MCALLEN, Texas – Edinburg Chief of Police Cesar Torres selects the STC Welding Program to retrofit the department’s newly acquired, Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) SWAT utility vehicle. Chief Torres sees this as an opportunity for a regional collaboration with South Texas College.
“I chose STC for this project due to working with STC in the past and getting to know Dean Mario Reyna,” says Edinburg Chief of Police Cesar Torres. “The STC Welding program is organized and the projects completed in the past have exceeded my expectations. It is Edinburg Police Department’s honor to have younger students to be part of this.”
When Dean Reyna of South Texas College’s Division of Business, Public Safety, and Technology brought the project to Sara Lozano, Program Chair of the Architectural, Engineering, and Design Technology Program, she and her faculty jumped at the chance.
“We are always looking for opportunities like these,” says Lozano. “It’s really powerful for students to get hands-on experience working on projects that have an impact on the community, so they’re not just reading from a book about a fictional project. These types of projects have a lasting impact on them.”
The final product hopes to complete by the end of Spring 2019, will include new skirt rails for team members to stand on, bench seats to replace the less space-efficient bucket seats, a new A/C system, and a front push ram.