South Texas College held a ribbon-cutting event on February 14th, 2017 for the new renovation which took place on the Student Services building at Pecan campus. This new 7,760 sq. ft expansion which will be opened for service at the end of February will permit a quicker and more advanced means to assist students.
This was designed by Boultinghouse Simpson Gates Architects and Completed by NM Contracting, LLC, and it is located at the K building, first floor of the institution.
The new Student Enrollment Center has combined various departments such as the admissions, information and welcome centers. It has four offices, nearly 100 computers, waiting areas, niches, multiple intermediate top tables and an information desk with transparent open areas and a new, advanced software which will permit a virtual queuing process where students can sign up on their own devices or the college’s kiosk, for instance, while relaxing or doing homework in the meanwhile. Once a student’s turn is next on line, they will get a notification via text or email and take care of what they enrolled for such as registration, changing schedules, obtaining a transcript and more.
STC Director of Student Record Registrar, Cindy Blanco, mentioned the importance of having students now being able to take care of everything within the same area without needing to make long lines and various stops when now everything is within reach which is part of one of the two tiers compromised in the design. One of the tiers is to allow communication within the enrollment services staff and a second tier for utilizing the new software for the process.
This new open and one-stop area concept will later be implemented in the near future for Mid-Valley and Starr campuses, as Larry Barroso, STC Director for College Connections, explained how this open-area concept adds to a college experience which students deserve to have and be proud of.
“This embodies what South Texas College is all about, no barriers for students,” STC President Dr. Shirley A. Reed, said.