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Strybos To Deliver Keynote at Texas Energy Managers Association 2015 Expo

John Strybos, P.E., C.E.M., associate vice chancellor of facilities operations and construction management at the Alamo Colleges, will deliver the keynote address... Read More >

Strybos To Deliver Keynote at Texas Energy Managers Association 2015 Expo

Strybos To Deliver Keynote at Texas Energy Managers Association 2015 Expo

John Strybos, P.E., C.E.M., associate vice chancellor of facilities operations and construction management at the Alamo Colleges, will deliver the keynote address... Read More >

Alamo Colleges Signs Partnership Agreement with Vietnam Association of Community Colleges

Alamo Colleges Signs Partnership Agreement with Vietnam Association of Community Colleges

The Alamo Colleges continues to expand its international partnerships by signing an... Read More >

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Helicopter training now offered at PAC

Palo Alto College, which turns thirty this year, is adding another unique course to its repertoire of career and technical education programs. Read More >

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March 2015 Student of the Month

Taylor Conable is the recipient of the March 2015 La Prensa Foundation Student of the Month Scholarship... 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 >

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 >

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 >

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PAC student learns from Disney Imagineers

In May 2014, Krystal Garza, a 22-year-old student at Palo Alto College, applied to join the Disney College Program, an internship program where students learn from some of the best artists and corporate employees at Walt Disney World. 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 >

Alamo Colleges To Share in $15 Million Grant To Fund Training of High Tech Manufacturing Workers

As part of a multi-state consortium, the Alamo Colleges will receive $1.15 million to train workers for high tech manufacturing jobs. The Alamo Colleges has been selected a leader college and will be one of 13 community colleges in the U.S. awarded funds through the U.S. Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College Career Training (TAACCCT) initiative. The funds will be used to implement curricula and purchase training equipment that meets the Automotive Manufacturing Technical Education Collaborative (AMTEC) manufacturing curriculum. AMTEC developed a mechatronics curriculum for the U.S . auto industry that has been endorsed by Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Texas, Inc. Mechatronics is a multidisciplinary field of engineering that combines mechanical, electronic, computer, software, control and systems design engineering in order to design and manufacture useful products. An industrial robot is a prime example of a mechatronics system.

The AMTEC partners work with the automotive industry to develop effective training programs that can be used across manufacturing in industrial maintenance applications. Henry Ford Community College is the lead institution for the consortium, which also includes eleven other community colleges in addition to Alamo Colleges. They are: Bluegrass Community and Technical College and Jefferson Community and Technical College in Kentucky; Bridgemont Community College in West Virginia; Danville Community College in Virginia; CARCAM/Gadsden State Community College in Alabama; Oakland Community College in Michigan; Pellissippi State Community College and Tennessee Technology Center at Murfreesboro in Tennessee; Rhodes State College in Ohio; and Rock Valley Community College in Illinois.

The Henry Ford/U.S. Department of Labor grant will provide funds to Alamo Colleges to implement the competency-based, industry-driven manufacturing curricula already developed through a National Science Foundation grant. The AMTEC curricula is designed to accelerate and contextualize learning for multi-skilled mechatronics technicians and maintenance workers in order to increase the number of students who earn college certifications. The curricula is largely based on modularized competency blocks that can be utilized as online, blended, or stand-alone modules.

“This grant responds directly to the requests for a ‘high level’ technician that the auto industry has been requesting,” said Alamo Colleges’ Chancellor Dr. Bruce Leslie. “The AMTEC curricula will be at the Advanced Certificate Level and Alamo Colleges will receive the curricula, lab equipment, faculty training and certification and technical support at no cost.”

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.
 

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