SPC Bécalos Program Faculty, Students in the News
St. Philip’s College faculty and students are in a news report on an innovative federal program that increases student mobility between the United States and the countries of the Western Hemisphere.
Scholars from Mexico attend college at the nation’s largest HBCU with support of the four-season-old Bécalos program. The objectives of this program are to immerse the students in the English language, U.S. culture, and provide professional development opportunities with considerable return on investment.
The focus for Bécalos scholars who come from among 13 partner universities in Mexico is within the college’s Applied Electrical and Mechanical Technology department because the department has so many programs leading alumni to jobs with annual U.S. salaries in the $100,000 range, and the partner republics of both Mexico and America want their students and universities to earn premium returns on their scholarship investments. Some of the roughly 25 scholars from Mexico at St. Philip’s College in 2017 are Juan Pablo Arevalo Acosta, Francisco Torres Aguilar, Ruben D. Cepeda Calderon, Miguel A. Garcia Coronado, Gilberto Wilson Loza, Jose D. Dominguez Palacio, Juan C. Antonio Vasquez and Horacio D. Alvarado Villarreal.
Vasquez (Universidad Tecnológica General Mariano Escobedo in Monterrey, Mexico), Arevalo (Universidad Tecnológica de la Zona Metropolitana del Valle de México), Rigoberto Rentería de León (SPC biomedical engineering) and Lori Mendez (SPC instrumentation) were among students in the DC/AC circuits class of college faculty member Brenda Clark who were profiled in the San Antonio Express-News report Scholarship program brings Mexican students to Alamo Colleges by writer Alia Malik and photographer Jerry Lara.
According to the report “For me, it’s a big opportunity to travel, to meet new people, to know a new culture,” Vasquez said as he measured voltage using an electrical circuit he made in a lab at St. Philip’s College. “I want to motivate other students to join the program as well, because they’ll learn a lot in this country.” … The Mexican students have a strong background in the metric system, essential to engineering technology, Clark said. This is her first year teaching students in the Bécalos program… “It’s just been an absolute pleasure,” Clark said. “I really hope I get to do it again. ...I’m learning just a little bit of Spanish.”
Clark explained that the Bécalos students at St. Philip’s College are also joining student leadership organizations, bowling on campus and enjoying giving back through charitable work for the less fortunate in the community.
For details on the Bécalos program, visit the Alamo Colleges District web page https://www.alamo.edu/main.aspx?id=45817. Read the report at http://www.expressnews.com/news/education/article/Scholarship-program-brings-Mexican-students-to-12383363.php.