Nov. 2.

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