MCALLEN, Texas, May 13, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- WGU Texas and South Texas College (STC) announced today the signing of an agreement that creates pathways for students, employees and graduates to work toward a bachelor's or master's degree and further their education at WGU Texas. South Texas College is the largest higher education institution south of San Antonio.
"South Texas College students and employees are truly exceptional and eager to continue their college education," said Dr. Shirley A. Reed, South Texas College President. "This agreement for the seamless transfer from STC to WGU Texas with a discounted tuition is a great pathway for our students and employees to continue their education to earn a bachelor's or master's degree."
South Texas College graduates, faculty and staff will receive a 5 percent discounted tuition at WGU Texas, exclusive partner scholarships, valued at up to $2,000, and can select from more than 60 accredited bachelor's and master's degree programs in information technology, business, health professions and teaching. Students transferring from STC can expect a comprehensive transfer policy. Information about WGU Texas' community college partnerships and scholarship opportunities is available at texas.wgu.edu/cc.
"WGU Texas is thrilled to expand its presence in the Rio Grande Valley by providing more STC students a seamless pathway to completing their bachelor's degree and preparing them to enter some of the state's most in-demand careers," said Dr. Steven Johnson, Chancellor, WGU Texas. "We are committed to providing accessible, affordable, high-quality educational opportunities that lead to great outcomes."
WGU Texas' current enrollment is more than 12,250 students, with students enrolled in 236 of the state's 254 counties, including 165 students from Hidalgo, Starr, and Cameron Counties, and 145 active students and graduates from South Texas College.
About WGU Texas
WGU Texas is an online, nonprofit, competency-based university established to expand Texans' access to higher education throughout the state. Formed through a partnership between the state of Texas and nationally-recognized Western Governors University, WGU Texas is open to all qualified Texas residents. The university offers more than 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in the high-demand career fields of business, K-12 teacher education, information technology, and health professions, including nursing. In 2018, WGU Texas awarded degrees to 2,445 students across the state. Since the university's launch in 2011, more than 10,000 graduates have earned their undergraduate or graduate degrees through a variety of academic offerings.
About South Texas College
Founded in 1993, South Texas College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and offers more than 120 degree & certificate options, including associate degrees in a variety of liberal art, social science, business, math, science, technology, advanced manufacturing and allied health fields of study. Additionally, South Texas College is the only community college in the State of Texas to offer four baccalaureate degrees. South Texas College has a faculty and staff of more than 2,700 to serve the college's six campuses, two higher education centers, and one virtual campus.
SOURCE WGU Texas