Port San Antonio,
St. Philipâ€™s College Set
Stage for Major Growth of Regionâ€™s Aerospace Workforce Training
SAN ANTONIOâ€”Officials from Port San Antonio and St. Philipâ€™s College - Alamo Colleges recently announced an important expansion of the schoolâ€™s Alamo Colleges' Economic and Workforce Development Programs at St. Philipâ€™s College Southwest Campus. Previously, both the Port San Antonio and Alamo Colleges boards of directors approved an agreement whereby Port San Antonio will donate a 40,000-square-foot building and 21 acres of land to the college school, which is adjacent to the Portâ€™s East Kelly Railport. The facility and surrounding land will allow the Alamo Colleges to expand Business Outreach Programs, such as the Alamo Area Academies, and will allow St. Philipâ€™s Southwest Campus to accommodate its rapidly growing enrollment for years to come. In return for the properties, St. Philipâ€™s - Alamo Colleges will provide the equivalent of $5.1 million in specialized training over several years to present and future aerospace industry workers at Port San Antonio.
â€œThis is truly a win-win all around for our community,â€ said Bruce E. Miller, President and CEO of Port San Antonio. â€œThe aerospace industry at Port San Antonio is thriving and has big plans ahead. A key to its future successâ€”which means thousands of additional jobs for San Antoniansâ€”is to have access to a well-prepared workforce through the quality training provided by Alamo Colleges St. Philipâ€™s.â€
â€œThis marks an important milestone for our institution,â€ said Dr. Bruce Leslie, chancellor of the Alamo Colleges. â€œWe are very proud to have been partners with the aerospace industry at Port San Antonio over many yearsâ€”helping it become the success story it is today. Now, with plenty of room to grow at the Southwest Campus, we are ready to take our efforts to the next level.â€
The Alamo Colleges have been instrumental in delivering high quality aerospace technology education to hundreds of aerospace workers at Port San Antonio for over a decadeâ€”both through degrees it confers and customized programs for Port customers, including Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Kelly Aviation Center and Chromalloy.
Today there are 14 aerospace-related businesses at Kelly Field, Port San Antonioâ€™s industrial airport. The firms directly employ approximately 5,000 workers and generate over $1.3 billion in regional economic activity.