September 25, 2015
Palo Alto College News
Ribbon Cutting Launches Second Year of STEM ECHS
Palo Alto College president Dr. Mike Flores joined Harlandale ISD Superintendent Rey Madrigal for a special ribbon cutting of the S.T.E.M. Early College High School on Friday, Aug. 21. The S.T.E.M. Early College High School, which opened in Fall 2014 to provide students an education focused on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, is one of only six in the state with this type of curriculum. The ceremony helped kickoff the second academic year of the high school, which includes 237 freshman and sophomores preparing for their future in a STEM college and career. The building has been under construction since February 2014 and is located on the grounds of Harlandale Memorial Stadium.
PAC Library Hosts Grant Program Series
The Ozuna Library at Palo Alto College kicked off its Latino Americans: 500 Years of History grant program series on Tuesday, Sept. 22, with a presentation by local artist and PAC alum Ben Mata titled “Life as a Mexican-American Artist in San Antonio.” Mata presented video clips of his art studio and artwork, discussed his creative process and career and life challenges, and spoke of how an artist can make a career out of their work. Attendees included current PAC students, faculty, and staff. The complete Latino Americans programming series was coordinated by Christina Link, Librarian. The next event is scheduled for Oct. 5 and will include a viewing of the Latino Americans: 500 Years of History documentary episode titled “Prejudice and Pride” with an introduction and discussion by visiting professor Dr. Hector Perez.
PAC Welcomes Consortium Site Visit
Palo Alto College hosted the Texas Education Consortium for Male Students of Color site visit on Thursday, September 10, and Friday, September 11. The consortium is a statewide collaboration leverages the collective expertise of diverse educational institutions, highlights best institutional practices and policies, and guides organizations on becoming national leaders focused on improving male students of color. The site visit was focused on examining Palo Alto College’s institutional policies and programs targeted to help African American and Hispanic male students succeed in college. Throughout the two day site visit, 12 faculty and staff were interviewed along with nine African American and Hispanic male students to discuss their experiences at Palo Alto College.
Zapata Honored as "Outstanding Hispanic Woman"
Dolores Zapata, Program Manager of the Adult Learning Academy at Palo Alto College, will be honored at IMAGE de San Antonio’s Mary Espiritu Scholarship Luncheon on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015 as one of their Outstanding Hispanic Women Role Models for her outstanding contributions to the community as an educator, advisor and well-respected leader. Ms. Zapata, who also serves as the Palo Alto College Staff Council president, takes an active role in helping shape the community and engages corporate partners in an effort to create opportunities for students to be successful. She was recently a guest on Catholic Television San Antonio in August 2015 to promote the Adult Learning Academy General Education Diploma (GED) program as part of the Martha Tijerina show.
The Palo Alto College GED program is combined with a support system that is designed to help students succeed. Classes are available in both English and Spanish and Palo Alto College is designated as an official GED testing center under the direction of the Texas Education Agency’s GED Unit.
back to weekly news homepage