Transfer Success Stories
Students – Example of Student Success
Below are a few examples of the students who have attended San Antonio College and then transferred successfully to a university.
Manuel R. De La Cruz, a former engineering student at SAC, currently works as an engineer at the Exxon Chemical plant in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. A graduate of Clark High School in San Antonio, while at SAC, he was a student leader who served as President of the Mexican American Engineers & Scientists student organization and later served on the National Board of the MAES organization. He received the SAC META Scholarship and the National MAES Padrino Scholarship. He transferred to UTSA where he received his Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering.
Through his involvement in the SAC MAES student organization and the networking connections he developed, he was able to secure an internship with ExxonMobil, which ultimately led to a full-time career opportunity.
This is what Manuel has to say about his experience at SAC:
“I credit San Antonio College in great part for my success. Being a nontraditional student had its challenges. Especially since it had been a while since I had been in school. SAC provided a great environment in which I learned to be a student again. It also provided ample opportunities for scholarships and tutoring. The faculty and staff truly showed they cared.”
Joshua Silverstein, a former geology major at SAC, transferred to Missouri University of Science and Technology where he is currently working on his Bachelor of Science in Geology. While at SAC he was President of the SACNAS club for science majors.
Joshua says: “Of course the knowledge I gained is due to my personal aspirations. The faculty and advisors at SAC were very helpful and willing to make extra time to help in my success. My professors were very knowledgeable in their fields, giving me foresight of the detail that University level professors would expect me to understand. But it was my passion for education and dedication that showed the university I was serious about my education. If a student has an end in mind and the will to strive for their goals the ability of that individual to reach a level of professionalism greatly increases.”
Faculty, Staff & Administrators
Below are examples of former community college students who are now faculty or staff at San Antonio College.
Liz Ann Aguilar, a former SAC student and is now a faculty member in the English Department, received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from St. Mary’s University and is continuing her education, currently working on a Ph.D. from Texas A&M University in Educational Human Resource Development. While an undergraduate student, she was involved in such extracurricular activities as serving on the President’s Peace Commission, Mutinational Organization Studies, and American Chemical Society, and also tutor in the English grammar lab.
“My community college experience was not only a beneficial foundation for my college education but it was also a place that provided me with excellent mentorship and strong leadership.” She urges students to make it a habit each semester to check in with a counselor to update their transfer plan and apply for available scholarships.
Tunisha Potter, currently an Advisor with the Counseling & Advising Center at SAC, is working on a Master’s degree in Mental Health counseling, but is a graduate of San Antonio College with a major in Administrative Assistant technology. She went from SAC to Texas A&M University where she received a BAAS- Human Relations. She also served as a counselor in AmeriCorps before coming to work at SAC.
“While a student at SAC, I gained a strong foundation in the liberal arts which prepared me for education at a four-year institution and beyond.”
Casey Lechuga, now a faculty member in the Student Development Department of San Antonio College, worked as an Orientation to College student leader at SAC, transferred and received his Bachelor’s in Psychology from University of the Incarnate Word and then a Master’s in Counseling from Texas A&M Kingsville. He credits the community college experience with helping in making the transition to a 4-year university a smoother process and his workstudy position with SAC as a way to learn about colleges and career options and about how the transfer process works.