A letter from President Solis
President Solis selected for top job at South Texas College
President Solis announced his decision to accept the presidency at South Texas College during a press conference. He will assume his position at the end of the summer. The entire Laredo College community wishes him well and thanks him for his five years of service.
LC and CBP sign agreement
Laredo College and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) established a partnership with the signing of a memorandum of understanding. The two entities entered into an agreement in which CBP will use unoccupied college office spaces for human resources operations. We look forward to this great partnership with CBP Director of Field Operations in Laredo Randy Howe and CBP.
Law Enforcement Academy A-21 Class graduation
President Solis was honored to attend the Laredo College Regional Law Enforcement Academy Class A-21 graduation ceremony, with 16 cadets graduating from the prestigious academy. We are proud that the academy remains at the forefront of law enforcement education and has trained hundreds of law enforcement agents across South Texas.
President Solis distributes federal funds to dual enrollment students
President Solis distributed checks to dual enrollment high school students from the HEERF II federal funds to provide financial assistance to students impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
LC hosts LULAC 8th Grader of the Year and 8th Grader of the Month ceremonies
Laredo College hosted the Webb County LULAC and high-achieving students that were recognized for the 8th Grader of the Month and 8th Grader of the Year distinctions. We are proud to continue celebrating the achievements of local students and guiding them to a greater future.
LC and Laredo Sector Border Patrol partner up
President Solis and Chief Patrol Agent Matthew Hudak toured the college facilities that Border Patrol is using as part of a short-term lease agreement, whereby the agency will use an unoccupied college building for training. The college is excited about this great partnership with the Laredo Sector Border Patrol and supports the agency's mission to keep our community safe.
Elmo Lopez Jr. is awarded LC President's Community Leadership Award
Laredo College President Dr. Ricardo J. Solis was honored to present the 2021 LC President's Community Leadership Award to Gateway Community Health Center CEO Elmo Lopez Jr. for his outstanding contributions to healthcare in South Texas. He is an outstanding individual with a strong moral character, leadership and commitment.
Laredo College celebrates 74th Commencement Ceremony
Laredo College celebrated our graduates' milestone of graduating from the #1 community college in Texas. Graduates and their families enjoyed the first outdoor ceremony in the college's history and were enthusiastic about the graduating class' future successes.
Laredo College hosts School Bell Awards
Laredo College was honored to host the Laredo Chamber of Commerce 2021 School Bell Awards. Our very own biology instructor Leslie Solis was one of the recipients of this year's awards. This annual event recognizes outstanding educators who shape the future of many students' lives in various capacities, and their commitment and dedication are incredible.
LC President Dr. Ricardo J. Solis had the honor of being this month's guest speaker at the monthly Doctors Hospital Board of Governors meeting, where important discussions regarding healthcare and education took place in order to help evolve our city's economic development and healthcare services.
Gateway Community Health Center has reaffirmed its partnership with Laredo College. Congressman Henry Cuellar, alongside community leaders and honored guests, officially presented at $7M check. These funds will be instrumental in continuing to provide quality healthcare services for people in Laredo and the South Texas region. The check presentation took place at the College of Health Sciences Building at the LC South Campus.
We would like to once again thank our wonderful partners from BBVA USA and the BBVA Foundation for their continuous support of Laredo College. Today, they made a $10,000 donation to the LC Economic Development Center in support of the center’s mission of workforce training and economic expansion.
W Laredo College celebrated National Nurses Week with a resolution honoring all the courageous and selfless individuals who care for our community. These health heroes deserve to be recognized every single day for their great work. President Solis thanked our nursing faculty for preparing the future healthcare professionals in our community and being role models by setting the example of how to be compassionate and hard-working healthcare providers.
Food Policy Council kicks off at Laredo College
The Laredo Food Policy Council held its kickoff meeting at Laredo College. President Solis welcomed city leaders and various local entities and organizations which make up the council's collaborative network. The council's mission is to evaluate and establish policy that strengthens the local food system in order to enhance the economic, environmental and social health of Laredo.
W Laredo College President Dr. Ricardo J. Solis and college administrators met with U.S. Consul General in Nuevo Laredo Deanna Kim this afternoon. The group discussed Laredo College's long history of binational cooperation and eagerness to continue strengthening the bond between the U.S. nad Mexico through transformative educational and workforce programs and initiatives.
Laredo College President Dr. Ricardo J. Solis and LC Senior Director of External Affairs Michael Gonzalez visited the Texas Capitol in Austin to provide testimony in support of cost-saving legislation before the Higher Education Committee. They met with many leaders, including Texas Rep. Tracy King and Southwest College District President Dr. Hector Gonzalez, to discuss important educational topics and innovative ways to improve and expand educational opportunities for Texans.
Newspaper executive congratulates LC
Ninfa Cantú, Directora Ejecutiva del Periódico El Mañana y Editora Argos, visitó el Campus Ft. McIntosh de Laredo College para felicitar a la institución por todos los avances, logros y programas innovadores que ofrecen a la comunidad de ambos Laredos. En esta reunión, nuestro Presidente, el Dr. Ricardo J. Solis, y la Presidenta de la Junta Directiva de Laredo College, Lupita Zepeda, le dieron una cordial bienvenida.
COMCE visits Laredo College
Officials from the Consejo Mexicano de Comercio Exterior (COMCE), the largest private non-profit organization in Mexico representing multinational corporations exporting worldwide and to the U.S., visited the LC Economic Development Center offices today. We are honored to continue our partnership with COMCE and help them further the economic prospects and opportunities of South Texas.
President Solis attends important binational meeting
Laredo College President Dr. Ricardo J. Solis was among the dozens of regional leaders in attendance at the Diálogo Binacional Región Laredos 2021. This binational meeting's main objective was to evaluate and discuss the most relevant topics affecting residents of Laredo and Nuevo Laredo, as well as the competitiveness and image of our border region.
Scholarship fund created for Laredo College students
Texas Community Bank in conjunction with the Laredo International Fair & Exposition (L.I.F.E.) presented a generous donation of $11,000 to Laredo College. This donation will help create the Jerome Jordan L.I.F.E. Rancher of the Year Scholarship Fund. The LC Education Foundation matched the donation totaling $22,000 that will impact many students' lives.
Laredo College Law Enforcement Training Center initiative in the works
President Solis, Laredo College trustees and administration met with Congressman Henry Cuellar and Department of Homeland Security regional administrators to discuss the LC Law Enforcement Training Center initiative. This training facility will be instrumental in the continuous professional development of federal agents that help keep our borders safe.
Laredo College and Councilwoman Cigarroa discuss educational initiatives
Laredo College administrators met with City of Laredo Councilwoman Alyssa Cigarroa to discuss strategic educational initiatives to provide additional opportunities for students in our community.
LLUSCBA financial award to benefit Laredo College students
Laredo College is honored to have been awarded with a generous donation by the Laredo Licensed U.S. Customs Brokers Association that will be geared toward scholarship opportunities to help advance and aid prospective students who wish to complete certifications in trade industry skills trainings.
Laredo College supports Chamber of Commerce initiatives
President Solis and LC Senior Director of External Affairs/Chairman of the Laredo Chamber of Commerce Education Committee Michael Gonzalez attended the launch of the Laredo Chamber of Commerce 2021 School Bell Awards and 3rd Annual Spirit of Laredo scholarship competition. It is an honor to support these initiatives, which recognize the work of outstanding educators and encourage student engagement.
Laredo College receives generous donation
Texas Community Bank, in conjunction with L.I.F.E, donated $10,000 to the LC Education Foundation. These funds will be matched by the foundation for a grand total of $20,000 to create the Jerome Jordan Rancher of the Year Scholarship. These funds will benefit LC students that have an active participation with L.I.F.E. event activities. We thank Texas Community Bank and L.I.F.E. for their contribution to Laredo College in support of our students.
Laredo College holds historic COVID-19 vaccination drive at LC South Campus
President Solis, Congressman Henry Cuellar, Laredo Fire Department Chief Guillermo Heard, Gateway CEO Elmo Lopez and other college administrators joined the top nationally ranked LC nursing students at the South Campus for a historic occurrence - the college's first COVID-19 vaccination drive. Over 200 Webb County residents were vaccinated by our skilled students. The college is proud to continue providing all its resources to combat the COVID-19 pandemic and help our community.
Laredo Rotary Charitable Foundation, Inc. supports future professionals through scholarships
Laredo College President Ricardo J. Solis welcomed members of the Laredo Rotary Charitable Foundation, Inc. to the historic Ft. McIntosh Campus for the presentation of a generous donation that was matched by LC totaling $8,000 in scholarships for qualifying students.
BBVA Foundation donates to LC Economic Development Center
The Laredo College Economic Development Center received a generous donation from our friends at the BBVA Foundation. Thank you for supporting the center’s important work. Laredo College Board President Lupita Zepeda, LC President Dr. Ricardo J. Solis and Senior Director of Strategic and External Initiatives Michael Gonzalez were on hand to receive this generous donation that will support the great work of our team at the LC EDC.
Laredo College collaborates with City of Laredo
In an effort to continue the fight against COVID-19, LC collaborated with the City of Laredo by providing 30 laptops that will be used to process vaccination services all over the community.
Laredo College was proud to welcome volunteers from Remote Area Medical (RAM) to its Ft. McIntosh Campus. The group assisted the City of Laredo with COVID-19 vaccination efforts and stayed at the empty student dormitories throughout their weeklong visit. Laredo College was proud to house these health heroes and thank them for their service to our community.
Laredo College receives $1 million from TikTok
Laredo College’s Helping Hands Project raised $3,700 in a single week for Laredo College students in need so they could buy food and necessities during the holiday season.
Laredo College offers free COVID-19 testing for students and employees
Through Laredo College's innovative partnership with Gateway Community Health Center, we are now offering free COVID-19 testing at the Gateway clinic located at our South Campus. Laredo College President Dr. Ricardo J. Solis and his wife, Dr. Sylvia Solis, are pictured with Gateway CEO Elmo Lopez after being the first members of the college family to get tested at the clinic.
Laredo College and Texas A&M Kingsville explore partnership
Laredo College President Dr. Ricardo J. Solis and LC executives welcomes Texas A&M-Kingsville President Dr. Mark A. Hussey and Vice President for Institutional Advancement/CEO Brad Walker to the Ft. McIntosh Campus. The two institutions discussed future collaborative projects that will benefit students across Texas.
Laredo College and the Imaginarium of South Texas explore partnership
The Imaginarium Board of Directors met with Laredo College President and administrators to discuss the possibility to expand their horizons by tentatively allocating the museum at our Ft. McIntosh campus. The Imaginarium will complement services already provided to the public such as a bridge program for our students enrolled in Child Development, LEAPS, STEM, and Early college.
FLETC tour takes place at Laredo College
Laredo College President Ricardo J. Solis and administrators welcomed Congressman Henry Cuellar and representatives of the Department of Homeland Security with a special tour to explore our most recent partnership, the opening of a regional Law Enforcement Training Center at our Ft. McIntosh Campus. This initiative will facilitate federally-mandated training in order to maintain readiness and enhance skills for local and regional law enforcement personnel.
Director of Filed Operations Randy Howe visit LC
Laredo College President Ricardo J. Solis and administrators met with representative from U.S. Customs and Border Protection to discuss possible training opportunities at our forthcoming Federal Law Enforcement Training Center.
Laredo College Veterans Honored with Texas Historical Marker
Laredo College veterans were honored with a token of appreciation for their selfless service. Our institution paid tribute and honored our nation's veterans who defended our country and protected our freedom with a Texas Historical Marker in front of the Pvt. David B. Barkeley Cantu Veterans Memorial Chapel.
Laredo College is ranked the #1 community college in Texas
Our entire Laredo College family is elated to celebrate our ranking as the #1 community college in Texas. We have worked tirelessly throughout the years to provide the best educational and professional opportunities for our students, and we will continue upholding the values of innovation, bold leadership and academic excellence to offer diverse academic and workforce programs and move Laredo forward.
Laredo College celebrated World Teachers' Day
President Solis and the Laredo College Faculty Senate were thrilled to celebrated World Teachers' Day with a welcoming message and in blue spirit. We celebrate teachers not only on this day but each and every single day due to their relentless commitment, passion and dedication to their students and their profession.
President Solis welcomes Border Patrol Chief Hudak to discuss collaboration
President Solis welcomed back Laredo Sector Chief Patrol Agent Matthew J. Hudak to the Ft. McIntosh Campus. Along with Dean of Workforce Education Heriberto Hernandez and Homeland Security Studies Instructor Dr. Michael Bailey, the group discussed new ways in which to expand educational opportunities in our community and possibilities for future collaboration on a range of different projects.
Laredo College and TAMIU meets to discuss new student possibilities
Laredo College President Dr. Ricardo J. Solis and LC executives met with TAMIU President Dr. Pablo Arenas and Provost and Vice President for Academic Affair Dr. Thomas Mitchel to discuss and explore new partnership programs and strategies in the best interest of all students and our community. This will further our shared goal of maximizing Laredo's higher education significant role in the economic recovery of the community.
Laredo College hosts Change of Command Ceremony
Laredo College was honored to host the U.S. Border Patrol Change of Command Ceremony where the Chief of Patrol Agent Matthew J. Hudak reaffirmed his commitment to the protection of the borders. Chief Rodney S. Scott was present to administer the Oath of Office.
Laredo College is selected as recipient of Gateway's 2020 Heroes in Healthcare Award
Gateway CEO Elmo Lopez presented a distinguished award to Laredo College President Dr. Ricardo J. Solis in recognition of the college's achievements, constant innovation in healthcare education and ever-growing expansion of health sciences careers. President Solis was honored to accept this accolade, which reaffirms our commitment and drive for providing outstanding educational opportunities for students across Texas.
President Solis meets with Ana Garcia from Senator Cornyn's Office
Laredo College President Dr. Ricardo J. Solis was honored to welcome Ana Garcia from the Office of Senator John Cornyn to the Ft. McIntosh Campus. They discussed the exciting new initiatives and projects the college has undertaken and how to continue making higher education accessible to all Texans.
Laredo College receives donation from the Government of Mexico
Consulate along with other organizations such as Instituto Cultural de Mexico
en Laredo, International Bank of Commerce and the Association of Logistics and
Forwarding Agents (ALFA) contributed a total of $10,250. LC provided match
funding for qualifying recipients which enabled the scholarships to total
$20,500 for the current year. Approximately 20 LC students will benefit from
this scholarship which will allow them to continue their scholastic endeavors
for the 2020-2021 academic year.
LC discussed the possibility of opening a Federal Law Enforcement Training Center
Congressman Henry Cuellar, in conjunction with the City of Laredo and the Department of Homeland Security, held a meeting with President Solis and administrators to discuss the possibility of opening a regional Training Center for Homeland Security agencies at our Ft. McIntosh Campus. This initiative would facilitate federally-mandated training in order to maintain readiness and enhance skills for local and regional law enforcement personnel.
Laredo Daybreak Rotary Club presents donation to LC
The Laredo Daybreak Rotary Club presented Laredo College with a generous donation that will be geared toward scholarships for LC students. The endless generosity and partnership with the rotary is greatly appreciated.
Laredo College keeps making a difference
Laredo College is a proud sponsor and supporter of United Way. Our institution is eager to help advance the mission of various non-profit organizations and civic agencies.
Laredo Economic Development Corporation visits Laredo College
LC President Dr. Ricardo J. Solis and LC administrators welcomed Laredo Economic Development Corporation President and CEO Gene Lindgren and Board Chairman Tony Arce to discuss all the current and future programs our institution offers through our very own Economic Development Center and Workforce Departments to prepare prospective students for a prosperous career in Laredo.
LC receives donation from Electric Transmission Texas
Our Laredo College Trading Station has received a generous $1,000 donation from Electric Transmission Texas. We were honored to receive Mr. Tony Arce from AEP Texas, who presented the donation on behalf of ETT.
LC welcomes Laredo Chamber of Commerce
Laredo College President Dr. Ricardo J. Solis was honored to welcome guests from the Laredo Chamber of Commerce to discuss new collaborative initiatives to strengthen our local economy and continue this great partnership with the chamber.
Laredo College meets with U.S. Department of Homeland Security representatives
Laredo College administrators welcomed honored guests from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Deputy Chief Readiness Support Officer Trae Watkins and Greater Southwest and Heartland Regional Coordination Isabel Lugo discussed the possibility of a collaboration and partnership with the college.
Laredo College, City of Laredo offer free workforce training through Laredo CARES
Laredo College and the City of Laredo have partnered up to offer free workforce training certifications to qualifying individuals who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic as part of the local recovery efforts to stimulate the economy and grow the skilled workforce in our community.
President Solis is recognized by 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team
The Headhunters and Choppin’ Companies 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team held its Change of Command Ceremony where LC President Ricardo J. Solis and Senior Director of External and Strategic Initiatives Michael Gonzalez were recognized for the steadfast support, dedication and commitment to the community and the Army.
LC honored IBC CEO Dennis Nixon
Each year, Laredo College
recognizes the recipients of the Community Leadership Awards, which are
bestowed upon outstanding individuals who have been role models for achievement
and made a difference in the community. This year’s sole honoree was
International Bank of Commerce CEO Dennis E. Nixon. As a civically engaged and
caring leader in the community, he is widely recognized as one of the nation’s leading banking
authorities and executives.
Station officially received a $500 grant from local Rotarians to purchase emergency
care packages that will assist around 100 students. These funds are part of the Rotary District 59-30
COVID relief fund and granted to LC after an extensive application review by the Laredo
Rotary and Gateway Rotary to assist with emergency care packages.
The Laredo College Regional Law Enforcement Academy Class A-20 was honored on
May 29 for completing their intense training. The top student was also recognized with the
Academic Achievement, the Top Gun Award and Cadet Mentor Award. Furthermore, the 17 students that form part of Class A-20
obtained an outstanding 100% passing rate and will be serving as basic peace officers.
Every year, local first responders observe this EMS Week with activities
organized by their respective entities. Due to the current situation, our local
heroes are not able to celebrate as planned. Hence, Laredo College visited
local first responders to deliver gift baskets to first responders as a token
of appreciation for their hard work and dedication to our community.
LC officials attended the Area Health Education Center 25th Anniversary Celebration Gala to support our wonderful partners from AHEC and congratulate them for reaching this significant milestone.
President Solis welcomed dignitaries from multiple local, state and federal first response entities for a train derailment tabletop exercise at the Ft. McIntosh Campus. The participants assessed and executed their respective duties while responding to the hypothetical scenario. LC is proud to host and participate in these safety exercises to ensure the safety of our students, employees and visitors at all times.
Our institution was honored to host the Change of Command Ceremony for our partners in the U.S. Customs and Border Protection. We look forward to working alongside new Director of Field Operations for the Laredo Field Office Randy J. Howe.
President Solis and Dr. Sylvia Solis enjoyed the festivities at the Señor y Señora Internacional Reception sponsored by Uni-Trade and LULAC Council 12. Congratulations to the honorees, House Speaker Nanci Pelosi and Mexican Federal Deputy Mario Delgado Carrillo.
LC trustees and President Solis attended the 69th Mr. South Texas Luncheon. This year's honoree, Mexican Ambassador to the United States Martha Bárcena Coqui, is a worthy representative of the strong ties between Mexico and the United States.
President Solis joined officials from the United States, Mexico and Canada for a symbolic celebration to announce the passing of the USMCA and the new city rail bridge.
President Solis met with Senator Ted Cruz during his quick visit to the Gateway City. Dr. Solis discussed the growth Laredo College has seen in the past few years and how our programs and certifications are helping boost the local economy.
For the second consecutive year, LC was honored to host the Princess Pocahontas Pageant at the Guadalupe and Lilia Martinez Fine Arts Center Theater and welcoming distinguished dignitaries for the ceremony.
Laredo College hosted visitors Apple representatives for presentations on how the most innovative company in the world can work together with LC to implement new technologies in higher education and enhance student success.
Our college is honored to be recognized once again as the #1 Nursing Program in the entire state. President Solis, LC administration and students celebrated this momentous accomplishment at a press conference.
Two top female students from Laredo College were the recipients of full-ride scholarships to attend Sweet Briar College, a liberal arts women's college in Virginia. Congratulations to Angela Cazares and Alexia Alfaro for this great achievement.
Dr. Solis and LLUSCBA President Monica Salinas welcomed attorneys Victor Gonzalez and James G. Hurst to LC for an informational session about trade and forwarding issues.
President Solis and his wife, Dr. Sylvia Solis are pictured with TAMIU President Dr. Pablo Arenaz and his wife, Normal Arenaz, at the St. Augustine Knights Gala 2020. Our institution supports all other educational entities and their efforts to make our students' lives better each day.
LC Cosmetology students show off their skills
Our very own LC president was the first client to get a hair cut from our Cosmetology Program students. This innovative program has prepared them to succeed in the field. Our college family is proud of their magnificent accomplishments and that, once again, we are making history in Laredo.
Laredo College hosted dignitaries from Universidad Tecnológica de Nuevo Laredo, including its director, Alfonso Aramis Salas Pérez. They discussed the possibility of a collaboration to provide more opportunities to students pursuing careers in logistics and international trade.
Dr. Solis was invited by Apple to participate in The College Presidents Summit at Apple Park headquarters in Cupertino, California. Presidents of the top 10 transformational colleges in the nation were selected by Apple to attend this prestigious gathering.
President Solis met with Webb County Sheriff Martin Cuellar, Congressman Henry Cuellar and other officials to plan future initiatives in workforce programs, developments in cybersecurity and the future aviation program at LC.
Laredo College Faculty Senate President Prakash Mansinghani was chosen as the LC recipient for The Senator Judith Zaffirini Teachers' College Student Loan Debt Grant. President Solis and South Campus Dean Carolyn Schmies accepted the award on behalf of Mr. Mansinghani.
Laredo College was honored to welcome Congressman Henry Cuellar for the announcement of a combined $425,000 to benefit students in the LC LEAPS Program. These federal funds come from two grants, one from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture and the other from the U.S. Department of Education Title III Grant.
Dr. Ricardo J. Solis and his wife, Dr. Sylvia Solis, opened the doors to their home to welcome the community partners who have worked alongside LC to create a better community and further the opportunities of students across South Texas.
President Solis was honored to welcome Bill and Beate Raney to our Ft. McIntosh Campus. Thanks to their generosity, students in the welding and electrical programs received the STAR Scholarship to continue with their studies and succeed in life.
Laredo College executives met with officials from Texas State Technical College, representatives from the Laredo Economic Development Corporation and the Office of Congressman Henry Cuellar, Laredo Councilman Mercurio Martinez III, City of Laredo Economic Development Director Teclo Garcia and other city officials to discuss creating a partnership to implement various aviation programs at LC. These pilot and aircraft trainings will greatly benefit our city.
Dr. Ricardo J. Solis participated in the first binational Mexico-U.S. dialogue forum "Los Dos Laredos." The focus and presentations centered around infrastructure, security and education.
H-E-B Public Affairs Manager Linda Tovar and Southwest Regional Director of Retail Operations Douglas Gonzalez met with President Solis and LC executives to explore the possibility of a future partnership.
President Solis and special guests celebrated the IMPACT Economic Development Forum at the Commander's Home. The group strategized for a regional economic development plan and their shared vision for the future of workforce in Laredo.
The 6th Annual IMPACT Economic Development Forum was a resounding success. This year's honorees were Dr. Rodney H. Rodriguez, Michael Marrasco, Yvette Limon, Alfonso Arguindegui and Steve LaMantia.
Laredo College hosted the Male Leadership Conference for Martin High School students. The students were addressed by local leaders like President Solis, Dr. Reynaldo Godines and Dr. Dennis Cantu. They encouraged the students to seek a college career and pursue their dreams.
President Solis was joined by LC Senior Director of Strategic and External Initiatives Michael Gonzalez, LC Trustee Jorge "JD" Delgado, LC Board President Mercurio Martinez Jr. and Laredo Councilman Mercurio Martinez III at the grand opening of the Doctors Hospital ER Center on Saunders.
Laredo College paid tribute to our nation's veterans at the annual Veterans Day Observance Ceremony. Local veterans joined our LC family to celebrate this momentous day. To conclude such a memorable event, we also celebrated the 10th Anniversary of the Pvt. David B. Barkeley Cantu Veterans Memorial Chapel with the installation of a beautiful bench donated by Sally and Dale Zuck.
Laredo College and Gateway Community Health Center representatives gathered at the new clinic located at the LC South Campus to celebrate its impending inauguration. The clinic is set to open its doors in 2020.
Dr. Solis welcomed Alex Berenson and Nick Morrow to Laredo College. The two renowned speakers visited LC for a spirited debate regarding the marijuana legalization debate. The speakers argued opposing views and answered questions from LC students, who conducted research surrounding this controversial topic and created a panel exhibit with different topics related to marijuana.
Laredo College and United Independent School District officials met for the Early College High School Executive Leadership Team Meeting to discuss how to better serve our shared students.
Dr. Ricardo J. Solis was honored as the 2019 Future of Texas Award recipient by State Representative Richard Peña Raymond for building a brighter future and for the laudable work he has done in elevating the college's education quality. President Solis humbly accepted his award alongside family, friends and community members.
LC President Dr. Ricardo J. Solis met with City of Laredo Mayor Pete Saenz, Former Ambassador of Mexico to the U.S. Gerónimo Gutiérrez Fernández, IBC President Dennis Nixon and Eddie Aldrete from IBC at the Laredo Chamber of Commerce Vision Gala.
Laredo College welcomed local rotarians from all five Rotary Clubs in Laredo for the Area 12 City-Wide Rotary Conference 2019. President Solis welcomed them to the college and acknowledged all the great work they do for the community.
Webb County Sheriff Martin Cuellar and other representatives stopped by the Ft. McIntosh Campus to meet with students from several of our programs and to have their officers receive training with the most updated technology at our innovation center.
President Solis celebrated the 15th anniversary of the Laredo College South Campus with the Fall Fest and Quinceañera. Over 4,000 attendees enjoyed the games, food, wrestling exhibition, fashion show and fireworks.
Dr. Ricardo J. Solis and Dr. Sylvia Solis attended the MileOne reception for Texas Secretary of State Ruth Hughs, who is the first Texas Secretary of State to visit LC. President Solis also met with Mexican Ambassador Martha Bárcena Coqui, who is the first female to head this post in Mexico. She is also the first Ambassador of Mexico to visit LC.
Laredo College inaugurated its Cybersecurity Institute along with local dignitaries, community members, faculty, students and staff. Sheriff Martin Cuellar was the keynote speaker for the ceremony and spoke about the need for cybersecurity specialists in law enforcement.
Engineering students from Universidad Tecnológica de Matamoros visited LC to get specialized training in Computer Technology and Information Technology programs from LC faculty. LC was recently recognized by the Mexican Ministry of Public Education for being the sole provider in the U.S. of these types of trainings for Mexican students.
President Solis kicked off Hispanic-Serving Institutions Week with students and administrators with a slew of activities to celebrate the fact that our institution proudly serves a student population made up of over 95% Hispanics.
The LC Chapter of the Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher Education met with Dr. Solis to discuss upcoming innovative activities for students and ideas to raise funds for scholarships.
President Solis visited Austin, Texas to be a part of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Executive Advisory Board Meeting, where other institutions were also present to discuss important issues that affect higher education in the state.
Laredo College hosted a safety awareness and preparedness forum with local educational entities and law enforcement agencies. All parties shared their protocols and safety measures and discussed how they can continue to collaborate and keep educational settings and campuses safe.
President Solis and other LC administrators met with new City of Laredo Economic Development Director Teclo Garcia to discuss how LC can work in collaboration with the city to bring about new initiatives and careers that will expand our community's economic potential.
Laredo College nursing faculty, staff and administrators hosted a luncheon for the first-ever cohort of the BSN Program. President Solis addressed the students and congratulated them for their commitment and passion to further their education.
The Laredo College Ft. McIntosh Campus fitness center was completely renovated with over 70 new pieces of cutting-edge equipment. President Solis and LC administrators celebrated this incredible accomplishment.
Dr. Ricardo Solis was honored by State Representative Richard Peña Raymond by being named as a 2019 Future of Texas Award honoree. Rep. Raymond selected Dr. Solis due to his great work as president of Laredo College. This accolade is bestowed upon individuals in our community who are building a brighter future for Texas.
The Deputy Secretary of Education of Mexico, Héctor Martín Garza González, visited Laredo College. He met with President Solis at the recommendation of Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador to learn about LC's nursing, logistics, cybersecurity, emergency medical services and intensive English programs. Laredo College has been recognized by many institutions of higher education in Mexico as one of the leaders in the aforementioned programs in the U.S.
Laredo College kicked off the 2019-2020 United Way campaign along with its annual fall convocation. Our generous employees made donations to help improve the lives of many people in our community who benefit from the services of all the organizations United Way supports.
President Solis hosted the first Faculty Senate meeting with the new officers this afternoon. They discussed the many innovative initiatives and projects they have to continue furthering our college's mission and providing high quality education for our students.
The L.O.V.E.D. Organization gave away over 1,000 backpacks to members of our community. Dr. Henry Carranza, LC Trustee and L.O.V.E.D. President, spearheaded this back to school drive. President Solis and Dr. Sylvia Solis enjoyed distributing the backpacks and supporting this great cause.
Laredo College received more than $1.7 million in four combined grants from the Texas Workforce Commission. These grants will go toward student scholarships, purchasing of equipment for instruction and job training initiatives.
The Texas Workforce Commission awarded LC and Cigarroa High School a $267,000 Jobs and Education for Texans (JET) grant to purchase welding equipment that will be used in the P-Tech training program at CHS. The program is aligned with LC welding programs.
Our Laredo College family was honored to receive a generous donation of over $150,000 from the Uni-Trade Group for the implementation of two digital marquees, one at each of our campuses. President Solis and LC administrators celebrated this moment with a ceremony to officially unveil the marquees and thank our generous partners from Uni-Trade.
Laredo College is a proud sponsor and supporter of United Way of Laredo. The 2019-2020 charitable campaign has kicked off. We are eager to help advance the mission of more than 20 local non-profit organizations and civic agencies that benefit from United Way's support. Let's make a difference, let's donate!
Dr. Ricardo J. Solis, LC President, and LC administrators met with Assistant Border Patrol Chief from Washington D.C. Headquarters Jerry Turner, Border Patrol Director of Facilities Bart Mirabal, Laredo Special Operations Supervisor Charles Clough and U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agent Imelda Cavazos at the LC Fort McIntosh Campus.
President Solis met with multiple international dignitaries during his trip to Azerbaijan. He was selected and sponsored by the Azerbaijan government to obtain an energy certificate. Through the progressive initiatives LC is known for, this knowledge will enhance our plans for an incredible energy program to benefit our students. Pictured above is President Solis with Mexican Ambassador to Azerbaijan, Rodrigo Labardini, at Baku Energy University and with VP of State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic (SOCAR).
The entire Laredo College family celebrated National Police Week by thanking our officers at both our Ft. McIntosh and South campuses for all the work they do to keep us safe at all times.
Dr. Ricardo J. Solis was one of the guests of honor in Nuevo León, where he was recognized for his accomplishments, commitment and continuous global initiatives toward higher education. Dr. Solis met with the president and members of the MORENA Party in his visit to Nuevo León and other state representatives. Individuals who also received this prestigious award and pictured above with Dr. Solis are Uni-Trade Group CEO Lic. Eduardo Garza Robles, Guadalupe, Nuevo León Mayor Lic. María Cristina Díaz Salazar, U.S. Representative for Texas Henry Cuellar and Taco Palenque and Pollo Palenque CEO Francisco Ochoa.
The 72nd Laredo College Annual Commencement Ceremony saw a record-breaking number of graduates obtain a degree or certification. President Solis addressed the graduating class to encourage them to pursue their dreams and look into their bright future.
Dr. Solis attended the Annual Sheriff's Luncheon, where the efforts of the Webb County Sheriff's Department were recognized.
President Solis attended the award ceremony for Maribel J. Mitsui who received the Chamber of Commerce School Bell Award for 2019.
The Leadership Women 2019 Class was welcomed at the historic Laredo College Ft. McIntosh Campus for presentations by inspirational and successful female thought leaders. Dr. Solis was thrilled to host the ladies and engage in meaningful discussions about the significant contribution of women in different aspects of our society.
Laredo College President Dr. Ricardo J. Solis, South Texas College President Dr. Shirley Reed, Dr. Virginia Champion, Dr. Rodney H. Rodriguez, Dr. Carlos Margo and Eli Nguna at the South Texas College 14th Annual Summit on College and Career Readiness.
LC hosts farewell reception for Consul Carolina Zaragoza Flores
Laredo College hosted a bittersweet farewell ceremony for our long-time partner and dear friend, Consul Carolina Zaragoza Flores. Her dedication and passion for our students marked her tenure at the Consulado General de México in Laredo.
President Solis and LC Board of Trustees UT officials
LC trustees and President Solis attended the Regional Campus Advisory Council in Laredo, where they discussed important topics with President of UT Health San Antonio, William Henrich, and Executive Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs at the University of Texas System, Amy Shaw Thomas.
Leadership Women COO visits Laredo College
Dr. Solis and Carolyn Schmies, Dean of Laredo College's South Campus, had a fruitful conversation with Heidi K. Murray, Chief Operating Officer of Leadership Women. Ms. Murray also serves as the program director for Leadership Texas and Leadership International and will be at Laredo College on May 5th for the Men & Women's Student Leadership Summit.
LC President attends prestigious conference
D President Solis attended the Inaugural Presidents' Conference, "From Survive to Thrive: Envisioning Success for Colleges and Universities in Times of Radical Change," at Baylor University. He is pictured here with Dr. Box, Chancellor of the Kentucky College System and Dr. Woo, President of Sweet Briar College.
President Solis meets with Border Patrol Chief
President Solis met with Laredo Sector Border Patrol Chief Patrol Agent Felix Chavez, Laredo Sector Law Enforcement Operations Division Chief Michael Lata, Laredo Sector Law Enforcement Operations Division Chief Greg Burrell and Supervisory Border Patrol Agent Jason Quesada this afternoon for a meet and greet. They discussed the possibility of future partnerships and Laredo College's expansion of both programs and certifications as well as new, state-of-the-art facilities.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi visits Laredo
Nancy Pelosi, the highest ranking female elected official in the nation, visited Laredo during the WBCA festivities. She met with President Solis and acknowledged all the great projects and initiatives taking place at our institution.
Laredo College ASO President is honored with Mr. South Texas Scholarship
Dr. Solis was thrilled to attend the ceremony where Vanesa Puente, Laredo College Associated Student Organization President, was honored with the Mr. South Texas Scholarship. She was selected to receive this prestigious recognition due to her outstanding academic record, leadership skills and community involvement.
Princess Pocahontas Pageant and Ball are held at Laredo College
Laredo College set a precedent by hosting the traditional Princess Pocahontas Pageant at the Lilia and Guadalupe Martinez Fine Arts Center Theater and the Princess Pocahontas Ball at the Kazen Student Center, both to a sold out crowd.
Laredo College receives donation from the Women’s City Club
For the fourth consecutive year, 23 Laredo College students in Allied Health fields were granted a $6,000 donation from the Women's City Club of Laredo that will be geared toward scholarships. The ceremony was held on Feb. 13, at the Private David B. Barkeley Cantu Veterans Memorial Chapel. In attendance for the announcement were Laredo College trustees, LC President Ricardo J. Solis, Women's City Club members, Allied Health faculty & administrators, Executive Director for Strategic and External Initiatives Rodney H. Rodriguez and Allied Health students. The monetary contribution will assist students with tuition, books and other academic expenses for the 2019 spring semester.
F Laredo College has signed a partnership agreement with the South Texas Advancement Resource (STAR) to provide monetary assistance to students facing life-impacting experiences that can hinder their ability to complete their programs of study. Beginning this year, STAR will provide funding to LC students enrolled in diesel technology, electrical technology and welding programs.
C-SPAN Bus visits Laredo College
Laredo College students, faculty and administrators were able to tour the C-SPAN Bus as it made a stop at Laredo College as part of its "Southern Swing Tour."
Laredo College is nationally ranked as a top Hispanic-serving institution
President Solis and Laredo College trustees celebrate yet another LC accomplishment. We are honored to be featured in the Hispanic Outlook on Education Magazine as the #13 community college with the greatest number of Hispanics receiving degrees and certificates and the #25 community college with the greatest total enrollment of Hispanics.
Dr. Solis met with higher education leaders from Nevada and Tamaulipas
Laredo College hosted a binational meeting to explore the possibility of mutually beneficial partnerships between LC, the Nevada System of Higher Education and the Secretary of Education for the State of Tamaulipas. President Solis was joined by multiple university presidents and their Mexican counterparts. The parties signed a letter of intent to solidify their partnership.
Texas Rep. Richard Peña Raymond's new district office is now located at Laredo College
LC has partnered up with Texas Rep. Richard Peña Raymond to bring him in as our newest tenant at the Pvt. David B. Barkeley Cantu Veterans Memorial Chapel at the Ft. McIntosh Campus. Dr. Solis and Rep. Raymond made the exciting announcement at a press conference. Additionally, Texas Rep. Tracy King will have his new district office located at the LC South Campus.
Judge Patricia O. Alvarez recognizes Dr. Solis for his many years of service in higher education
Judge Patricia O. Alvarez chose Laredo College as the venue for her investiture ceremony. During the event, Judge Alvarez honored Dr. Solis with a resolution for his outstanding work throughout the years.
LC holiday party hosts college staff, friends and supporters
Laredo College hosted a holiday party for faculty, staff, friends and supporters at the President's residence. Pictured from left to right are IBC Executive Vice President Gerald Schwebel, Laredo Economic Development Corporation President & CEO Olivia Varela, U.S. Consul General in Nuevo Laredo Kathryn L. Flachsbart, Dr. Sylvia Solis and LC President, Dr. Ricardo J. Solis.
The 5th Annual IMPACT Economic Development Forum gathers regional leaders
Dr. Ricardo J. Solis, LC President, and Dr. Rodney H. Rodriguez, Executive Director of Strategic & External Initiatives, had a wonderful time at the 5th Annual IMPACT Economic Development Forum. They are pictured here with the night's honorees: Tony Arce Jr., Gilbert Narvaez Jr., Commissioner Julian Alvarez III, Eduardo A. Garza Robles and Rafael Tawil.
Laredo College acquires new podium
In its continuous efforts to keep up with the latest and best technology, Laredo College has purchased a brand new podium that prominently displays our college's new seal.
Governor Greg Abbott and President Solis at the 2018 Mr. South Texas announcement
Laredo College President, Dr. Ricardo J. Solis, met with Texas Governor Greg Abbott after the latter was announced as the 2018 Mr. South Texas honoree. Dr. Solis shared our institution's globalization success in innovative programs, logistic programs for the Laredo industry and international programs in Texas.
Laredo College hosts Dr. Oswaldo Zavala for fascinating presentation
Rosa María De Llano, TAMIU Professor Irma Cantú, El Mañana Newspaper General Director Ninfa Cantú Deándar, Dr. Oswaldo Zavala, Dr. Ricardo J. Solis and Laredo Mayor Pete Saenz pose for a picture after Zavala's presentation, "Los cárteles no existen," at Laredo College.
President Solis personally thanks local veterans for their service
Dr. Ricardo J. Solis poses for a picture with Laredo Police Department Chief Claudio Treviño, retired Sergeant of the United States Marine Corps Juan Lira and World War II Veteran John Valls during Laredo College's Veterans Day Observance at the Pvt. David B. Barkeley Cantu Veterans Memorial Chapel.
Laredo College helped organize Governor's Small Business Forum in Laredo
Dr. Solis and other Laredo College executives, faculty and staff attended the Governor's Small Business Forum in Laredo, where current and aspiring entrepreneurs had an opportunity to learn new strategies, network and share their individual success stories.
Texas State Senator Pete Flores hosts luncheon
President Solis met with Webb County Court at Law II Judge Victor Villarreal and Texas State Senator Judith Zaffirini at State Senator Pete Flores' meet and greet luncheon.
LC executives meet with local media relations representatives
Dr. Ricardo J. Solis met with El Mañana Newspaper Director Ninfa Cantu Deandar, LLUSCBA Vice President Monica Salinas, Dr. Irma Cantu from TAMIU and Dr. Rodney H. Rodriguez to discuss different advertising and media relations strategies that will benefit the institution and the LC student population.
President Solis met with representatives from Universidad Autónoma de Coahuila to discuss the possibility of a future partnership that would consist of a student and faculty exchange program. The foreign students would be evaluated by LC faculty to assess their skills and help them assimilate and excel in their chosen field of study during their stay in Laredo.
The Eagle Ford Consortium held its regional quarterly meeting at Laredo College. The topic, "South Texas-Mexico Oil & Gas: Strengthening the Bond Between Us," allowed for a great, healthy discussion about the oil and gas industry in South Texas and how we can continue our binational effort to create more jobs and boost the economy.
Dr. Solis thanks Uni-Trade Group executives, including Uni-Trade Group CEO, Lic. Eduardo Garza Robles, and Uni-Trade Group President Luis Hinojosa for their $154,000 gift that will go towards the purchase of two electronic marquees for both our Fort McIntosh and South Campuses.
Dr. Ricardo J. Solis, Laredo College President, met with LBV Trust co-trustee J.C. "Joe" Martin III after a press conference where the trust presented LC with a $750,000 donation that will provide unique opportunities for students enrolled in cybersecurity, health sciences and some technical programs.
Laredo College presented a conversation with South Texas legislators
On Sept. 6, LC welcomed State Representatives Tracy King and Richard Peña Raymond at the Kazen Student Center for a discussion panel moderated by Texas Tribune co-founder and CEO Evan Smith. The conversation centered around important issues such as healthcare, education, border security, public safety, taxes and the upcoming national elections.
Congressman Henry Cuellar was in hand to congratulate Laredo College for being designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
COMCE Noreste is a private non-profit organization with more than 55 years promoting foreign trade, commercial intelligence, logistics, and continuity in the productive chain of companies in Nuevo Laredo, Coahuila, Durango and Tamaulipas. Ingeniero Hector Villarreal Muraira from Consejo Mexicano De Comercio Exterior (COMCE) and Lic. Eduardo Garza of UniTrade Group along with representatives from Laredo Community College and TAMIU, met to discuss training opportunities in the productive chain of companies in Laredo in collaboration with our educational institutions.
Laredo College President Ricardo J. Solis attending the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) International Conference on Teaching and Leadership Excellence in Austin, Texas.
Laredo College recognized outstanding individuals who have been role models for achievement and made a difference in their community during a Leadership Awards Ceremony. The President's Student Leadership Award, formerly named the President's Ray of Hope Award, will honor high school and college awardees. The 2017 nominees will be awarded with scholarships totaling to $11,000 being distributed among the honorees. The President's Community Leadership Award was established in 2007 as the Beacon Award, in celebration of the College's 60th anniversary. In 2017, the award was renamed to the President's Community Leadership Award. These symbolic awards bestow honor and esteem to citizens whose personal and/or professional altruistic efforts have improved and advanced the welfare of our community.
Dr. Solis congratulates Texas Senator Judith Zaffirini during the St. Peter's Memorial School Gala Dinner. This year's dinner honors Senator Zaffirini.
Dr. Solis received a certificate of appreciation on behalf of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection. LC hosted an insightful seminar by the U.S. Customs Agricultural specialists on wood packaging materials on Tuesday, Feb. 27.
Congratulations to Dr. Henry Carranza, LC Trustee, for his recognition on Monday, Feb. 26, during the Webb County Commissioner's Meeting. Present and the meeting were LC Trustee President Mercurio Martinez Jr., LC Trustee Ernestina "Tita" Vela, LC President Ricardo J. Solis and Executive Director of Strategic and External Initiatives Rodney H. Rodriguez, as well as community leaders and honored guests.
Dr. Solis participated in this year's Abrazo Ceremony at the Juárez-Lincoln International Bridge.
Acting Chief Patrol Agent Jason D. Owens recognized over 60 Border Patrol agents and professional staff during a special recognition ceremony at the Guadalupe and Lilia Martinez Fine Arts Center (Fort McIntosh Campus). Present for this momentous occasion was LC President, Dr. Ricardo J. Solis.
Webb County Commissioner for Precinct 1, Jesse Gonzalez, met with LC President Ricardo J. Solis and college administrators to discuss community-wide events and upcoming developments at the South Campus.
Congratulations to Adult Education and Literacy student Luxia Ding on a recent recognition by the Texas Association for Literacy and Adult Education. Ding was commended for having one of the highest GED scores in the state and the highest score in the South Texas region!
LC President Ricardo J. Solis and college administrators welcome the Laredo Licensed U.S. Customs Brokers Association
On Wednesday, Feb. 7, the Laredo Licensed U.S. Customs Brokers Association (LLUSCBA) held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate their new location at our Ft. McIntosh Campus. On hand to welcome members and leaders of LLUSCBA were LC President Ricardo J. Solis, LC Trustee Cynthia Mares, college administrators, community leaders and honored guests.
LC President meets with A.C.O.T.E. reviewers
The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (A.C.O.T.E) reviewers visited the college this morning and met with LC President Ricardo J. Solis, LC Trustee Cynthia Mares and campus administrators.
Dr. Ricardo J. Solis, LC President, appointed as WBCA Parade Marshal
LC President Dr. Ricardo J. Solis and TAMIU President Dr. Pablo Arenaz were named this year's parade marshals for the Anheuser-Busch Washington's Birthday Parade during a press conference on Thursday, Jan. 25 at the IBC Annex Ballroom.
Congressman Henry Cuellar visits LC, meets with President Solis
Dr. Ricardo J. Solis, LC President, met with U.S. Congressman Henry Cuellar on Jan. 25. Prior to their meeting, Congressman Cuellar and Dr. Solis attended a grant announcement press conference. The grant for $100,000 was awarded to LC by the National Science Foundation, and will be used to facilitate this year's PROMISE: Providing Resources and Opportunities for Minorities in STEM Education Conference, slated for March 21-23, 2018 at the LC Fort McIntosh Campus and Texas A&M International University.