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Alamo Colleges’ Alamo Area Academies Awarded 2012 Texas Higher Education Star Award

Congrats to the Alamo Colleges Academies for a job well done!

The Alamo Colleges’ Alamo Area Academies program has been recognized with a prestigious 2012 Texas Higher Education Star Award from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB). This award recognizes exceptional contributions toward meeting one or more of the goals of Closing the Gaps by 2015, the Texas higher education plan adopted in October 2000.

The Alamo Area Academies is a dual credit program in which high school juniors and seniors attend free half-day classes taught by Alamo Colleges’ faculty. They complete a paid internship, earn a year of college credit while still in high school and earn industry-recognized certification along with their high school diploma. The four academies — aerospace, advanced manufacturing, information technology and security and nursing — partner with more than 100 leading regional employers such as Lockheed Martin, Boeing, Toyota and Rackspace, as well as the city of San Antonio and 25 independent school districts in the region

The academies have an exceptional record of success in increasing student participation, especially for minorities. This aligns with the state goal of closing the gaps in participation rates across Texas, especially among Hispanic and African American students. A total of 86 percent of students enrolled in the academies are economically disadvantaged and 71 percent are minority students. Annually, the academies provide access for almost 300 mostly minority students to train for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers. Some 60 percent of these students graduate with a degree or certificate within two years. Also, 58 percent continue in higher education and 42 percent graduate and enter well-paid STEM careers.

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This entry was posted on October 17, 2012 by in Rankings, San Antonio.

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