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UH to Participate in Grand Opening of University Center at Harlingen

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August 26, 2011-Houston-

University of Houston officials will participate in ribbon-cutting ceremonies Aug. 31 for the Texas State Technical College (TSTC) - University Center at Harlingen, a multi-institutional teaching center (MITC) representing various senior level institutions.

The MITC is designed to provide Rio Grande Valley students access to junior and senior level academic courses. Study programs will be designed so that students can earn their first two years of college credits at TSTC-Harlingen and then transfer to one of the programs at the University Center. Enrollment, however, will not be limited to TSTC students.

In addition to UH, the other partners are the University of Texas at Brownsville, University of Texas-Pan American, Texas A&M University-Kingsville, Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Our Lady of the Lake University, Wayland Baptist University and LeTourneau University.

UH’s College of Technology is leading the effort by offering high-demand undergraduate courses in retailing and consumer science, organization leadership and supervision, supply chain and logistics, and human resource development. Masters-level courses include technology project management and human resource development.

“These programs of study are designed to enhance educational opportunities for TSTC students and the citizens in the Rio Grande Valley by creating a seamless pipeline after their first two years of college credits,” said Lonnie Howard, UH’s executive director of University Outreach. “This educational partnership could have a positive economic impact on the region by helping to create a better-skilled workforce.”

“UH will begin offering programs in spring 2012. These courses will be taught face-to-face at the center,” Howard said. “Plans are being made to provide these new UH students with access to the same academic advisement and services that students receive on the main campus. The senior leadership at UH is very excited about this opportunity.”

Note: The grand opening ceremony will be held at 10 a.m., Aug. 31, at the University Center at Harlingen, 1902 North Loop 499, Harlingen. UH College of Technology Dean William Fitzgibbon will join other officials at the ceremony.

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