S.H.A.R.E. Center

Throughout remote teaching and learning, Palo Alto College and the Alamo Colleges District remain committed to providing resources to care for students’ needs in and outside the classroom. Students receive a personalized assessment and planning to help coordinate resources and monitor students’ health and human service needs.

Academic Peer Coaching

Career Services

Counseling Services

Financial Wellness

Sexual and Reproductive Health Services

Community Resources

Faculty Resources

Community Garden

 

For advocacy support, please contact:

Alamo Colleges Advocacy Helpline
210-486-1111

Hours of Operation:
Monday – Thursday: 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

S.H.A.R.E. Center
210-486-3121
pac-share@alamo.edu

Hours of Operation:
Monday: 8 a.m.–7 p.m.
Tuesday–Friday: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

 

Academic Peer Coaching

  • Academic Peer Coaching Workshops: The high-challenge courses that have a dedicated APC this semester will continue to have access to APC workshops presented via Zoom.
  • Academic Peer Coaching Social Circles: APCs will host regular social circles to help students navigate the new responsibilities and challenges of remote learning.
  • Academic Peer Coaching One-on-One Sessions: APCs will continue to meet one-on-one (remotely) with the students in the courses to which they are assigned. These sessions cover any number of challenges students may be facing.

 

 

Career Services

Career services offers preparation services for students including mock interviews, resume writing assistance, and career exploration. Learn more about our resources and tools for creating the career you want.
Nathalie Riojas
Career Services Advisor
210-486-3143 nriojas6@alamo.edu
Virtual Resume Writing

Virtual Resume Writing available by appointment only. Contact Nathalie Riojas at nriojas6@alamo.edu.

Academic and Career Exploration Resources
  • Career Coach: Find a career by knowing current local data on wages, employment, job postings, and associated education and training. Also, build a resume with the free resume builder
  • My Alamo Career: Career and education training come together in one place with online tools to assist in achieving your goals.
  • Learning Express - Job & Career Accelerator: Browse career information, find tools to get hired, build a resume, and search for jobs and internships from a national database.
  • Big Future Career Browser: Browse academic and career profiles by categories, keyword, or interest.
  • Texas H.O.T. Jobs: Search for health-related career info specific to Texas.
  • Texas Reality Check: Use one of three methods to compare occupations, lifestyles, and salary goals to find recommended careers.
  • Occupational Outlook Handbook: This guide includes career information for hundreds of occupations!
  • O-Net Online: This site is the nation's primary source for occupational information.
  • LearnHowtoBecome.org: This site uses expert-driven content to offer a comprehensive guide to begin, further, or change your career path
Educational and Career Planning

Focus 2 is an online tool that lets you plan out your educational goals and explore career options.

  • Explore majors based on personality self-assessments
  • Research careers associated with specific majors
  • Compare multiple occupations at once
  • Learn important industry data and facts
  • Create a personal Action Plan and Career Portfolio
  • Create your profile today! Use the Palo Alto College access code: palomino 

 

Jobs and Internships

Before you start your job search, you need to be prepared. Things to do:

  • Create/edit resumes, cover letters, and other documents needed for the application process. 
  • Create a list of three to six references. Don’t forget to ask permission!
  • Make a check list: full-time or part-time? Do you have the skills to work in fast food, retail, manufacturing? Knowing and employer's wants and needs will help you search more efficiently.
  • Schedule a mock interview with your advisor! Practice makes perfect, and a practice interview is one way to help you make a great first impression.

Use these additional websites to widen your job search

  • Glassdoor: Allows you to search for jobs but also provides good information about salaries, interviews, and companies.
  • JobStar Central: Lets you search “all,” “what,” and “where.”
  • Indeed: Use this site to post your resume and search for openings by: company name, keyword/title, location.
  • Snagajob: Provides postings for full-time and part-time hourly jobs. You can search by location, category, industry, position, and even company!
  • Texas Internship Challenge: Provides an opportunity to search for internships by keyword and location across the state. It is a partnership between the Texas Workforce Commission, Texas Education Agency, and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Create a profile, upload your resume, and start finding your internships today!

Use these websites to find a great internship!

  • City of San Antonio - Student Internship Program: Link theory to practice, gain real world experience, and develop specialized skills while working in departments within the city’s organization.
  • Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU): Find internship opportunities, available scholarships, and job search.
  • Texas Internships: Find internship opportunities in a variety of industries all over Texas!
  • internships.com: Identified by Forbes as a “Top 10 Career Website,” this site lets you search through over 70,000 openings by using keywords and location.
  • WayUp: Search for volunteer and paid internships by companies, cities, or categories. Sign up and create your profile to let recruiters find you!

 

 

Counseling Services

Counseling Services has moved to a telehealth model of care. Counseling Services are offered remotely via a secure online environment to continue supporting the needs of all students enrolled at Palo Alto College. Brief, solution-focused mental health counseling can be scheduled free of charge to enrolled students. Counselors remain available during regular office hours by phone, email, or video (by appointment only).

Contact Counseling
Services at:

210-486-3750
pac-counselor@alamo.edu
(Please use your alamo.edu email account for increased security and to ensure your message is received.)

 

 

Financial Wellness

Financial Wellness resources are available to help students with financial planning, budget management, emergency aid, and more. All Financial Literacy sessions provided via Zoom session with PowerPoint and an accompanying interactive online activity on iGrad.
Kiana Pina
Financial Literacy Advisor
210-486-3136 kpina18@alamo.edu
Emergency Assistance

Emergency Assistance is provided for students through emergency grants to help with unexpected emergencies such as rent and utilities.

Apply now

Financial Wellness Sessions
  • Budgeting: Students will receive knowledge and skills related to financial wellness (via PowerPoint and computer lesson). Students will complete an iGrad Budget Sheet/My Money Personality Assessment. Students will learn how to set up a free Virtual Financial Coaching Session.

  • Credit Basics: Students will receive knowledge and skills related to financial wellness (via PowerPoint and computer lesson). Students will learn the impact of the credit score on borrowing. Students will learn how to register for a free Virtual Financial Coaching Session.

  • Banking Basics: Participants will learn about types of accounts, fees, statements, debit cards, credit cards, etc.
Virtual Coaching Sessions

Virtual coaching is a service of Trellis Company, through which students are paired with a trained financial coach to help them reach their education, career, and financial goals and help them develop a financial plan and prepare for their future. Coaching is confidential, free, flexible with students’ schedules, and simple to access:

  1. Visit  aie.org/coaching
  2. Go to “Schedule Appointment”
iGrad

The money management tool students’ love and schools trust. FREE interactive resource for money, career exploration, scholarships, student loans, and financial literacy tools. To access…

  1. Go to  igrad.com/schools/pac
  2. Sign up for an account
  3. Search by topics or courses
Texas Reality Check

It’s never too early to start planning for the future. Texas Reality Check will show you how much your anticipated living expenses will cost, and how much you need to earn to pay for them.

  1. Visit texasrealitycheck.com
  2. Begin with “Lifestyle Calculator”
  3. Select the location in which you are trying to build your future in (San Antonio can be set as default).
  4. For each category (housing, food, transportation, clothing, entertainment, etc.), select the option that reflects the type of lifestyle you want to live after obtaining your associate or bachelor’s degree.
  5. Based on your responses, a monthly expense is created to show you how much you would be spending a month on household bills.
  6. After you are told what your total monthly expenses look like you will have the opportunity to see if you would have the ability to sustain all your monthly expenses with the career you are pursuing. 

 

 

Sexual and Reproductive Health Services

The BAEBSAFE program educates young adolescents about healthy relationships and life skills through abstinence and sexual health education workshops. 

BAE-B-SAFE Services Overview (Sexual & Reproductive Health) provides an introduction to BBS resources and education classes available free for students.

Watch now

 

Sex Ed. 101 Online Lessons (Sexual & Reproductive Health) teaches students knowledge and skills related to reproductive health.

Watch now

 

 

Community Resources

Texas 211 United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County
Dial 211 from any phone
24-hour up-to-date information and referral for Bexar and surrounding counties for all health and human service related resources.

San Antonio COVID-19 Hotline
210-207-5779
Hours of Operation:
Monday–Friday: 8 a.m.–7 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday: 9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
This hotline is for residents to ask questions about the coronavirus, and it is available in English and Spanish. For more information, visit the City of San Antonio website
COVID-19 information in American Sign Language

Mental Health Crisis Hotline
210-223-7233
The Center for Health Care Services substance abuse and mental health crisis hotline is available 24/7.

San Antonio Food Bank
210-431-8326 or 1-800-246-9121
Food assistance, access to food pantries and other referrals.

Through remote services, the S.H.A.R.E. Center continues to work with our partner agency the San Antonio Food Bank who hosts food fairs and pop up markets throughout the city of San Antonio. To learn more about the SAFB Food Fair program, please contact: SAFB Food Fair Department at 210-431-8424 or foodfairs@safoodbank.org.

Suicide Intervention Services
1-800-273-8255
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for those in distress.

 

 

Faculty Resources

The S.H.A.R.E. Center supports faculty through classroom resources ranging from presentations to service learning consultations. 
Hunter Bates 210-486-3198 hbates4@alamo.edu

Don’t Cancel That Class

Faculty members, in lieu of canceling class, the S.H.A.R.E. Center’s Don’t Cancel That Class program offers educational presentations beyond the course subject that contribute to students’ holistic development. Faculty can request a session by completing this form in AlamoEXPERIENCE. The following sessions are available:

Career
  • Resume Writing: In this session students will learn the importance of having a strong professional resume, while actively completing a resume.

  • Professionalism in Social Media: Educates students on the importance of a LinkedIn profile as well as the implications of discriminatory social media posts and how to avoid post-hire termination. Activity: Students can build a LinkedIn account.

  • Mastering an Interview: This workshop prepares students with strategic designs to answering hard hitting interview questions. Highlights: understanding the elevator speech, non-verbal communication, and tips and techniques.
General Sessions and Engagement
  • S.H.A.R.E. Center Services Overview: This presentation covers the resources and opportunities available to students through the S.H.A.R.E. Center, including the food pantry, professional clothes closet, financial literacy and career advising, emergency aid grants, housing assistance, social services, and volunteer opportunities.

  • AlamoEXPERIENCE & Campus Involvement: Students will learn about the benefits of campus engagement and how to use the AlamoEXPERIENCE platform to engage with clubs, stay up to date with campus events, find volunteer opportunities, and track involvement with the Experience Transcript.

  • Exploring Pathways of Public Service and Civic Engagement: Students will use the Pathways of Public Service and Civic Engagement (PPSCE) diagnostic developed by Stanford University's Haas Center to learn about their predispositions and interests toward different approaches to social change. Students will then review different volunteer and career options that align with their individual results.

  • Census 2020: In this session students will learn basic information about the 2020 Census, the importance of a complete count to their communities, misinformation about the process, and what they can do to help get a complete count.
Service Learning

Service Learning Course Design Consultation: If you are interested in planning a service learning course, contact Hunter Bates at hbates4@alamo.edu.

Begin planning the structure of your course with this course development worksheet

Service Learning Library Guide Community Partner Database

 

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Contact Information

210-486-3121
pac-share@alamo.edu

Hours of Operation:
Monday: 8 a.m.–7 p.m.
Tuesday–Friday: 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

 

Delilah Marquez 
Overall support and case management

210-486-3128

dmarquez1@alamo.edu

Alex Luna
Student support

210-486-3164

aluna195@alamo.edu

 

 

Hunter Bates
Service Learning, Academic Peer Coaches

210-486-3198

hbates4@alamo.edu

 

Nathalie Riojas
Career Services

210-486-3143

nriojas6@alamo.edu

  Kiana Piña
Emergency Aid

210-486-3136

kpina18@alamo.edu

Rhonda O’Cana
Personal Counseling

210-486-3751

rocana@alamo.edu

 

  Andrea Flores
Personal Counseling

210-486-3752

aflores743@alamo.edu