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2015 SAC Brags 

Each year, San Antonio College publishes a list of "Top SAC Brags" that showcase the College's major accomplishments throughout the previous year.

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15. SAC Public Relations won three Medallion Awards from the National Council of Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR).

Awards included gold for the Scobee Education Center Summer Camps flyer and the Gnome Ranger Welcome Back video and silver for the 2014 Hispanic Heritage Month Flyer series.  The NCMPR District 4 Medallion Awards recognize outstanding achievement in communications at community and technical colleges in District 4, which encompasses the Southwest region of the U.S. from Texas to Wyoming.  The NCMPR Medallion Awards are the only regional competition that honors excellence exclusively among marketing and PR professionals at two-year colleges.

14. SAC TRAC, the new Transfer and Career Center, officially opened and began serving students.

Newly renovated and located in the first floor of the Moody Learning Center, the Transfer and Career Center (TRAC) focuses on connecting students to transfer and career opportunities both locally and nationwide.  TRAC services include assistance with transfer research, resume building, interview techniques, career assessments, and career lab exploration.  TRAC hosted an open house to celebrate its grand opening on September 21, welcoming more that 200 students to meet with TRAC Student Success Counselors and explore its many offerings.

13. Awarded two TRIO grants totaling $2 million to serve students with disabilities, veterans and STEM majors.

Through a pair of U.S. Department of Education Student Support Services TRIO grants, SAC will receive more than $2 million in funding over the next five years to provide extra academic, personal and social support for motivated, under-represented students.  Through the Veterans Achieving Learning through Opportunity and Resilience (VALOR) Program grant, SAC will support 120 veteran students each academic year.  Additionally, the Project R.I.S.E. (Ready, Inspired, Successful, Engaged) Program grant will provide funding to assist 120 STEM and Health Science majors annually.

Veteran students and STEM and health science majors who are accepted into SAC's TRIO programs will benefit from comprehensive services including:  year-round tutoring, help with selecting the right courses for their education and career goals, year-round personal counseling for financial, academic and personal matters, help with the process of transferring to a four-year institution, and personalized assistance with financial aid, including help with finding and applying for scholarships.

TRIO program students will also receive assistance with choosing a career and with successfully adapting to the demands of college life.  Programming will also provide students with opportunities to get to know one another and grow their personal support network through events like on-campus study groups, student clubs, and visits to universities, museums, parks, and performing art venues.

12. Designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Two-Year Education

SAC earned National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Two-Year Education (CAE2Y) by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).  The designation was made in recognition of SAC's significant contributions in meeting the national demand for cyber defense education, developing cyber defense experts and ultimately contributing to the protection of the national information infrastructure.  This is SAC's second time receiving CAE2Y designation.  The program began in 2010.

The purpose of the National CAE designation program is to promote higher education in information assurance and cyber defense and prepare a growing number of professionals to met the need of reducing vulnerabilities in the Nation's networks.  The NSA started the initial National CAE in information assurance education program in 1998, with DHS joining as a partner in 2004 in response to the President's National Strategy to Secure Cyberspace.

11. The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics designated SAC a "Bright Spot"

San Antonio College was announced as a Bright Spot in Hispanic Education on Tuesday, September 15 at the launch of Hispanic Heritage Month in Washington, D.C.  Identified in commemoration of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics 25th anniversary, Bright Spots are programs, models, organizations, or initiatives that are helping close the achievement gap.  As a Bright Spot, SAC is part of a national online catalog that includes more than 230 programs that invest in key education priorities for Hispanics.  The online catalog is available her:  http://www2.ed.gov/about/inits/list/hispanic-initiative/bright-spots.html.  By highlighting and uplifting the work of these Bright Spots, the Initiative seeks to spur innovation and encourage collaboration between them and stakeholders focused on similar issues in sharing data-driven approaches, promising practices, peer advice and effective partnerships, resulting in increased support for the educational attainment of the Hispanic community.

10. Ranked 11th in the nation for Latino STEM graduates by Excelencia in Education

According to Excelencia in Education, SAC ranks 11th nationally and sixth in the state of Texas for Latino students achieving associates degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields.  Published in June 2015, the Excelencia in Education study identified the Top 25 institutions in terms of the number of STEM-related associates degrees awarded to Latino students, based on numbers from 2012-2013.  During that time, SAC awarded 198 Associates Degrees in STEM fields, with 47 percent of those degrees awarded to Latino students.

9. Named a top producer for minorities earning associates degrees in Community College Week magazine

San Antonio College ranks as one of the top associates degree producers in the U.S., according to Community College Week magazine.  SAC ranks 48th nationally for associates degrees awarded to minority students across all disciplines, while ranking 27th for associates degrees awarded to Hispanic students across all disciplines,  SAC also ranked 35th nationally for associates degrees awarded in nursing.  The Community College Week Top 100 lists, published annually, rank two and four-year institutions based on the number of degrees and certificates awarded during the 2013-2014 academic year.

8. SAC's Scobee Education Center hosted the Challenger Center's 2015 International Conference.

San Antonio College, along with the Alamo Colleges District, sponsored the 2015 Challenger Center Annual Conference and Board Meeting held at SAC's Scobee Education Center from August 9th through 13th.  The Scobee Education Center was selected as the conference location because it features the first-of-its-kind, next-generation Challenger Learning Center.  The highlight of the annual event included a NASA educational downlink from the International Space Station with astronauts Scott Kelly and Kjell Lindgren.  The downlink, open to the public, welcomed some 250 attendees and conference participants to the McAllister Auditorium on Thursday, August 13th.  In addition, attendees participated in a question and answer session and heard from several high profile speakers, including former astronauts Joe Acaba and Eileen Collins.

7. The Empowerment Center won prestigious NACADA award for Outstanding Advising Program.

Dr. Helen Vera, Director of the Empowerment Center, and her staff were recognized by the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) for their dedication to and excellence in serving the students of San Antonio College.  SAC was one of four schools awarded and was the only two-year school to receive the distinction.  Other Outstanding Advising Program awardees were Niagara University, Clayton State University and the University of Texas at Austin.  Established in 1983, the NACADA Annual Awards Program for Academic Advising honors individuals and institutions make significant contributions to the improvement of academic advising.

6. Opened the Tino & Millie Duran Welcome Center and changed the College's official address to 1819 N. Main Ave.

SAC hosted a special dedication ceremony luncheon on Thursday, May 21, followed by an Open House Fiesta on Friday, May 22, to mark the opening of the Tino & Millie Duran Welcome Center.  Located at the corner of Main and Park, the Tino & Millie Duran Welcome Center serves as a one-stop location for prospective students, focusing on assisting with the enrollment and registration process.  Current students are also able to utilize the Welcome Center for assistance with registration.

The state-of-the-art space features an open concept floor plan, allowing for better student engagement and collaboration.  Following an anticipatory customer service model similar to the one used by Apple, the Welcome Center utilizes a queue-less wait management system, allowing students to reserve time with enrollment specialist online or via text message.

The Welcome Center is named to Tino and Amelia "Millie" Duran, philanthropists and publishers of La Prensa, San Antonio's first Spanish language newspaper, who have strong ties to San Antonio College.  Both former SAC students, Tino and Millie Duran have raised more that $2 million dollars through the La Prensa Foundation to help provide students opportunities to pursue higher education dreams, including sponsoring the Alamo Colleges Student of the Month Award.

5. Launched a year of "Celebrating 90" in honor of the College's 90th anniversary

According to the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA), San Antonio College, or University Junior College as it was initially named, first opened its doors on September 21, 1925.

Nine decades later, San Antonio College remains committed to serving students and providing educational opportunities for the citizens of this great city.  To celebrate this milestone, SAC launched its academic yearlong "Celebrating 90" campaign, featuring several key events and activities.

On November 18, SAC celebrated its anniversary with a special showcase in the McAllister Auditorium.  Nearly 300 administrators, faculty, staff, students and community members attended the variety show, which featured performances by the SAC Jazz Band, ASL Glee Club, SAC Speech Team, and a project demonstration by SAC Engineering students.  Hosted by SAC alum and veteran newscaster Michael "Mike" Valdes, the showcase also features special guests, including performances by aerialist and biology major Marshall Jarreau and Tejano star and SAC alum Patsy Torres.  For more information visit alamo.edu/sac/Celebrating90.

4. Hosted a SACSCOC's on-site visit and introduced a new Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) titled "Fearless Learning"

San Antonio College underwent the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools'-Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) reaffirmation process in 2015.  As part of the process, on-site evaluators visited campus from September 28 through October 1, meeting with college leadership and various stakeholders to discuss the Focused Report, Compliance Certification Report and the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP).

San Antonio College announced its new QEP at the College's annual convocation.  The QEP is part of the SACS reaffirmation process and addresses a single topic focusing on improving student learning.  SAC began the process of selecting a QEP topic in Fall 2013, utilizing input from faculty, staff, students, and community members.  Entitled "Fearless Learning:  Empowering Students with Information Literacy," SAC's QEP aims to provide first-year students with experiences in and out of the classroom that will help them develop integrated reading, writing and research skills.  More information is available at alamo.edu/sac/FearlessLearning.

3. Earned $2.62 million for the "Puentes Project," SAC's third Title V grant

SAC received it third Title V grant focused on developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions from the U.S. Department of Education.  The Puentes Project grant, funded over the next five years, aims to provide bridges that help students navigate the academic and cultural divide from enrollment, to remedial education, onward to college-level study, and eventual graduation and transfer.

Administrated as part of the Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions (DHSI) Program the Puentes Project's mission is to help increase the number of low-income and Hispanic students who graduate on-time and transfer to a four-year college or university.

The grant includes funding for additional staffing to assist new and returning students with enrolling in SAC, resources to improve the quality and availability of transfer advising, and increased access to college-wide tutoring support.  A portion of the funds have also been earmarked for improving teaching technology with regards to online learning and remedial courses.  Additionally, more than $417,000 will be used to modernize labs within the Biology, Geology, and Psychology departments.

SAC is currently operating two other Title V grants, Adelante Tejas and Camino Hacio el Exico.

2. Received $7.6 million in state funding to build the Veterans Victory Center at SAC

On Thursday, July 30, it was announced that Texas State Senator Jose Menendez had secured a $9 million appropriation for the Alamo Colleges District to build Veterans support and training centers at three different institutions.  A bulk of the appropriation, $7.6 million, was allocated to San Antonio College for the construction of a new Veterans Victory Center.  The state-of-the-art facility will be fully integrated with VA services, physical and mental health resources, job training and education benefits.  The Veterans Victory Center is scheduled to break ground on the SAC campus in 2016.

1. Awarded 4,000+ degrees and certificates during the 2014-15 academic year and saw a record 1,009 students cross the stage at commencement.

San Antonio College hosted its annual Commencement Ceremony at the Freeman Coliseum on Saturday, May 9.  During the ceremony, a record 1,009 students crossed the stage to ceremonially receive a diploma, certificate or associate degree.  For the first time in school history, students who earned a Graduate Equivalency Diploma (GED) through the Empowerment Center's GED-to-College Transition Program were recognized during the ceremony.  There were also 75 students from Travis Early College High School at SAC who were honored for their academic achievements in completing a certificate or associate degree on month before completing high school.  Dr. June Scobee Roberts, namesake of the Scobee Education Center, served as the ceremony's special guest speaker and received an honorary associate degree.