November 29, 2016
Vol. 3, Issue 40
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 - San Antonio College Opens Student Advocacy Center for Students in Need
Alamo Colleges - San Antonio College held a can sculpture contest
to stock the food pantry at the new Student Advocacy Center.
A group of 13 children, around the ages of three and a half to four years, helped pack cereal boxes onto a wagon, hauled the cereal from the Early Childhood Studies Center to the San Antonio College mall, and created a free form sculpture from the boxes. The kids were the youngest participants in a canned and non-perishable food sculpture contest to stock the shelves a new food pantry on the SAC campus.

Groups from across the campus took part in the competition, with 10 sculptures on display. Students in the social work program used 500 cans of beans, tuna, and tomato sauce to spell out Hunger on a wall of food next to a stop light.

Chairs within SAC's Professional Technical Education division, with an assist from Methodist Campus Ministry, used 1,500 cans of soup to make a Christmas tree complete with ornaments and garland. They also created presents around the tree made from packages of ramen noodles.

Three judges, Susan Filyk, communication manager from the San Antonio Food Bank, Elaine Ayala, reporter for the San Antonio Express-News, and Mamie Campbell, founder of the Magic Closet Boutique, admired the creations once they were completed.

Along with stocking the food pantry, the sculpture contest created a perfect opportunity to announce the new name of the "Student Advocacy Center," a new resource to help students in need. The center was the idea of faculty members Lisa Black and Tiffany Cox, who received support from faculty, staff and SAC president Dr. Robert Vela.

Black explained that the food pantry is just one part of the new center's services. Graduate students in social work from local universities are staffing the center to help students. The grad students will be case managers who will assist SAC students to find resources for needs such as money for rent assistance, bus passes, or a pair of glasses. In addition, the center will offer a clothes pantry for students.

At the end of the competition, awards were handed out and the food used for the sculptures was taken to the food pantry. SAC faculty, staff, and students had donated 6,651 food items - more than $8,000 worth - to the Student Advocacy Center. In addition, the center received more than $1,000 in online donations in less than a week before the event.

Students who are food insecure or who need help with other services are urged to visit the Student Advocacy Center at the Chance Academic Center (CAC) room 323 or call 210-486-1003. 

Congressman Castro Congratulates Alamo Colleges - Northwest Vista College on $1.2 Million in Grants
Congressman Joaquin Castro presented two giant "checks" to representatives and students at NVC
for the $1.2 million in grants the college was awarded for its Advanced Materials Technology program.

Congressman Joaquin Castro recently visited Alamo Colleges - Northwest Vista College (NVC) to congratulate the college on receiving two nanotechnology-based grants worth $1.2 million.
With these grants, NVC is positioning San Antonio as a nanotechnology education hub and putting students on a path to lucrative careers. The two grants awarded to NVC's Advanced Materials Technology (formerly nanotechnology) program are:
* A three-year $763,417 grant titled Alamo Institute for Materials Technology (AIM-TEC) from the National Science Foundation.
* A 12-month $500,000 grant titled "Just-In-Time" Training and Education in Advanced Materials (JIT TEAM) from the Texas Workforce Commission.

"Nanotechnology may be science conducted on an extremely small scale, but the field's impact on our lives is momentous," said Rep. Castro. "Thanks to nanotechnology, our mobile devices are smaller and faster, our medical treatments are more effective, and our energy resources are used more efficiently."

NVC's nanotechnology program is one of only three nanotechnology associate degree programs at a Texas community college. NVC currently awards an Associate of Applied Science in Advanced Materials Technology and an Advanced Technical Certificate in Nanotechnology. These grants will enhance and expand NVC's current program. Texas has the fourth largest number of nanotechnology companies in the U.S.

With the addition of these two awards, NVC's Advanced Materials Technology program will serve as a role model for other two-year programs to lead a network of educational institutions, National Science Foundation ATE Centers, and industry partners to meet regional company needs.

"It also positions San Antonio as a hub for advanced materials technology education," said Dr. Barti Subramaniasiva, NVC Advanced Materials Technology program coordinator and the principal investigator of both these grants.

Alamo Colleges and the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce are part of a regional coalition awarded $2 million for workforce training.

Alamo Colleges, SA Chamber Lead Regional Coalition Awarded $2 Million for Workforce Training

The U.S. Department of Labor named San Antonio as one of 23 regional workforce partnerships awarded funds through the America's Promise Job Driven Grant program.  Awarding $111 million in grants, the America's Promise program is designed to accelerate the development and expansion of regional workforce partnerships across the country committed to providing a pipeline of skilled workers in those industries in high demand in their region.
"These grants are part of the Obama administration's unprecedented investment in education and training programs that have helped to create more pathways to the middle class for millions of Americans," said U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez. "By encouraging regional collaboration and delivering on the promise of tuition-free training at community colleges, these grants will help strengthen local communities across America, and ensure that employees and employers alike are able to compete and thrive in today's global economy." 
Led by the Alamo Colleges and the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, the San Antonio regional workforce partnership will focus on the tech and manufacturing industries to ensure a strong and robust system is created to help individuals receive the training needed to fill in-demand occupations in the region.

The America's Promise program will help support tuition-free education and training that prepares participants for jobs in leading industries within their respective regions. Grantees, including the San Antonio workforce partnership, will use their own individual assessments to determine the best strategies to successfully move individuals into middle- to high-skilled jobs including accelerated training, longer-term intensive training and upskilling current employees to meet the demands of higher skilled jobs.
Grantees will work on focusing on four key areas that include:
* Increasing opportunities through tuition-free training for middle- to high-skilled occupations and industries.
* Expanding employer involvement in the design and delivery of education and training programs.
* Utilizing evidence-based sector strategies to increase college completion, employability, employment earnings and outcomes of job seekers.
* Leveraging additional public, private and foundation resources to scale and sustain proven strategies.

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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.