Learning from our community makes us strong
February 14, 2018
On Feb. 21, 1983, a group of community leaders asked the Alamo Community College District board of trustees to approve a college campus in south San Antonio that would provide equal access to education for all San Antonio residents.
That day, the Alamo Colleges board voted to add a third college to their district — what is now known as Palo Alto College.
Without the determination of our community in the 1970s and 1980s to bring higher education to south San Antonio, Palo Alto College may not have been established. Over the last 35 years, Palo Alto College has grown from enrolling 231 students in the first year to now educating more than 10,000 students each semester and awarding a continuously record-breaking number of degrees and certificates every year.
It is imperative for a community college to understand the needs of the individuals it supports each day, just as those original community leaders understood the need for education.
This year, Palo Alto College faculty, staff, students, and partners will come together to build a new strategic plan that will guide the College though the next five years. This week, Dr. Mike Flores, president of the College, invited students enrolled in High School Programs and their parents to provide their input. Their feedback, combined with input from students, faculty, staff, and community members, will help shape the future of the high-quality education, resources, and opportunities Palo Alto College provides.
In addition to hosting community conversations about the strategic direction of the College, a survey was embedded into Palo Alto College’s State of the College community newsletter in January. Those interested in providing their input can do so at: bit.ly/PACSurvey2018.
Community feedback is important to the future of Palo Alto College. Our community’s determination helped build Palo Alto College 35 years ago, and we want to continue to change lives in south San Antonio for years to come.