Brackenridge Education Training Center


Our Mission

The Centers serve as "one-stop centers" that meet community members where they are and provide academic and workforce training for student success. 

About "BETC"

The Brackenridge Education Center formally known as the Eastside Community Education & Technology Center opened in the Spring of 2000 and was housed at the St. Paul United Methodist Church on the second floor. Later in Spring of 2007, the Center moved into the SPUMC Lowe-Woods Educational and Community Complex where it is currently housed. The original Eastside Center was the third Alamo Colleges off-site community education & technology center of the three (Southside, Westside, Eastside). The Centers were established to serve as links between the community and the Alamo Colleges and continues to do so 21 years later, up to now. In 2003, the Centers were recognized by the Texas Higher Education Coordinator Board and were awarded the Star Award for the exceptional contributions toward the goals of the Higher Education Plan in Closing the Gaps by increasing the recruitment of low-income, educationally disadvantaged, and first-generation students by 2015. The mission of the Centers is to ensure the delivery of services in such a way that the southside community's needs are met in the most efficient and effective manner by creating collaborations with local school districts, churches, and community-based organizations. Centers are dedicated to the elimination of barriers that traditionally restrict access to college for students from diverse backgrounds and cultures. BETC is committed to helping students by providing preliminary college enrollment processing assistance and workforce training opportunities to prospective and/or former students who are interested in attending any of the Alamo Colleges. Since the inception of BETC, the center has served over 40,000 students. BETC serves as a “one-stop center” that meets community members where they are and provide academic and workforce training for student success.


What does the center have to offer?

  • Information on Alamo Colleges
  • Admissions Processing (ApplyTexas)
  • Assessment of Basic Skills (TSI/TABE)
  • Financial Aid Information & Processing (FAFSA/TASFA)
  • Assistance with Registration (Academic & Workforce Training)
  • Career Exploration (Career Coach)
  • GED/ESL Classes

On-Site Partners

St. Paul United Methodist Church SAISD Adult & Community Education

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Contact Information

532 Center St. San Antonio, TX 78202

Phone: (210)485-0280

Office Hours:
Monday-Friday: 8 am - 5:00 pm
Evening Hours:
Scheduled by Appointment
The BETC Team

Carmen De Luna-Jones
Off-Site Coordinator

Valerie Encino-Valadez
Student Success Advisor

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