August 8, 2016
Vol. 3, Issue 25
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
Alamo Colleges Recertified as Achieving the Dream Leader College for the Third Time
The Alamo Colleges has been recertified
as an Achieving the Dream Leader College.

For the third time, the Alamo Colleges has been certified as one of the nation's Leader Colleges by Achieving the Dream: Community Colleges Count (ATD), a national initiative focused on strategies for student completion. The Leader College designation is a national honor awarded to institutions that have shown three years of steady improvement in two outcomes that measure student success.

The Alamo Colleges was first designated a Leader College in 2010, in recognition of its commitment to student success and recertified in 2013. The latest certification applies through academic year 2018-2019. The Alamo Colleges is one of only six community colleges in Texas to be recertified.

The recertification allows the Alamo Colleges to continue to be a part of a growing group of Achieving the Dream colleges that are committed to improving student success and equity, and who have demonstrated measurable gains in important student success metrics over a three-year period. Leader Colleges embody the goal of Achieving the Dream: lasting change that helps more students achieve their goals.

"This is a wonderful affirmation of our collective work," said Alamo Colleges Chancellor Dr. Bruce Leslie. "The dedication of our faculty and staff, and all of the Alamo Colleges' family, to student success has earned us this national recognition for a third time," he added.

Alamo Colleges - Palo Alto College Nets $1.2 Million Grant for First-Generation-in-College Students
PAC has received a $1.2 million federal grant
to support first-generation-in-college students.

Alamo Colleges  - Palo Alto College (PAC) has received a five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education TRIO Talent Search Grant Program to increase the number of students from disadvantaged backgrounds that complete high school, enroll in college and earn a degree. The $1.2 million grant will support approximately 2,500 students through 2021.

Beginning Sept. 1, 2016, PAC will provide 500 students from Southwest High School (Southwest ISD) each year with academic tutoring and advising, information on financial aid programs, assistance in completing financial aid applications, and college admissions support to ensure students graduate from high school and complete their higher education.

As a federal TRIO program, the Talent Search program awards five-year grants to qualifying institutions of higher education and other community-based organizations to identify and assist limited income and primarily first-generation students in grades 6-12 in continuing their path to post-secondary education. Talent Search also assists students up to age 27 who have not completed their college education to enter or reenter and complete a post-secondary degree. 
NLC Vice President for Student Success Debbie Hamilton (r) recognized Edgar Medina, chair of the
Summer Intern program at NLC (l).

Alamo Colleges - Northeast Lakeview College Provides Internships for Local High School Students

Alamo Colleges - Northeast Lakeview College (NLC) partnered with Family Service Association (FSA) to provide internships for high school students this summer. As a host site for the 2016 Youth Career Opportunity Program, NLC provided internships to 30 students employed in 20 campus departments. FSA paid the interns minimum wage for a total of six weeks. NLC launched the intern program on its campus in 2015 with 12 interns. This year, NLC more than doubled its participation by employing 30 interns.

The interns gained hands-on work experience, enhanced their communication skills, and learned to work in a team environment. As part of the experience, each intern leaves the program with a resume and some developed a portfolio of some of their work. Most of the interns at Northeast Lakeview College were placed in on-campus departments that mirror their current interests or future aspirations.

NLC is one of many local businesses and organizations that are a host site for this program, but Northeast Lakeview College is unique in that it is the only site that offers weekly professional development sessions for the interns. The two hour weekly sessions included workshops on leadership building, career exploration, critical thinking and more.

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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.