Southern Careers Institute Annual Holiday Tree Giveaway

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Southern Careers Institute Delivers Holiday Cheer to Texas Families with its Annual Holiday Tree Giveaway

This holiday season, Southern Careers Institute, a vocational and trade school in Texas will once again support local families with its annual Holiday Tree Giveaway.

This event is the result of a collective effort among Southern Careers Institute’s students, faculty, and staff, who will decorate and donate a total of 28 trees to families in need this holiday season.

All eight Southern Careers Institute campuses – Austin, Brownsville, Corpus Christi, Harlingen, Pharr, San Antonio North, San Antonio South, and Waco – as well as its central offices, will provide families, including ten military families, with all the ingredients to help create a merry Christmas. In addition to the tree and the decorations, the SCI community will be donating gifts for under the tree.

“Holiday decorations and presents stop being a priority for families going through a difficult time. Our Christmas tree giveaway allows us to give back and spread holiday cheer,” said Nikki England, President of Southern Careers Institute. “It’s what the holiday season is all about, and if we can make Christmas just a little brighter for someone, we want to do that.”

Each campus will vie for the coveted “Best Decorated Tree” title, and the associated bragging rights. The community can vote for their favorite tree on Southern Careers Institute’s Facebook page, starting December 2, through December 20. Staff and students will deliver the trees, decorations and gifts to the families between December 3 – December 6.

“I was having a really hard time, financially. I was in my last semester of grad school as a single mom, my car broke down, I didn’t have money for rent, and I couldn’t afford a gift for my son or a tree,” shared Jennifer Edwards Scotts, 2018 holiday tree recipient. “When Southern Careers Institute brought me and my son a decorated tree and Christmas gifts, we felt loved. It made me smile and believe in humanity again, and that there are good people in this world who care.”

Tree decorations have started at each of our eight campuses. To schedule interviews and/or take b-roll please email Justin Shook at [email protected] or Ana Pereira at [email protected]

About Southern Careers Institute

Southern Careers Institute began serving Texas students in 1960. They offer a diverse list of programs in order to create employment-ready students who can go on to serve their community.

Southern Careers Institute offers career training programs in:

Business: Administrative Assistant, Business Accounting Specialist

Beauty: Cosmetology 

Medical: Medical Assistant, Medical Billing and Coding, Medical Office Specialist, Nurse Aide, Pharmacy Technician

Technology: Computer Support Specialist, Software Development, Data Science, Cyber Security

Trades: Automotive Service Technician, Commercial Motor Vehicle Operator, Electrical Technician, HVAC Technician, Welding

They also offer an online curriculum.

This article was published on: 11/30/19 5:49 AM

What SCI Students Are Saying

“I made a complete career change when I started my training at Southern Careers Institute. I needed a stable career to continue providing for my growing family. SCI provided me with the medical terminology and know how that I needed to understand and acquire a career in the medical field. SCI taught me that it doesn’t matter where you are in life right now; you always have room to advance and learn.”


Denise S.
Medical Assistant

“I am extremely grateful for the assistance I received from SCI’s Career Services team. I enjoy where I work and what I do. SCI has helped me succeed in life by getting me the necessary education and by making me a stronger and more confident person.”


Raquel S.

“Once I graduated from SCI, I had a sense of accomplishment that helped me through the job search process. SCI provided me with the opportunity to brush up on my skills, extend my accounting knowledge, and they boosted my self-confidence. I went to work two days after my last day of school.”


Annette D.
Business Accounting

“When my youngest child graduated from high school, I told my husband that it was my time. I went back to school to change careers after spending 37 years in the business field. At SCI, the instructors are professional, and they care about what they are teaching you, as well as expect you to give 100% in return. I had problems understanding how to draw in syringes and give injections. I requested extra help from a knowledgeable instructor, and I was able to receive one-on-one training. Today, I draw injections for approximately 100 patients each week. I am very confident in what I’ve learned. SCI has given me the chance to do what I always wanted to do. Thank you for my education. I am doing wonderful.”


Bonnie M
Medical Assistant

“I am now a certified Lab Tech. SCI helped me get an externship, and I came out with a job. After my little sister had cancer, I knew I wanted a career in the medical field that allowed me to help others. I am happy about what I do.”


Sidney B
Medical Assistant

“The best place ever!! Ms.Tonia rocks she is the best teacher… I love going to school my time there is amazing.”


Andrea Garcia

“Southern Careers went beyond my expectations. Very impressed. The assistance I got from Career Services is truly amazing. They really went out of their way to get me placed. They really care and I am grateful to all of them.”


Olga C.

“Southern Careers Institute totally surpassed my expectations. Once I finished school, the Career Services team helped me find a job. I would tell anyone thinking about starting career training that you have nothing to lose and a lot to gain. I wish I would have started my training sooner.”


Valerie D.

“I am very happy with where I am and where I’m going. Through high school, I struggled with math. When I came to SCI, I enrolled in the Business Accounting Specialist program to see if I could do it. SCI provided me with the accounting skills I needed to help me find a career. Now, I have an amazing career and room to grow in the company.”


Crystal H.
Business Accounting

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