TSC alumnus turned FBI agent remembers his Scorpion roots

Gilberto Balli is a first-generation American who grew up in the heart of Brownsville and whose career has taken him from Brownsville Police Department dispatcher to FBI special agent.

The Texas Southmost College alumnus is an Assistant Special Agent in charge of the FBI Jacksonville Resident Agency in Florida and said his interest in pursuing law enforcement as a career goes back to his childhood.

TSC alumnus Gilberto Balli.Gilberto Balli, a1991 graduate from TSC, has led a successful, two-decade career with the FBI, currently serving as Assistant Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Jacksonville Resident Agency in Florida.

TSC graduate positioned to fulfill her dream in law enforcement

Living along the U.S.-Mexico border as a little girl, Faith Soto would often see U.S. Border Patrol vehicles traveling along Rio Grande Valley highways, and she would tell her mom she was going to work there someday.

Fast forward several years, the Brownsville native is on her way to fulfilling her dream as a recent graduate of the Criminal Justice program at Texas Southmost College.

TSC Criminal Justice graduate Faith Soto.Faith Soto is a recent graduate from TSC’s Criminal Justice program and is on her way to fulfilling her dream of a career in law enforcement.

New TSC Childcare program coordinator has teaching in her veins

Crystal Prado is coming to Texas Southmost College with nearly 20 years of experience in the education field. Coming from a family of teachers, Prado said she is ready to take her teachings to a new level – higher education.

The 36-year-old was recently hired by TSC as the program coordinator and an instructor for the Childcare and Development program, making the transition from K-12 to higher education.

TSC Childcare program coordinator Crystal Prado.Crystal Prado was recently hired as TSC’s program coordinator and an instructor for the Childcare and Development program, making the transition from K-12 to higher education.

Brownsville fire chief gets his start at TSC

Brownsville Fire Department Chief Jarrett Sheldon has spent nearly 30 years of his life serving his community, but has never forgotten where he started – Texas Southmost College.

The Los Fresnos native first became a volunteer fire fighter when he was only 15 years old, following in his father’s footsteps, who served decades in the U.S. Navy as a firefighter, in crash rescue, in the industrial emergency medical services and with the Brownsville and Los Fresnos fire departments.

TSC alum and Brownsville Fire Chief Jarret Sheldon.Brownsville Fire Department Chief Jarrett Sheldon graduated from TSC’s Emergency Medical Services program as a paramedic in 2001, beginning his career at a fire fighter/paramedic with the Brownsville Fire Department shortly after.

TSC student realizes the power of a servant heart

For Texas Southmost College student and Composition tutor Elvira Olivarez, it was time to finish what she started years ago – her college education.

For the single mother juggling two part-time jobs as a tutor and a home health care provider, all while ensuring her two children are excelling in school, has made this journey anything but easy.

TSC Composition Tutor Elvira Olivarez.Elvira Olivarez is a General Studies student and Composition tutor at Texas Southmost College finally realizing her dream of a college education.
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