April 21, 2016
Vol. 3, Issue 14
Board of Trustees

Chairman of the Board
Anna U. Bustamante
District 3

Vice Chair
Dr. Yvonne Katz
District 7

Joe Alderete, Jr.
District 1

Asst. Secretary
Clint Kingsbery
District 8

Denver McClendon
District 2

Marcelo S. Casillas
District 4

Roberto Zarate
District 5

Dr. Gene Sprague
District 6

James Rindfuss
District 9

Sami C. Adames
Student Trustee


Dr. Bruce Leslie
Alamo Colleges
Alamo Colleges Recognizes
Non-Profit Internship Partners
(l to r) AmeriCorps Public Ally Louis Perez; Suzanne Swierc, Big Brothers Big Sisters of South Texas; Dr. Ryan Lugalia-Hollon, program director of Excel Beyond the Bell; Alamo Colleges Chancellor Dr. Bruce Leslie; and Alamo Colleges Board of Trustees Vice-Chair Dr. Yvonne Katz attend the recognition breakfast for non-profit agencies employing interns from Alamo Colleges' programs.

Alamo Colleges recently recognized over 30 area non-profit agencies that employ Alamo Colleges' federal work-study students and AmeriCorps/Public Allies members at a breakfast held at Alamo Colleges - St. Philip's College. Keynote speaker for the event was Dr. Ryan Lugalia-Hollon, formerly of the YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago, who came to San Antonio in 2015 to become the program director of Excel Beyond the Bell, a network of over 35 agencies which provide of out-of-school programs for young people between the ages of 5 and 17. 

During this academic year, 40 federal work-study students and 16 AmeriCorps/Public Allies members have been serving at area non-profit agencies in various roles. These include direct services, such as tutoring children or working with the elderly, and indirect services, such as supporting an agency's marketing department. The work-study students work 15 hours per week and their wages are funded through federal financial aid funds. The AmeriCorps/Public Allies members' serve 42.5 hours per week and are funded through a federal AmeriCorps grant and agency funds.

Through these two programs, Alamo Colleges brings almost $400,000 of support to these non-profits. The programs also support the San Antonio area community while they strengthen the higher education experience of students and AmeriCorps members, providing real-world work experience, leadership development and access to professionals to begin building a network. Alamo Colleges seeks to build a sense of community engagement and leadership skills among these young people while preparing them for today competitive job market.

Alamo Colleges' Central Texas Technology Center Manager Jenke Honored by New Braunfels Chamber
Natalie Rougeux, chair of the Greater
New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, Inc., presents the Chair of the Board award
to CTTC Manager Chester Jenke.

The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, Inc. recently presented Alamo Colleges' Central Texas Technology Center (CTTC) Manager Chester Jenke with the Chamber's Chair of the Board Award in the field of postsecondary education. This award is designed to honor those individuals who have made a significant contribution to the community in a specific field, and no more than six recipients may be named in a calendar year.

Jenke began working for Alamo Colleges in November 2008 and was assigned to direct the activities at the CTTC. The school first opened in 2004 and will double in size with an addition to the facility that will open this fall. The expansion of the center will facilitate more workforce training in the South Central Texas Region. 

The CTTC supports large-scale company training development for their employees and also provides continuing education training and credit courses to support a full associate degree. 

The Alamo Colleges will receive $25,000 to expand
and strengthen financial empowerment activities to improve students' money management skills.

Alamo Colleges Nets Grant To Enhance Student Financial Empowerment

The Alamo Colleges will receive $25,000 over a two-year period to expand and strengthen financial empowerment activities designed to improve students' money management skills and knowledge. The grant, funded by OneMain Holdings, Inc. and administered by Achieving the Dream (ATD), recognizes that students' ability to manage their money, including financial aid, plays a significant role in students' ability to complete their college education. Alamo Colleges is one of only five community colleges in the ATD network to receive such a grant.
In the spring of 2015, the Alamo Colleges launched a student financial literacy program, "Managing My Money."  This grant will allow the Alamo Colleges to expand its ability to meet the financial literacy information needs of students at all the colleges. 

The percentage of first-time, full-time students at public two-year colleges who took out loans increased from 15 percent in 2000-2001 to 27 percent in 2012-2013, according to The Condition of Education 2015 published by the National Center for Education Statistics. The average amount of loans taken out by community college students also increased 52 percent, from $3200 to $4900.
At the end of the two-year time period, ATD will release a toolkit informed by the participating colleges' experiences launching or expanding financial empowerment efforts to help additional colleges seeking to launch or expand their own efforts to build students' financial skills and knowledge. Each college also will develop and report on two measures of impact relevant to its specific activities. 

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The Alamo Colleges mission is: empowering our diverse communities for success. Our vision is: the Alamo Colleges will be the best in the nation in student success and performance excellence. The Alamo Colleges is one district with five community colleges serving more than 90,000 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 who have come through the Alamo Colleges education programs are major contributors to the economy and culture of Sa
n Antonio.