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 August 28, 2015 


Palo Alto College News


Ribbon Cutting Launches Second Year of STEM ECHS

Palo Alto College president Dr. Mike Flores joined Harlandale ISD Superintendent Rey Madrigal for a special ribbon cutting of the S.T.E.M. Early College High School on Friday, Aug. 21. The S.T.E.M. Early College High School, which opened in Fall 2014 to provide students an education focused on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, is one of only six in the state with this type of curriculum. The ceremony helped kickoff the second academic year of the high school, which includes 237 freshman and sophomores preparing for their future in a STEM college and career. The building has been under construction since February 2014 and is located on the grounds of Harlandale Memorial Stadium.



Family Resource Center Opens at PAC

The new Family Resource Center at Palo Alto College opened for service on Monday, Aug. 24. Located on the first floor of the Ozuna Library and Learning Center, the 1300-square-foot Family Resource Center contains a variety of printed children’s literature, as well as Nooks loaded with children’s ebooks. The Center also contains an area for computers, print station, white-board, height-adjustable seating and fun children’s seating, and a digital monitor for viewing children’s videos. Numerous children and family programs are scheduled throughout the fall semester and open to the community. The Family Resource Center fall operating schedule is Sunday through Thursday from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.


Ozuna Library Hosts Summer Mini Camp

The Ozuna Library at Palo Alto College hosted the Wild About Wild Birds: Texas Birding for Kids Mini Camp from July 6 - 9. This STEM based camp provided six 3rd and 4th grade students, ages eight to ten years old, the opportunity to learn about South Texas birds. Lessons included bird identification, nesting, habitats, and diets. Hands-on activities included birdhouse care, small bird-bath making, and bluebird birdhouse decoration. In addition, campers utilized the skills gained from their bird identification    


Upward Bound Students Visit Universities

Thirty students from the TRiO Upward Bound program at Palo Alto College embarked on a college road trip on July 13 though July 16 to explore four-year university options in south Texas and New Mexico. The students visited universities such as Sul Ross State University, the University of Texas at El Paso, New Mexico State University, and the University of New Mexico. Along with exploring post-secondary opportunities, the students had the opportunity to learn more about Native American culture via a tour of the Acoma Pueblo, as well as visiting the Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico. 




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