June 17, 2015
Vol. 1, Issue 11
Board of Trustees

Chairman of the Board
Anna U. Bustamante
District 3

Vice Chair
Dr. Yvonne Katz
District 7

Joe Alderete, Jr.
District 1

Asst. Secretary
Clint Kingsberry
District 8

Denver McClendon
District 2

Marcelo S. Casillas
District 4

Roberto Zarate
District 5

Dr. Gene Sprague
District 6

James Rindfuss
District 9

Sami C. Adames
Student Trustee


Dr. Bruce Leslie
Alamo Colleges
(l to r) District 3 Councilwoman Rebecca Viagran, District 9 Councilman Joe Krier, Cytocentrics CEO Dr. Jim Garvin, Mayor Ivy R. Taylor, UTSA Vice President for Research Dr. Mauli Agrawal, Alamo Colleges Vice Chancellor of Workforce and Economic Development Dr. Federico Zaragoza, City Manager Sheryl Sculley,  and University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio President Dr. William Henrich attend the press conference announcing Cytocentrics relocation to San Antonio.
Alamo Colleges To Train Workers for German Biotech Company

German-based Cytocentrics Bioscience (Cytocentrics) recently announced that it is relocating its corporate headquarters and operations to San Antonio. City Council voted to approve up to a $1 million grant over five years as part of an agreement with the company in which it will: create 300 high-wage jobs with an average salary of $70,000; invest $15 million; partner with the Alamo Colleges for workforce development; and enter into a research development partnership with the Center for Innovative Drug Discovery (CIDD), a joint venture between the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) and UT Health Science Center at San Antonio.

Cytocentrics manufactures and analyzes data for a medical device called a CytoPatch Machine that automates a medical "patch clamp" technique. This technique evaluates environmental and pharmaceutical interactions with human cells. This technique is an example of the convergence of robotics, microbiology and bioscience.

According to City Manager Sheryl Sculley, "The job breakdown includes approximately 40 percent professional positions that will require post-graduate level education and about 53 percent that will need some sort of certified training through the Alamo Colleges, with the rest composed of executive and clerical positions."

Alamo Colleges, Major Employers Collaborate
To Target the Skills Gap in High-Growth Industries
Alamo Colleges has joined the College Employer Collaborative to provide workers with in-demand skills.

Alamo Colleges will work with leading employers, including Boeing and MetLife, in a new partnership designed to provide prospective employees with in-demand skills in the advanced manufacturing and financial services industries. The College Employer Collaborative was developed by corporate learning pioneer CorpU and Jobs for the Future, a national nonprofit focused on bringing educational institutions and employers together to address workforce demands.


Courses will be developed using CorpU's social learning platform, which is used by Fortune 500 companies and several of the country's top business schools. The Collaborative has received $1 million in funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to launch the effort. Students who successfully complete the courses will earn a credential recognized by the employers in the Collaborative that signals their mastery of these critical skills. Courses will be available beginning in fall 2015.


Alamo Colleges - St. Philip's College Cyber Security Program Nationally Recognized for Excellence


Alamo Colleges - St. Philip's College has been designated
as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense
Two-Year Education.

The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security have designated Alamo Colleges - St. Philip's College as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Two-Year Education. This designation covers academic years 2014 through 2020. 


Visit the SPC Cyber Security Center website at for more information about the program.


The Alamo Colleges is one district with five community colleges serving more than 90,000 students annually from Bexar County and seven other counties in our service area. We provide an affordable, quality college education that leads to associate degrees, certificates and transfers to four-year universities. Hundreds of thousands of Bexar County residents who have come through the Alamo Colleges education programs are major contributors to the economy and culture of San Antonio.