S.H.A.R.E. Center


Career Preparation

The Goodwill Clothes Closet is available to currently enrolled students through a partnership with Goodwill Industries of San Antonio. Students can receive professional clothing for interviews, networking events, or internships. Additional career preparation services include mock interviews, resume writing assistance, and career assessments.

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Community Resources

The S.H.A.R.E. Center provides a variety of services to students but also connects students to resources available in the surrounding community. Visit the S.H.A.R.E. Center for more information, or view this list of community resources that may be helpful.

Financial Wellness

Financial Wellness resources are available to help students with financial planning, budget management, emergency aid, and more. 

Financial Literacy

Programs are offered throughout the year to enable students to better prepare financial timelines and focus on their coursework. Resources available year-round include:

  • One-on-one virtual financial coaching through AIE (Trellis Company), which helps students develop a financial plan to reach their education, career, and financial goals.
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  •  iGrad is a free resource for students to get better at money management, make sense of their student loans, and get ready for their dream job.
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Emergency Aid

When unforeseen, unplanned and unavoidable events demand immediate attention, the Palo Alto College Emergency Aid Program helps students secure funds on short notice to allow them to continue attending courses and progressing through degree requirements. Two programs are available to enrolled students in need of limited, short-term financial assistance: emergency grants (does not require repayment) and emergency loans (requires repayment). 

  • Emergency Grant: In partnership with the Trellis Company, the emergency grant does not require repayment and can be used for expenses such as utilities, housing, rent, food, medical/dental, and childcare. The average award amount is $500.
  • Emergency Loan: The emergency loan requires repayment and can be used for expenses such as books, school supplies, automobile expenses, and gas. The maximum award amount is $300.  

To learn more about qualifications and funding usage restrictions, visit the S.H.A.R.E. Center or apply now.


Food Pantry

Non-perishable food items are available to students and the general public, in partnership with San Antonio Food Bank. 

Students may access the Food Pantry Monday–Friday from 8 a.m.–5 p.m. (closed on Fridays in June and July).

Community members may access the Food Pantry every other Friday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (during June and July, distribution will occur every other Thurday).


Health Services

The BAEBSAFE Program provides abstinence-based education and reproductive health programming for students. The program partners with local health care agencies and provides referrals for students, including HIV, STD, and pregnancy testing. In addition, referrals can be made for mental health services, personal counseling, and eye and dental screenings.



Healthy Hub

Healthy Hub is powered by an AmeriCorps VISTA team, whose focus is on creating a community garden, hosting Farmers' Markets on campus, and other initiatives. These opportunities engage students in bridging academic success and service learning, while teaching the importance of nutritious choices.



Service Learning

Opportunities provided through service learning benefit both the community and the student population. Programming includes  alternative spring break, curriculum-driven service trips, and PAC Gives Back volunteer opportunities for students.


Social Services 

Daughters of Charity Services of San Antonio provides social services to students and the general public, including utility assistance, health care referrals, and assistance in registering for healthcare. Services are available Mondays and Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.


Counseling Services 

Licensed personal counselors and counseling student interns are available to provide free short-term or crisis mental health counseling services free of charge to enrolled students. Students pursue counseling for help with a wide range of areas, such as: academic performance, anxiety, depression, self-injury, mood swings, relationship issues, career indecision, time management, and more. 

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Contact Information

Hours of Operation:
Monday: 8 a.m.–7 p.m.
Tuesday–Friday: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.
(Closed on Fridays in June and July)

Hours may vary for different services provided through the S.H.A.R.E. Center. Any variation is indicated in the list of services above.

The S.H.A.R.E. Center observes all Palo Alto College campus closures.

Location: Student Center 101

Phone: 210-486-3121

Carlos Cruz
Director of Student Success

Delilah Marquez
Grant Project Director – Title V DHSI Project Impacto