SAC Brags for 2016
16) SAC Broke Ground on $7.6M Victory Center
San Antonio College broke ground on the Victory Center for veterans and military personnel in a special groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday, February 24. Made possible through $7.6 million in state appropriations secured by Texas State Senator José Menéndez, the Victory Center will be an all-encompassing resource facility for veterans and active-duty military. SAC has the second-largest student veteran population in the state of Texas and is one of only 93 schools in the nation to earn a partnership with the Department of Veterans Affairs under the VetSuccess on Campus (VSOC) program. The Victory Center is scheduled for completion in 2018.
15) William R. Sinkin Eco Centro Won a Sustainability Award
The William R. Sinkin Eco Centro received an award at the second annual SA Tomorrow Sustainability Summit sponsored by the City of San Antonio. The Sinkin Eco Centro won a Sustainability Program Award, which recognizes programs, individuals or organizations that have demonstrated outstanding leadership in promoting sustainability and resiliency in ways that benefit the local environment and the people who are directly affected by it.
14) SAC Theatre Department Won Local Golden Globes
The SAC Theatre Department received several honors at the 26
Annual Alamo Theatre Arts Council Golden Globe Awards. The SAC Theatre Department won Best Scene Design and Best Sound Design for their production of the comedy
The department also won Best Costume Design for
A Servant of Two Masters.
Both plays were part of the 2015-16 Theatre Season at SAC.
13) Scobee Education Center Served 28,000+ Unique Visitors
The Scobee Education Center at San Antonio College welcomed some 28,545 unique visitors in the 2015-16 academic year, providing Challenger Learning Center missions, Planetarium presentations, professional development for K-12 educators, and a series of special events. Opened in October 2014, the Scobee's mission is to provide STEM and space-related education to the San Antonio community. The Center is a state-of-the-art facility. Learn more at
12) SAC Opened an Apple Certified Tech Store on Campus
San Antonio College held a grand opening for the SAC Tech Store - a venue that offers computers, tablets, and accessories as well as an Innovation Gallery and tech workshops. The SAC Tech Store is the first community college in Texas to be an Apple Authorized Campus store offering select Apple products including iMacs, MacBooks, iPads, iPods and Apple accessories.
11) SAC Launched 'Find Your Future Tour' to Reach SAC's Backyard
SAC's Office of Outreach & Recruitment kicked-off its Find Your Future (FYF) Tour at Southwest, Jefferson, Lanier and Edison High Schools bringing an inspirational message to some 3,000 high school seniors in SAC's backyard. The goal of the FYF tour is to engage with students about the importance of higher education. The tour featured motivational speaker Roy Juarez Jr. Juarez who spoke about challenges he faced when, at 14, he became homeless and in charge of his younger brother, age 2, and sister, age 8.
10) Three SAC Entities Celebrated Important Anniversaries
SAC’s KSYM 90.1 FM college radio station marked its 50th Anniversary with a special concert at the Aztec Theatre downtown; the Women’s Center, part of the Services for Women & Non-Traditional Students (S.W.A.N.S.) department, celebrated its 35th anniversary with a fundraising gala to raise money for scholarships; and, the Ranger, SAC’s illustrious student newspaper which started just one year after the College began, celebrated its 90th anniversary.
9) Computer Information Systems Chair Named Tech Educator of the Year
The San Antonio Business Journal (SABJ) named Troy Touchette, SAC's chair and professor of Computer Information Systems, the
Tech Educator of the Year
. Touchette was honored at SABJ's first Tech Flash Titans Awards held at the Witte Museum. The awards recognized outstanding people, businesses and organizations in various sectors of San Antonio's growing technology industry.
8) History Professor Earned Prestigious LEAP Faculty Fellowship
Dr. Jon Lee, History Professor at San Antonio College, was selected as a Faculty Fellow for the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) LEAP Texas Faculty Collaborative Project. Funded in part by the Lumina Foundation, this project serves as a creative source for broad engagement to build networked communities and shared repositories for faculty leadership and learning across Texas and throughout the nation. Faculty Fellows benefit from the active interaction with creative and energetic faculty members throughout the state and at the national level.
7) The SAC Giving Back Campaign Reached All-Time High Participation
The SAC Giving Back, SAC's employee giving campaign, reached an all-time high with 49% participation among SAC's full-time employees. As part of the campaign, employees donated to various United Way agencies, the Alamo Colleges Foundation, and theFund, a local arts organization.
6) SAC Named Among Top 10 Colleges in Digital Education
The Center for Digital Education named SAC among the Top 10 Colleges in the country for the effective implementation of technology campus-wide. Usha Venkat, Director of the Office of Technology Services (OTS), along with Dr. Lisa Alcorta, Vice President for Student Success, accepted the award on behalf of the College at a conference in Chicago.
5) SAC Professor Liz Ann Aguilar Honored by ACCT
English professor Liz Ann Báez Aguilar received the 2016 William H. Meardy Faculty Award from the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) during their annual leadership congress. The national award recognizes outstanding faculty members for excellence in teaching. Aguilar was made eligible for the honor after receiving the 2016 Western Region ACCT Faculty Member Award at the conference.
4) SAC Ranked #9 for Associates Degrees for Hispanics
San Antonio College (SAC) ranked #9 in
Community College Week's
2016 Top 100 Associate Degree Producer's List as a top producer of Associate Degrees for Hispanics. As well, according to
Diverse: Issues in Higher Education
magazine, SAC was named in the Top 100 Minority Degree Producers list in 15 categories.
View the complete rankings here
3) SAC Received $3.8 million STEM Grant from Department of Education
San Antonio College received a $3.8 million STEM grant from the Department of Education. The highly competitive grant, offered specifically to Hispanic serving institutions, will fund the "
Staying the Course" project at SAC. The project's goal is to increase the number of Hispanic and low-income students in San Antonio who attain degrees in the STEM fields.
2) SAC Nursing & Early Childhood Programs Granted ReAccreditation
In February 2016, the National Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) renewed accreditation for SAC’s Department of Nursing Education for another eight years. As well, SAC’s Early Childhood Studies A.A.S. program was re-accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children – Early Childhood Associate Degree Accreditation Commission through March 2023.
1) SAC Sets New Record for Degrees/Certificates Awarded
San Antonio College set a new all-time record in the 2015-16 academic year awarding a total of 5,032 credentials, which breaks down to 3,432 degrees and 1,600 certificates. In addition, the May 2016 Commencement Ceremony welcomed a record number of graduates who 'walked the stage' to retrieve their diploma. Some 1,009 students participated in the ceremony and an estimated 10,000+ attendees packed the stands of the Freeman Coliseum to celebrate and demonstrate their SAC pride.