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Port San Antonio,
St. Philip's College Set
Stage for Major Growth of Region's Aerospace Workforce Training

SAN ANTONIO - Officials from Port San Antonio and St. Philip's College - Alamo Colleges recently announced an important expansion of the school's Alamo Colleges' Economic and Workforce Development Programs at St. Philip'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 Port'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. Philip's Southwest Campus to accommodate its rapidly growing enrollment for years to come. In return for the properties, St. Philip'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.

"This is truly a win-win all around for our community," said Bruce E. Miller, President and CEO of Port San Antonio. "The aerospace industry at Port San Antonio is thriving and has big plans ahead. A key to its future success which means thousands of additional jobs for San Antonians”is to have access to a well-prepared workforce through the quality training provided by Alamo Colleges St. Philip's.

"This marks an important milestone for our institution, said Dr. Bruce Leslie, chancellor of the Alamo Colleges. "We are very proud to have been partners with the aerospace industry at Port San Antonio over many years” 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."

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 decade 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 Antonio's industrial airport. The firms directly employ approximately 5,000 workers and generate over $1.3 billion in regional economic activity.



Image of International StudentsAlamo Colleges Expand International Training Efforts with Brazil, Korea  and China

The Alamo Colleges continue to raise their profile in the international education community, providing training in the first two months of this year for delegations from Brazil, Korea and China. A group of 20 students from Brazil arrived this month for a one-month stay to study global entrepreneurship. Last month, 20 faculty members and 20 students from Brazil finished a month-long visit at the Alamo Colleges. While here, the Brazilian delegates attended English as a Second Language classes four days a week at SAC and visited selected programs and studied teaching methods on Fridays. The faculty members received training in teaching robotics and welding, and in student success strategies.

Also this month, a group of 14 Korean students and a faculty member from Korea Polytechnics, South Korea's largest grouping of public technical colleges, will take English as a Second Language classes at the Alamo Colleges and visit local industries.. The Korean group is the first from that country to visit the Alamo Colleges to explore collaboration and the delivery of programs in Korea using Alamo Colleges faculty, as well as mutual student exchanges.

Also arriving at the Alamo Colleges this month, a new delegation from China, the fourth so far. The delegation includes senior administrators from Henei College of Industry and Technology, visiting the Alamo Colleges in collaboration with the Community College Consortium for International Development. The six Chinese administrators will focus their attention on manufacturing during their 10-day visit. The Chinese delegates will focus on how to create a "green" environment for steel manufacturing, environmental protection practices, green campus construction, energy savings and pollution control at St. Philip's College - Alamo Colleges, San Antonio College - Alamo Colleges and Palo Alto College - Alamo Colleges.


Alamo Colleges Success Rated Reported at 77%

Dr. Tom Cleary, Alamo Colleges' vice chancellor for planning, performance and information systems, recently reported that the Alamo Colleges currently achieve a remarkable student success rate of 77% for students who require some developmental coursework. For students who do not, the rate climbs to an even more remarkable 90%! Cleary also presented data on the actual number of graduates from the Alamo Colleges, indicating that the number of graduates has increased 32% between 2006 and 2010!

"In measuring the success of our students, it is important to have the 'big picture' ," said Alamo Colleges Chancellor Dr. Bruce Leslie. "The varied goals and needs of our students are reflected in the wide range of outcomes that define success for them and the innovative approaches we have taken to support them in whatever path to success they choose," he added.

Dr. Cleary's report took into consideration a range of options for measuring student success within a student cohort over a three-year period. The 77% includes 7% of students who graduated and 11% who transferred to an in-state public university. Also ncluded are the 26% of the cohort who are still enrolled at one of the Alamo Colleges, still in good academic standing and pursuing their education goals. Another 33% left the Alamo Colleges in good standing. This group includes students who never intended to complete a degree but wanted to learn new or enhanced job skills, those who joined the military, left the state, transferred to a private college or university or continued their education in another. Students in the 33% group also may have left due to economic considerations and family responsibilities.

Cleary noted that it is important to take into consideration that 69% of the students attended one of the Alamo Colleges part-time, which increases the time required for graduation and reflects the pressure of family and economic considerations.


 Student Aid Saturdays, I know where I'm going SAAlamo Colleges Host Student Aid Saturdays

Now through March 17, the Alamo Colleges are taking a lead role in the partnership to offer prospective college students and their parents one-on-one assistance in completing financial aid forms during Student Aid Saturdays. The majority of the events, 21 out of 38, will be held at one of the Alamo Colleges. Student Aid Saturdays assist students and their parents in completing federal and state financial aid forms, known as the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the Texas Application for State Financial Aid (TAFSA), and supports their striving for higher education. The Alamo Colleges are joining in this effort with the City of San Antonio to help San Antonio achieve key SA2020 goals of college readiness, high school graduation and college enrollment.

There is a direct correlation between students who apply for financial aid and college enrollment. In fact, research shows that 90% of students who complete the FAFSA will enroll in post-secondary education. SERVE SA is committed to increasing the number of students who seek financial aid each year by at least five percent in order to support the overall SA2020 goal of having an 80 percent college enrollment rate. SERVE SA is a call-to-service action plan launched by Mayor Julian Castro to meet the city's top education goals as outlined in SA2020.

Student Aid Saturdays is a partnership of the Alamo Colleges, the San Antonio Education Partnership, Generation TX-San Antonio, the City of San Antonio, the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce and the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Resources:

http://www.studentaidsa.org/sas-students.html

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