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November 20, 2015

District News

Alamo Colleges, Rackspace Collaborate for Job Training

Alamo Colleges is collaborating with Rackspace to provide customized training for new and incumbent employees using a $1,386,387 Skills Development Fund grant from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). This grant will benefit workers in the Workforce Solutions Alamo, Capital Area and Tarrant County areas. Austin Community College and Tarrant County College will provide support for some portions of the training for Rackspace employees in Austin and Grapevine. 
“Through this Skills grant, Alamo Colleges and Rackspace are fostering collaborations that will provide training for workers from San Antonio, Austin, and Dallas.” said TWC Commissioner Representing Employers Ruth R. Hughs. “This customized training will help meet the need for high-skilled workers and continue to keep our Texas businesses competitive.” 
The grant is providing custom training to 1,000 new and incumbent workers to provide hosting, programming and technology instruction in Linux/Apache, Windows, Cisco, Red Hat, network security and Microsoft Server. Those trained will include information technology professionals, human resource and accounting personnel. Upon completion of training, the workers will have the necessary skills and training for IT jobs that offer an average hourly wage of $37.27 and some trainees may be eligible for advanced industry certifications. 
“We have enjoyed a highly successful partnership with Rackspace in training the skilled workers they need to remain a leader in information technology," said Alamo Colleges Chancellor Dr. Bruce Leslie. "This is the workforce training of the future, preparing workers for high-tech, high-wage jobs in growing sectors of the economy with leading local and global employers, and we are proud to be a part of this investment in the future which will benefit individuals, their families, and our local and state economies.” 
“As the leading managed cloud company, Rackspace fully understands the importance of a highly engaged, cloud savvy workforce,” said Aimee Hoyt, SVP of Human Resources at Rackspace. “We are thrilled to collaborate with Alamo Colleges and see this as an exciting step forward in our effort to bridge the IT skills gap.”


Alamo Colleges Hosts First Access and Completion Summit

The Alamo Colleges, in partnership with local school districts, universities and community and educational organizations offers a first-of-its-kind conversation to forge pathways among school districts and high school counselors, college and university advisors, community-based organizations, community leaders and university administrators to improve student success. The Alamo Area College Access and Completion Summit—Seamless Pathways…Endless Possibilities will be provides advisors and counselors the opportunity to learn about the critical role of advising in student success. It also will offer senior leaders of educational institutions an opportunity to work collaboratively to identify and begin to address gaps in student pathways. It will take place on November 5, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the TriPoint Conference Center, 3233 N. St. Mary’s St.

The keynote address for the event, "The Criticality of Advising in Student Success," will be given by Dr. Charlie Nutt, executive director of the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA). Topics to be addressed during the summit include communication, innovation, resources, national research and trends in aligning for student success, local efforts to align pathways across institutions, new advising models at colleges and universities and an update on the implementation of HB 5.



Alamo Colleges' Police Officer Recognized

Alamo Colleges Police Officer Mary Ramirez was one of three individuals recognized October 8 in a ceremony at San Antonio Police Department (SAPD) headquarters for her efforts in saving the life of a motorcyclist severely injured in a traffic accident. Ramirez, together with SAPD Officer Oscar Torres and military vet Samuel De Los Santos, applied tourniquets to the injured man’s legs, which were severed when he was thrown from the motorcycle and collided with a highway sign. The actions of the three are credited with saving the life of the motorcyclist, Aaron Lee Beaugard, who is now recovering at a local hospital. 

Beaugard’s parents were on hand at the awards ceremony, as Police Chief William McManus and San Antonio Fire Department Chief Charles Hood praised the three honorees and presented them with medals and certificates recognizing their lifesaving efforts. They also received congratulations from the many members of the Alamo Colleges Police Department (ACPD), SAPD and SAFD in attendance.

Officer Ramirez began her career with the Alamo Colleges in 2003, as a work study at Alamo Colleges – Northwest Vista College (NVC). She joined the ACPD in 2012 and currently works at NVC, where she her associate degree in 2005. Her mother, a sister and her brother all graduated from NVC as well. She went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Texas A&M University – San Antonio, where she is currently pursuing a master’s degree in business administration. Law enforcement also runs in Ramirez’ family. One of her three sisters works for SAPD and her brother is an officer with the Northside Independent School District Police Department. 


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