Community Column: PAC's newest multipurpose building reaches milestone
August 31, 2021
The population growth in the San Antonio metropolitan area is projected to increase by 1 million residents by 2035. Such an increase will require additional educational resources to support this growing demand. That is why in 2017, Bexar County voters approved a $450 million bond for the Alamo Colleges, with $66 million allocated to capital improvement projects at Palo Alto College.
As we begin a new academic year, a small group of community partners, city officials and Alamo Colleges District leaders gathered to celebrate a milestone in the construction of the Rio Grande building. The topping out ceremony held on Sept. 1 is part of a long-standing tradition, as the structure of a building is being completed by the last beam being placed.
With a scheduled completion date for Fall 2022, this joint-purpose building will serve as the primary entry point to campus and be home to a new Student Engagement & Welcome Center. It will also include specialized spaces for various academic programs to expand training for high-wage, high-demand occupations in our region, including advanced manufacturing, artificial intelligence, robotics, cyber security, logistics, dental hygiene, science labs, and criminal justice.
We are so thankful that our community continues to invest in the Alamo Colleges District, which allows us the opportunity to enhance our students’ college experience and prepare them for their future careers. During these unprecedented times, it is encouraging that our students continue to believe in the pursuit of higher education for a brighter future for themselves and their families.
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.