AlamoPROMISE Steering Committee Powered By Top Local Leaders
April 17, 2019
A blue ribbon roster of local business, education and non-profit leaders gathered today for their first meeting as the steering committee for the Alamo Colleges District’s AlamoPROMISE initiative.
The district is working collaboratively with the city and county to make the concept of AlamoPROMISE a reality. AlamoPROMISE will provide the first two years of college at one of the Alamo Colleges District’s five colleges to eligible students who plan to earn an associate degree or certifications, take courses for transfer or complete workforce training.
AlamoPROMISE will provide a last-dollar scholarship, funded with support from public and private sector partners and foundations, to fill the gap between a student’s financial aid award and the cost of tuition and fees for the first two years of college at one of the district’s five colleges. AlamoPROMISE also incorporates comprehensive student support services, from career exploration and advising to connections to social services and student advocacy centers. This support, which is provided to all Alamo Colleges District students, will address transportation and childcare costs, food insufficiency and other barriers students face in completing college.
Chairing the committee are Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff, Mayor Ron Nirenberg and Alamo Colleges District Chancellor Dr. Mike Flores. They are joined on the committee by:
- Kevin Voelkel, President, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas
- Peter John Holt, CEO, Holt Cat
- Jeff Goldhorn, Executive Director, Education Service Center Region 20
- Richard Perez, President/CEO, San Antonio Chamber of Commerce
- Diane Sanchez, President/CEO, San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
- Cynthia Matson, President, Texas A&M University – San Antonio
- Taylor Eighmy, President, The University of Texas at San Antonio
- Ryan Ludgalia-Hollon, Executive Director, Up Partnership
- Lloyd Verstuyft, Superintendent, Southwest ISD
- Pedro Martinez, Superintendent, San Antonio ISD
- Brian Woods, Superintendent, Northside ISD
- Jeanette Ball, Superintendent, Judson ISD
- Kate Rogers, Outreach and Civic Engagement, Charles Butt Foundation
- Rebecca Brune, President, San Antonio Area Foundation
- Romanita Matta-Barrera, Executive Director, SA Works
All of the chairs were encourage and enthused about the program and the partnerships.
"With AlamoPROMISE, we will impact not only our students and their families, but the larger community as well,” said Flores. "We will make a college education possible for a larger percentage of high school graduates and address regional workforce needs by providing more graduates who have the skills to qualify for the high-demand, high-wage jobs that often go unfilled in one of the fastest growing regions in the country.”
“AlamoPROMISE is a transforming initiative for San Antonio students, said Wolff. "It will lift the barriers allowing Bexar County students an opportunity to obtain the best in skill training and education,” he added.
“The AlamoPROMISE will be truly transformative for our city,” said Nirenberg. "Tuition-free community college through a last-dollar scholarship is a game-changer for workforce and economic development. Today’s steering committee meeting was productive and TeamSA is all working together to make this promise a reality,” he added.
Steering Committee members have been invited to learn first-hand about the Tennessee Promise program and how its success can be replicated for AlamoPROMISE. The visit on May 7 will be hosted by TN Achieve Executive Director Kristy DeAlejandro in Knoxville, Tennessee.
At the Alamo Colleges District, high quality education and affordable costs provide exceptional value to students and alumni who are major contributors to the economy and culture of our community. For more information, go to www.alamo.edu/promise.