Skip to content

Welcome to ACES

Alamo Colleges Education Services is a secure portal connecting Faculty, Staff & Students to Academic Resources, Email, and other Online Resources.

Support Contacts Helpdesk (210) 485-0555 Weather Line (210) 485-0189

Vertical_Bar 

Login to ACES

ACES login 

Close

Alamo Colleges' Library Information

St. Philip's College
• MLK Campus Library
• Southwest Campus Library
Close

News & Events

Alamo Academies Chair Applauds Alamo Colleges’ Role in Workforce Initiative

In a recent column in the San Antonio Express-News, John Dewey, chairman of the Alamo Academies and a member of the San Antonio Manufacturers Association Board of Directors... Read More >

Alamo Academies Chair Applauds Alamo Colleges’ Role in Workforce Initiative

Alamo Academies Chair Applauds Alamo Colleges’ Role in Workforce Initiative

In a recent column in the San Antonio Express-News, John Dewey, chairman of the Alamo Academies and a member of the San Antonio Manufacturers Association Board of Directors... Read More >

Alamo Colleges Earns Award for Financial Transparency

Alamo Colleges Earns Award for Financial Transparency

The Alamo Colleges has earned the Texas Comptroller Leadership Circle 2015 Platinum Award from the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, by scoring 23 of 23 possible points on the rating criteria... Read More >

Palo Alto College Nets State Award for Performance Excellence

Palo Alto College Nets State Award for Performance Excellence

Palo Alto College, one of the Alamo Colleges, is one of only three organizations in Texas to receive the 2015 Texas Award for Performance Excellence from the Quality Texas Foundation... Read More >

Dr. Jill Biden Addresses Community College Trustees and Presidents

Dr. Jill Biden Addresses Community College Trustees and Presidents

On February, 11, 2015, Mr. Roberto Zárate, Alamo Colleges board member and Chair-Elect ACCT Board of Directors, introduced Dr. Jill Biden at the 2015 Community... Read More >

Get $$$ for college now!

Get $$$ for college now!

Alamo Colleges scholarship deadline is April 5! The Alamo Colleges' Foundation offers many different kinds of scholarships. One may be just right for you. Read More >

Alamo Colleges’ Chancellor To Lead Workforce Initiative

Alamo Colleges’ Chancellor To Lead Workforce Initiative

Mayor Ivy Taylor recently announced that the Alamo Colleges, under the leadership of Dr. Bruce Leslie, chancellor, and Dr. Federico Zaragoza... Read More >

Cosmetology New Program

Cosmetology now offered at Palo Alto College

Palo Alto College, one of the Alamo Colleges, will launch an accredited Cosmetology program beginning on March 23. Read More >

For the second time in four years, the Alamo Colleges has been chosen by the Community College Futures Assembly (CCFA) to receive

Alamo Colleges’ Alamo Academies Wins Prestigious National Bellwether Award

For the second time in four years, the Alamo Colleges has been chosen by the Community College Futures Assembly (CCFA) to receive... Read More >

480x270 Vet Tech

Curriculum prepares students to care for animals

A love for animals is the reason why students are willing to undergo a rigorous curriculum at Palo Alto College in order to become a Licensed Veterinarian Technician. Read More >

Alamo Colleges Net Star Award For the Alamo Area Academies

The Alamo Area Academies at the Alamo Colleges have been honored with a 2012 Texas Higher Education Star Award from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB). The award was announced at a luncheon in Austin today. The Star Award recognizes exceptional contributions toward meeting one or more of the goals of Closing the Gaps by 2015, the Texas higher education plan adopted by the THECB in October 2000. The plan establishes four goals – to close the gaps in student participation, student success, academic excellence, and research. As a Star award winner, the Academies program demonstrates: successful outcomes in the areas of student participation, student success, academic excellence or research; improvement and excellence over time through the use of benchmarks and other comparison data that allow progress to be monitored and evaluated; and an efficient cost/benefit ratio per student.

The Alamo Area Academies is a dual credit program where high school juniors and seniors attend classes taught by faculty from San Antonio College and St. Philip’s College for half a day five days a week. They also complete a paid internship, earn a year of college credit while still in high school and earn industry-recognized certification along with their high school diploma. The four academy programs are aerospace, advanced manufacturing, information technology and nursing. The Academies partner with more than 100 leading regional employers such as Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Toyota and Rackspace, as well as the City of San Antonio and 25 independent school districts in the region

Annually the academies provide access to almost 300 mostly minority students to train for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers. A total of 60% of these students graduate with a degree or certificate within two years. Also, 58% continue in higher education and 42% graduate and enter well-paid STEM careers.

“The Academies are one of the most effective initiatives in the region for producing the skilled workforce pipeline that high-tech industries need and improving students’ success in the labor market,” said Alamo Colleges’ Chancellor Dr. Bruce Leslie. “This contributes directly to the Closing the Gap goals of increasing minority participation, as well as increasing graduation and completion rates in higher education. It also directly achieves the Closing the Gaps goal of ensuring an educated population and workforce for the future.” he added.

In the area of student participation, the Academies have an exceptional record of success, especially for Hispanic and Black students. A total of 86% of students enrolled are economically disadvantaged and 71% are minority students. Since the start of the program, the participation rate has increased 69%. The program is also exceeding the Closing the Gaps student success targets in all identified categories,especially for minority populations.

In the area of student success, for the past ten years, more than 60% of first-time-in-college students entering the Academies in their junior year have continued the program into their senior year, attained 31-34 hours of advanced college credit and graduated with an industry-recognized certificate or marketable skills award. Academy students’ completion rates are almost 20 times higher than the THECB certificate completion rates. In any comparison, student participation and success outcomes far exceed state norms by significant margins.

In terms of cost/benefit ratio per student, the Academies reflect a “shared cost” model that translates to a $1,070,793 return on investment since the inception of the program. In addition, the Academies support the region’s economic development efforts by helping to recruit qualified workers, generating a $6.1 million cost benefit for the community and industry partners.

Since the program began in 2001, the Academies have placed 96% of graduates immediately into higher education in a STEM field or a career. Academy graduates immediately entering the workforce over the past two years had a starting salary and benefits totaling $34,700, a 45% increase over the area median income for high school graduates.

At the Alamo Colleges, high quality education and low costs provide exceptional value to students and alumni who are major contributors to the economy and culture of our community. For more information, visit our website at alamo.edu.
 

latest
news
stories