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Board of Trustees

Chairman of the Board
James Rindfuss
District 9

Vice Chairman
Marcelo Casillas
District 4

Secretary
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

Chancellor

Dr. Bruce Leslie
Alamo Colleges

 

May 2013

Alamo Colleges Explore Partnership Opportunities with School Districts

The Alamo Colleges' Board of Trustees and Chancellor Dr. Bruce Leslie recently hosted a dinner and discussion with trustees and superintendents from public school and charter school districts across the Alamo Colleges' eight-county service area. The dinner and discussion was the first time K-12 and Alamo Colleges' leaders have come together in one place to focus on developing strategies to increase students' success as they transition from high school to college.

Participants at the event indicated a high level of interest in expanding the early college high schools, as well as dual credit offerings online. They also expressed a strong interest for more partnership events in the future.

Superintendents in attendance were: Dr. Kevin Brown (Alamo Heights ISD); Dee Carter (Navarro ISD); Jeffrey Flores (Henry Ford Academy: Alameda School for Art & Design); Dr. Irene Garza (Seguin ISD); Dr. Brian Gottardy (North East ISD); Dr. Juan Antonio Jasso (Southside ISD); Dr. Willis Mackey (Judson ISD); Gary Patterson (East Central ISD); Dr. Burnie Roper (Lackland ISD); Dr. Gail Siller (Fort Sam Houston ISD); Dr. Lloyd Verstuyft, Ed.D (Southwest ISD); Dr. Brian Woods (Northside ISD); and Alfredo Segura (New Frontiers Charter School).



Image of Dr. Leslie at Port San AntonioReport Tallies Alamo Colleges Workforce Achievements

Dr. Federico Zaragoza, Alamo Colleges' Vice Chancellor, Economic and Workforce Development, recently presented his annual workforce education performance report to the Alamo Colleges' Board of Trustees. The report noted that the Alamo Colleges ranks second among its peer institutions in the number of technical degrees awarded from 2009-2012.

The Alamo Colleges also ranked number two in graduate placement rates, with a 74.9% rate in 2009-2010 and a 74.8% rate in 2010-2011. The report also noted that 87.9% of technical program graduates are working or enrolled in higher education within six months of graduation.

The Alamo Colleges has the highest number of graduates compared to its peers in these workforce programs: culinary arts and related services; business operations support and assistant services; human development; family studies and related services; and computer information technology administration and management. The Alamo Colleges has the second highest number of graduates compared to its peers in the following programs: registered nurse; nursing administration; practical nursing; vocational nursing; nurse associate; environmental control technologies; and design and applied arts.

Eight Alamo Colleges' programs achieved 100% pass rates for their graduates in 2011-2012. The programs are: veterinary technology (national exam); aviation technology; child care provider/assistant; court reporting/court reporter; aircraft maintenance technician airframe; aircraft maintenace technician powerplant; physical therapy assistant; and health information technology.

The report also noted that the number of nursing and allied health graduates increased, growing from 2,413 in 2008/2010 to 2,595 in 2010/2012. In addition, the number of students in continuing education in 2011/2012 was 22,376.

 

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Image of Dr. Leslie at Port San AntonioAlamo Colleges Alamo Academies Continue Their Success with New Grads

The Alamo Colleges' Alamo Academies, recognized as one of the top ten programs in the U.S., recently celebrated the graduation of 98 students. The academies provide a direct path to an associate, bachelor's and even a master's degree - for free! Our successful approach, over the past twelve years, has included a close partnership with the City of San Antonio, the region's school districts, and 100 industry partners. The Alamo Colleges' program includes Information Technology and Security, Advanced Technology and Manufacturing, Aerospace and Health Professions.

Our industry partners provide a hiring preference to the successful interns after graduation and most importantly, tuition reimbursement programs. Ninety-six per cent of our graduates have continued their higher education at either the Alamo Colleges or a regional university, obtained jobs in the focused industries or joined the military.

Typically, the student progresses into the technical field, gains work experience and, as he/she earns additional degrees, progresses into other fields within the company. The best part of this is that the student has no tuition debt. In fact, students are typically employed at age 17 or 18, begin their 401K retirement program, enjoy full compensation and health benefits and are clearly independent adults.

 

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