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.


Grab and Go Meals

During Fall 2020, the S.H.A.R.E. Center will offer Grab and Go meals, which will be available for pickup from the Welcome Center area located in Ozuna 136. You can pick up a meal by contacting the on-site Welcome Center at 210-486-3100.

On-site hours of operation:
Monday and Thursday
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).

Learn more

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

The Financial Wellness program offers free services, resources, and programs that help improve your financial knowledge and address financial emergencies. By gaining skills and increasing your awareness, you can become financially literate to create a path for long-term financial wellbeing.

  • Learn more about personal finances! Topics include budgeting, credit, student loans, saving, identity theft, and general smart borrowing.
  • Develop healthy financial habits to reach a state of well being.
  • Receive short-term financial assistance if faced with hardship.
Don’t know where to get started? Schedule an appointment with Kiana Piña, Financial Literacy Sr. Advisor, by calling 210-486-3121 or emailing kpina18@alamo.edu.
Financial Literacy

Virtual Coaching Session

Virtual coaching is “a service of Trellis Company (funds the grant program) offering free one-on-one virtual coaching. Students will be paired with a trained financial coach to help reach their education, career, and financial goals and help develop a financial plan and prepare for their future. The coaching is confidential, free, and works with the student’s availability.

  1. Go to aie.org./coaching
  2. Go to “Schedule Appointment“
  3. Create an Account
  4. Once your account is created indicate in the 3 options provided what dates and times you are available to complete this coaching session a. Note: Weekends do not count and the first session you can sign up for must be 24 hours in advance.
  5. Submit your options and save/print the two documents included at the end of the registration page
    (you will need them at the time of your coaching session) a. A coach will contact you within two business days to confirm the day and time of your session. Remember to sign up on a day you will have access to a computer. If you do not have a computer with a camera the session will be done via phone call.

 

iGrad

This FREE money management tool is an interactive resource for money, career exploration, scholarships, student loans, and financial literacy tools.

Search by:

Topics: managing money, paying for school, finding a career, and more.

Courses: creating a budget, assessing your financial health, understanding your credit report, understanding your paycheck, using banking and checking, using credit cards responsibly, and more.

Tools: scholarship search, job search, budget sheet, financial aid coach, games, live webinars, etc. Watch this ‘How it Works’ video to become familiar with iGrad.

Emergency Aid

The emergency aid program is a grant program meant to help students pay for an expense that, if not addressed immediately, could result in students leaving school. Emergency grant funds cannot be used to cover school expenses (parking, tuition, fines, balances, books, supplies, required tools/equipment, etc.).The funds must be used for expenses such as: utilities, housing/rent, food, medical/dental, personal automobile expenses, public transportation/bus passes, child care, fuel, etc. Payments to the third-party agency (e.g., utility service) are made by Palo Alto College, so students will not directly receive any funds. Grants cannot be used for tuition or balances.The program is available
to enrolled students in need of limited, short-term financial assistance; an emergency grant does not require repayment.

  1. On the AlamoSync home page, click the “Sign In” button in the upper right-hand corner using your Aces login information.
  2. Use the Search tool to find “PAC Student Life”.
  3. Click on the blue “Join” button located in the right-hand corner.
  4. Find the “Dr. Mike Flores Emergency Aid Program” application under Forms.
  5. Complete and submit the application.

Palo Alto College will review submitted applications and requirements before approving it. If students are approved for emergency aid, they will be asked to schedule an appointment to complete the process. Students with questions may schedule appointments prior to completing the application with Kiana Piña.

Meet our team

Kiana-SHARECenter.jpgKiana Piña
kpina18@alamo.edu
Financial Literacy Sr. Advisor
Bachelor of Social Work, Our Lady of the Lake University

“Financial education is knowledge you can take with you for the rest of your life, and as I tell my students, no one can take that away from you.”

 

 

 

Sexual and Reproductive Health Services

By educating and empowering students through sexual and reproductive health education, BAE-B-SAFE is preparing and connecting students with the resources they need to make educated choices that protect their bodies, relationships, and well-being. Services include sexual health education workshops, resources, support, and connections to health service providers.
Jamie Sarmiento
Coordinator of Student Success
210-486-3139 jsarmiento7@alamo.edu

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

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