July 23, 2015
I-BEST Program Continues To Grow
Activity of the I-BEST (Integrated Basic Education Skills and Training) program is at peak levels. The Career EASE night class at Westside Education and Training Center (WETC) was completed with students advancing to Community Health Worker, Certified Nurse Assistant (C.N.A.) and Logistics classes. Also, two Career EASE day and night classes have started at our local community training centers and at the center in New Braunfels. VESL (Vocational English as a Second Language) day and night classes have been started at WETC. Two new groups of CNAs have earned their credentials and are ready for the work force. Upcoming are Apartment Building and Maintenance classes at St. Philip’s. The Career Navigator initiative is proving impactful, as the navigators continue to meet with students and update files; individual career navigators are reaching as many as 70 to 100 students.
I-BEST also is completing a very successful year with the Adult Education and Literacy grant in conjunction with Education Service Center Region 20. Due to the success of year one of the grant, Alamo Colleges has received increased funding and doubled the number of possible students for the second year of the grant.
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.
CTTC Explores Funding Opportunities
The Central Texas Technology Center (CTTC) met with Workforce Solutions Alamo to explore opportunities for funding certificate programs that may be available through their current grant. The grant will cover the current certificate programming that is held at the CTTC and was also expanded to include the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC) certification delivered by the Corporate College. A local contact has also been established in the Alamo Workforce Solutions office in New Braunfels for the prospective students to collaborate with.
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