Education Guide

Welcome to the City of McAllen. We're extremely pleased that you have decided to seek employment with us. As one of the largest and most progressive employers in South Texas we take great pride in our workforce and the vital role that each of our employees plays in making McAllen a great place to live, work and play. We appreciate your interest in joining out team and wish you well in our future endeavors.

As part of the hiring process, there are a number of steps that you will need to take to be considered for employment. One of these is providing proof of your educational credentials.

To assist you in this process, we have prepared the following information on our educational requirements.


I. HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA/G.E.D.'S

All positions with the City of McAllen will require a minimum of a high school diploma or GED accredited through the Texas Educational Agency (TEA). High school diplomas or GED's obtained in states other than Texas must be accredited under that state's accrediting authority.

Listed below are the names and contact information of various GED testing/educational centers in the area:

McAllen Harlingen
McAllen Adult Learning Center
1800 S. Main Street Suite 1100
(956) 984-6274
https://www.esc1.net/Page/5846
Offers GED instructional classes only;
does not administer the GED exam.  Additional locations for instructional classes available
TSTC - Harlingen
1902 W. Loop 499
(956)364-4310
Offers GED instructional classes only;
does not administer the GED exam.


South Texas College

3201 W. Pecan Blvd.
(956) 872-3585
https://www.southtexascollege.edu/cpit/courses/personal/ged/
Offers GED instructional classes and
administers the GED exam.




Texas Workforce Center - Harlingen
601 E. Harrison Street, Harlingen, Texas 78550
 (956) 423-9266
https://www.wfscameron.org/ged-training/
Offers GED instructional classes only;
does not administer the GED exam.
Workforce Solutions Lower Rio Grande Valley
3101 W. Business 83, McAllen, TX 78501.
(956) 928-5000
https://www.wfsolutions.org/how-we-help/education-training/adult-education-and-literacy.html
Offers GED instructional Classes only;
does not administer the GED exam.

Loaves and Fishes of the Rio Grande Valley
514 South E. Street
(956) 423-1014
https://lfrgv.org/how-we-help/the-new-hope-job-shop/
Offers GED instructional classes only;
does not administer the GED exam.

Edinburg  
The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
1201 W. University Drive, EMLH 2.207 Edinburg, TX 78539
(956) 665-2521
https://www.utrgv.edu/hep/en-us/services/instruction-and-tutoring/index.htm
Offers GED instructional classes only;
does not administer the GED exam.

Region One ESC Office of Adult Education
1900 W. Schunior, Edinburg, Texas 78541
(956) 984-6270
https://www.esc1.net/Page/182
Offers GED instructional classes only; does not administer the GED exam
Brownsville Mercedes
Texas Workforce Center - Brownsville
851 Old Alice Road, Brownsville, Texas 78520
(956) 547-5040
https://www.wfscameron.org/ged-training/
Offers GED instructional classes and
administers the GED exam.
Mercedes Senior High School
206 E. 6th Street
(956) 514-2114
Administers GED exam only;
No instructional classes.
Brownsville ISD Adult Learning Center
1625 Price Rd.
(956) 548-8175
Offers GED instructional classes and
administers the GED exam.

Rio Grande City  
Star County Adult Learning Center
1 S. Fort Ringold, Rio Grande City, TX 78582
 (956) 984-6276
https://www.esc1.net/Page/190
Offers GED instructional classes only; does not administer the GED exam.
 
 
 
 
 


 


II. COLLEGE DEGREES/LICENSES AND CERTIFICATIONS

Positions requiring college degrees, licenses or certifications will be subject to verification.

College degrees must be from an accredited college or university sanctioned by the Office of the U.S. Secretary of Education.

Licenses and certifications must comply with applicable local, state, and federal regulatory requirements.


III. FOREIGN EDUCATION

Foreign education credentials will be accepted for employment so long as they are translated into credentials accepted by the Office of the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education. The National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) is currently authorized by the U.S. Department of Education to provide translation services.

Please be informed that these companies generally charge for these services. You will need to contact each company directly to obtain their pricing. The translating of educational records is not reimbursable by the City of McAllen.

A listing of these sources is provided for you by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). The selection of a particular vendor is completely up to the person requesting these (translation) services.

The City of McAllen cannot recommend a specific vendor.

For further information on credential translation services, please contact NACES at info@naces.org or visit their website at www.naces.org


IV. HOME SCHOOL EDUCATION

Individuals schooled at home will need to provide sufficient records (i.e., original syllabus, transcripts, grades and educational plan) to substantiate a high school equivalency education. These documents will be used by the employer to assess the applicant's abilities, skills, and educational capabilities.

Failure to provide such documentation may disqualify an applicant from meeting the City's educational requirements.

This concludes the segment related to educational credentialing. If you have any questions regarding your education credentials as it relates to securing employment with the City of McAllen, please call the Human Resources Department at (956) 681-1045.