Northwest Vista College Celebrates 25 Years of Education, Engagement and Experience in Far West San Antonio
San Antonio, TX – Throughout the year, Northwest Vista College (NVC), one of the Alamo District Colleges, is celebrating 25 years of providing education, engagement, and experience along the HWY 151 corridor in the scenic Westover Hills area in Far West San Antonio.
Over the past 25 years, NVC, which held its first classes in 1995 with 12 students, has grown to 16,752 students in 2018 and has graduated thousands of students with associate degrees, associate of applied science degrees and certificates. With the March opening of the Desert Willow Welcome Center and Texas Ash Parking Garage, which will house areas such as advising and enrollment services, the college expects to accommodate a future enrollment of 20,000 students.
In its two and a half decades, NVC has been honored for its commitment to student learning, advising, and the preservation of campus nature, along with regional and national top rankings by Best Colleges.com and Niche.com. The college received the Texas Award for Performance Excellence in 2007 for “role models for achieving sustained performance excellence,” and was a part of the Alamo Colleges District that won the 2018 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award—a presidential-level honor that is the most prestigious honor a higher education institution can achieve for performance excellence in innovation, efficiency, and leadership.
NVC was most recently one of the 150 colleges eligible for the 2019 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the country’s signature recognition of top achievement and performance in learning, certificate and degree completion, employment and earnings as well as high levels of access and success for minority and low-income students. The college has again been invited to apply for the 2021 award.
It all began in 1994 when World Savings donated 111.9 acres and the Alamo Colleges District purchased 25.5 acres for $217,000. A year later, the Alamo Colleges District Board of Trustees approved the establishment of the fourth college and later approved the name, chosen from 258 ideas submitted by community residents. The first phase of construction of the current NVC campus began the following year.
By the first commencement ceremony, held in 1998 at the University of Incarnate Word, there were 20 graduates and enrollment had increased to more than 1,500.
NVC went from having three buildings in 1998 to having 11 in 2009, as the college expanded to include more classrooms and a lake in the middle of campus. When the modern two-story 50,000-square-foot Desert Willow Welcome Center and Texas Ash Parking Garage opens this spring, the campus will have its twelfth building and second parking garage.
NVC continues to grow and serve our students and community through innovative college practices, such as providing free education to many area high school graduates through AlamoPROMISE, an Alamo Colleges District initiative.
About Northwest Vista College: Alamo Colleges - Northwest Vista College opened in 1995 with 12 students. Currently, enrollment exceeds 16,000 students who are pursuing associate degrees and certificates, as well as transferring to four-year institutions. Located in Westover Hills, Northwest Vista College’s expanding agreements with business and higher education partnerships provide a wealth of opportunities for students and the community.
We are excited to announce that Northwest Vista is celebrating its 25th anniversary on __________, 2020 kicking the year off with 25 events within the academic year. 25 years since your local college was founded. These 25 years have been home to many talented individuals making an impact throughout our community. By 2020 there will be more than _________ ELUMs (or other impressive statistic.) within our institution. We have a lot to celebrate! Festivities will include, _____________, __________, __________. The event underscored the importance of UCALL's long and productive history at Union.
Schedule of Events
<pstyle="display: none;>On ________, 2020, workshops and discussion groups will be held during the day. The evening will feature a celebration at ____________, including a keynote speaker __________, on what's to come for the next generation of students.
__:__ a.m. - __:__ p.m. - ______________
Help us recognize students, faculty and staff who are going above and beyond to live NVC touchstones of learning, community, caring, synergy, diversity, creativity, openness, integrity and joy.