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August 28, 2015

District News

Press Conference Announces $8.9 Million for Veteran's Centers

The Communications team coordinated a news conference on an $8.9 million state appropriation to build and develop veteran’s centers at three Alamo College locations. The event garnered media coverage in La Prensa, Express-News, Business Journal, Time Warner Cable News, KSAT 12 and FOX 29, and WOAI and KTSA radio. 
State Senator José Menéndez joined Dr. Bruce Leslie, chancellor of Alamo Colleges, Dr. Robert Vela, president of San Antonio College, Dr. Adena Williams Loston, president of St. Philip’s College and Alamo Colleges' Trustees to announce this historic endeavor to assist more student veterans. Through Senator Menéndez's efforts, Alamo Colleges will receive nearly $9 million from state appropriations to build or enhance veterans support and training centers at three different Alamo Colleges’ locations.
San Antonio College will receive $7.6 million to construct a new Veteran’s Support and Care Center. The state-of-the-art facility will be fully integrated with VA services, physical and mental health needs, job training, education benefits, etc. The Veteran’s Support and Care Center is scheduled for completion in the fall of 2017.
A total of $1 million will be allocated to St. Philip's college to develop their innovative Good Samaritan Veteran’s Outreach and Transition Center. The center, in partnership with the City of San Antonio, will assist any service member who walks through their doors with a variety of needs from housing to health and wellness issues, and offer a variety of other services for veterans and their families. The renovation at St. Philip's is scheduled for completion in the summer of 2017.
Finally, the Alamo Colleges Westside Education and Training Center will receive $300,000 for strategic upgrades to accommodate veterans with disabilities. The training programs offered by Westside Education and Training Center are crucial for service members. Many veterans learned skills like welding, electrical work, and plumbing during their time in the military. The Westside Center will help translate those skills into a viable civilian career.



Zaragoza Honored with Leadership Award 

Dr. Federico Zaragoza, vice chancellor for economic and workforce development, won this year’s Texas Association of Community College’s Carl M. “Cheesie” Nelson Administrative Leadership Award and accepted the award at their summer conference.  This award identifies the importance of administrative leadership at Texas Community colleges by recognizing a vice chancellor, vice president or dean who has demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities. Dr. Zaragoza is the first recipient for Alamo Colleges to receive this state-wide recognition and the selection committee voted unanimously in his selection.  The nomination packet required a support letter from the Chancellor, a faculty member, a direct report staff member and a non-employee member from the local community. 


Tex-BEST Summit Highlights I-BEST Program

The recent state-wide Tex-BEST Workforce Literacy Summit highlighted Alamo Colleges'  Integrated Basic Education Skills and Training (I-BEST) efforts and leadership. National leaders noted that I-BEST’s partnership efforts are among the most progressive in the nation and overall efforts received recognition from leadership from across the state and the nation. I-BEST staff exchanged information and strategy with other Accelerate Texas programs from Houston and the Rio Grande Valley. Dr. Federico Zaragoza served as a panel facilitator. The WETC staff participated in and provided support at the Summit by helping maintain the audiovisual equipment for the entire conference in collaboration with the Alamo Colleges Information Technology and hotel staff. 


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