March 3, 2017
Vol. 4, Issue 5
Board of Trustees

Chairman of the Board
Dr. Yvonne Katz
District 7

Vice Chair
Marcelo Casillas
District 4

Dr. Gene Sprague
District 6

Asst. Secretary
Denver McClendon
District 2

Joe Alderete, Jr.
District 1

Anna U. Bustamante
District 3

Roberto Zarate
District 5

Clint Kingsbery
District 8

James Rindfuss
District 9

Emmanuel Nyong
Student Trustee


Dr. Bruce Leslie
Alamo Colleges
Garcia Named New President
of Alamo Colleges District - Northeast Lakeview College

Dr. Veronica R. Garcia is the new president of Alamo Colleges District - Northeast Lakeview College.

The new president of Alamo Colleges District - Northeast Lakeview College (NLC), Dr. Veronica R. Garcia, Ph.D., began her duites March 1. The Alamo Colleges District Board of Trustees approved her appointment at their January meeting.

Garcia arrives at her new post with 20 years of experience in three multi-campus community college districts. Most recently, she served as vice president of student affairs at Maricopa County Community College District: Paradise Valley Community College (PVCC).  Dr. Garcia led a college-wide student pathways initiative, oversaw student affairs operations and led strategic enrollment management planning. She was also actively involved in the accreditation self-study process.

Dr. Garcia has teaching experience and curriculum development at each institution where she was employed. For nine years, she served as the district dean of student affairs and enrollment management at Portland Community College. She was instrumental in sponsoring and implementing several Veteran Centers at both Portland and Paradise Valley Community Colleges. This commitment earned her the Service to Veterans Recognition Award in 2012.

With a reputation as an advocate for student pathways, she is dedicated to improving student intake services and aligning academic and student affairs to enhance and foster student success. She understands the importance of faculty involvement and its impact on student completion.

Dr. Garcia has served on several national boards and worked on numerous leadership teams in Tucson, Portland and Phoenix, and presented nationally at higher education conferences. She holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education from Oregon State University, a M.Ed. in Leadership from Northern Arizona University, a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Arizona and a Faculty Standard Certification.

Alamo Colleges District - San Antonio College Travis Early College High School Nominated for Award
Alamo Colleges District - San Antonio College Travis Early College High School has been nominated for a U.S. Departmetnt of Education Blue Ribbon award, which recognizes outstanding performance.

Recently, students at the Alamo Colleges District - San Antonio College (SAC) Travis Early College High School (ECHS) joined SAC and ECHS administrators and faculty to celebrate Travis' nomination by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) as a Blue Ribbon school. Each year, the TEA nominates public schools for the national recognition given by the U.S. Department of Education to schools which perform at the highest levels.  The Alamo Colleges District and SAC partner with the San Antonio Independent School District to operate Travis ECHS, which is located adjacent to the SAC campus. It is one of the Alamo Colleges District's 16 ECHS.

"San Antonio College is pleased to recognize and celebrate the nomination of Travis Early College High School," said SAC President Dr. Robert Vela. "Many of our faculty members have worked with the students at Travis, giving them a strong academic foundation. The majority of the students leave Travis not only with a high school diploma but with up to two years of college credits."

"Travis Early College High School is where the college dream becomes a reality," added Principal Adrianna Arredondo. "The rigor that students put toward this goal has been rewarded with this Blue Ribbon School nomination. I am ecstatically proud of my students."

The nominated schools will complete a rigorous application process through the U.S. Department of Education. National award winners will be announced in September.
Alamo Colleges District - Palo Alto College's new Project Access allows students with disabilities to take college-level courses.

Alamo Colleges District - Palo Alto College Expands Disability Services to Full College-Level Program

In fall 2016, Alamo Colleges - Palo Alto College (PAC) began offering unique post-secondary educational access to individuals with intellectual disabilities. The new pilot program, the first of its kind in San Antonio, is called Project Access. It allows a cohort of students with disabilities to take college-level courses, earn their General Office Level 1 certificate and acquire necessary skills for gainful employment.

The program launched with seven high-functioning students with disabilities enrolled, all of whom have returned for their second semester and have already made great strides. Working toward the 16-credit certificate from the college's business program, the students take two eight-week courses each semester and are scheduled to complete the program in December 2017. Sylvia de Hoyos, one of the instructors, said she is working closely with the students to develop their business and job search skills.

The courses are stackable - meaning students could use the college credits to continue their education and earn other certificates or even an associate degree. As the program grows, Project Access is planning to partner with other academic programs as well.

With one semester completed, the students, parents, and instructors say the students' lives are changing. They are not only gaining confidence in their new skills, but also forming friendships with their fellow students. Project Access recently held an open house for family and community members, and gave the students the opportunity to share their experience.

Project Access will expand to a cohort of ten students beginning Fall 2017. Meanwhile, the Project Access team will host information sessions, develop relationships with community partners, and build an advisory board to help guide the growth of the program to meet the needs of the community. 

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The Alamo Colleges District's mission is: empowering our diverse communities for success. Our vision is: the Alamo Colleges District will be the best in the nation in student success and performance excellence. The Alamo Colleges District is one district with five community colleges serving more than 80,000 students annually from Bexar County and seven other counties in our service area. We provide an affordable, quality college education that leads to associate degrees, certificates and transfers to four-year universities. Hundreds of thousands of Bexar County residents have come through the Alamo Colleges District education programs are major contributors to the economy and culture of Sa
n Antonio.