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Chase, one of the largest employers in San Antonio with 5,000 local workers, has awarded a $100,000 grant to the Alamo Colleges District to develop a career pathway model and accompanying curriculum for the District’s award-winning I-BEST (Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training) program.
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Alamo Colleges District Awarded $100,000 Chase Grant To Enhance I-BEST Program

Chase, one of the largest employers in San Antonio with 5,000 local workers, has awarded a $100,000 grant to the Alamo Colleges District to develop a career pathway model and accompanying curriculum for the District’s award-winning I-BEST (Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training) program. The grant will allow the I-BEST program to build structured career pathways that align with three of the District’s AlamoINSTITUTES: manufacturing; health/certified nursing assistant to medical assisting; and information technology.

The grant also will fund contextualized curriculum in reading, writing and math relevant to students’ career pathways. For example, in reading, an instructor might include books or articles related to the medical field rather than traditional literature. This helps the students stay focused while improving their essential skills in order to be successful in the coursework.

“The I-BEST initiative has dramatically increased graduation rates for students at the Alamo Colleges District,” said Morris Camp, managing director and market executive for Chase in San Antonio. "That’s why Chase is committing $100,000 to the expansion of this program—it really works. This grant will give students the chance to sharpen their professional skills and seek good-paying jobs in San Antonio’s hottest sectors, including manufacturing, information technology and healthcare. Expanding opportunity for the people of San Antonio is crucial for our success as a community,” Camp added.

“We are truly appreciative of the opportunity this generous grant provides to take our nationally recognized I-BEST program to the next level,” said Alamo Colleges District Chancellor Dr. Bruce Leslie. “It will help us to better serve students in the program and potentially allow us to offer I-BEST to students enrolled at the colleges of the Alamo Colleges District,” he added.

I-BEST provides a customized, fast-track approach to learning that allows adults with low levels of education and skills to increase their skills quickly and increase their earnings. I-BEST is a proven model that addresses adult workforce education needs though contextualized learning, concurrent instruction and pathways for attainment of academic and workforce credentials. I-BEST students enroll in career and technology education certificate programs while receiving the adult basic education training they need to succeed in their coursework and careers. The I-BEST combined three-year completion rate is 89% and the job placement rate for graduates is 72%.

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