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Awards and Recognitions 2010 - 2018

The Alamo Colleges District continues to be honored with a growing number of awards at the national, state and local level in recognition of the many accomplishments that fulfill its Mission — Empowering our diverse communities for success, and its Vision — To be the best in the nation in student success and performance excellence.

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2018

St. Philip’s College (SPC), one of the colleges of the Alamo Colleges District, has been named as one of only two organizations in the state to receive the 2018 Texas Award for Performance Excellence (TAPE) by the Quality Texas Foundation (QTF), which recognizes organizational effectiveness and sustainability and represents the national Baldrige Performance Excellence program in Texas. SPC is the only educational institution to win the award since 2016 and the first in higher education since the Alamo Colleges District Support Operations received it that year.

Palo Alto College netted the award in 2015, and Northwest Vista College was honored with it in 2007. Last year,  SPC received Achievement Level recognition from QTF for the second time. San Antonio College was awarded Progress Level recognition last year and Northeast Lakeview College was awarded Pioneer recognition in 2016. This year, NLC was recognized at the Engagement Level, one step above Pioneer recognition.

For the first time ever, four of the colleges of the Alamo Colleges District have been ranked in the top 20 community colleges for 2018 in Texas by BestColleges.com. Northwest Vista College is ranked second on the list for the third time, followed by Palo Alto College in the third spot, San Antonio College at number 15 and St. Philip’s College at number 19. The Alamo Colleges District is the only community college system in Texas to have four colleges in the top rankings.

Northwest Vista College (NVC) is among a list of 18 colleges nationwide selected for the 4th annual “Promising Places to Work in Community Colleges” (PPWCC) award by the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development (NISOD) and Diverse: Issues in Higher Education. NVC is the only local college to receive this award out of 300-qualifying colleges in the U.S. and was among five colleges in Texas to be chosen. 

San Antonio College marketing campaign was recognized with two awards from the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations (NCMPR).

San Antonio College was recognized for its sustainability efforts with a “Mark of Distinction” award from Second Nature.

Alamo Colleges was recognized at the Gold Level by Chief Learning Officer magazine’s LearningElite program as one of the best organizations for employee learning and development. Alamo Colleges is the only higher ed institution awarded the Gold Level honor, along with top companies such as USAA.

Northwest Vista College has been ranked number four by Hispanic Outlook magazine on the list of the top 10 community colleges for Hispanics. San Antonio College is ranked number 8 and makes the list for the second consecutive year. Palo Alto College ranked number 6 on Hispanic Outlook’s list of the Top 10 Community Colleges with Highest Percentage of Associate Degree Earners who are Hispanic.

San Antonio College, Palo Alto College and Northwest Vista College have advanced to the next round of competition for the prestigious $1 million Aspen Prize. In October 2017, the three colleges were named to the list of 150 community colleges in the U.S. eligible to compete for the 2019 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance in America’s community colleges.

San Antonio College has been named as one of the 50 Best Online Community Colleges in the nation for 2018 by BestColleges.com, a leading provider of college planning resources and higher education research reports. Palo Alto College was also included in the list.

Palo Alto College logistics students won fourth place at the 37th Annual Operation Stimulus (OpStim) competition—a prestigious and highly competitive supply chain and logistics student case study competition held annually in Denver. Of 19 teams—competing against the likes of Texas Tech University, Penn State, and Syracuse University—Palo Alto College was the sole community college competing.

Northwest Vista College was named number four in the nation among the Top 25 Community Colleges Granting the Most Associate Degrees to Hispanics by Hispanic Outlook magazine. Palo Alto College was sixth on the list and San Antonio College ranked number eight.

The Instructional Technology Council (ITC), an organization affiliated with the American Association of Community Colleges, has honored San Antonio College's Instructional Technology Services unit in the Office of Technology Services (OTS) with the 2018 Award for Outstanding Support for Faculty and Students. 

SAC’s program coordinator of the Social Work program, Lisa Black, was selected to receive the inaugural Dale P. Parnell Distinguished Faculty recognition by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). The honor will be officially awarded during the AACC Convention in Dallas. In addition to receiving a commemorative medal, Professor Black will attend a private reception with author Jeanette Walls. 

Palo Alto College’s Veterinary Technology program was the only school in Texas to be named to the Top 50 Veterinary Technician Programs for 2018 by TheBestColleges.org. The program is one of only five programs fully accredited in the state of Texas.

Alamo Colleges District received the 2017 “Well Workplace Award" from the Wellness Council of America (WELCOA). WELCOA’s citation stated that Alamo Colleges District is certified as a silver level workplace.  

2017
The City of San Antonio awarded the 2017 SA Tomorrow Sustainability Award for Industry Leader to the Alamo Colleges District. The award recognized Alamo Colleges for their commitment to carbon neutrality by 2050 and the development of a Climate Action Plan to pursue its sustainability mission of “minimizing the environmental impact of its daily operations while empowering its students and employees to reduce their individual environmental impacts.

Alamo Colleges District - Northwest Vista College is ranked as the best community college in Texas for 2017 by BestColleges.com.

Alamo Colleges District - San Antonio College has been recognized for the Best Online Associates Degree Programs by Affordable Colleges Online, a leader in higher education information, resources and rankings.

Alamo Colleges District received the 2017 “Well Workplace Award" from the Wellness Council of America (WELCOA). WELCOA’s citation stated that Alamo Colleges District is certified at the silver level work place.

Alamo Colleges District's Purchasing and Contract Administration Department was recogtnized with the 2017 Transparency and Accountability award by the Fair Contracting Coalition. This is a locally recognized gold standard award for achieving excellence, innovation and best practices.

Alamo Colleges's District Purchasing and Contract Administration Department was honored with the 2017 Achievement of Excellence in Procurement award from the National Procurement Institute.

2016
For the third time, the Alamo Colleges District has been certified as one of the nation's Leader Colleges by Achieving the Dream: Community Colleges Count (ATD), a national initiative focused on strategies for student completion. The Leader College designation is a national honor awarded to institutions that have shown three years of steady improvement in two outcomes that measure student success.

The Hispanic Contractors Association (HCA) named Alamo Colleges as the 2016 Owner of the Year at their 7th Annual Awards Gala. The award was given for excellence in diversity in the category of projects less than $5 million.

For the seventh year in a row, the Alamo Colleges District's Finance and Fiscal Services Department has been awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association for the comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR) prepared for the fiscal year ending August 31, 2015.

In 2016, for the sixth consecutive year, the Alamo Colleges District was awarded the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA). The Alamo Colleges District were also recognized for the 5th consecutive year with the National Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award from the National Procurement Institute. 

The Alamo Colleges District's Alamo Academies’ Information Technology and Security (ITSA) CyberPatriot team was one of 12 national finalists out of 3,300 entries nationwide who won their regional championship and earned a chance to compete in the CyberPatriot National Finals Competition. The team also won the San Antonio Mayor’s Cyber Cup for the fifth time.

The Alamo Colleges District's Support Operations (DSO) has been honored with the 2016 Texas Award for Performance Excellence (TAPE) from the Quality Texas Foundation, which recognizes organizational effectiveness and sustainability. The honor singles out the Alamo Colleges District as a state role model for achieving sustained performance excellence.

The Alamo Colleges District has earned recognition from the National Weather Service as a StormReady® site. The StormReady® program helps community leaders and residents better prepare for hazardous weather and flooding. StormReady® sites have made a strong commitment to implement the infrastructure and systems needed to save lives and protect property when severe weather strikes. 

For the third time in five years, the Alamo Colleges District has been chosen by the Community College Futures Assembly (CCFA) to receive the national Bellwether Award, which recognizes outstanding and innovative programs in community college education. This year the Alamo Colleges’ Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (I-BEST) program won in the Workforce Development category. The Alamo Colleges District received the 2012 Bellwether Award in the Planning, Governance and Finance category, was a finalist in the Workforce Development category in 2013 and 2015, and won in 2015 in the Workforce Development category for the Alamo Academies

2015
The Alamo Colleges District is one of only four community colleges in Texas and one of 30 colleges nationwide selected through a highly competitive national process to participate in the Pathways Project, led by the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC). The 30 colleges will work to implement guided academic and career pathways at scale for all students.

The Alamo Colleges District is one of only six higher education institutions in Texas selected to receive the 2015 Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education. As a recipient of the annual HEED Award - a national honor recognizing U.S. colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion - the Alamo Colleges District will be featured, along with 91 other recipients, in the November 2015 issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.

The Alamo Colleges District's I-BEST program is a finalist for the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s Star Award and a finalist for the second time (2014 and 2015) for the Bellwether Award from the Community College Futures Assembly.

Alamo Colleges District's HR Compensation Team has received the College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR) 2015 HR Innovation Award for its student engagement initiative. Thanks to the generous support of PeopleAdmin, CUPA-HR is making a $3,000 contribution to Alamo Colleges’ endowment or a scholarship fund of the team’s choice.

The Alamo Colleges District was awarded the Certificate of Distinction by the Government Treasurers’ Organization of Texas (GTOT) for its investment policy. The Alamo Colleges District is one of only two community college districts in Texas to receive this certificate.

The Alamo Colleges District has earned the Texas Comptroller Leadership Circle 2015 Platinum Award for financial transparency from the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts, by scoring 23 of 23 possible points on the rating criteria. The Alamo Colleges District is one of only two large community college districts that have received the Platinum award.

The Alamo Colleges District is one of only two community colleges in Texas to be selected as a finalist for the national Climate Leadership Award.

The Hispanic Contractors Association de San Antonio recognized the Alamo Colleges District with its Owner of the Year Award in 2013, 2014, and 2015, for exceptional outreach and for fostering the success of Historically Underutilized, Small, Minority and Women-Owned businesses. 

 

2014

The Alamo Colleges District – San Antonio College GED-to-College Transition program received the 2014 Texas Higher Education STAR Award from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB).

In 2014, for the fourth consecutive year, the Alamo Colleges District was awarded the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) and the National Achievement of Excellence in Procurement Award from the National Procurement Institute. In 2013, the GFOA awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting to the Alamo Colleges District for the fifth consecutive year. In 2012, the Alamo Colleges District also won the National Bellwether Award for Budget Allocation Method.

For the second time in four years, the Alamo Colleges District was chosen by the Community College Futures Assembly (CCFA) to receive the national Bellwether Award, which recognizes outstanding and innovative programs in community college education. The Alamo Colleges District's Alamo Academies won in the Workforce Development category. As one of only three winners nationwide, the recognition places the Alamo Colleges District in a select group of leading community colleges. The Alamo Colleges District is only the second nominee to win the award twice and the first to be nominated twice in one year! The Alamo Colleges District received the 2012 Bellwether Award in the Planning, Governance and Finance category and was also a finalist in the Workforce Development category in 2013.

 

Two of the Alamo Colleges District workforce development programs, the Alamo Academies and I-BEST, were chosen by the Community College Futures Assembly (CCFA) as finalists for the 2014 national Bellwether Award, which recognizes outstanding and innovative programs in community college education. As one of only 10 finalists nationwide in the Workforce Development category, the recognition places the Alamo Colleges District in a select group of leading community colleges. 

The Alamo Area Academies received the TEDC 2014 Workforce Excellence Award and the 2014 Career Pathways Partnership Excellence Award.

2013
The Alamo Colleges District was selected from among 1,200 member institutions of the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) to receive the 2013 Charles Kennedy Equity Award for its efforts in expanding opportunities for minorities and women. The Alamo Colleges District was also the recipient of the 2013 Western Region Equity Award.

The Alamo Colleges District's Alamo Academies were chosen by the Community College Futures Assembly (CCFA) as a finalist for the national Legacy Award, which recognizes community colleges who have been previously selected as a finalist for the Bellwether Award and are able to illustrate five years of program effectiveness.

The Alamo Colleges District's Support Operations (DSO) and St. Philip's College was recognized at the Achievement Level for the Texas Award for Performance Excellence by the Quality Texas Foundation. They are two of only nine organizations in Texas to earn this recognition.

The Alamo Colleges District's Alamo Academies Information Technology and Security Academy (ITSA) team of high school students won the Mayor's Cup as the best team in the city in the CyberPatriot III competition for the third year in a row in 2013.

Designated as a 2010 Leader College by Achieving the Dream: Community Colleges Count and awarded the designation for another three years in 2013.

2012
The Hispanic Contractors Association de San Antonio recognized the Alamo Colleges District with its General Contractor of the Year award in 2012.

The Alamo Colleges District/University Health System (UHS) Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (I-BEST) training partnership was presented the Learning in Practice award from Chief Learning Officer magazine in 2012.

The Alamo Colleges District's "Just-in-Time" training program was honored for excellence in the innovative practices in business and industry category by the Learning Resources Network (LERN), an international association for lifelong learning.

The Alamo Colleges District's Alamo Academies Information Technology and Security Academy (ITSA) team of high school students won third place in the national CyberPatriot III competition in 2012.

The Alamo Colleges District received the prestigious 2012 Bellwether Award from the Community Colleges Futures Assembly. The award recognizes outstanding and innovative programs in community college education. The Alamo Colleges also were one of ten finalists in the Workforce category for the 2013 Bellwether Award.

The Alamo Area Academies at the Alamo Colleges District have been honored with a 2012 Texas Higher Education Star Award from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB).

The San Antonio Business Journal selected the Alamo Colleges District's Port of San Antonio Project as the “Best Land Deal" in its "2012 Best in Commercial Real Estate" edition.

For the second year in a row, the Government Finance Officers Association awarded the Alamo Colleges District the Distinguished Budget Presentation award for its budget in 2012.

For the third year in a row, the Alamo Colleges District's Finance and Fiscal Services Department were awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association in 2012.

The Alamo Colleges District's Purchasing and Contract Administration department was awarded the Achievement of Excellence in Procurement award for 2012 by the National Procurement Institute (NPI).

The Alamo Colleges District/University Health System (UHS) Integrated Basic Education and Skills Training (I-BEST) training partnership was presented the Learning in Practice award from Chief Learning Officer magazine in 2012.

2010
Texas Diversity Council, 2010 DiversityFIRST Award Winner.

Designated as a 2010 Leader College by Achieving the Dream: Community Colleges Count.

Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting, 2010 and 2011.

2007

The Alamo Colleges District's LULAC Rey Feo Parent/Child Scholarship program received the 2007 Texas Higher Education STAR Award from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB).

2003

The Alamo Colleges District's Community Education Centers received the 2003 Texas Higher Education STAR Award from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB).

The Alamo Colleges District – San Antonio College Strategies for Success program received the 2003Texas Higher Education STAR Award from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB).

Individual

Dr. Federico Zaragoza, Alamo Colleges District vice chancellor for economic and workforce development, was honored with the 2018 Tino Duran Lifetime Achievement Award from the La Prensa Foundation.

Dr. Tom Cleary, Alamo Colleges District’s vice chancellor for planning, performance and information systems, was selected as one of the winners of the San Antonio Business Journal’s 2016 C-Suite Award in the C-Suite category, which recognizes local top executives other than CEO’s. Cleary is one of only five top executives to receive this honor.

The Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) has announced it will present the 2016 Western Region ACCT Faculty Member Award to Liz Ann Báez Aguilar, professor of English at Alamo Colleges District - San Antonio College (SAC). The award, which recognizes and honors outstanding community college faculty members, will be presented at the Annual ACCT Leadership Congress to be held in October in New Orleans.

Diane Snyder, Alamo Colleges’ Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration, has been awarded the prestigious Aspen Presidential Fellowship for Community College Excellence.

At an awards luncheon September 24, Alamo Colleges’ Chancellor Dr. Bruce Leslie was presented with the San Antonio Business Journal’s 2015 C-Suite Award in the CEO - Large Companies category. He is one of only four local CEO’s to receive this award. The C-Suite Awards recognize innovators, trailblazers, role models, standard-setters and leaders in the community. Candidates for the C-Suite Awards were submitted by members of the community and reviewed by an independent panel of expert judges from multiple local industries. The judges scored the nominees based on a number of factors, including their contributions to company success, civic involvement and career achievement. 

Alamo Colleges’ District 5 Trustee Roberto Zárate has achieved the twin distinction of being the first Alamo Colleges District’s trustee and only the second Hispanic to be elected as the chair of the 25-member board of directors of the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT). He also is only the second trustee from Texas to serve as chair. Zárate was sworn in at the ACCT Leadership Congress October 16.

Alamo Colleges District's Chancellor Dr. Bruce Leslie was selected as one of only four local CEO's to receive the San Antonio Business Journal's 2015 C-Suite Award in the CEO - Large Companies category.

In November, 2014, District 5 Trustee Roberto Zárate was elected to serve as the chair-elect of the 25-member Board of Directors of the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT). When he became chairman, after serving one year as chair-elect, Zárate was the first trustee from the Alamo Colleges District and the first Hispanic to serve as chair of the ACCT board. He also was only the second trustee from Texas to serve as chair.

 

In 2014, Governor Rick Perry appointed Alamo Colleges District Trustee Roberto Zárate of San Antonio to the Texas 2036 Commission. The commission, as directed by House Bill 2036 of the 83rd Legislative Regular Session, is charged with identifying the future higher education and workforce needs of the state, and making related recommendations to address these needs by the state's bicentennial in 2036.

In recognition of his outstanding leadership in establishing the Alamo Colleges District as the number one provider of workforce training in South Texas, the National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA) honored Dr. Federico Zaragoza, Alamo Colleges' vice chancellor for economic and workforce development, with the 2014 Education Brillante Award.

The Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) named Alamo Colleges District Dr. Carlos Ayala, senior strategist, and Dr. Debra Morgan, director of strategic initiatives and performance excellence, to the Board of Examiners for the 2014 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. The Baldrige Award is the nation’s highest honor for organizational innovation and performance excellence.

The Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) selected Chancellor Dr. Bruce Leslie as the recipient of the Western Regional Chief Executive Officer award for 2012. He previously received the Eastern Regional Chief Executive Officer award in 1992, making him the only community college leader in the nation to win the award from two regions.

San Antonio Business Journal 2010 Going Green award was presented to Dr. Leslie for his commitment to sustainability.

San Antonio Business Journal 2010 Best CFO Awards—Education Category, Diane E. Snyder, Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration.

Lacy Hampton, Alamo Colleges District’s Small, Minority and Women-Owned Businesses Diversity Administrator, awarded the Minority Business Development Agency’s (MDBA) Executive Director’s award.

Transportation Security Administration – Human Capital Award, Federico Zaragoza, Vice Chancellor for Economic and Workforce Development (2010).

Goodwill Industries, San Antonio - Business Partners Vision Award, Federico Zaragoza, Vice Chancellor for Economic and Workforce Development (2010).