Welcome Center

Our team is here to help you with any questions you may have to make sure you are 100% ready to start your educational journey here at Palo Alto College!
We can help with:

  • Application assistance
  • Texas Success Initiative (TSI) information
  • Uploading bacterial meningitis paperwork
  • FAFSA & TAFSA application assistance
  • Campus tours (click here to sign up today!)
  • Getting you ready and registered for New Student Orientation (NSO)

 Let’s get you NSO READY!

Meet our Team

Andres C. Arredondo, Welcome Center Senior Coordinator 
University of Notre Dame, Class of 2000
College Tip: ALWAYS advocate for yourself! If you are having problems of any kind, talk to your professor, Advisor, or your friends in the Welcome Center!  Never be afraid to ask for help!


Leandro Esparza, Welcome Center Coordinator
Texas A&M University, Class of 1981
College Tip: Be curious.


Alyssa Forey, Senior Advisor
College Connection Territories: McCollum High School, San Antonio Can Academy, Jourdanton High School, Brooks Academy, Southwest High School

Texas A&M University – San Antonio, Class of 2016
College Tip: There are many people willing to assist you and simplify the process from the very beginning to the end. Always remember that the reason you are doing this is to make your life better.


Karla Frausto, Senior Advisor
College Connection Territories: Southside High School, South San High School, Por Vida Academy, Legacy High School, Somerset High School
Texas A&M University – San Antonio, Class of 2015
College Tip: Create a goal and persevere. 


Isaac Salazar,Senior Advisor
College Connection Territories: Kennedy High School, Memorial High School, Harlandale High School, Charlotte High School, Somerset High School
Texas A&M University, Class of 2011
College Tip: Write down usernames and passwords on your phones note section. You are less likely to lose your phone compared to writing things down on paper. Or you could simple take a picture too! Use your phone to its maximum potential. 


Miguel ValdezSenior Advisor
College Connection Territories: East Central High School, Lytle High School, Floresville High School, Poteet High School, Frank Tejeda Academy
University of Texas – Pan American, Class of 2014
College Tip: Don’t compare yourself to other students. It's easy to feel lost, especially when it comes to college. Remember that everyone is unique and you have four years to cultivate yours. A straight line may be the shortest distance between two points, but it is by no means the most interesting.


Palomino Saturdays (first Saturday of each month)
Learn about what Palo Alto College has to offer, take a campus tour, and receive assistance with completing the ApplyTexas Application and FAFSA for financial aid. Registration coming soon! 

Palomino Early Start (for incoming first-time students)
Get a jump start on your freshman year the summer before your first term! 

Learn more


Contact Information:

Palomino Center (PC 103)



Monday: 8 a.m.–7 p.m.
Tuesday—Friday:  a.m.–5 p.m.
Palomino Saturdays (first Saturday of each month): 9 a.m.–1 p.m.