Texas A&M leadership officially open McAllen campus at Tres Lagos

McALLEN – Texas A&M Chancellor John Sharp tells the story well, about the student who told her mother she was accepted to Texas A&M in College Station only to be told by her mother, the college town for the flagship school was too far away.

The student would tell her mother she attended class at Texas A&M Kingsville, from time-to-time taking her to football games and other activities. The mother always wondered why she did not know many people, but the daughter's reasoning was always because she was studying.

It wasn't until graduation that the student drove her mother to College Station so she could witness her daughter participate in the commencement ceremony with the other engineers that were confirmed that day.

The story does illustrate sometimes a place is too far for some, but for the motivated, gaining their degree from Texas A&M is a must, no matter what.

But as of Sept. 1, 202 students in the Rio Grande Valley have been taking classes at the Texas A&M Education Center at the Tres Lagos community. The number changes everyday but currently 18 faculty members mold the minds of the students.

Texas A&M has been enrolling students from the Rio Grande Valley for generations. Currently, 1,700 students attend school in College Station from the area.

School president Michael K. Young said last year a number of students were accepted to Texas A&M but for a variety of reasons needed to stay home.

“The opportunity to bring the education here is very exciting,” Young said to a group of faculty, students and regional leaders.

The new campus features two engineering degrees, public health and food systems degrees. The students will also gain an Aggie Ring, joining 500,000 other alumni around the world with the symbol of the school.

The new building is designed to give students transformational opportunities, hands on experiences to where they can take what they learned in the classroom and understand how it applies and translates into real problem solving situations.

“They will receive a real skill that can contribute to the companies they work for,” Young said.

The event concluded with a presentation by the RGV Partnership of $20,000 for scholarships for those who will attend the school in McAllen, only to be matched by Texas A&M.