Palo Alto College awarded $83k to host STEM camps

June 8, 2021

Marketing and Strategic Communications

Palo Alto College was awarded a grant by the Texas Workforce Commission to provide summer youth camps that focus on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

The College will receive $83,206 through the Governor's Summer Merit Program. This funding will help support the Code the Future summer camp with Youth Code Jam (YCJ), set to be hosted virtually in June and July.

"This award by Texas Workforce Commission reaffirms Palo Alto College's commitment to building a college-going culture through Educate South, and our Summer Programs are part of that charge," said Dr. Robert Garza, president of Palo Alto College. "The children in our community are the future leaders of industry, and it is through STEM education and career exploration opportunities like those offered by our summer camps that they can get a better sense of the possibilities available to them."

This is the fifth year Palo Alto College has partnered with YCJ as part of its After School and Summer Programs to provide students from diverse backgrounds opportunities to learn about coding fundamentals and career possibilities.

"We are so excited to receive this award to support programming that is inclusive and provide opportunities that help build confidence in students from all walks of life," said Erron Gonzalez, STEM Center Coordinator.

YCJ experiences engage students in ways that get them excited about coding, engineering, and robotics, building confidence in their skills and inspiring them to imagine themselves in the tech-driven jobs of the future.

This year's Summer Programs will be held either live via video conferencing or can be streamed from your home device at your child's leisure. All sessions are age-specific, and some require registration. To view the full schedule, visit To learn more about Educate South, visit

Palo Alto College, part of the Alamo Colleges District, is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, is a Rising Star winner of the 2019 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, and is celebrating its 35-year anniversary. With over 10,000 students, Palo Alto College is accredited to offer associate degrees and short-term certificates. The College is located on the south side of San Antonio at 1400 W. Villaret Blvd. at I-410 and Texas Hwy 16 and online at