Your voice builds better communities
By: Matthew Medina (Asai Leija, Talia Christian, Nico Flores, Val Morin) On Thursday September 30, 2021, Palo Alto College held the "Alamo Together Student Forum." At the event, Alamo Colleges Chancellor Dr. Mike Flores stressed the idea that students' voices matter. This forum was important to stress the idea that students have a voice and…pacpulse.com
Healthcare for Alamo Students
By: Julian Trejo On Sept 22, 2021, the Alamo Colleges held a press conference to announce their partnership with UT Health San Antonio to provide healthcare for Alamo students. This new program, Wellness 360, will give students over the age of 18 the opportunity to receive care over the phone through TeleHelp services, as well…pacpulse.com
San Antonio College turns the page on student journalism with end of The Ranger. What’s next for the program?
On Tuesday, student and professional journalists and administrators will meet to discuss the evolution and vision of student journalism at the five-campus Alamo Colleges District, home to more than 65,000 students.
The Ranger student newspaper is a watchdog of this college’s community
The imminent closure of this college’s news outlet, The Ranger, has raised alarm among professional journalists. The demise of The Ranger must not leave a void that will adversely affect the Alamo Colleges, the city and the profession of journalism. District administration pledges to continue student journalism and replace veteran journalism faculty who are retiring. Two Ranger staffers, Trent Everett and Richard Smith, reported on allegations by eight maintenance workers from this college who contacted the newspaper. The fallout from The Ranger’s reporting reached far beyond the campus.theranger.org
Alamo Colleges District opens on-campus health clinics to offer low-cost services to students
Alamo Colleges District has opened two new on-campus health clinics in partnership with UT Health San Antonio’s School of Nursing to offer low-cost physical and mental health services to students, officials announced Wednesday.
Alamo Colleges to offer free Covid-19 testing
By Sergio Medinasmedina104@student.alamo.eduThe five Alamo Colleges and its district support operations, or DSO, will begin offering free Covid-19 testing for students and employees May 10. Per an email sent to students and employees May 3, the district is working in tandem with Community Labs to administer the testing. The colleges will offer testing at the following times, days and building locations:Northeast Lakeview: 10-11:30 a.m. Tuesdays in the performing arts center. The testing will also help the district keep track of infections onsite for consideration of future precautions, Wyatt said. During the summer, health screening and temperature checks will be required for all students and employees entering the premises.theranger.org
Distribution of $11.3 million in student emergency aid begins in April
The colleges will begin distributing student emergency aid to students applying for it within the first two weeks of April. She said the allocated $11.3 million for student emergency aid from the CRRSA Act are a minimum because the act requires institutions to spend at least the same amount of money in student aid as was spent through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security, or CARES Act, the first stimulus package approved in March 2020. More money from the $87.96 million is planned to be allocated into student emergency aid by the Senior Leadership Team, composed of Chancellor Mike Flores, vice chancellors and the presidents of the five colleges, she said. She said the website in use for emergency aid information will be updated with CRRSA Act information and criteria in early April. Apart from student aid, Camacho said institutionalized funds will go toward the planning of an increased population cap by the summer and fall.theranger.org
Will cleaning protocols continue after Covid-19 threat ends?
Editor:Re: “Cleaning crew disinfects the college” (Dec. 7)During these current Covid-19 times, many new safety precautions and cleaning practices are taking place, and it is a great idea to reflect on how things could and should have been better before the global pandemic invaded our lives. Would Alamo Colleges say cleaning routines before Covic-19 were adequate for common illnesses and infections? New data shows that the number of children and adults coming down with common illnesses like the flu and strep throat are down across the country. This may be in part because of mask wearing and social distancing, but even more it may be because of better and more frequent cleaning practices. “Will this be a new cleaning program carried on after the risk of Covid-19 has diminished and life returns to a new normal?theranger.org
Food Bank donates 14,788 pounds of food, Alamo Colleges sets up winter impact fund
#Tbt to 1989, today’s April Fools’?! Delightful. Off we go, and the first story — wow, this one sounds serious — is about the then maintenance supervisor imposing a gag order to restrain maintenance workers from spilling the beans on anything other than technical matters (1/4)theranger.org
Alamo Colleges provides emergency winter weather financial support to students
SAN ANTONIO – Alamo College officials are offering emergency financial support and resources to students affected by last week’s winter storm. The Alamo Colleges Foundation established a “Winter Weather Impact Fund,” which is meant to offer more support than the Student Impact Fund. Anyone can help donate to the fund to help support students. Mike Flores, Alamo Colleges chancellor, said that supporting students means moving beyond providing help in the classroom. Related: Alamo Colleges offers aid to students struggling to make ends meet
Welcome center helps prospective students enroll for college
#tbt to a vivid 2011 summer edition of The Ranger. First, professors and students advise each other. Here are the takeaways: Students want interactivity beyond lecturing, while professors want students to — this is awkward — come to class! Think critically and don’t text!theranger.org
Votes are needed to decide who composes the board of the Alamo Colleges
Early voting ends Dec. 8. The runoff election is Dec. 12; the early voting period ends Dec. 8. The early voting period began Nov. 30, and as of that day, only 24 people have cast their ballot, per the Bexar County Elections Department website. Northwest Vista College, Palo Alto College and this college are acting as polling locations. The runoffs are happening because no one candidate received more than the 50% majority vote needed to win the election.theranger.org
District enrollment up for second consecutive year
By Dylan Villalonsacemail@example.comTotal headcount enrollment for the district rose from 67,774 in fall 2019 to 69,083 in fall 2020, according to preliminary census data from the district. “Alamo Colleges is not only surviving the pandemic, it is thriving,” he added. “It’s not luck,” Cleary said, explaining that the district has been making efforts to increase enrollment under Chancellor Mike Flores’s Smart Growth initiative. Cleary explained that it is important for colleges to analyze enrollment numbers and use them to improve quality and accessibility. Certified enrollment numbers for fall 2020 are as follows:Northeast Lakeview College: 6,717Northwest Vista College: 18,694Palo Alto College: 11,352San Antonio College: 19,487Saint Philip’s College: 12,832Alamo Colleges total: 69,082theranger.org
Race for Districts 4 and 9 will continue in a December runoff
The runoff date and polling locations will be decided in a special meeting of the board of trustees Nov. 17. In the District 4 race, she collected the most votes, 22,908. She also said she will continue to reach out to the community and encourages everyone to vote in the runoff because every vote matters. In the District 9 race, candidate Leslie Sachanowicz received 32,778 votes, against incumbent Joe Jesse Sanchez’s 24,476. Macias received 21,282 votes.theranger.org
Running for District 2, Gloria Ray
By Sergio Medinasmedina104@student.alamo.eduDistrict 2 candidate Gloria Ray, 76, said she is interested in the emphasis of workforce education to facilitate the access to living wages for San Antonians. “Of course, student success in all aspects of the colleges is very important for me, as well as workforce education,” she said in an interview Oct. 6. However, she said she is pleased with the work this district has done to facilitate remote learning and retainment. “I will collaborate to generate meaningful, high impact scholarship through academic as well as workforce education models for our students to succeed in a global, interdependent society. Northwest Vista College, Palo Alto College and this college are early voting locations.theranger.org
Running for District 4, Lorena “Lorraine” Pulido
By Sergio Medinasmedina104@student.alamo.eduDistrict 4 candidate Dr. Lorena “Lorraine” Pulido, 50, sees her personal experience as student and professor as one that can enrich the board of trustees of the Alamo Colleges. She said also that not raising the Alamo Colleges’ tax rate is of importance to constituents. During the pandemic, she said the Alamo Colleges’ support services are key and should be emphasized to assist students in need. With her 20 years of learning experience, Pulido feels close to the student experience. “I’ve also personally witnessed the positive impact that college education can make on a student.theranger.org
Running for District 9, Leslie Sachanowicz
By Sergio Medinasmedina104@student.alamo.eduDistrict 9 candidate Leslie Sachanowicz, 63, said his legal and fiscal literacy would be appropriate assets to bring to the board of trustees of the Alamo Colleges. Sachanowicz said he would look toward a balance in remote and in-person learning. Giving back to the community is part of the inspiration Sachanowicz draws from when running for District 9. Sachanowicz said instruction is fun for him because the learning process is mutual, at times. Northwest Vista College, Palo Alto College and this college are early voting locations.theranger.org
Free internet access shows college cares about students’ education
Editor:The access points at the Alamo Colleges sites have been a huge help for me. (“Wifi keeps students connected,” April 4)Since the coronavirus pandemic, remote learning has really been a difficult experience because my family and I cannot afford the internet speed for me to have the capability to join Zoom meetings for my classes. It is uplifting to read that there are sometimes 22,000 people connected to access points across the district. When coronavirus guidelines indicated that all Alamo Colleges would be closing, I couldn’t help but worry about how this was going to affect my education. I am happy to be a part of a college community that cares about the education of its students.theranger.org
Students do not have to worry about tuition
Editor:Re: “Free classes among help for students to stay on track” (May 4)Coming from a humble background, I have experienced a lot struggles in my life, and not having access to certain things is hard. I have friends who can’t go to college because their parent can’t afford their tuition. Students at Alamo Colleges are lucky to have so many resources to pay their tuition. As a student, I know school is not easy, but struggle and self-efficacy are the way to success. Thank you, Alamo Colleges, for providing this amazing plan for students.theranger.org
Alamo Colleges police officer dies from COVID-19, officials say
SAN ANTONIO – A second Alamo Colleges District employee has died from the coronavirus, according to officials. DPS Officer Jose Buso has succumbed to the virus, as announced by officials on Friday. It is with a heavy heart that we share the reported passing of Alamo Colleges Police Officer Jose A. Buso from COVID-19.... Posted by Alamo Colleges Police Department on Friday, September 25, 2020Buso was assigned to the Patrol Division, where he became certified as a bicycle patrol officer and helped ensure the safety and welfare of students and staff at the college, according to officials. Before Buso joined Alamo Colleges, he was a deputy in the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office. RELATED: Most Alamo Colleges students will learn remotely, according to fall plan
'STOP DOING BUSINESS AS USUAL'- Why is it important to place emphasis on diversity and inclusion?
Why is it important to place an emphasis on diversity and inclusion? At Alamo Colleges, my colleagues and administration focus on inclusion and diversity efforts throughout the organization. Diversity in our business partnerships is yet another very critical area that must be evaluated. Small minority, woman, and veteran business owners must have a fair opportunity to do business with Alamo Colleges. A recent report provided by the Fair Contracting Coalition (FCC) indicated that this year Alamo Colleges received a C rating in their assessment of diversity and inclusion of business partners.saobserver.com
Alamo Colleges offers aid to students struggling to make ends meet
Gmez sits on the Board of Directors as the Alamo Colleges Student Trustee to help develop communication between students and the board. Gmez worked to educate students on resources available to them to make ends meet through the Alamo Colleges Foundation. Students such as Alejandra Gmez have received hundreds of dollars from Alamo Colleges' COVID-19 Student Impact Fund. I think that things like that are incredibly important for the mission that they have here at Alamo Colleges. If youre a student enrolled at Alamo Colleges and want to apply to the COVID-19 Student Impact Fund, click here.
Artist designs a love letter to San Antonio to raise money for students
SAN ANTONIO Martha Martnez-Flores was born in Chicago and raised in San Luis Potos, Mxico, but has called San Antonio home for the last 20 years. Martnez-Flores is the owner and creative director of MMCreative, a creative consulting studio whose work is featured all across San Antonio. Martha Martnez-Flores, owner and creative director of MM Creative is selling what she calls a love letter to San Antonio in order to raise funds for students in need. Then you have a nod to the cowboy culture (with a cowboy hat), the veladora (or candle thats) in the West Side of San Antonio, Martnez-Flores said. The design was first published in San Antonio Magazine, but Martnez-Flores wanted to give lovers of San Antonio a chance to have the real thing at home.
Most Alamo Colleges students will learn remotely, according to fall plan
SAN ANTONIO – If you’re a student at the Alamo Colleges this Fall you should expect to stay home and learn as most classes are expected to be held remotely. The Alamo Colleges released plans for students who are enrolled for the 2020 Fall semester as the coronavirus pandemic continues globally and, except for career, technical and some arts and sciences courses that may require face-to-face learning, students won’t be returning to the classroom. Texas A&M System to offer free COVID-19 testing to students, faculty and staffLevel 5 will go into effect November 26 and remain until the end of Fall 2020. “We have worked collaboratively across the district and disciplines, and among all levels of the organization, to develop a plan to begin a slow and careful return to campuses,” Alamo Colleges District Board Chair Marcelo Casillas said. For more information on the Alamo Colleges return to campus plans, click here.
College Graduates 2020: Brittanie Rivas
SAN ANTONIO St. Philips College is celebrating the accomplishments of graduate and Army veteran, Brittanie Rivas. Rivas enrolled at the East Side campus as her first step towards helping others. During her time at St. Philips, Rivas accomplished another dream: starting a family. Through the help of professors, Rivas was able to adjust to a new standard to earn her pre-nursing degree from St. Philips College. Army veteran, Brittanie Rivas, enrolled at St. Philips College to pursue a degree focus on helping others.
Crime at Tobin Lofts continues unabated by virus prevention measures
But the one thing thats remained consistent during this lockdown is the crime that Tobin Lofts residents have become accustomed to. Even as more people stay in their homes, crime at Tobin Lofts has continued to spike. Crime statistics notwithstanding, Tobin Lofts has introduced some measures to protect tenants in the face of the novel coronavirus. In an email, Campus Advantage, the property management company for Tobin Lofts, said its cautiously encouraging residents to support local business. After answering general questions in regard to the handling of the stay-at-home order, Campus Advantage and Tobin Lofts would not agree to an interview.theranger.org
COVID-19 HAS DEVASTATED COMMUNITIES & FAMILIES -SAN ANTONIO WILL PREVAIL
Alamo Colleges ensures 6,000+ students stay connected amid coronavirus crisisDo you ever wonder if the challenges we encounter are meant to teach us something? During these unprecedented times, COVID-19 has devastated communities, leaving millions unemployed, displaced, and uncertain. In San Antonio we are still bracing for greater deaths, but I remain prayerful we will prevail with minimal loss of life. As we enter this next phase of the fight, Alamo Colleges has the resources and tools to help. Alamo Colleges has committed to help break the cycle of generational poverty.saobserver.com
Resources provided to smoothly transition students to remote learning
Editor:Transition to remote learning different but not overwhelming for campus IT,published April 6, the transition into remote learning has been a welcome change. The Alamo Colleges have done a very good job providing the resources that students need to accomplish remote learning. The problem that many students have faced with the transition to remote learning is that most students didnt have access to internet or computers. They have even gone lengths to supply the food pantry with food kits for students struggling to feed themselves. This has changed how we thought learning must progress in the traditional atmosphere of learning.theranger.org
CRITICAL TO BREAKING THE CYCLE OF INCARCERATION
Addressing Inequities and Socioeconomic Factors in District 2I pray that you and your family, and our community remains safe from COVID-19. Alamo Colleges has altered its daily operations in order to meet the needs of our students, staff, and faculty. Leonora Walker founded FREED Texas last year and has been committed to coordinating community stakeholders from across the Country to meet this need. It is also critical to breaking the cycle of incarceration. It is for this reason that I will collaborate more closely with FREED Texas and support their mission to restore families, transform communities, and end recidivism.saobserver.com
Remote teaching began March 23 across the district: heres what you need to know
By Noah Alcala Bachnalcalafirstname.lastname@example.orgAlamo Colleges has not extended the traditional 16-week spring semester, but Flex 2 began March 30 and ends May 7. The Alamo Colleges, like most post-secondary institutions, moved to Zoom for online instruction. The district encourages students who dont have access to high-speed internet to come to campus parking lots and sit in their cars using the campus wi-fi. In a notice to Alamo Colleges employees on March 19, the district announced three Alamo Colleges staff members had been exposed to COVID-19. The employees were asked to wait to return to work until after a self-quarantine period and remote work ends.theranger.org
Wi-fi keeps students connected
Students without reliable internet access at their residence can use wi-fi access hotspots in the parking lots of Alamo Colleges. The first outdoor wi-fi access points on the five district campuses were installed in 2010. Some days have an average of 22,000 people using the access points across the district. We want connectivity to follow students, Cleary said. Northwest Vista College has wi-fi access in Lot 2 west of Mountain Laurel Hall.theranger.org
May 9 graduation postponed until December
By Noah Alcala BachNalcalaemail@example.comAlamo Colleges announced on March 27 graduation ceremonies are being postponed until December. The postponed ceremonies will not keep students from receiving degrees or certificates. Alamo College campuses are the latest in San Antonio to postpone graduation ceremonies. Mendoza plans to transfer to the University of Texas at San Antonio following her graduation from San Antonio College. My mother was looking forward to it so much.Some area universities are planning virtual ceremonies on their original graduation dates.theranger.org
Call for campus closure the remainder of the spring semester
Editor:I would like to discuss the article in The Ranger, Alamo Colleges shuts down libraries, computer labs as classes go online written by Sergio Medina. I strongly believe school should be canceled on campus entirely for the spring 2020 semester and focus on being online. There are a lot of stressful factors with the COVID-19 virus, such as loss of jobs and social isolation. Returning to campus after the pandemic is resolved would add even more stress while many of the students will be struggling financially and would be focusing on working. Crystal DowneyEngineering Freshmantheranger.org
SAISD Trustees Approve New In-District Charters, Management Agreement with Alamo Colleges
SAISD officials estimate theyll receive an additional $800 per student under the Alamo Colleges partnership. Alamo Colleges primary responsibilities include overseeing academic programs, supporting college partnerships, managing the school principals, providing financial oversight, and meeting school performance goals. A new state law allows some community colleges to offer four-year degrees, and Alamo Colleges is developing some four-year degree programs, including one in teaching. Under terms of the partnership agreement, SAISD will maintain control over enrollment and hold Alamo Colleges accountable for the schools performance. The 1882 partnership schools are governed by a nonprofit board that is subject to the Texas Open Meetings Act.therivardreport.com
Alamo Colleges shuts down libraries, computer labs as classes go online
District will provide on campus Wi-fi hot spots, food bank resources and low-cost internet information. By Sergio Medinasmedina104@student.alamo.eduThe Alamo Colleges has closed its libraries and computer labs March 18 to increase the practice of social distancing and discourage potential contact with Covid-19 carriers. The Alamo Colleges will implement wi-fi hot spots in designated parking lots at each campus. Directional signage will be in place at each campus for students to find the hot spots. Updates regarding the food bank, library and labs availability and internet hot spots will become available as it develops via email and the district website, Wyatt said.theranger.org
UTSA, Alamo Colleges, Other Schools Move Instruction Online Amid Coronavirus Concerns
UTSA campus services, including dining services, libraries, the campus recreation center, student union, student health services, and the counseling and mental health services will remain open. University officials are asking organizers to consider canceling or postponing large meetings or events of more than 50 people if they cannot be organized virtually. When classes resume, students will receive instruction online. OLLU is prepared to maintain online instruction through April 14. Trinity UniversityTrinity University officials announced Wednesday it would transition to online classes for the remainder of the spring 2020 semester.therivardreport.com
Three districts are up for grabs as May trustee elections near
Districts 4, 8 and 9 are open under the general election. District 8 trustee Clint Kingsbery, who is unopposed for the District 8 seat, will not appear on the ballot. Appointments to the board are allowed to serve until a special election can be held in conjunction with the general election. The district chose to hold the special election at the same time as the general election, Mora said in a phone interview March 5. The Ranger will produce profiles on each candidate, leading up to the opening of early voting April 20.theranger.org
District cancels travel until August over COVID-19 concerns
By Noah Alcala BachNalcalafirstname.lastname@example.orgAlamo Colleges announced that it is suspending all district-funded travel outside San Antonio in response to concerns over the coronavirus. The travel restrictions are in place until Aug. 31 but will be re-evaluated in May. The district also plans to update the emergency procedure and has added a multicampus task force in case someone at one of the colleges comes into contact with COVID-19. So thats roughly what it is.Local officials declared a public health emergency for Bexar County after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released a formerly quarantined patient who tested positive for COVID-19. Johnson said district officials meet daily with the Metropolitan Health District.theranger.org
A City of Diversity- Celebrating Black History Month
What a wonderful month of celebrating Black History in San Antonio. Our City has been one of diversity for decades. It demonstrated a level of understanding that equality meant that all men and women were indeed created equal. The culmination of Dream Week festivities, the MLK March, and the array of numerous events held across our City and at Alamo Colleges was indicative of a high degree of respect and pride for celebrating and recognizing the significance of Black History in San Antonio. At its core, the student wished that at a Historically Black College and University (HBCU), there should be an African American studies program.saobserver.com
More Than 8,000 Students Remain Eligible for Alamo Promise in First Year
Valentines Day marked an important deadline for students interested in taking advantage of Alamo Promise, the new program that pledges to cover Alamo Colleges tuition up to 60 credit hours for graduating high school seniors. The lowest participation level came from Young Womens Leadership Academy in San Antonio ISD, where just 10 students signed up for Alamo Promise. Martinez was accepted to Texas Lutheran University, but took the first step with Alamo Promise to maintain a safety net, she said. Students who saved a spot now must complete two additional steps by March 20 to qualify as an Alamo Promise student. Alamo Colleges committed to cover $11 million of the remaining cost and asked the City and County to do the same.therivardreport.com
THE ULTIMATE LIBERATOR AND PATHWAY
It is the ultimate liberator and pathway that will change the trajectory of your life and the lives of your family. In fact, Alamo Colleges offers over 300 different workforce certification opportunities to help an individual better their life. The goal has been set, and by announcing our objectives, Alamo Colleges is holding ourselves accountable to our community to reaching them. I am confident that they will not, but our lens must be in supporting and enhancing these areas for all Alamo Colleges students. It will take Board leadership to help create the vision and strategies/solutions that will adequately create and prepare student success beyond their time at Alamo Colleges.saobserver.com
Nearly 6,000 San Antonio Seniors Take First Step Toward Tuition-Free College
In the 10 days following the launch of a free community college tuition program at Alamo Colleges, more than 1,600 Bexar County high school students signed up. At a Tuesday night Alamo Colleges board meeting, college officials updated the board on progress since the programs rollout. There are 9,952 students eligible for the program and Alamo Colleges aims to enroll 3,036 in Alamo Promise next fall. East Central High School had the most students sign up in the months following the programs launch, with 631 students indicating interest. Other schools with large numbers of students signed up include John Jay High School and Holmes High School in Northside ISD, Judson High School and Wagner High School in Judson ISD, and Southwest High School in Southwest ISD.therivardreport.com
Alamo Colleges Sells Southtown Property to San Antonio River Authority
Alamo Colleges has finalized the sale of its old district headquarters in Southtown to the San Antonio River Authority. The river authority will pay Alamo Colleges $4.15 million in cash and give the community college system another $2.15 million in debt forgiveness. The Southtown property was the old site of Alamo Colleges administrative offices. In July, Alamo Colleges staff completed the move into the new district headquarters located on North Alamo Street, near the Pearl in Government Hill. The new Alamo Colleges headquarters features almost 160,000 square feet of space on 12.5 acres.therivardreport.com
THE FIRST 100 DAYS OF ALAMO COLLEGES D2 TRUSTEE, JOSE' MACIAS- "I BELIEVE IN GETTING RESULTS"
The correlation between deficiencies in achievement in education and the persistence of generational poverty in D2 is intertwined. A report released by the Higher Education Coordinating Board indicates that 39.7% of students entering Community College are NOT prepared for college. Subsequently, enrolling more D2 students in college is only half of the battle, establishing first class support and resources is the critical next step. Form an Alamo Colleges, D2 leadership/mentorship program for students interested in community engagement, serving in elected office, and mastering Public Policy. As a reminder I will be hosting a community discussion on Education in D2 December 6th at 5pm at the Carver Library.saobserver.com
Check out options here before signing up for a trade school
The story reported that companies are enticing high school students to go to trade schools instead of college. Skilled trade jobs are now in crisis, according to that story. Large companies are currently providing internships to encourage juniors and seniors in high school to become machinists, plumbers, mechanics and electricians. Students coming out of local high schools should go to Alamo Colleges instead of entering a trade school. My daughter graduated from a trade school.theranger.org
Alamo Colleges administration to use spring to research lowering international tuition
By Sergio Medinasmedina104@student.alamo.eduRobert McKinley, vice chancellor of economic and workforce development, said in an interview Nov. 21 that Alamo Colleges administration is aware of international students concerns over the high cost of international tuition and will begin research in spring to possibly bring the cost down. This means international students registered for 12 credit hours, or full time, pay a minimum of $5,592 per semester, compared to the $1,188 paid by in-district students. Revenue for in-district rates comes from state appropriations, ad valorem taxes and the tuition paid by in-district students. McKinley said the district will begin a budgetary analysis in January that will last about half a year, during which time administration will analyze the cost of international tuition. Ballard and Cox are confident future action to make tuition affordable for international students is possible with cooperation from McKinley.theranger.org
NO AFRICAN AMERICAN STUDIES?
As a graduate of Alamo Colleges, I have a great deal of past experiences to draw from. A few weeks ago, I read a report from Charlotte, North Carolina where School Leaders voted against a proposed African American History course in their school system. A Mexican American Studies program was recently established at Alamo Colleges, and I believe that time is now to enhance St. Philips HBCU designation with the formation of an African American Studies program. However, I will remain committed to my community to seeing the process through and working diligently to ensure we establish an African American Studies program at Alamo Colleges. I believe that an African American Studies Program will help students of color find their way.saobserver.com
TUITION-FREE COLLEGE, THE ALAMO PROMISE!
Now that the Alamo Promise initiative has officially started, I wanted to focus a little more on the Alamo Promise and share more about my hopes and fears about this opportunity. It is fair to say that the Alamo Promise has enormous potential to change the face of district 2 for the better. By providing TUITION FREE college, financial barriers are no longer an obstacle for eastside high school graduates to attend college. I know that my Alamo College colleagues, our Chancellor Dr. Mike Flores, and our Administration and Staff are working diligently to be prepared. Thank you for reading my commentary, it is a privilege to share my perspective on issues as your Alamo College Representative for district 2.saobserver.com
Fighting Food Insecurity: Alamo Colleges and San Antonio Food Bank Launch New Student Food Pantry
click to enlarge Lea Thompsonclick to enlarge Lea Thompsonclick to enlarge Lea ThompsonThousands of local college students deal with food insecurity on a daily basis, never knowing where their next meal will come from. For students attending Alamo Colleges , hope can be found inside one of the five on-campus food pantries.Located inside the Sutton Learning Center, the SPC food pantry has provided more than 500 students with access to non-perishable food and toiletries since opening in Jan. 2019, and that number is expected to grow in the coming months.Monthly groceries and toiletries like shampoo and body wash are simple things that make a big difference, SPC student Marissa Arredondo said. "Students can find those things here.Through a partnership with the San Antonio Food Bank (SAFB), Alamo Colleges Thursday celebrated the grand opening of their fifth food pantry at St. Philips College (SPC).The SAFB has pledged to donate $1.5 million in food scholarships (including SNAP benefits) and will hire a full-time benefits navigator for each of the five campuses, encouraging students to apply for qualifying social services.According to officials, 61% of Alamo Colleges students face financial difficulties, while 47% of students are food insecure.A lot of folks think of food pantries as being for emergencies, but we see more people needing this help year-round, said Dr. Paul Machen, Dean for Student Success.As the college undergoes major renovations and construction over the next three to four years, locals can expect to see the food pantry and one-stop show grow too.We think of this as the first phase of the SPC center," he said, adding that the center will help connect students with fresh produce, financial literacy classes, and additional resources. "We don't have everything here in one place, but we know how to help them, and we know where they can get it."sacurrent.com
Free Community College Tuition Program Alamo Promise Launches at 25 Local High Schools
April Vidal began her senior year at Jefferson High School with a clear idea of what she wanted to do after graduating. That changed on Wednesday with the official launch of Alamo Promise, a new program that ensures free tuition to Alamo Colleges schools for graduating Bexar County seniors. In its second year, Alamo Promise will expand its reach to 20 additional Bexar County traditional public high schools. Alamo Colleges chose the 25 initial high schools because of their high concentration of economically disadvantaged students and low rates of college attendance. Courtesy / Alamo CollegesOn stage at Jefferson High School on Wednesday morning, Alamo Colleges Chancellor Mike Flores announced that students could officially start the signup process.therivardreport.com
Local pilot program to help foster kids find path to college
SAN ANTONIO - A new pilot program is helping local children who have been in foster care find a path to college. The University of Texas in San Antonio, Texas A&M San Antonio, and Alamo Colleges are working with the Bexar County Children's Court and Child Advocates of San Antonio, or CASA, to help the aspiring college students. To learn more, click on the video above. RELATED STORY:New pilot program to help foster kids seek college opportunitiesCopyright 2019 by KSAT - All rights reserved.