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Six New Institutes, Countless Pathways

We’ve organized all our programs and courses into six Alamo Institutes that match students’ areas of interest with career goals giving you a clear path to the career goal you have in mind. It’s designed to help you take control of planning for your future. This new approach will save you time by guiding you to take only the courses you need, either to be job-ready when you graduate from one of the independently accredited colleges in the Alamo Colleges District or to transfer to a university. It also saves you money, because you don’t pay for courses you don’t need or take more credit hours than you need to graduate or transfer.

Beginning the Fall 2016 semester, all students will be choosing an institute as a broad decision toward a career pathway.

Q: What are the Alamo Institutes?

A:  There are six Alamo Institutes – these represent career pathways with groups of related academic programs that also include academic support and learning outside of the classroom.  Programs across the Alamo Colleges have been sorted as appropriate for placement within a particular Institute.  Every program is included in the Institutes; however, not all programs are available at each college.
The Alamo Institutes are:
Creative & Communication Arts
Business & Entrepreneurship
Health & Biosciences
Advanced Manufacturing & Logistics
Public Service
Science & Technology

Q: Why are the Alamo Colleges moving to an Institute model?

A:  Students who choose a program and develop an academic plan early on, have a road map of the courses they need to take to complete a program, and receive guidance and support to help them focus on the plan are more likely to complete a degree.  When students begin exploring and enter college, they are provided information on career pathways and choose a program based on their individual goal and college preparedness.  Students wishing to transfer to a four-year institution for a baccalaureate degree should complete the courses that will count toward their intended course of study and earn an AA, AS, or AAT degree.  Each Institute features many workforce certificates that focus on skills required for specific jobs and immediate employment.  The certificates are part of a two-year AAS degree.  This model helps the colleges support the student as they progress to completion. 

Q: What is the intended timeline for the Institute design and implementation process?

A:   Beginning in Summer 2015, Institute information will be available for current and incoming Spring 2016 first-time-in-college (FTIC) students.  With the Fall 2016 ApplyTexas application process starting in October, Institute information will be part of the College Connections information, students will choose an Institute in the application, advising will begin with career pathway discussions, and FTICs will select a program within their selected Institute.

Q: When will students select the Institute they wish to join?

A:  Upon application, all potential students will have Institute information available and will select an Institute.  During initial advising, students will receive additional information about the difference between transfer and workforce programs and about their level of college-readiness.  They may decide to change their Institute choice before selecting a program of study, but the intent is for students to make an informed choice of an Institute and program of study prior to the initial enrollment.

Q: Where can I get more information about the Institutes?

A:  Advisors at the colleges can provide additional information about the six Institutes and the programs available in each.

Q: Have other community colleges implemented a model similar to the Alamo Institutes?

A:  Yes.  Early and positive results from guided pathways for students are available from Miami Dade College (FL), the City Colleges of Chicago (IL), Guttman Community College (CUNY/NY), and a small number of other institutions. Learn more at: