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City of San Antonio Continues to Support Alamo Colleges through Two-year Interlocal Agreement
Mayor Taylor and Councilman Saldaña to congratulate graduates, emphasize importance of workforce preparation at Alamo Academies Graduation
WHAT: 111 local high school students will graduate from the Alamo Academies, a national award-winning STEM-based instructional model that provides tuition-free career pathways into critical demand occupations. The program utilizes contextualized industry-driven curricula resulting in 95 percent of the graduates entering higher education or high-wage careers in industries like Aerospace, Manufacturing, Information Technology, Health and Heavy Equipment funded by the City of San Antonio’s Inter local Agreement with Alamo Colleges.
WHO: Mayor Ivy R. Taylor
District 4 Councilman Rey Saldaña
Anna Bustamante, Chair of the Board of Trustees (District 3) of the Alamo Colleges
WHEN: 6 p.m., Wednesday, May 6, 2015
WHERE: Venues at Valero – The Vista
1 Valero Way
San Antonio, TX 78249
WHY: The partnership between the City of San Antonio and Alamo Colleges has led to a diversity of programs designed to train people for better jobs, such as opportunities where high school receive college credit with Alamo Academies and industry needs are met for long-term pipeline of qualified workers. Earlier this year, the Alamo Colleges was the recipient of the national Bellwether Award for the Alamo Academies program. The Bellwether Awards go to innovative, replicable community college programs and Alamo Colleges won in the workforce category, beating out nine other finalists from community colleges across the country.
Beyond Alamo Academies, other programs funded through the agreement include the Economic Development Department’s Business Empowerment Plan that helps small businesses grow through the Mentor Protégé and Bonding Assistance programs, the Training for Job Success program and training programs specifically for City employees offered through the Alamo Colleges’ Workforce Center of Excellence.
“The City’s Inter local Agreement with Alamo Colleges is important to ensure that our citizens are prepared to both enter the workforce and advance their careers,” said Mayor Ivy R. Taylor. “I especially commend the work that Alamo Academies has done to prepare our high school students in STEM-based careers. These students are the future of San Antonio and will propel the growth of our economy.”
“Alamo Academies has helped thousands of students jump start their careers, including my own brother Rene who is graduating today at this event. I am proud of him and all the students who have taken the stepsnecessary to build a strong educational foundation for future success and opportunities,” said District 4 Councilman Rey Saldaña, whose district includes much of Port San Antonio, where many Alamo Academies partner employers are located and is the commencement speaker at the event.
Anna Bustamante, Chair of the Board of Trustees (District 3) of the Alamo Colleges said: “the renewal of the Interlocal Agreement between the City of San Antonio and the Alamo Colleges is a testimony to the groundbreaking public and private collaboration that gave life to the Alamo Academies in 2001.”
Since its inception, the Academies have graduated over 1,000 young people with unique skill sets in high-demand technical occupational fields including Aerospace, IT, Manufacturing, Health, and most recently, Heavy Equipment. The program’s paid summer internship component demonstrates the Academies unique approach to blend traditional classroom learning with career focused experiential learning. San Antonio community partners – including Toyota, HOLT CAT, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, CPS Energy, HEB, ITM and Valero Energy – fund the 8-week internship.
“These partnerships with key employers across the city attest that the Academies’ strategic alliance continues to provide a talent pipeline of college-proven and career-ready high school graduates. We are excited to extend our partnership with the city of San Antonio and with this award winning nationally recognized educational model,” added Bustamante.
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