South Texas Vocational Technical Institute

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South Texas Vocational Technical Institute (STVT) training programs are designed to prepare you with the knowledge and skills you need to succeed in the career you want. STVT offers career-focused programs that are taught in a hands-on environment by qualified instructors. Whether you want a career in health & wellness, or want to work in the skilled trade industry, STVT’s industry-specific programs can help you successfully earn your degree.  Classes start every month, providing the flexibility to get started with a schedule that meets your needs.

Explore the trade and vocational programs South Texas Technical Vocational Technical Institute has to offer and contact us for more information.


Vocational and Skilled Trades Programs at STVT

Health Care

Dental Assisting Diploma

What sets STVT’s Dental Assisting program apart? As one of the leading dental assistant schools in south Texas, STVT’s program prepares students for all the common tasks a dental assistant is responsible for, including chairside dental care, office administration and laboratory procedures. With STVT’s focus on hands-on training, flexible schedules and externship, there’s never been a better time to train for a career as a dental assistant.

Medical Administrative Assisting Diploma

Medical Administrative Assistants are an integral part of a health care team with responsibilities such as patient scheduling, obtaining & entering patient medical information, handling billing & insurance claims, and coding medical records. At STVT, you will learn about processing insurance payments, medical records management, and how to use HIPAA compliant software.

Medical Assisting Diploma

Medical Assistants are responsible for such areas as patient records management, medical laboratory procedures, CPR, scheduling patient appointments and measuring vital signs. As part of STVT’s Medical Assisting program you will also learn:

  • The fundamentals of Body Structure and the Muscular System
  • Nervous System, Senses, Integumentary, and Skeletal Systems
  • Respiratory and Circulatory Systems
  • Reproductive Systems
  • Immune System

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects the medical assistant field to grow 29% from 2012 to 2022

Massage Therapy

With massage therapy training you will be able to acquire 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 will learn from experienced industry professionals with a focus on hands-on training in the practice of Swedish massage, hydrotherapy and clinical techniques. You will also learn anatomy and physiology, kinesiology, pathology and clinical massage.

Skilled Trade Programs

HVAC Diploma

STVT’s HVAC program focuses on installation, maintenance, and repair of residential and commercial air conditioning, heating and refrigeration systems. Classes are a combination of theory along with practical, hands-on application in the use of hand and specialty tools, shop safety procedures, as well as customer service skills.

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the field is expected to grow 21% from 2012 to 2022.

Automotive Service Technician

With auto mechanic training from STVT, you will learn troubleshooting, diagnostics, repair, and service skills. STVT’s automotive technician training is intended for people who have a high school diploma or GED and want a career inspecting, diagnosing, servicing, and repairing in the automotive industry.

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects the employment in this field to grow 60,400 from 2012 to 2022.

Welding Diploma

A welding career can help open the doors to working in different industries and areas throughout the country. At STVT 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.

The welding field is expected to see steady growth through the rest of the decade. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics expects welding careers to grow by 20,800 positions from 2012 to 2022.

Heavy Duty Mechanic

In STVT’s Diesel Heavy Truck program, you will receive training in the following:

  • General shop operations
  • Safety procedures and safe use of tools
  • Operating and turbo-charging principles and procedures
  • Diagnosis and repair of diesel emissions systems
  • Diagnosis and repair of suspension, steering, and brake systems
  • Basic electrical theory and its application to a vehicle’s electrical systems
  • Inspection and repair of diesel drivetrains
  • Principles of technical customer service


About STVT

South Texas Vocational Technical Institute, commonly known as STVT, has over 40 years of experience as a trade and vocational school.  From enrollment, to graduation and beyond, STVT works with you to understand your interests and career goals.

Financial Assistance

Financial Aid is available to those who qualify. There are a variety of state, local and private programs available for students and the financial aid staff at STVT can help you gain a better understanding of the financial aid options.

Please note that financial aid availability varies by location, so please consult the school you are interested in to confirm its participation.

STVT Locations

  • Brownsville, TX
  • Corpus Christie, TX
  • McAllen, TX
  • San Antonio, TX
  • Weslaco, TX

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