BROWNSVILLE, Texas – South Texas Vocational Technical Institute is moving its Brownsville, McAllen and Weslaco campuses into new and improved facilities this month.

STVT says the move will provide students an upgraded learning experience as they train for their future careers.

“The investment we’re making in the STVT new, improved facilities, is an investment in the future of the people who call this community home,” says Priscilla Guajardo, director of education for the Brownsville STVT campus. 

“At STVT, we help students transform their lives with education and training. We tell students, make today the first day of the rest of your life. The environment the upgraded facilities will create reflected the pride our graduates have as they begin new careers.”

Guajardo said the campuses will be relocated by the end of August, in preparation for the start of upcoming fall programs. More accessible locations, modern fixtures and construction, larger classrooms and clinical labs plus updated amenities like faculty lounges and expanded student break areas are among the many upgrades, Guajardo explained. 

In addition, she said, all campuses will have access to public transportation.

Esmeralda Villarreal, President and CEO of the Brownsville Chamber of Commerce, said her chamber is thrilled to work alongside STVT.

“The Brownsville Chamber is proud to have various members who are working to close the skills gap by driving workforce development programs that will create a positive change for all who live and work in our community. We appreciate STVT’s leadership and are excited for the year ahead,” Villarreal said.

South Texas Vocational Technical Institute offers career training at five campuses in Weslaco, Corpus Christi, McAllen, San Antonio, and Brownsville. 

“Starting with enrollment, our trained staff works closely with students to understand their interests, ambitions and career goals so we can help their dreams become a reality. Our programs are taught in facilities designed to simulate actual working conditions and promote quality career training through hands-on student participation. Through action-based training, and dedicated staff counsel, STVT students gain the knowledge and skills to help them succeed in a career and life,” STVTI says.

Brownsville Campus 

The move in date was Aug. 21. The new address is1900 North Expressway, Suite O, Brownsville, TX 78521.

Conveniently located off North Expressway, the new STVT Brownsville campus offers more visibility from drive-by traffic, an improved layout with modern floor plan featuring multiple break areas for students, larger labs and a new Learning Resource Center, explained Juan Carlos Rodriguez, executive director of the Brownsville STVT campus. 

Rodriguez said the new construction creates larger classrooms with overall better aesthetics and incorporates a dental assistant lab that better reflects what a dentist office might look like.

“Our new facilities promise to provide our students with a richer clinical experience,” Rodriguez said. “And thanks to numerous upgrades we are in alignment with industry trends that meet our employer partners’ expectations for clinical settings.”

The Brownsville campus offers training programs for dental, medical and medical administrative assistants, as well as Commercial Drivers License (CDL) training, Rodriguez added.

McAllen Campus

The move in date is Aug. 28. The new address is: 1800 South Main, McAllen, TX 78503.

“Similar to Brownsville, the new McAllen campus provides high visibility near La Plaza mall, right off the North Expressway. Plus, the location makes it perfect for students who wish to work part-time nearby. The facilities themselves feature an updated and modern look with an improved floor plan that makes finding departments and programs much easier,” STVTI states.

“The McAllen campus offers training programs for dental, medical and medical administrative assistants, business studies, and Commercial Drivers License (CDL).”

Weslaco Campus 

The move in date is Aug. 28. The new address is 1600 North Westgate Drive, Weslaco, TX 78599.

“In addition to more visibility and drive-by traffic thanks to an updated location right off the North Expressway, the new Weslaco campus offers overall better aesthetics and floor plan that allows all STVT Weslaco programs to now reside under one roof. The improved space features a large faculty room, expanded classrooms and a new dental assistant lab that mirrors a real-life dental office,” STVT states.

“The new and improved Weslaco campus offers students the opportunity to learn hands-on from industry-experienced instructors in settings designed to simulate real-world work environments. Training programs offered include programs for medical, dental and medical administrative assistants, as well as combination welding training.”

Editor’s Note: For more information about the STVT programs available at each campus, visit

Our Journalism depends on You!

Support local coronavirus reporting for a healthier and safer South Texas. The Rio Grande Guardian is committed to producing quality news reporting on the issues that matter to border residents. The support of our members is vital in ensuring our mission gets fulfilled. 

Can we count on your support? If so, click HERE. Thank you!

Keep on top of the big stories affecting the Texas-Mexico border region. Join our mailing list to receive regular email alerts.

Sign-up for the latest news

By submitting this form, you are consenting to receive marketing emails from: . You can revoke your consent to receive emails at any time by using the SafeUnsubscribe® link, found at the bottom of every email. Emails are serviced by Constant Contact