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Maldonado Praises TSTC During Legislative Tour

Monday, February 4, 2013
By Eladio Jaimez

In front of legislators from across the state, Texas State Technical College President Cesar Maldonado spoke emphatically about TSTC?s studentsIn front of legislators from across the state, Texas State Technical College President Cesar Maldonado spoke emphatically about TSTC’s students, its mission and the future of the college last week during a panel discussion on education at UT-Brownsville during the 19th Rio Grande Valley Legislative tour.

Maldonado was joined by the presidents from UTB, UTPA, South Texas Community College and Texas Southmost College as all spoke highly of their respective institutions.

The four-day legislative tour that took legislators and their staff to South Padre Island over the weekend, culminated back at TSTC on Sunday with a luncheon at the Culture Arts Center. But on Friday, Maldonado took the chance to sing TSTC’s praises to the large group.

“We’re a little different flavored institution,” Maldonado said. “And like my colleagues here have told you, we have many success stories as well.”

Maldonado urged the lawmakers to approve funding for the school be made based on results and not contact hours.

“We would like to be funded based on salary differences of minimum wage employees and what our graduates earn,” Maldonado said. “We ask that you approve that this session and move us off the contact hours-based funding and to a results-based funding.”

Maldonado went on to highlight the partnerships the school has established in the past few years and future ventures already in the works.

Maldonado praised the partnership with Del Mar College in Ingleside and the Wind Energy Technology program and its students. TSTC and the Raymondville school district have also joined forces in the area of college readiness to “prepare students and help them transition to college at TSTC or wherever they want to attend.”

Maldonado said TSTC and Laredo Community College have also partnered to open a workforce center in Zapata County to train workers. A similar partnership is in the works with the City of Hondo in Medina County, Maldonado said.

Maldonado also praised the efforts made by TSTC and the Harlingen school district to establish the Early College High School on the TSTC campus.

“Last year 27 students from Early College High School earned their Associates in Science one week before they received their high school diplomas,” he said. “We don’t receive additional funding to provide this tuition-free dual enrollment. And it’s a tremendous economic boost to the families and to the state. And we’re proud of that but at some point we’re going to need it. We’re not getting near to it but it’s looking over the hill. We ask that you consider this in terms of deliberation regarding funding.”

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