July 1, 2015
Vol. 1, Issue 13
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
Students train to operate heavy equipment in a workforce program made possible by a partnership between Alamo Colleges, HOLT CAT, the Texas Workforce Commission and Workforce Solutions Alamo.
Alamo Colleges, HOLT CAT Make Job Training Partnership Work
The Alamo Colleges, HOLT CATŪ, the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC) and Workforce Solutions Alamo (WSA) are collaborating to train veterans and East Side Promise Zone residents as heavy equipment operators and place them in jobs with local industry. 

Alamo Colleges screens the students and performs career assessments, as well as advising on the curriculum. HOLT CAT provides the classroom and construction site, instructors, curriculum, and hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of heavy equipment to create a real work-like environment for students. It provides students with an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 10-hour certification on five different pieces of heavy machinery, learning key skills applicable in the construction, transportation and excavation industries. Upon completion, WSA has also worked to secure local job placements for the students.

Veterans are funded by the TWC's Veteran and Industry Partnership program, while East Side Promise Zone participants who are not veterans are funded under the Workforce Investment Act, which provides tuition support for individuals meeting eligibility.

The partnership plans to train approximately 150 new heavy equipment operators, with secured job placements, over the next five years. Pay for heavy equipment operators ranges between $18 and $24 an hour, according to Holt Cat.


Toyota Looks To Expand Successful Alamo Colleges Advanced Manufacturing Technician Program 
Students in the Alamo Colleges' Toyota Advanced Manufacturing
Technician program learn to operate robots used in the Toyota plant.

In a recent interview with KSAT-TV, Jim Lentz, Toyota of North American chief executive officer, praised the success of Toyota's Advanced Manufacturing Technician (AMT) program, a partnership with the Alamo Colleges, and noted that the company is looking at how the program can be expanded to other Toyota plant sites in Texas and around the country.


The AMT program allows Alamo Colleges' students to earn a technical degree while also receiving paid work experience and a pathway to well-paid manufacturing jobs. It is only one of the many job training partnerships with the region's leading employers that have earned the Alamo Colleges a national reputation as a leader in workforce education. For more information on the program, go to


Alamo Colleges' Vice Chancellor Zaragoza Honored with TACC Administrative Leadership Award


Dr. Federico Zaragoza, Alamo
Colleges' vice chancellor for economic
and workforce development.

Dr. Federico Zaragoza, Alamo Colleges' vice chancellor for economic and workforce development, is the winner of this year's Texas Association of Community College's (TACC) Carl M. "Cheesie" Nelson Administrative Leadership award. This award recognizes the importance of administrative leadership at Texas community colleges by honoring a vice chancellor, vice president or dean who has demonstrated outstanding leadership qualities. 
The award was established in 2003 in memory of Carl M. "Cheesie" Nelson, who served as president of Texarkana College for a number of years and helped dozens of others as they assumed leadership positions in community colleges across the state of Texas. 

Winners of the Nelson Award must have demonstrated leadership qualities/traits which are generally associated with successful community college presidents.


Dr. Zaragoza will accept the award at the TACC annual summer conference this month and also will be recognized at the Alamo Colleges' July board meeting.


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.