Velinda Reyes, UTPA director of Career Services, said the collaboration between the institutions will not only benefit the region, but most of all the students.
|Pictured are organizers and members of the Career Employment Advisory Committee of South Texas, which was developed by UTPA and STC. First row left to right are Celia Castaneda, UTPA; Yvette Padilla, UTPA; Nancy Reed, WorkForce Solutions; Celinda Palacios, STC; Velinda V. Reyes, UTPA; Pete Luna, STC; Rebecca Solis, STC; Susie Chapa, UTPA; Wanda Spratt, STC; and Dr. Kristin Croyle, UTPA. Second row left to right are Ronnie Garcia, UTPA; Dr. Michael Meyers, UTPA; Dr. Charlene Blankenship, UTPA; Leticia Flores, STC; Mike Willis, South Texas Manufacturing Association; Miki McCarthy, San Juan Economic Development Corp.; Steve Alhenius, McAllen Chamber of Commerce; and Ricardo Cano, UTPA.|
The committee will consist of 30 representatives that will include community leaders, faculty, and career services professionals from UTPA and STC. Currently the committee is made up of representatives from the local Economic Development Corporations, Chambers of Commerce and Workforce Solutions, who will serve consecutive two-year terms.
The goals of the committee are to provide advice concerning labor market trends, training methods and hiring needs; assist career services professional staff in updating industry knowledge and student awareness; provide a channel of communication between both institutions, faculty, and the business community; provide direction and a concrete structure for the development of opportunities for students in the local community; provide ongoing assessment of employer needs and a self-assessment of the centers progress in meeting these needs; generate meaningful feedback from the business community; identify strategies for program improvement; bring experience and wisdom to the issues facing today's world of employment; and provide enhanced contacts between both institutions and the business community and increase on-campus recruitment of its students.
For more information on the Career Employment Advisory Committee of South Texas or to learn about UTPA’s Career Services Office, contact Reyes at 956/381-2243.