October 14, 2015
Vol. 2, Issue 7
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
Alamo Colleges Police Officer Ramirez, Two Others Recognized for Lifesaving Response 
Alamo Colleges Police Officer Mary Ramirez (center) was joined
by her fellow officers at an awards ceremony where she was
honored for her lifesaving efforts.

Alamo Colleges Police Officer Mary Ramirez was one of three individuals recognized October 8 in a ceremony at San Antonio Police Department (SAPD) headquarters for her efforts in saving the life of a motorcyclist severely injured in a traffic accident. Ramirez, together with SAPD Officer Oscar Torres and military vet Samuel De Los Santos, applied tourniquets to the injured man's legs, which were severed when he was thrown from the motorcycle and collided with a highway sign. The actions of the three are credited with saving the life of the motorcyclist, Aaron Lee Beaugard, who is now recovering at a local hospital. 

Beaugard's parents were on hand at the awards ceremony, as Police Chief William McManus and San Antonio Fire Department Chief Charles Hood praised the three honorees and presented them with medals and certificates recognizing their lifesaving efforts. They also received congratulations from the many members of the Alamo Colleges Police Department (ACPD), SAPD and SAFD in attendance.

Officer Ramirez began her career with the Alamo Colleges in 2003, as a work study at Alamo Colleges - Northwest Vista College (NVC). She joined the ACPD in 2012 and currently works at NVC, where she earned her associate degree in 2005. Her mother, a sister and her brother all graduated from NVC as well. She went on to earn a bachelor's degree in business administration from Texas A&M University - San Antonio, where she is currently pursuing a master's degree in business administration.

Alamo Colleges - St.Philip's College Professional Truck Driving Program Awarded Veterans Grant
Alamo Colleges - St. Philip's College Professional Truck Driver Training Program has been awarded a $196,680 grant to train veterans in
commercial motor vehicle operation.

Alamo Colleges - St. Philip's College (SPC) has been awarded a $196,680 grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation. It will fund the recruitment, tuition, training and job placement support required to successfully employ 44 work-ready armed forces veterans in the SPC service area into local entry-level jobs that require a formal education in driving commercial vehicles. The enhanced college experience for 44 aspiring commercial vehicle operators who are veterans is available at SPC in 2015 and 2016 through funding from the federal commercial motor vehicle operator safety training grant program. The grant funds the waiver of tuition and such additional services as drug screening required for enrollment and completion of the SPC program.

Alamo Colleges - St. Philip's College students and faculty worked
to save an elderly couple's 109-year-old house from demolition.

Alamo Colleges - St. Philip's College Students, Faculty Save House from Demolition

On September 26, 15 Alamo Colleges - St. Philip's College National Association of Homebuilders (NHAB) and SEG students worked on an elderly couple's 109-year-old house just north of downtown.  Directing the students and assisting in the effort were: James Chilson, construction program director; Gilbert Noriega, construction adjunct faculty; Ross Lambert and Ricardo Rivera, HVAC faculty; and Rafael Brisita, aircraft, construction and manufacturing department chair. The group responded to a request from the City and District 1 councilman Roberto Trevino to clean, paint and make repairs to the house in order to save it from being demolished due to code compliance issues. 

The Alamo Colleges mission is: empowering our diverse communities for success. Our vision is: the Alamo Colleges will be the best in the nation in student success and performance excellence. 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.