Alaom Colleges Round up Alamo District Northeast Lakevoew College Northwest Vista College Palo Alto College St. Philip's College San Antonio College
Board of Trustees

Chairman of the Board
James Rindfuss
District 9

Vice Chairman
Marcelo Casillas
District 4

Anna U. Bustamante
District 3

Vice Secretary
Dr. Yvonne Katz
District 7

Joe Alderete Jr.
District 1

Denver McClendon
District 2

Roberto Zarate
District 5

Dr. Gene Sprague
District 6

Gary Beitzel
District 7


Dr. Bruce Leslie
Alamo Colleges


 December 2012

Alamo Colleges Celebrate Grand Opening of Innovative Workforce Training Center

The Alamo Colleges showcased the future of workforce training at the grand opening of their new Workforce Center of Excellence recently. The state-of-the-art facility is located at 203 Norton Street near Port San Antonio.

The new center makes extensive use of the latest technology. It features technology-enhanced classrooms, a conference center with seven 70-inch LCD screens, six computer labs, each with 24 workstations, lifesize videoconferencing capability, polyvision interactive whiteboards and monopad, giant touch-screen tablets for presentations and videoconferencing.

The newly renovated, 40,000-square-foot building provides space for the Alamo Colleges to expand their award-winning Alamo Academies, which train high school students for skilled jobs and earn them college credit while they are still in high school. Currently, the building provides space for the Information Technology Security Academy. The new center will also allow for the expansion of the Alamo Colleges’ Just-in-Time job training.

The Just-in-Time initiative provides industry-certified training programs in aerospace and manufacturing. The technology-enhanced, blended or hybrid online training is aligned to industry standards and allows students to complete training in only 12-15 weeks. The program has the capacity to add new cohorts every 30 days as needed by employers.

The center also houses the Alamo Colleges’ Small Business Incubator/Mentor-Protégé program. This allows start-up companies access to affordable rental space and state-of-the-art conferencing, information and communications technology, meeting rooms and no-cost mentoring and consulting services. It will also provide temporary space for new companies to launch interim operations while permanent San Antonio facilities are established. Additionally, job training for Eagle Ford Shale workers is being held at the center, and the new facility will allow for expansion of the program.

The new facility was made possible through an agreement in which Port San Antonio sold the building and almost 30 acres of land, next to the Port’s East Kelly Railport, to the Alamo Colleges. In return for the property, the Alamo Colleges will provide specialized training over several years to present and future aerospace industry workers at Port
San Antonio.

Image of Dr. Leslie at Port San AntonioAlamo Colleges Lead Consortium Awarded
$1.3 Million To Train
Eagle Ford Shale Workers

The Alamo Colleges and the Eagle Ford Shale Consortium (Coastal Bend, Laredo, South Texas Junior and Victoria Colleges) have been awarded $1,286,000 from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) to implement programs integrating basic skills education with career and technical pathways that will help an estimated 800 adult students earn skills and certificates in high-demand occupations throughout the Eagle Ford Shale area. The occupational areas include welding, commercial truck driving, office technology, oil and gas and certified nursing assistant to licensed vocational nurse.

Alamo Colleges’ Chancellor Dr. Bruce Leslie praised the collaboration between the five community colleges as means to promote innovation and minimize program duplication, while responding to regional business and industry needs as a unified community college system.

Dr. Federico Zaragoza, Alamo Colleges’ vice chancellor for economic and workforce development, noted that the funds will allow the participating Eagle Ford Shale colleges to build and align training programs at their colleges that connect to the jobs being created by the Eagle Ford Shale economy.

Leodoro Martinez, president of the Eagle Ford Shale Consortium, emphasized that the funds to be provided will allow the colleges to enroll students that are often overlooked for training due to lower skills, limited English and lack of a GED or high school diploma.

Alamo Colleges
Net Star Award
for Alamo Academies

The Alamo Area Academies at the Alamo Colleges have been honored with a 2012 Texas Higher Education Star Award from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB). The Star Award recognizes exceptional contributions toward meeting one or more of the goals of Closing the Gaps by 2015, the Texas higher education plan adopted by the THECB in October 2000. As a Star award winner, theacademies program demonstrates: successful outcomes in the areas of student participation, student success, academic excellence or research; improvement and excellence over time through the use of benchmarks and other comparison data that allow progress to be monitored and evaluated; and an efficient cost/benefit ratio per student.

The Alamo Area Academies is a dual credit program where high school juniors and seniors attend classes taught by faculty from San Antonio College and St. Philip’s College for half a day five days a week, They also complete a paid internship, earn a year of college credit while still in high school and earn industry-recognized certification along with their high school diploma. The four academy programs are aerospace, advanced manufacturing, information technology and nursing. The academies partner with more than 100 leading regional employers such as Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Toyota and Rackspace, as well as the City of San Antonio and 25 independent school districts in the region

Annually the academies provide access to almost 300 mostly minority students to train for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers. A total of 60% of these students graduate with a degree or certificate within two years. Also, 58% continue in higher education and 42% graduate and enter well-paid STEM careers.

In the area of student participation, the academies have an exceptional record of success, especially for Hispanic and Black students. A total of 86% of students enrolled are economically disadvantaged and 71% are minority students. Since the start of the program, the participation rate has increased 69%. The program is also exceeding the Closing the Gaps student success targets in all identified categories,especially for minority populations.

In the area of student success, for the past ten years, more than 60% of first-time-in-college students entering the academies in their junior year have continued the program into their senior year, attained 31-34 hours of advanced college credit and graduated with an industry-recognized certificate or marketable skills award. Academy students’ completion rates are almost 20 times higher than the THECB certificate completion rates. In any comparison, student participation and success outcomes far exceed state norms by significant margins.

In terms of cost/benefit ratio per student, the academies reflect a “shared cost” model that translates to a $1,070,793 return on investment since the inception of the program. In addition, the academies support the region’s economic development efforts by helping to recruit qualified workers, generating a $6.1 million cost benefit for the community and industry partners.

Since the program began in 2001, the academies have placed 96% of graduates immediately into higher education in a STEM field or a career. Academy graduates immediately entering the workforce over the past two years had a starting salary and benefits totaling $34,700, a 45% increase over the area median income for high school graduates.

Alamo Colleges Viewbook
Alamo Colleges Website