South Texas College Announces Educational Law Enforcement Opportunities Through Partnerships with PSJA ISD, City of Pharr, U.S. Department of Homeland Security Agencies
PHARR – South Texas College celebrated its official partnerships with Pharr-San Juan Alamo ISD, the City of Pharr, the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers (FLETC), the U.S. Office of Field Operations (OFO) Academy, and the U.S. Border Patrol (USBP) Academy at a special ceremony at the new Regional Center for Public Safety Excellence (RCPSE) on April 24.
The ceremony at STC’s RCPSE formalized the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) agreements with the FLETC, the OFO Academy, and the USBP Academy.
These were the agencies’ first partnership training agreements in the State of Texas.
STC President Dr. Shirley A. Reed thanked partners like Pharr Mayor Ambrosio Hernandez and PSJA ISD Superintendent Dr. Daniel King for their engagement in making this initiative possible.
“The partnership agreement that we signed with our federal law enforcement agencies will grant college credit for the federal law enforcement academies graduates who want to pursue a Law Enforcement Associate Degree at South Texas College,” said STC Dean of Business, Technology, and Public Safety Mario Reyna.
“This unique opportunity will allow all the federal agents in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to get a jumpstart on their education once they enroll with additional coursework at South Texas College,” he added.
In addition to the Center providing law enforcement officials the opportunity to work towards a Law Enforcement Associate Degree with STC, the facility also currently hosts PSJA ISD high school students pursuing their Associate Degree in Criminal Justice with STC, as well as, PSJA's Criminal Justice Academy.
The PSJA Academies currently include 20 fields of studies in the following areas: School of Public & Health Service; School of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, or STEM; the School of Business and Industry; and the School of Arts and Humanities. These Academies provide hands-on learning in various specific fields of study supporting students as they work to obtain a Certificate or an Associate Degree from South Texas College. Through a cohort approach, students build positive relationships, receive rigorous instruction, and receive academic, emotional and social support to successfully complete the coursework.
Current 10th-grade students from any PSJA ISD high school are eligible to apply to be part of the PSJA Academies, and can continue to attend their home high school.