December 14, 2017
Vol. 4, Issue 21
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

Joe Jesse Sanchez
District 9

Alicia Moreno
Student Trustee


Dr. Bruce Leslie
Alamo Colleges District
Alamo Colleges District - Palo Alto College Awarded Grant To Help Students Pay for Childcare
Palo Alto College has been awarded a $137,337 grant
to help student parents pay for childcare at the college's
early childhood center.

Alamo Colleges District - Palo Alto College (PAC) has been awarded funding under the U.S. Department of Education's Child Care Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS) program, which supports the participation of limited-income parents in postsecondary education through the provision of campus-based childcare services. The grant will be $137,337 for the first year and is anticipated to last a total of four years.

Approximately 20 limited-income student parents will be selected for the "Parent Scholar Program" and receive the grant funding each semester. Eligibility requirements include being enrolled at PAC, maintaining a 2.0 GPA and having a degree plan. Funding provided through the Parent Scholar Program will cover the majority of the cost of on-campus, full-day, year-round childcare at the college's Ray Ellison Family Center (REFC), with students only paying $25 to $35 per child per week.

Surveys of PAC students have shown that "caring for dependents" is a likely cause for student parents to drop out of college, and few student parents are able to take advantage of free campus resources like advising and tutoring. 

The REFC holds accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the highest level of accreditation for early childhood centers. The REFC cares for children ages 18 months to five years, and they are taught structure, schedule, and social and fine motor skills that will give them a head start on kindergarten. The center provides student parents the assurance that their children are well cared for while the parents are focusing on building a future for themselves and their families. 

Alamo Colleges District Board Names Railey
as New Vice Chancellor for Academic Services
Dr. George Railey, Jr. has been named
the new vice chancellor for academic success at the Alamo Colleges District.

At their regular meeting December 12, the Alamo Colleges District Board of Trustees approved the selection of Dr. George Railey, Jr.  as  the district's new vice chancellor for academic services. Railey, who is currently the vice president of academic affairs at Allan Hancock College in California, will begin his new duties January 24, 2018.

Railey, Jr. began his higher education career as a professor of music, prior to serving as chair of the Humanities and Fine Arts Division at Somerset Community and Technical College System. He then served as the dean of humanities and social sciences in the Los Rios Community College District, dean of instructional services/arts and sciences at Columbia College and dean of instructional services at Modesto Junior College/Yosemite CCD. This was followed by positions as the vice president of academic services at Chabot College and as the vice chancellor of educational services and institutional effectiveness at State Center Community College District.

His wealth of experience includes campus and district leadership roles in multi-college districts and expertise in pathways models, workforce education, technology and institutional effectiveness. He is active in numerous professional organizations.

Dr. Railey, Jr. earned an Ed.D. in higher education administration at the University of the Pacific, and MME and BME degrees in music education at Eastern Kentucky University.

Alamo Colleges District Students
Win Animated Holiday
E-Card Contest

The three winners of the Alamo Colleges District's annual animated Holiday E-Card contest were announced at the recent December board meeting. The winners are Jeannette Serrano-Mendoza, Brad Villa and Karla De La Cruz. Each will be awarded an Alamo Colleges District scholarship and their video e-cards are posted on YouTube. 

Each year the district invites students from all of the colleges of the Alamo Colleges District-Northeast Lakeview College, Northwest Vista College, Palo Alto College, St. Philip's College and San Antonio College-to create an original animated holiday e-card. The three winning e-cards will be sent out as the district's holiday card to employees and 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.