Sep. 24, 2019
The Alamo Colleges District Snapshot Newsletter is published bi-monthly and features stories from the district support offices and the five colleges. Our mission is to empower our diverse communities for success.
ACROSS THE ALAMO COLLEGES DISTRICT
Snapshot Video: Strategic Plan
The Alamo Colleges District Strategic Plan - Our Voices. Our Vision. Our Plan. is a result of facilitated conversations and workshops that brought together 1,300 employees, students and community members to dream big and shape the future of the Alamo Colleges District. That work, in addition to a number of work sessions that allowed for shared voices at the table, led to the co-development of the plan and nine Big Ideas for Breakthrough Innovations. 
Toyota Donates $500,000 To AlamoPROMISE
At a recent press conference, Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Texas, Inc. (TMMTX) announced a five-year commitment of $500,000 towards the Alamo Colleges District’s AlamoPROMISE program. Issued over a five-year period, TMMTX’s $500,000 gift will help to eliminate financial barriers to higher education, helping students complete college and obtain the necessary skills for high-wage, high-demand jobs.
Record 35 Students Awarded Parent/Child Scholarships
The Alamo Colleges District Foundation in partnership with the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) Council #2, awarded a record 35 Tom Morton Sandoval Parent/Child Scholarships this month. Currently in its 23rd year, the scholarship program aims to ensure the educational success of two generations. The Tom Morton Sandoval Parent/Child Scholarship provides parent scholars a $1,000 scholarship and two years free tuition for their child under six.
Alamo Colleges Expands Transfer Compact Partnership
The Alamo Colleges District hosted the annual South and Central Texas Transfer Compact meeting – bringing together leaders from colleges and universities across Texas -as part of a collaborative effort to increase the ease of transferring to a four -year college or university for both the Alamo Colleges District and Austin Community College District students. The addition of eight new universities brings the partnership to 20 total members.
Community Partnership Creates Pathway To College For Youth With Foster Care History
Through an innovative county-wide collaboration, The University of Texas at San Antonio, Texas A&M University - San Antonio, the Alamo Colleges District, Bexar County Children’s Court and Child Advocates San Antonio have developed a pilot program to position Texas to become a national leader in increasing the number of children in foster care who are academically and emotionally ready to succeed in college.
Northwest Vista College Partners With UTSA To Increase Number Of Latino Teachers
In a partnership to increase the number of Latino and underrepresented population teachers, Northwest Vista College (NVC) and the University of Texas at San Antonio’s (UTSA) Academy for Teacher Excellence Research Center received a $3.75 million grant in the fall of 2018 from the United States Department of Education through the Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program – Title V. This collaboration between NVC and UTSA is one of only a few partnerships between two public institutions in Texas to focus on increasing Latino teachers in classrooms.
Mural Unveiling Depicts The Journey To An Equal Education At Northwest Vista College
Northwest Vista College  unveiled their new 'Changing the World' mural to the public last week. The massive 7 x 36-foot mural includes actual images of students who have gone back to school later in life, come from immigrant parents, are first-generation college students or have parents who made sacrifices to support their educational journey. Former NVC faculty and alumna Adriana M.J. Garcia was the lead artist and guide on the project, along with a team of contributors including local middle, high school and college students.
Palo Alto College Hosts Second Annual TEDxPaloAltoCollege
Palo Alto College hosted its second annual TEDxPaloAltoCollege on Saturday, September 14. The full-day event featured innovative ideas from a variety of presentations and performances from nearly a dozen scientists, speakers, artists, researchers, entrepreneurs and bloggers. Each speaker was carefully selected through a rigorous review process to create talks covering a diverse list of topics all aligned with the theme “DARE.”
St. Philip's College Receives 2019 Inspiring Programs In STEM Award
St. Philip’s College received the 2019 Inspiring Programs in STEM Award from  INSIGHT Into Diversity  magazine, the largest and oldest diversity and inclusion publication in higher education. The Inspiring Programs in STEM Award honors colleges and universities that encourage and assist students from underrepresented groups to enter the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
San Antonio College Named Star Award Finalist
San Antonio College (SAC) has been named a finalist for the Star Award, a prestigious honor given by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. SAC was nominated for its Student Advocacy Center, a first-of-its-kind integrated, campus-based, case management and mental health services support program for students. Created in the fall of 2016, the center’s goal is to provide basic needs support to reduce barriers that prevent students from completing college.
San Antonio College Students Win Award At 14th Annual Canstruction Competition
San Antonio College architecture students took part in the 14th annual Canstruction competition – a contest to build a structure using canned food items – and walked away winners. Their work, titled “Intergalactic Energy,” was a tribute to the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing and featured a life-sized replica of an astronaut holding a flag outside a lunar module.
IN THE NEWS
UPCOMING EVENTS
Hispanic Heritage Month
The Alamo Colleges District invites you to attend a variety of programming, performances, presentations and more held at our five Alamo Colleges in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. View Calendar Of Events >
STEM Center Open House - PAC
Take a tour of Palo Alto College's new STEM Center to learn more about STEM mentoring, tutoring, advising services and other resources at the open house event to be held on Wednesday, September 25 in the Brazos 100, located at 1400 W. Villaret Blvd., San Antonio, TX 78224. Learn More >
Spirit Of Renewal & Community Outreach Expo - NLC
Northeast Lakeview College invites you to attend a community outreach expo to be held on Saturday, September 28, from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., at Montgomery Elementary School, located at 7047 Montgomery Dr., San Antonio, TX 78239. Learn More >
National Night Out
Join us at National Night Out across our Alamo Colleges on Tuesday, October 1, from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
SACTACULAR 2019 - SAC
San Antonio College invites you to join them for SACTACULAR 2019, featuring live music on the main stage, carnival games, and new, exciting activities! The event is free and open to the community and will be held on Saturday, October 5, from Noon - 5 p.m., at San Antonio College's Moody Parking Lot #16, located at 1819 N. Main Ave., San Antonio, TX 78212. Learn More >
Marcelo Casillas ( Chair ), Joe Alderete, Jr. ( Vice-Chairman ), Anna Uriegas Bustamante ( Secretary ), Joe Jesse Sanchez ( Asst. Secretary ), Roberto Zárate, Jose A. Macias, Jr., Dr. Gene Sprague, Dr. Yvonne Katz, Clint Kingsbery and Alejandra Gomez ( Student Trustee )
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