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  2013

diversestudentsAlamo Colleges Recognized Nationally
with 2013 Charles Kennedy Equity Award

The Alamo Colleges recently received the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) 2013 Charles Kennedy Equity Award for its efforts in expanding opportunities for minorities and women.

The prestigious national award recognizes exemplary commitment by a community, technical or junior college governing board and its chief executive officer to achieve equity in the college’s education programs and service, according to the ACCT.

In addition to its diverse student population, the Alamo Colleges is first among its Texas peer group in the number of full-time, first-time-in-college financial aid recipients, with 55% of its students receiving financial aid. The Alamo Colleges also does business with diverse contractors and vendors. In FY 2012-2013, $17.6 million in contracts were awarded to small or minority owned businesses.

Image of Dr. Leslie at Port San AntonioAlamo Colleges Adds
New Programs To Its
Diverse Offerings

The Alamo Colleges began offering three new programs for the 2013-2014 academic year as part of its continuing commitment to meeting local workforce needs.

Palo Alto College now offers an associate of applied science (AAS) degree in Oil and Gas Technology. Students in the program receive training as petroleum pump systems operators, service unit operators, roustabouts and other similar process and production technician positions.

Also new for 2013-2014 is the Personal Fitness Trainer program at Northwest Vista College, offered as an associate of applied science degree, a Level 1 certificate and a continuing education program.

At St. Philip's College, a new associate of applied science degree in surgical technology is being offered. Surgical technologists, also know as operating room technicians, assist in surgical operations by preparing operation rooms and equipment and assisting doctors and nurses during surgery.

Image of Dr. Leslie at Port San AntonioNew Challenger Center, Scobee Planetarium
To Open Next Year

At San Antonio College, work on the Challenger Center/Scobee Planetarium construction project is making steady progress toward its anticipated completion in January 2014. Recently, the observa-tory's dome was lifted into place. Earlier this fall, the “topping out” ceremony was held.

The project includes a complete renovation of the Scobee Planetarium, built in 1962, and new construction of a Challenger Center. Construction of the newly renovated Scobee Planetarium is expected to be completed in early January 2014.

The fundraising campaign for the construction of the Challenger Center has already raised $3.6 million toward its goal of $5 million. Another $2 million is being raised to establish an endowment for scholarships and technological sustainability.

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