April 17, 2015
Alamo Colleges Wins Award for Investment Policy
The Alamo Colleges continues to add to its list of awards for financial excellence, most recently receiving the Certificate of Distinction from the Government Treasurers´ Organization of Texas (GTOT) for its investment policy. Alamo Colleges is one of only two community college districts in Texas to receive this certificate. This award reflects the Alamo Colleges´ commitment to maintaining a comprehensive written investment policy that meets 26 criteria identified as best practices for investment policies. The certificate is good for a two-year period. The GTOT Investment Certification program provides assistance in developing investment policies suitable for public funds that fully comply with the Texas Public Funds Investment Act. GTOT´s Investment Policy Committee provides professional guidance in developing an investment policy and recognizes outstanding examples of written policies. "This latest recognition illustrates the importance that the Alamo Colleges places on its fiduciary responsibility to our taxpayers," said Alamo Colleges Chancellor Dr. Bruce Leslie. "This accomplishment is in keeping with our vision of becoming the best in the nation in performance excellence," he added. This award is the latest recognition for the Alamo Colleges´ Finance and Fiscal Services department. Earlier this year, the Alamo Colleges was awarded the Texas Comptroller Leadership Circle 2015 Platinum Award from the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts. In 2014, for the third consecutive year, the Alamo Colleges was awarded the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) and the National Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award from the National Procurement Institute. In 2013, the GFOA awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting to the Alamo Colleges for the fifth consecutive year. In 2012, the Alamo Colleges also won the National Bellwether Award for Budget Allocation Method.
I-BEST To Partner in Adult Completion Skills Initiative
Alamo I-BEST (Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training) staff is preparing for the launch of the Texas Adult Completion Skills Initiative through a recent grant from the Texas Workforce Commission. Education Service Center Region 20 is working with Alamo I-BEST as a partner in the adult education and literacy effort and will be a significant partner for the adult basic education integration effort that will roll out to Alamo Colleges in the next school year.
Scholarships To Be Awarded to Alamo Colleges Nursings Grads
Forty applications for the Methodist Healthcare Ministries “Strengthening the Nursing Pipeline 2015” scholarship have been received by District Nursing to date. The scholarships are available to Alamo Colleges nursing graduates who are pursuing a bachelor's or master's degree in nursing. Funding is available for a total of 41 scholarship recipients on the 2015 grant for an award amount of $1,000 per scholarship. All applications are in the final stages of processing for payment submission to the Alamo Colleges Foundation (the scholarships administrator for the Colleges) for funding. The applications represent students from various universities; 28 of the applicants are from Bachelor of Science in Nursing programs and 11 represent Master of Science in Nursing programs.
The Alamo Colleges on Cable TV
We have an increasing number of events and activities district-wide and are taking the opportunity to showcase such events on Time Warner Cable channel 98, Grande Cable channel 21 and AT&T U-Verse channel 99. This section of the Chancellor’s Weekly Report provides a schedule of the programming for our regularly scheduled times of 12 – 2 p.m. on Saturday and 2-4 p.m.on Sunday. Programming varies due to the timing of Board and committee meetings, groundbreaking ceremonies, etc. The programming for the coming weekends is as follows:
Part One of the Student Success Committee meeting of April 14
Part Two of the Student Success Committee meeting of April 14 and the Building, Grounds and Site Selection, Audit, Budget and Finance and Policy and Long-Range Planning committees
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