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Awards and Recognitions 2010 - 2015

The Alamo Colleges continues to be honored with a growing number of awards at the national, state and local level in recognition of the many accomplishments that fulfill its Mission — Empowering our diverse communities for success, and its Vision — To be the best in the nation in student success and performance excellence.

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2015
The Alamo Colleges is one of only six higher education institutions in Texas selected to receive the 2015 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education. As a recipient of the annual HEED Award - a national honor recognizing U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion - Alamo Colleges will be featured, along with 91 other recipients, in the November 2015 issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.

The Alamo Colleges I-BEST program is a finalist for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s Star Award and a finalist for the second time (2014 and 2015) for the Bellwether Award from the Community College Futures Assembly.

Alamo Colleges’ HR Compensation Team has received the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR) 2015 HR Innovation Award for its student engagement initiative. Thanks to the generous support of PeopleAdmin, CUPA-HR is making a $3,000 contribution to Alamo Colleges’ endowment or a scholarship fund of the team’s choice.

The Alamo Colleges was awarded the Certificate of Distinction by the Government Treasurers’ Organization of Texas (GTOT) for its investment policy. Alamo Colleges is one of only two community college districts in Texas to receive this certificate.

The Alamo Colleges has earned the Texas Comptroller Leadership Circle 2015 Platinum Award for financial transparency from the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, by scoring 23 of 23 possible points on the rating criteria. Alamo Colleges is one of only two large community college districts that have received the Platinum award.

The Alamo Colleges is one of only two community colleges in Texas to be selected as a finalist for the national Climate Leadership Award.

The Hispanic Contractors Association de San Antonio recognized Alamo Colleges with it s Owner of the Year Award in 2013, 2014, and 2015, for exceptional outreach and for fostering the success of Historically Underutilized, Small, Minority and Women-Owned businesses.

2014
In 2014, for the fourth consecutive year, the Alamo Colleges was awarded the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) and the National Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award from the National Procurement Institute. In 2013, the GFOA awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting to the Alamo Colleges for the fifth consecutive year. In 2012, the Alamo Colleges also won the National Bellwether Award for Budget Allocation Method.

For the second time in four years, the Alamo Colleges’ was chosen by the Community College Futures Assembly (CCFA) to receive the national Bellwether Award, which recognizes outstanding and innovative programs in community college education. The Alamo Colleges’ Alamo Academies won in the Workforce Development category. As one of only three winners nationwide, the recognition places the Alamo Colleges in a select group of leading community colleges. The Alamo Colleges is only the second nominee to win the award twice and the first to be nominated twice in one year! The Alamo Colleges received the 2012 Bellwether Award in the Planning, Governance and Finance category and was also a finalist in the Workforce Development category in 2013.

Two of the Alamo Colleges' workforce development programs, the Alamo Acadamies and I-BEST, were chosen by the Community College Futures Assembly (CCFA) as finalists for the 2014 national Bellwether Award, which recognizes outstanding and innovative programs in community college education. As one of only 10 finalists nationwide in the Workforce Development category, the recognition places the Alamo Colleges in a select group of leading community colleges.

The Alamo Area Academies received the TEDC 2014 Workforce Excellence Award and the 2014 Career Pathways Partnership Excellence Award.

2013
The Alamo Colleges was selected from among 1,200 member institutions of the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) to receive the 2013 Charles Kennedy Equity Award for its efforts in expanding opportunities for minorities and women. The Alamo Colleges was also the recipient of the 2013 Western Region Equity Award.

 


 

The Alamo Colleges' Alamo Academies were chosen by the Community College Futures Assembly (CCFA) as a finalist for the national Legacy Award, which recognizes community colleges who have been previously selected as a finalist for the Bellwether Award and are able to illustrate five years of program effectiveness.

The Alamo Colleges' District Support Operations (DSO) and St. Philip's College was recognized at the Achievement Level for the Texas Award for Performance Excellence by the Quality Texas Foundation. They are two of only nine organizations in Texas to earn this recognition.

The Alamo Colleges Alamo Academies Information Technology and Security Academy (ITSA) team of high school students won the Mayor's Cup as the best team in the city in the CyberPatriot III competition for the third year in a row in 2013.

Designated as a 2010 Leader College by Achieving the Dream: Community Colleges Count and awarded the designation for another three years in 2013.

2012
The Hispanic Contractors Association de San Antonio recognized Alamo Colleges with its General Contractor of the Year award in 2012.

The Alamo Colleges/University Health System (UHS) Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (I-BEST) training partnership was presented the Learning in Practice award from Chief Learning Officer magazine in 2012.

The Alamo Colleges "Just-in-Time" training program was honored for excellence in the innovative practices in business and industry category by the Learning Resources Network (LERN), an international association for lifelong learning.

The Alamo Colleges Alamo Academies Information Technology and Security Academy (ITSA) team of high school students won third place in the national CyberPatriot III competition in 2012.

The Alamo Colleges received the prestigious 2012 Bellwether Award from the Community Colleges Futures Assembly. The award recognizes outstanding and innovative programs in community college education. The Alamo Colleges also were one of ten finalists in the Workforce category for the 2013 Bellwether Award.

The Alamo Area Academies at the Alamo Colleges have been honored with a 2012 Texas Higher Education Star Award from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB).

The San Antonio Business Journal selected the Alamo Colleges' Port of San Antonio Project as the “Best Land Deal" in its "2012 Best in Commercial Real Estate" edition.

For the second year in a row, the Government Finance Officers Association awarded the Alamo Colleges the Distinguished Budget Presentation award for its budget in 2012.

For the third year in a row, the Alamo Colleges' Finance and Fiscal Services Department were awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association in 2012.

The Alamo Colleges' Purchasing and Contract Administration department was awarded the Achievement of Excellence in Procurement award for 2012 by the National Procurement Institute (NPI).

The Alamo Colleges/University Health System (UHS) Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (I-BEST) training partnership was presented the Learning in Practice award from Chief Learning Officer magazine in 2012.

2010
Texas Diversity Council, 2010 DiversityFIRST Award Winner.

Designated as a 2010 Leader College by Achieving the Dream: Community Colleges Count.

Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting, 2010 and 2011.

Individual

Alamo Colleges’ District 5 Trustee Roberto Zárate has achieved the twin distinction of being the first Alamo Colleges’ trustee and only the second Hispanic to be elected as the chair of the 25-member board of directors of the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT). He also is only the second trustee from Texas to serve as chair. Zárate was sworn in at the ACCT Leadership Congress October 16.

Alamo Colleges' Chancellor Dr. Bruce Leslie was selected as one of only four local CEO's to receive the San Antonio Business Journal's 2015 C-Suite Award in the CEO - Large Companies category.

In November, 2014, District 5 Trustee Roberto Zárate was elected to serve as the chair-elect of the 25-member Board of Directors of the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT). When he became chairman, after serving one year as chair-elect, Zárate was the first trustee from the Alamo Colleges and the first Hispanic to serve as chair of the ACCT board. He also was only the second trustee from Texas to serve as chair.

In 2014, Governor Rick Perry appointed Alamo Colleges' Trustee Roberto Zárate of San Antonio to the Texas 2036 Commission. The commission, as directed by House Bill 2036 of the 83rd Legislative Regular Session, is charged with identifying the future higher education and workforce needs of the state, and making related recommendations to address these needs by the state's bicentennial in 2036.

In recognition of his outstanding leadership in establishing the Alamo Colleges as the number one provider of workforce training in South Texas, the National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA) honored Dr. Federico Zaragoza, Alamo Colleges' vice chancellor for economic and workforce development, with the 2014 Education Brillante Award.

The Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) named Alamo Colleges' Dr. Carlos Ayala, senior strategist, and Dr. Debra Morgan, director of strategic initiatives and performance excellence, to the Board of Examiners for the 2014 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. The Baldrige Award is the nation’s highest honor for organizational innovation and performance excellence.

 

 

 

The Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) selected Chancellor Dr. Bruce Leslie as the recipient of the Western Regional Chief Executive Officer award for 2012. He previously received the Eastern Regional Chief Executive Officer award in 1992, making him the only community college leader in the nation to win the award from two regions.

San Antonio Business Journal 2010 Going Green award was presented to Dr. Leslie for his commitment to sustainability.

San Antonio Business Journal 2010 Best CFO Awards—Education Category, Diane E. Snyder, Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration.

Lacy Hampton, Alamo Colleges’ Small, Minority and Women-Owned Businesses Diversity Administrator, awarded the Minority Business Development Agency’s (MDBA) Executive Director’s award.

Transportation Security Administration – Human Capital Award, Federico Zaragoza, Vice Chancellor for Economic and Workforce Development (2010).

Goodwill Industries, San Antonio - Business Partners Vision Award, Federico Zaragoza, Vice Chancellor for Economic and Workforce Development (2010).