Closing ceremonies held with students and families in school districts across the Valley
MCALLEN, TX (August 1, 2017) – South Texas College, in conjunction with school districts across the
Valley, has achieved a record number of students participating in the college’s summer-long Texas
Prefreshman Engineering Program dedicated to promoting future careers in STEM among middle and
high school students across the region.
TexPREP is an agreement between South Texas College, The University of Texas at San Antonio and
participating school districts which offers an academically intense, mathematics-based summer program
stressing the development of abstract reasoning and problem solving skills.
The purpose of the program is to identify high achieving students with an interest in science,
technology, engineering and other mathematics-related areas and to increase their potential for careers
in these fields.
More than 313 students from various school districts including Roma, PSJA, Hidalgo and Weslaco ISD
participated in the summer program which was held at STC’s Mid Valley, Pecan and Starr County
STC hosted the seven week program in June and July. Closing Ceremonies were held on the last day, July
27, 2017 at each of the participating sites.
"This summer marks our ninth year of the TexPREP Program," said Dr. Rebecca De Leon, Director of
Academies and High School Projects at STC. “Each year we recruit rising seventh grade students from
partnering school districts who commit four summers to participate in our program. For each summer
successfully completed, students receive a high school elective credit. The STEM-based program
provides students with the opportunity to increase their knowledge through hands-on projects and
weekly career awareness speakers.”
Dr. De Leon celebrated the first of four closing ceremonies with students from Hidalgo ISD on July 27,
which had more than 100 students complete the Texas Prefreshmen Engineering Program.
“Everything is a partnership,” said Hidalgo Superintendent of Schools Javier Salinas. “As stakeholders in
the education of all our kids, it’s important that the teachers working with the professors make sure we
produce productive community members in the future. That’s our role.
“We are college ready, and we want the kids to be engaged and achieve whatever dreams they set out
to do in the future,” Salinas said.
STC’s High School Programs Department started the TexPREP Program during Summer 2009. The
mathematics-based program, approximately seven weeks in length, is presented over the course of four
summers to students in the seventh through the tenth grades.
The STEM Program is held each summer, and enables students to become exposed to hands-on projects
and field trips across the Rio Grande Valley.
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“This whole TexPREP experience has been really beneficial for me,” said Linda Perez, a Hidalgo ISD high
school sophomore who plans to pursue a career as a pediatrician. “Early on, I struggled a lot in math but
TexPREP really gave me that push to advance, and I definitely wouldn’t be where I am in all of my classes
without them. I’m really thankful for that.”