April 17, 2015
Palo Alto College News
College Hosts Students First Luncheon
The Palo Alto College High School Programs team hosted its Students First luncheon on Thursday, April 9. The department welcomed counselors, administration, and faculty from the College’s secondary partners, along with members of the Alamo Colleges and Palo Alto College administration, faculty, and staff. Highlights of this semester’s luncheon included the Rising Star and Stand-Out Star awards for first year program completion, student enrollment, and section enrollment. In addition, the High School Programs staff conducted breakout sessions covering topics from CANVAS and Academic Integrity & Policies to TSI Updates and Best Practices. The luncheon honored and recognized Palo Alto College’s secondary partners and highlighted the success of our Dual Credit and Early College High School efforts.
Agriculture Students Compete in National Conference
Palo Alto College’s Livestock Judging Team, comprised of students in the Agriculture program, traveled to Moline, Illinois on April 7 – 10 to compete at the North American College Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Judging Conferences. The annual conference welcomed 57 colleges from across the country and more than 850 students who competed in several Agricultural and Horticultural events throughout the four day conference. The Palo Alto College team placed 14th out of 32 teams, was recognized as the Rookie of the Year and Program of the Future and was the highest rated team in Texas. The team consists of Agriculture majors Kayla Friesenhahn from Pleasanton; Bryan Tejada from Floresville; Megan Vanderknapp from San Antonio; Carrie Wilbert from Marion; William Davila from San Antonio; and Jordan Trees from New Braunfels, Texas. Two students will return for competition next year, while the other four students will be continuing their education in Agriculture at Texas A&M University and Texas State University.
College Partners with High School for Training
Jessica Rendon, Healthcare Program Manager for the Corporate and Community Education division, developed a training contract with Southwest High School and now provides CCE Certified Nurse Aide training for their Health Science students. It is reported that 73% of Southwest students are enrolled in a CTE program, with Health Sciences being one of the top three. She was selected to be a member of the Southwest High School Career and Technology Education (CTE) Advisory Committee. The Committee’s main purpose is to strengthen the high school’s CTE programs by supporting and encouraging career and college readiness for all of their students.
Aquatic Center Hosts National Conference
The Aquatic Center at Palo Alto College hosted the Western Athletic Conference Swimming and Diving Championships form Feb. 24 through Feb. 28. More than 380 athletes and staff participated from around the country, including Air Force Academy, Cal State Bakersfield, Grand Canyon State, Idaho, New Mexico State, Northern Arizona, Northern Colorado, North Dakota State, Seattle, UNLV, and Wyoming. Nearly 600 spectators were in attendance.
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