Who we are
With more than 40 years of experience as a trade school, South Texas Vocational Technical Institute, STVT as we are commonly known, has provided Texas students with career-focused education that’s designed to help them prepare for new careers in some of today’s most desired fields.
What we’re about
At STVT, it’s about you. From enrollment through graduation and beyond, we work with you on an individual level. Even before enrollment, we want to better understand your interests and ambitions, discuss your career goals, and share with you how our programs can help you make your dreams a reality.
At STVT, our vocational training programs are focused on one thing – preparing you, with the knowledge and skills you need, for the career you want. We offer a wide range of career-focused programs taught by qualified instructors dedicated to your success.
Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration
Do you enjoy working with your hands, repairing things and solving problems? At STVT, our ACHR training program can help you turn those interests into a career. Through HVAC technician training, you’ll learn hands-on from industry-experienced instructors who have worked in this exciting field. They can teach you the skills you need to become a professional HVAC Technician.
Our program includes a focus on installation, maintenance and repair of a variety of systems, including heating and air conditioning systems, coolers, chillers, ice makers, and more. You’ll also learn the theory of cooling and heating that supports all of these systems’ operations.
Automotive Service Technician
If you are passionate about working with your hands and repairing mechanical equipment, our Automotive Service Technician program could be the right vocational training program for you. At STVT, you will have the opportunity to learn hands-on from our industry-experienced instructors in a simulated shop environment.
With our auto mechanic training, you will gain the skills in troubleshooting, diagnostics, repair and service that you need to work in the automotive service industry. Once you complete the program, you can be ready to begin your new career!
A career in welding can help open doors to work in a variety of different industries and geographic areas throughout the country. At STVT, our Combination Welding program is designed to prepare you for today’s welding jobs. As a student in one of our welding schools, you will have the chance to learn shielded metal arc welding, gas metal arc welding, gas tungsten arc welding and flux core arc welding, all of which are needed by many of the growing companies and industries in America today.
Through STVT’s Combination Welding training program, you will also have the chance to learn hands-on from instructors who are experienced in the welding field. They will introduce you to industry-standard welding equipment so you can gain confidence in your skills upon graduation and be ready for your new career opportunity.
Computer Accounting Specialist
Our Computer Accounting Specialist program is designed to teach you the accounting and computer skills employers are looking for. Upon completion of this program, you are prepared to perform general office duties, moderate computer and accounting work, handle payroll responsibilities, and more.
Through STVT’s computer accounting specialist training, you will learn from computer accounting instructors with real-world experience and have a chance to practice your skills in class. As a graduate of this program, you can be ready to sit for the Registry Exam for CPA Assistant and Bookkeeper.
If you are looking for a better future, consider the dental assistant training program that we offer. What sets us apart? As one of the leading dental assistant schools in south Texas, our program teaches students about every phase of the dental assistant position. You will learn skills in chair side dental care, office administration and laboratory procedures; and with our focus on hands-on training, you will develop the skills and grow the confidence you need to be successful on the job.
At STVT, we are focused on providing the training you need that will prepare you for new career opportunities; and with the externship component of the program, you will have the real-world experience that today’s employers are seeking.
Medical Administrative Assisting Technology
The health care industry is big and, at times, complicated. Professionals with medical administrative skills will be important for years to come, increasing the likelihood of a secure, long-term employment opportunity for individuals with the right training. At STVT, you can take medical administration courses that can teach you the skills employers are looking for.
Through STVT’s medical administration training, you will also be entering a career that gives you the visibility to other positions in the medical industry that can allow you to see how the rest of the medical field works. So, if you ever decide to move to a new position, you will have first-hand knowledge of the positions that interest you most.
The health care industry is growing! The move to electronic health records and the aging population are two factors that are driving this growth. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the health care industry is projected to see an increase in the demand for qualified medical staff, including Medical Assistants.
As a Medical Assistant, you can become an important part of a health care team. Your responsibilities could include patient records management, medical laboratory procedures, CPR, scheduling patient appointments and measuring vital signs. At STVT, you’ll learn these skills – all through hands-on medical assistant training.
Professional Massage Therapy
Are you ready to help people for a living? Through our massage therapy program, you can gain the skills you need to help people improve their health and mental well-being through the art of massage therapy.
As one of the leading massage schools in Texas, you’ll learn from experienced industry professionals with a focus on hands-on training that allows you to gain real experience practicing Swedish massage, hydrotherapy and clinical techniques.
The Professional Massage Therapy Program for Brownsville & McAllen are approved and regulated by Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) – DSHS license #MS1045.
Programs vary by location
High school diploma, GED, or equivalent required.
South Texas Vo-Tech campuses in Weslaco and Brownsville are accredited by the Council on Occupational Education (COE). South Texas Vo-Tech campuses in Corpus Christi, McAllen, and San Antonio are accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).