KSAT Q&A: Infectious disease doctor discusses COVID-19 reinfection with omicron, what to do when showing symptoms
Dr. Ruth Berggren, an infectious disease specialist with UT Health San Antonio, joined Thursday’s KSAT Q&A to discuss COVID-19 reinfection with the new variant, omicron’s effect on frontline health care workers and precautions to take for those who start showing symptoms and can't find a test.
Leadership opportunities for Alamo College students
By: Kayla Aguilar The Alamo Colleges District has always had their best interest in helping the lives of their students whether it’s academically or socially. Kristi Wyatt, Vice Chancellor for Communications and Engagement for the Alamo Colleges District hosted the Student Leadership Summit via Zoom for Alamo College students to explore student life. Wyatt interviews…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.
Barnes & Noble joins Alamo Colleges this spring in bookstores
By Rocky Garza Jr.email@example.comIn May, the Alamo Colleges District awarded a contract to Barnes & Noble College Booksellers with plans to replace former vendor Follett Bookstores this spring. The biggest change the board made was adding a free textbook program through summer. In addition, the new contract states Barnes & Noble will award up to $50,000 annually in scholarships and forego commission from course materials. Barnes & Noble will incur all distribution costs, including warehousing and mailing books to students. Wyatt said the decision to replace Follett with Barnes & Noble was based on lower projected costs for instructional materials.theranger.org
Alamo Colleges leadership pledges support to continue student media
By Sergio Medinasmedina104@student.alamo.eduAn Oct. 7 statement by Dr. Mike Flores, chancellor of the Alamo Colleges, pledged to maintain student media after the student publication, The Ranger, broke the news Oct. 5 of its ending operations in December. The district plans to create an Alamo Colleges student media lab, said Kristi Wyatt, vice chancellor of communications and engagement, in an Oct. 7 interview. Flores said he has begun reaching out to communications professionals, expecting the discussions to happen in November and January. He said efforts to hire faculty to run a journalism program and student media would go beyond this college. The statement comes two days after Vela emailed a letter to employees and students stating the college has no intention of discontinuing student journalism.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.
SAISD partnering with Alamo Colleges, UTSA for student construction science and management program
SAN ANTONIO – Sydney Lanier High School is getting more attention from higher education systems including the Alamo Colleges District and UTSA to create a stronger future for students. For the past two years, high schoolers like Hector Martínez have been earning credits towards an associates degree as part of the Construction Science P-Tech Program. “I came to school for this program,” Martínez said. AdThe purpose of the program is to help fill the gap in the workforce, according to Donlee Wilson. “Our program focuses on building the next construction science management professional who will be leading a group or a team at a construction project or construction site.”Students interested in the program can still register.
Enrollment in Alamo Colleges grew almost 1% in the fall despite pandemic
By Sergio Medinasmedina104@student.alamo.eduThe enrollment numbers for the Alamo Colleges District rose by 0.8 percent, or 545 students, in the fall, compared to fall 2019 despite the pandemic. The district is operating under Level 5 risk to the Covid-19 pandemic, which requires 95-100% of students to attend classes remotely. Wyatt said updates will be emailed to employees and students Feb. 8. Since March, 238 Covid-19 cases have been reported among students, employees and vendors of the Alamo Colleges District. The absence of employee layoffs is another point of pride for the board, Pulido added.theranger.org
NLC breaks ground on $36M STEM building
To keep up with demand for science and mathematics-based learning, Northeast Lakeview College has broken ground on a $36 million-dollar STEM building that was part of a 2017 $450 million Alamo College District bond issue. The building, NLC’s 10th facility and second dedicated to the teaching of science, is a three-story, 86,390-square-foot structure that includes 10 classrooms and five computer- and engineering-dedicated classrooms. “Our science classes fill quickly, they are always the first to go,” said NLC President Dr. Veronica Garcia. “This sets the vision for Northeast Lakeview College within particular areas like STEM to be able to increase the amount of students that we serve,” Alamo Colleges District Chancellor Dr. Mike Flores said. “This building changes that.”Labs and classrooms will be equipped with IDEA screens and projectors for interactive instruction.mysanantonio.com
Bond projects under way at college
By Rocky Garza Jr.firstname.lastname@example.orgIn May 2017, Bexar County voters approved a bond proposal of $450 million for Alamo Colleges districtwide capital improvements. The expansion of student service areas in Fletcher Administration Center, estimated at $21.41 million with a targeted completion date of August 2021. Associate vice chancellor Kristi Wyatt said the CIP bond oversight committee oversees the planning, budgeting, construction and implementation of projects for the Alamo Colleges District. Wyatt directed The Ranger to the capital improvement program overview prepared for the CIP bond committee. Also, for more information on the projects, campus beautification projects, road and street closures at this college, visit: www.alamo.edu/sac/about-sac/our-college/revitalization/.theranger.org
Running for District 4, Connie Prado
These counselors help students by providing career plans and guidance when transitioning from high school. “High school counselors right now are overwhelmed,” she said. That is important.”Prado has served as trustee for the South San Antonio Independent School District for 23 years. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for me.”For Prado, it’s particularly important to help students during the Covid-19 pandemic. Prado graduated from Fox Tech High School in 1967.theranger.org
San Antonio leaders discuss city’s economic recovery plans from coronavirus pandemic
SAN ANTONIO – Adapting to change — that was the message during the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce virtual discussion on Friday. Mayor Ron Nirenberg, along with the chancellor of the Alamo Colleges District and president of the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation were in attendance. They discussed what the city has dealt with since the coronavirus pandemic hit, and the path ahead as the city recovers. Officials also discussed the programs already in place that are working to improve the city’s economy. RELATED: How to apply for food stamps, or SNAP benefits, in Texas
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
Alamo Colleges District Waives Summer Tuition and Some Outstanding Student Balances
click image Twitter / AlamoColleges1With the coronavirus creating an unpredictable economy, Flores said finishing a degreeis more important than ever. The state-mandated college readiness test, the Texas Success Initiative, will also be free from May 1 through June 20.The summer tuition program will be applied before all other financial aid, with the intent that students use existing loans, grants and scholarships for living expenses. It can go towards clothing for their kids, all those things that are so critical to our students," Alamo Colleges Chancellor Mike Flores told TPR . "I want them to cross the finish line," Flores told TPR. "Alamo Colleges is anticipating that more than 15,000 students will take advantage of this new program.sacurrent.com
Column: Palo Alto adapts to continue serving students
Column: Palo Alto adapts to continue serving studentsThe health and wellness of Palo Alto College students and employees is our highest priority. After one week of preparing faculty and staff, the entire Alamo Colleges District resumed classes on March 23 through remote teaching and learning. We are fortunate to have the talent and infrastructure necessary for students and employees to continue teaching, learning, and working remotely. Even as the situation with the coronavirus evolves, Palo Alto College remains committed to excellence and providing the highest quality education to our students. Robert Garza, Ph.D., is president of Palo Alto College, part of the Alamo Colleges District.mysanantonio.com
COVID-19 Redefines What It Means to Be Together: Lessons from Northwest Vista College
The Northwest Vista College community defines our vision of togetherness as: positive interdependence, partnering, collaboration, cooperation, tolerance for and acceptance of difference, and synergy. The Alamo Colleges District which includes Northeast Lakeview College, Northwest Vista College, Palo Alto College, San Antonio College and St. Philips College has already been working with local, regional and national organizations and businesses to bridge the digital divide and food insecurity. Students, faculty, and staff at Northwest Vista College and across the world are being challenged. I am inspired by Northwest Vista College faculty, staff and students and those across the Alamo Colleges District and other colleges and universities across the nation. Although the walkways and bridges at Northwest Vista College are currently empty, I cant help but visualize our campus bridge banners exhibiting Northwest Vista College touchstones:LearningCommunityCaringSynergyDiversityCreativityOpennessIntegrityJoyThese are the pillars of Northwest Vista Colleges 25-year history and they are also the pillars of human existence.therivardreport.com
Alamo Colleges and UTSA extend spring break, move to online classes
Alamo Colleges and UTSA extend spring break, move to online classesThe Alamo Colleges District and the University of Texas at San Antonio will extend spring break by a week and move to online-only classes for an indefinite amount of time due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Alamo Colleges District and the University of Texas at San Antonio will extend spring break by a week and move to online-only classes for an indefinite amount of time due to the coronavirus pandemic. Photo: Tom Reel /San Antonio Express-News Photo: Tom Reel /San Antonio Express-News Image 1 of / 14 Caption Close Alamo Colleges and UTSA extend spring break, move to online classes 1 / 14 Back to GallerySeveral San Antonio colleges and universities will extend spring break by a week and move to online-only classes for an indefinite amount of time due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Alamo Colleges District, the University of Texas at San Antonio, Texas A&M University-San Antonio, St. Marys University and the University of the Incarnate Word made the announcement Wednesday. The Alamo Colleges District said campuses and buildings would close to students, but libraries and computer labs will reopen March 16.mysanantonio.com
COVID-19 concerns extend Alamo Colleges spring break until March 23
By Sergio Medinasmedina104@student.alamo.eduThe Alamo Colleges notified employees and students March 11 spring break has been extended through March 22 as a preemptive measure against COVID-19. The extended spring break will function so employees can organize remote classes students can continue at home. In addition to the spring break extension, the district is cancelling all study-abroad programs for the summer. The Metro Health District advises people to call their primary care physicians before going into a clinic or hospital. For more information on prevention, testing and updates, call the Metro Health hotline at 210-207-5779.theranger.org
Charles Butt Foundation Gives $1.5M to Alamo Promise Tuition Program
The Charles Butt Foundation awarded Alamo Colleges $1.5 million Thursday to fund Alamo Promise, a new last-dollar scholarship program that will cover tuition for students graduating from certain Bexar County high schools. The program launched last year with the first group of students set to enroll in Alamo Colleges in fall 2020. Alamo Promise is open to students from 25 public high schools located in areas with low college attainment rates. So far, the Alamo Colleges District has raised close to $4.5 million of this amount, including the donation from the Charles Butt Foundation. Alamo Colleges committed to cover $11 million of the remaining cost and asked both the City and County to do the same.therivardreport.com
Nonprofit Plans Affordable Housing on Former Alamo Colleges Property Downtown
Downtown property vacated when the Alamo Colleges District moved to its new headquarters on North Alamo Street is set to become affordable housing on the near West Side. Alamo Community Group (ACG), a local affordable housing nonprofit, announced Tuesday it purchased from Alamo Colleges the 1.25-acre property at 811 West Houston St. and plans to build a multifamily housing development with 170 affordable units. We purchased it with the intention of developing affordable or workforce housing, and thats still our intention.The price of the deal, which closed Oct. 23, was not disclosed. Museum Reach Lofts will be the first affordable, workforce rental apartments to be developed in the midtown area. ACG is a nonprofit community housing development organization, commonly referred to as CHDO, that got its start as the Alamo Area Regional Housing Association in 1990.therivardreport.com
FREE COLLEGE FOR HIGHSCHOOL STUDENTS WITH ALAMO PROMISE!
Last week the Alamo Colleges District launched the ALAMO PROMISE, a program intended to address financial barriers to access to higher education. The Alamo Promise offers hope to end generations of educational inequities and poverty in the eastside and throughout Bexar County. So what exactly is the Alamo Promise? It is FREE college for high school graduates in San Antonio. In District 2, Sam Houston High School, Wagner High School, and Judson High School have been identified as phase one participating campuses.saobserver.com
Alamo Colleges offers free tuition to local high school students
SAN ANTONIO - A new program announced by Alamo Colleges District is offering high school students free tuition at any of the district's schools. Judson and Wagner high schools are two of the first to offer the program to students. "What this is seeking to do is increase potential in our students and provide talent for business industries and community-based organizations. We want to ensure that we provide opportunity to every single individual," said Mike Flores, chancellor of Alamo Colleges District. Over the next five years, Alamo Colleges expects to be able to offer the program to about 19,000 students throughout Bexar County.
Partnership to create pathway to college for youth with foster care history
The University of Texas at San Antonio, Texas A&M University at San Antonio, the Alamo Colleges District and the Bexar County Children's Court and Child Advocates San Antonio have formed a new... Copyright 2019 by KSAT - All rights reserved.