June 25, 2015
Vol. 1, Issue 12
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 Kingsbery
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)Texas A&M University Provost and Executive Vice President Karan Watson, Chancellor John Sharp, Alamo Colleges Vice Chancellor for Academic Success Dr. Jo-Carol Fabianke, A&M Vice Chancellor and Dean M. Katherine Banks and Shariq Yosufzai, Chevron vice president of ombuds, diversity and inclusion and university and association relations, announce a new dual enrollment program partnership.
Alamo Colleges, Texas A&M Launch Engineering Academy

Alamo Colleges and Texas A&M University have announced the formation of the Texas A&M-Chevron Engineering Academy at Alamo Colleges, an innovative co-enrollment program developed to address the state's growing need for engineers. Qualified students will be admitted to the Texas A&M College of Engineering, will complete the first two years of coursework at the Alamo Colleges, and will complete their engineering degrees at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas.  
The Texas A&M-Chevron Engineering Academy will allow students to remain close to home for their first two years while pursuing one of 16 majors within the Dwight Look College of Engineering at Texas A&M. 
A 2012 report by the President's Council on Science and Technology projected that 1 million more science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) degrees would be needed in the next decade. In Texas alone, the projected need for engineers in the workforce is 43,000 by 2020. To meet this need, universities and two- year colleges will need to work together to bridge the gap and attract and retain students interested in STEM fields. 
Chevron has donated $5 million to support the Texas A&M Engineering Academy at Alamo Colleges, as well as three other academies at: Houston Community College, Spring Branch in Houston; El Centro College in Dallas; and Texas Southmost College in Brownsville. 

Alamo Colleges - San Antonio College Named
Top National Producer of Latino STEM Graduates 
Alamo Colleges - San Antonio College is one of the nation's
top producers of Latino graduates in STEM fields.

Alamo Colleges - San Antonio College was recently named one of the nation's top producers of Latino graduates in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields. According to Excelencia in Education, SAC ranks 11th nationally and sixth in the state of Texas for Latino students with associate degrees in STEM. 

Published in June 2015, the Excelencia in Education study identified the Top 25 institutions in terms of the number of STEM-related associate degrees awarded to Latino students, based on degrees awarded in 2012-13. During that time, SAC awarded 198 associates degrees in STEM fields, with 47 percent of those degrees awarded to Hispanic students.

Excelencia in Education's mission is to accelerate Latino student success in higher education by providing data-driven analysis of the educational status of Latinos, and by promoting education policies and institutional practices that support their academic achievement. 


Alamo Colleges - Palo Alto Cosmetology Program
Learning Studio Offers Salon Services to the Public


The Cosmetology Learning Studio at Alamo Colleges -
Palo Alto College is now offering services to the public.

Alamo Colleges - Palo Alto College is now offering affordable hair, skin, and nail services to the public at its new Cosmetology Learning Studio. The 3,800-square-foot full-service facility includes 26 hair stations, 16 nail stations and a dedicated esthetics room. Students in the program will perform the salon services as part of the extensive, hands-on training required to earn their associate of applied science (A.A.S.) in cosmetology or cosmetology operator Level 2 certificate. More information about services can be found online at or by calling 210-486-3177. Appointments are based on availability.

Approved by the Texas Department of Licensing and Regulation and Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Palo Alto College is the only public college in the Bexar County region offering this type of program.

The A.A.S. in cosmetology also allows students to earn credits transferable to a college or university to pursue a bachelor degree, while using skills and knowledge to become licensed by the state of Texas to practice cosmetology and create a foundation for entrepreneurial development. Student tuition to receive an A.A.S. degree in cosmetology at Palo Alto College is a third of the cost of most proprietary institutions, allowing graduates to join the workforce, retain a significant portion of their earnings, and provide a steady income for their families.


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.