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Landeros Recognized Among Top Non-Traditional Students

Saturday, March 23, 2013
By Eladio Jaimez

LanderosThe first time didn’t work out for Elizabeth Landeros. But she never gave up.

After graduating from Harlingen South in 2001, Landeros enrolled at Texas State Technical College and was intrigued by the Chemical Environmental Technology (CET) Program at the college. But financial reasons kept Landeros from pursuing a degree in her desired field of study at the time. So she left TSTC to work.

In 2011, Landeros enrolled at TSTC and in the CET program once again. Now Landeros will graduate in the Fall of 2013 and she has done well for herself in the past couple of years.

So well that on Wednesday Landeros will be presented with the Inspirational Award, which is given annually to a top student enrolled in a non-traditional program of study during National Women’s History Month. A non-traditional student is one that is enrolled in a program of study that is dominated by the opposite sex.

Landeros was chosen based on her participation in the Support Services Office and is being recognized for her accomplishments in leadership, citizenship and kindness. Support Services recognizes a student who’s been active within the program and is considered a model student and a role model to their peers and the community.

“It’s always nice to get recognized,” Landeros said. “Working with Support Services has really allowed me to meet a lot of great people and help others along the way. This is very important to me.”

Landeros has been a Non-Traditional Ambassador for the CET program since Summer 2012. Landeros and another CET student, Trinity Crabb, were very active in collecting gifts during the Toys for Tots 2012 campaign on campus. Landeros has also participated in Domestic Violence Awareness Month activities like the Clothesline Project and Candlelight Vigil.

Landeros said her options are vast upon graduating and looks forward to a career in chemical and environmental technology. Landeros expects to graduate in the fall and join the workforce immediately.

“On the chemical side, you can go into the petrochemical field and work as a lab technician or under an engineer in the field,” Landeros said. “On the environmental side, you could go work for government agencies like the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) or do other contract work.”

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