Community Column: Keeping students first

August 16, 2021

Dr. Robert Garza

This month marks the beginning of a new academic year at Palo Alto College and across the Alamo Colleges District.

The start of a new year always brings enthusiasm and excitement about what’s to come. For the Fall 2021 semester, our colleges and offices will be open and the semester will begin on Aug. 23, as scheduled.

As we continue to navigate the evolving concerns related to the COVID-19 Delta variant, the Alamo Colleges District has made the decision to continue working and learning remotely for the first two weeks of the fall semester.

Although the past year and a half have brought unprecedented challenges for us all, over 11,000 individuals from our community have enrolled at Palo Alto College to pursue their education. This is a testament to the resilience of our community and students as they have chosen to pursue their goals even in uncertain times.

Our dedicated faculty and staff remain committed to keeping students first and helping them fulfill their academic goals and achieve success. We have resources, plans, and support available to help prepare students for the upcoming semester.

For example, in partnership with UT Health, students can visit with a medical professional in our Wellness 360 Clinics in the Student Center or via telehealth from the comfort of their home. Students can make an appointment by calling 210-485-0571.

Additionally, San Antonio Metro Health is hosting a COVID-19 “pop-up” Pfizer vaccine clinic on campus on Friday, Aug. 20, from noon to 6 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center. For additional dates and locations, visit covid19.sanantonio.gov/What-YOU-Can-Do/Vaccination.

Palo Alto College will continue to monitor the situation and will adjust as needed based on the risk level in San Antonio. I have no doubt that students enrolled in college this semester are destined for greatness, and they will contribute to the legacy of excellence at Palo Alto College.

To learn more about our return to campus plans, visit us at alamo.edu/pac/rtc.

This column by Dr. Robert Garza, president of Palo Alto College, was originally published in the San Antonio Express-News' Southside Reporter and mysanantonio.com.