Long Lines at World Trade International Bridge
Sep01

Long Lines at World Trade International Bridge

Frida Flores , with information by Edna Juarez NUEVO LAREDO.- A presumed error in the system is keeping hundreds of trucks from crossing to the United States through Bridge no. 3. According to stuck drivers, they have been waiting more than 3 hours for the system to restart. “It’s been over 3 hours, the line hasn’t moved, I think [the line] it’s aobut 10 km already, it’s probably the system again.” says a driver who was waiting in line at 3:00 PM this afternoon. The presumed error has provoked the annoyance of drivers, and the longs lines that have a length more than 10 km....

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Summer Stock Kicks Off Play Series With High Energy Drama
Sep01

Summer Stock Kicks Off Play Series With High Energy Drama

Special to the Laredo Sun Heidy Guajardo (left) and Marco Antonio Coronado (center) listen attentively as Alex Rodriguez (right) addresses the father-daughter duo in the opening scene of Hispanic playwright Edwin Sanchez’s Broadway drama Unmerciful Good Fortune on Friday, June 12 at the Guadalupe and Lilia Martinez Fine Arts Center, room 102. The play is the first of three productions hosted by the Laredo Community College Summer Stock Theater Project. The final two plays Who’s On First and Match are set to premiere during back-to-back weekends on June 18 through 21 and June 25 through 28, respectively. Performances are scheduled Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and a Sunday matinee at 3 p.m. in the Martinez Fine Arts Center Theater. Tickets are $10 for adults or $5 for senior citizens and...

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Free HVACR Apprenticeship Program Begins This July
May08

Free HVACR Apprenticeship Program Begins This July

Adults can get trained for a technical career by signing up for a free apprenticeship program leading to a local certificate in Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVACR) from Laredo Community College in partnership with Workforce Solutions for South Texas and Project GROW. Enrollment is currently under way for new and current LCC students, who can earn up to 12 credit hours through the apprenticeship program. The program is free for qualifying students. In order to qualify, the student must meet the following criteria: be 18 years of age or older; must be a high school graduate or hold a GED; they must be able to work in the United States; and should meet the Workers Investment Act (WI) eligibility criteria, which is typically aimed at assisting those with a low income. Classes offered within the apprentice program include: Basic Electricity for HVACR; Refrigeration Principles; and Refrigerators, Freezers and Air Conditioners, along with Texas Success Initiative (TSI) preparation courses. TSI courses are aimed at developing and strengthening the academic skills necessary for college-level courses. Armando Fonseca, Workforce Development Coordinator, asserts that the program will benefit students by offering them the practical guidance necessary to succeed in their career pathway, at no cost to the student. “This is the very first time we are offering the opportunity to students that are coming through adult education courses to register for an actual credit course, which is funded by grant monies through Project Grow,” Fonseca said.  GROW stands for Growing Regional Opportunities for the Workforce. Students who complete the HVACR apprenticeship can move forward toward earning their one-year academic certificate. “The idea is to follow a career pathway through the HVACR program toward their eventual certificate,” Fonseca added. Classes are set to begin in July and will run Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Moore Vocational Building at the Ft. McIntosh Campus. For more information on the HVACR Apprentice Program, contact Patricia Barrera with Workforce Solutions South Texas at 794-6521 or at...

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Church’s Chicken Taps TAMIU Sanchez School Business Students, Recruits Top Talent
May07

Church’s Chicken Taps TAMIU Sanchez School Business Students, Recruits Top Talent

Special to the Laredo Sun Church’s Chicken, one of the world’s leading chicken chains, is tapping Texas A&M International University (TAMIU) A. R. Sanchez, Jr. School of Business students for internship opportunities within the corporation. TAMIU interns were recently flown to Church’s Atlanta headquarters, where they received free room and board while garnering world-class corporate experience. Meet the TAMIU Interns Texas A&M International University A. R. Sanchez, Jr. School of Business students interning at Church’s Chicken Atlanta, Ga., headquarters met with former interns and the creator of the Newman Internship with Church’s Chicken, David T. Newman, recently. Left to right, Sergio Perez, 2014 intern and BBA-Communications graduate and local store marketing coordinator; Rebeca Palacios, BBA Marketing, interning in Marketing; Cinthia I. Gonzalez, MBA Management, interning in HR and the Church’s Partners Foundation; David T. Newman, local franchisee; Rita Barrera, BBA, Accounting, interning in Franchise Development/Real Estate; Clarissa I. Villa, BBA, International Economics, interning in Distribution/Logistics, and Anthony B. Stahl, 2014 intern in Research and Development and Spring BBA-Accounting graduate. The internship, informally known as “The Newman Internship with Church’s Chicken,” serves as a pipeline for students to discover the restaurant industry while placing the Laredo community on the radar of young talented professionals. The internship took place over a four-week term and, in some cases, resulted in full-time career opportunities within Church’s Chicken. “The goal was to place at least one intern with a full-time job offer within Church’s Chicken,” said David T. Newman, Church’s Chicken franchisee, “The idea was for students to realize that they could have a career in the restaurant industry that could utilize their business degree in an industry that they previously may have not considered. I want them to open their eyes and see that there are plenty of opportunities within the corporate world, with brands like Church’s.” The internship was Newman’s idea. A longtime supporter of TAMIU’s Sanchez School of Business, he is committed to serving the community and providing opportunities for students.  Newman has spoken at high schools and colleges to shed light on the industry and his role as a franchisee at the quick service company. After noticing a general lack of knowledge from the students about the variety of roles within restaurant corporations, Newman knew he had to do something to get students excited and inside the doors of the corporate world. “I had this idea of working with Church’s and sending a few kids up to Atlanta for a four-week internship program,” said Newman, “The first year, we had two interns. One worked in development to create a database and the other worked in marketing. The feedback was great.” Ed Brett, executive vice president and chief people officer at Church’s Chicken, teamed up with Newman to place the first group of interns at the corporation’s headquarters for the program in 2013....

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LCC Hosts A Reading Wonderland For UISD Elementary Authors
Apr08

LCC Hosts A Reading Wonderland For UISD Elementary Authors

Special to the Laredo Sun Killam Elementary School fifth-grader Daron Jaramillo receives a little help from Cynthia L. Rodriguez, executive director of elementary education for UISD, as he reads an excerpt from his book The Island before an audience of parents, librarians and staff from the United Independent School District and Laredo Community College. Staff from the Harold R. Yeary Library at the Fort McIntosh Campus hosted an Alice in Wonderland-themed tea party on Thursday, April 2 to honor the winners of a district-wide writing contest. Twenty-six students, one from each UISD elementary school, were honored at the event. Each student was presented with a published copy of their work, while the top three winners, including first-place winner Jaramillo, were awarded a tablet. Rounding out the top three were winner Kylee Taylor from Malakoff Elementary and third place winner Daniel de la Peña from Roosevelt...

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Master Performers @ TAMIU Features Guzman  Tonight
Apr08

Master Performers @ TAMIU Features Guzman Tonight

Special to the Laredo Sun Master performer and pianist Christopher Guzman will perform a varied program at the upcoming Texas A&M International University (TAMIU)  Master Performers @ TAMIUWednesday, April 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the TAMIU Center for the Fine and Performing Arts Recital Hall. Admission is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Fernando A Salinas Charitable Trust, TAMIU Residential Life and the National Endowment for the Arts. Guzman will perform a varied program which includes the lush and expansive Sonata in G Major by Franz Schubert as well as a short piece by American composer William Bolcom  and Scriabin’s White Mass Sonata. Guzman regularly performs for audiences throughout North America, Europe and Asia, as soloist and chamber musician. He is a multiple prizewinner in many international competitions, including the Walter M. Naumburg Competition, the Seoul International Music Competition and the Isang Yun Competition of South Korea. He recently garnered the grand prize and several special prizes at the 10th Concours International de Piano d’Orléans of Orléans, France. As a result, he regularly travels to France to perform in Paris and throughout the Loire Valley. Guzman released a CD of German and Austrian music from the past 100 years, “Vienne et après,” in 2014. He has performed in several venues including Tokyo’s Suntory Hall, Leipzig’s Gewandhaus, the Kennedy Center, Carnegie’s Weill Hall, and London’s Wigmore Hall and he has performed with members of the world’s finest orchestras, including the Berlin Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, the New York Philharmonic, and the Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra. A Texas native, Guzman studied for many years with Kenneth Thompson, of the Musical Arts Center of San Antonio. He later worked with Jerome Lowenthal and Robert McDonald at the Juilliard School, Anton Nel at the University of Texas at Austin, and the late Patricia Zander at the New England Conservatory. He is currently assistant professor of piano at Penn State University in State College, Pennsylvania. For more information contact Brendan Townsend, assistant professor of music at 326.3039 or btownsend@tamiu.edu. Office hours are Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Additional information is available at www.tamiu.edu and on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Youtube....

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