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 November 20, 2015 


Palo Alto College News


PAC, Hispanic Chamber Hosts STEM Family Day

Palo Alto College and the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce partnered to host the 6th Annual CORE4 STEM Family Day on Saturday, Nov. 14 at the College’s Performing Arts Center. Nearly 100 visitors attended hands-on STEM workshops and demonstrations to learn about career opportunities and pathways in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics including programs like Aviation Technology, Horticultural Science, Oil and Gas Technology, and Veterinary Technology. Biology instructors provided demonstrations of Spirometry, an Inflatable Pig Respiratory System, a Catalase Enzyme Comparison Activity, Artificial Blood Typing, Pond Water Investigation, and examples of the Diversity of Life. Chemistry instructors demonstrated hands-on Chemistry experiments (involving spectroscopy, pressure, gasses etc.) designed for younger audience with no Chemistry experience.  



PAC Represented at Region 20 Conference

Arianna Lay, Advising Team Leader for the SEED Advising Center represented Palo Alto College at the 2015 Region 20 Conference of the Texas Association of Future Educators held at O’Connor High School on Saturday, Nov. 14. She presented to nearly 100 high school students and future teachers on the Associate of Arts in Teaching degree as the foundation of their baccalaureate degree program lead to the initial teacher certification 

Additionally, Palo Alto College student Octavio Valdez, pursuing an AAS in Computer Support Specialist, was hired as an intern at Education Service Center (ESC) Region 20 in Spring 2015 via the PAC ITSC2364 - Practicum: Computer and Information Sciences. Based on his performance, Valdez was recently hired there as a full time employee. PAC Instructor Brian Sanders reported that Jennifer Beardsall, Technical Support Manager of the Infrastructure and Network Services Education Service Center of Region 20, says they are delighted to have Mr. Valdez as a permanent member of their team, and thanks Palo Alto College for pairing him up with them.


PAC Student Attends Leadership Institute

Palo Alto College student and Student Veterans Organization President Vincent Garcia successfully completed training at the 2015 Student Veterans of America Leadership Institute in Savannah, GA, on Oct 16-18. Garcia was one of 100 individuals selected from a pool of approximately 1,000 applicants to attend this fully-funded, multi-day leadership program where Student Veterans of America and industry leaders demonstrated best practices and operational concepts designed to strengthen our Student Veteran Organization. General Dynamics sponsored the Leadership Institute, which was held at the Gulfstream Aerospace facility in Savannah.


PAC Agriculture Hosts State Consortium

The Palo Alto Agriculture Department and Livestock Judging Team hosted the Ag Consortium of Texas Conference, the largest annual gathering of Texas Agriculture professors, on September 17 and 18. Conference attendees included faculty and administrators from Texas A&M University, Tarleton State University, Texas Tech University, Texas State University, West Texas A&M University, Abilene Christian University, Texas A&M Commerce, Texas A&M Kingsville, the Texas FFA Association, Kilgore College, Blinn College, Angelo State University, and Stephen F. Austin State University. 

This meeting was the first of its kind at any college in San Antonio. PAC students on the Livestock Judging Team served as tour guides at the Riverwalk and the Palo Alto College campus. Students also led tours of the state’s largest high school Agriculture program at Sandra Day O’Connor High School in Northside Independent School District. Hosting the Ag Consortium enhanced PAC’s visibility as a leader in community college agriculture.  Palo Alto is the only 2-year college in South Texas that has transfer agreements with the top agricultural universities in the state, with three students currently committed to Tarleton State, four committed to Texas State, and two committed to Texas A&M University to continue their agricultural studies and to participate on university livestock judging teams.  





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