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Celebrating 60 Years of…

Celebrating 60 Years of Excellence: Texas Higher Education Star Award finalist facts on St. Philip’s College Automotive Technology program shared online this week
Automotive Technology Program Award Finalist

Celebrating 60 Years of Excellence

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board is sharing additional information this week on the award-winning performance excellence of a St. Philip’s College academic program that observes its 60th year in 2017.

The St. Philip's College automotive technology program is a finalist in the board’s Texas Higher Education Star Award program for 2017. While one finalist is recognized, the best practices of all finalists are shared now in the permanent record that corporate business leaders use as a resource on how education is contributing toward achieving goals in Texas' long-range strategic plan to remain globally competitive.

Members of the Texas Community College Teachers Association that is by far the largest organization of postsecondary educators in Texas have also posted online the announcement on finalists shared by the board. Many association members are likely to attend the Texas Higher Education Leadership Conference that includes the Star Award event Dec. 1 in Austin in their capacities as industry professionals in the effort to keep Texas---one of the world's largest economies---among economies at the top of the list.

The board’s finalist academic institutions and their board-recognized premiere programs for 2017 are Austin Community College District (Accelerated Programmer Training), Coastal Bend College (Pathways to Success for Students in Allied Health), Odessa College (Eight-Week Terms: A Pathway to 60x30TX), St. Philip’s College (Automotive Technology), The University of Texas at Dallas (Undergraduate Success Scholars), The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley (15 to GRAD: Tuition Plan, Advising, & Outreach to Support 15 Hour Enrollment), University of Houston (UH in 4) and University of Houston-Downtown (The Gateway Course Innovation Initiative).

As a finalist applicant in the 2017 award process, initial review panelists have referred the innovative work of the St. Philip's College automotive technology program and colleague programs to a nine-member external review and selection committee, while the board is sharing facts on what makes the college’s automotive technology program---established in 1957 under the leadership of Saint and St. Philip’s College President Emeritus Artemisia Bowden---so successful. All finalists are innovators in support of the state's higher education plan, 60x30TX, engines in a globally competitive workforce that positions Texas as an international leader. Perennially one of the college’s most popular programs in terms of enrollment, the automotive program's efforts cut across such multiple goals and targets of the 60x30TX plan as an educated population, college completion, desirable marketable skills and low student debt, explained Chris Beardsall and William Fuller. Fuller is the chair of the college's automotive program and Beardsall is the dean of applied science and technology at the college.

Find the association’s report Coordinating Board Announces Finalists at http://www.tccta.org/2017/09/28/coordinating-board-announces-finalists/, and find the board’s St. Philip's College automotive technology program description at the online board document Summary Description and Outcomes.

About the automotive technology program at St. Philip’s College: Established in 1957 under the leadership of Saint and St. Philip’s College President Emeritus Artemisia Bowden, St. Philip’s College operates the area’s oldest college level automotive technology program and is also a regional training center for incumbent technicians from such automakers as General Motors and Ford Motor Company. Automotive technology is one of the college's top 10 most popular degree programs, helping students master the skills to service modern vehicles. Enrollment details on the automotive technology program are available online or from department chair William Fuller at wfuller@alamo.edu or (1-210) 486-2568.

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