MCALLEN, Texas – The executive director of South Texas Manufacturers Association has welcomed a decision to start the Texas A&M Engineering Academy at South Texas College.

Mike Willis was at a news conference at STC’s Pecan Campus in McAllen on Monday to hear the announcement from Texas A&M Chancellor John Sharp and STC President Ricardo Solis. Those in attendance learned that students attending the academy will be able to pursue one of 22 majors within the College of Engineering at Texas A&M.

“It’s tremendous this to see this kind of initiative. It compliments the A&M University campus on the north side of McAllen perfectly. And it helps get our young people educated with engineering degrees and into engineering programs,” Willis said.

There is a huge demand for engineers all across the country, Willis said.

“This is going to be a great thing for the Valley, for our young people,” Willis said. “They can get an actual A&M engineering degree possibly without even having to leave the Valley.”

In a video interview with the Rio Grande Guardian International News Service, Willis was asked if it follows that, once the A&M students have become engineers, that they will be able to start a career in engineering in the Valley. Here is what he said:


Editor’s Note: The above video story is the first in a four-part series on the Texas A&M University-South Texas College partnership to create an Engineering Academy.

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