MCALLEN, Texas – Longtime educator and tech entrepreneur Dalinda Gonzalez-Alcantar is running for South Texas College’s Board of Trustees in District 4.
District 4 is an open seat because founding board trustee Gary Gurwitz has announced he is not seeking re-election.
Gonzalez-Alcantar is an STC alumni and current CEO of The Boys & Girls Club of McAllen.
“STC has always been the catalyst of economic prosperity in the Valley – it certainly was in my own family, in my husband’s, and for the families of my early college high school students that began their college experience at STC,” Gonzalez-Alcantar said.
In announcing her candidacy, Gonzalez-Alcantar sent the Rio Grande Guardian International News Service her bio.
Gonzalez-Alcantar received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Texas State University and her Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from The University of Texas Pan American – now UT-Rio Grande Valley.
However, Gonzalez-Alcantar credits her post-secondary success to her time at STC.
“My parents had three children in college at the same time and STC afforded us an opportunity to attend simultaneously. Everyone has a right to a quality and affordable education and nobody should have to leave home or go broke while receiving one,” Gonzalez-Alcantar said.
Gonzalez-Alcantar is a big supporter of STC’s dual enrollment program. She points out that since 2018, STC has saved families over $280 million dollars through this model. She is also a big supporter of STC’s Career and Technical Education program. She said it has led to financial prosperity for many families.
“Where STC goes so goes the Valley. When companies across the world are looking to relocate or expand their operations they look at the educational attainment of the region and I believe STC is in a unique position to elevate that data point. Families, businesses, and the community as a whole win when STC wins,” said Gonzalez-Alcantar.
Asked why the voters in STC’s District 4 should go with her, Gonzalez-Alcantar said: “My experience securing and stewarding local, state, federal, and private dollars for our community as well as my collaborative approach at solving problems is why I believe I am best suited to serve alongside fellow trustees, Dr Solis, and his incredible faculty and staff.”
Gonzalez-Alcantar added: “Communities don’t prosper when cities, schools, businesses, and NGOs work in silos. We reduce wasteful taxpayer spending when leaders serve together and I pride myself in being able to bring diverse groups of people together for our community!”
Gonzalez-Alcantar’s campaign kickoff is scheduled for Tuesday March 22nd at Koko’s on 10th street in McAllen. To learn more about her candidacy, go to www.gonzalez-alcantar
Early voting in the STC elections begin April 25. Election Day is May 7.
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