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Texas Ag Commissioner Grants South Texas College’s DEMSA $100K
Around Texas

October, 2009

RIO GRANDE CITY, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples awarded $100,000 to South Texas College’s Starr County Campus Dual Enrollment Medical Science Academy (DEMSA). The academy provides qualifying high school students the opportunity to earn an associate’s degree in biology weeks before graduating high school.

The grant is made possible through the Texas Department of Agriculture’s new Parallel Pathways to Success Pilot Grant Program.

“South Texas College has created an innovative model for other schools around the state,” Commissioner Staples said. “A program like the Dual Enrollment Medical Science Academy at STC is a terrific example of a parallel avenue offered to students to learn the skills they need to fill local jobs and enter the workforce. This creates careers for our young adults and keeps top-notch businesses in and coming to Texas.”

Students apply for the two-year dual enrollment academy as sophomores and are accepted based on their academic achievements and commitment to personal enrichment. Through STC’s DEMSA participants have access to unique opportunities like internships at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York, college tours, college scholarship application assistance, receiving certifications in CPR and first aid, receiving academic and life success counseling and participating in community service programs.

In total, TDA selected five programs to receive funding through the Parallel Pathways to Success Pilot Program. For more information about the program, visit TDA’s Web site at

For more information about South Texas College visit For more information about the college’s DEMSA contact Guadalupe Chavez at 956-872-3499.


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