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San Antonio College Celebrates Scobee Education Center Grand Opening

San Antonio College celebrated the opening of the Scobee Education Center which features the first-of-its-kind, next generation Challenger Learning Center. Read More >

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San Antonio College Celebrates Scobee Education Center Grand Opening

San Antonio College celebrated the opening of the Scobee Education Center which features the first-of-its-kind, next generation Challenger Learning Center. Read More >

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Beloved SAC President Receives Emeritus Status

Dr. Robert “Bob” Zeigler, immediate past president of San Antonio College, received “Emeritus Status” by the Board of Trustees. Read More >

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Dr. Vela Recognized at Special Event

SA Hispanic Chamber of Commerce recognizes Dr. Robert Vela at SAC’s Koehler House. Read More >

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Interpreter Training Program Awarded

The San Antonio College Interpreter Training Program has been named a Sorenson Video Relay Service (SVRS) Excellence and Innovation in Interpreter Education Award. Read More >

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GED-to-College Program Named Star Award Finalist

The San Antonio College GED-to-College Transition Program has been named a finalist for the 2014 Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) Star Award. Read More >

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SAC Receives Perkins Leadership Grant

San Antonio College has been awarded a $57,000 Perkins State Leadership Grant to help the Department of American Sign Language and Interpreter Training (ASL/IT) improve statewide interpreter education training. Read More >

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SAC and OLLU Awarded $3.1 Million Grant

San Antonio College and Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) have been awarded a $3.1 million Title V cooperative grant from the Department of Education. Read More >

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Paramedic Program Earns National Accreditation

The San Antonio College Paramedic program has been awarded a five-year accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Program (CAAHEP). Read More >

From Science Teacher to Flight Director

Jennifer Becerra has always loved science, but it wasn’t until college that she developed a deep love for space. After receiving a seemingly random suggestion, Becerra chose to enroll in astronomy. Ever since that fateful course, her love of science and space has led Becerra to become a science teacher, a NASA employee and, now, the newly named Flight Director of the Scobee Education Center.

Becerra began working at SAC earlier this semester and is preparing to move into her role—and the new high tech Scobee Education Center—as the Academic Program Coordinator and Lead Flight Director once the Center officially opens this Fall. When asked what she likes about science, Becerra says she likes the discovery, “You never know what’s going to be out there. There are always new things to be discovered and studied.” Like space, Becerra’s quest for the “new” and “unknown” extends into life as well.

A graduate of the University of Incarnate Word, Becerra’s career took off as she began teaching middle school science for Northside ISD. While working as a teacher, she decided to venture into a master’s program in curriculum and instruction at Our Lady of the Lake University, specializing in science. Still chasing her love of space, Becerra soon found herself at a dream job working at the Johnson Space Center in Houston as a NASA Aerospace Education Specialist.

The unique, fun job took her traveling—albeit not through space—through an eight-state region, from the Dakotas to New Mexico, on a mission to educate students and professionals about aerospace. Among other things, Becerra helped students on projects directly for the International Space Station while touring. In her time at NASA, she also served as a Science Education Specialist and NASA Fit Explorer Project Lead.

In 2010, Becerra had the opportunity to come back “home” to San Antonio and return to the classroom. Though she had a great experience working at NASA, she welcomed the return home and soon rejoined her teaching family at Northside ISD. Until recently, Becerra was happily teaching science at a local middle school and serving as the Science Department Coordinator. When the position for the Flight Director was posted, it immediately piqued Becerra’s interest. A space-related job, in San Antonio, working with students and teachers… is this too good to be true?

As the Flight Director of SAC’s Challenger Center, Becerra will lead students on missions, train teachers to be able to teach space science to students in the classroom, and work with classes to prepare for ‘space missions.’ The curriculum Becerra will oversee will teach visitors about communication, navigation, rocketry, robotics, equipment needed for space travel, solar system and beyond, and will showcase the relationship between the earth and moon. As well, the curriculum will include assignments that delve into the background information needed to perform the mission at hand—going to the moon and Mars. “Everything is geared to finishing a mission and to help the students learn,” said Becerra. “The Center will be for students of all ages, from zero to 99!”   

Becerra’s mission now is to educate future Star Challengers and their teachers.

Becerra says she is looking forward to helping teachers get comfortable with teaching science in the classroom, and wants to get students excited about all of the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields. But most of all, she is looking forward to seeing the kids’ faces when they finish a mission.

Mission complete.

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