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Two Alamo Colleges Programs Chosen as Bellwether Award Finalists

Two of the Alamo Colleges' workforce development programs, the Alamo Acadmies and I-BEST, have been... Read More >

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Two Alamo Colleges Programs Chosen as Bellwether Award Finalists

Two of the Alamo Colleges' workforce development programs, the Alamo Acadmies and I-BEST, have been... Read More >

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SAC Named Top 100 Associates Degree Producer

San Antonio College was recently identified as one of the Top 100 Associates Degree Producers for Hispanics and Minorities by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine. Read More >

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SAC Receives Prestigious Star Award

San Antonio College, in partnership with SAISD, is awarded the prestigious Star Award for the GED-to-College Transition Program. Read More >

CPS Energy Recognizes Alamo Colleges for Energy Savings

CPS Energy Recognizes Alamo Colleges for Energy Savings

Recently, Alamo Colleges Associate Vice Chancellor of Facilities John Strybos accepted a giant "check" for $118,389... Read More >

Alamo Colleges Offers Free Job Training for Qualified Veterans

Alamo Colleges Offers Free Job Training for Qualified Veterans

The Alamo Colleges are now enrolling for tuition-free manufacturing technician training for qualified veterans... Read More >

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Guatemala native finds success at Palo Alto College

International student Yolanda Rodriguez would never have imagined she would be receiving an education in America. Read More >

Trustee Zárate Named Chair-elect of ACCT Board

Trustee Zárate Named Chair-elect of ACCT Board

District 5 Trustee Roberto Zárate has been elected to serve as the chair-elect of the 25-member Board of Directors of the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT)... Read More >

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San Antonio College Celebrates Scobee Education Center Grand Opening

San Antonio College celebrated the opening of the Scobee Education Center which features the first-of-its-kind, next generation Challenger Learning Center. Read More >

Holiday E-Card Contest Open to All Currrent Alamo Colleges' Students

Holiday E-Card Contest Open to All Currrent Alamo Colleges' Students

As the holidays approach, it's time again for the Alamo Colleges' animated electronic Holiday E-Card Student Design contest... Read More >

Congratulations to Alamo Colleges' Graduates from Healthcare Job Training Program

Congratulations to Alamo Colleges' Graduates from Healthcare Job Training Program

A total of 67 students graduated October 23 from the Health Professions Opportunity Grant program, which offers free job training and support for students who are unlikely to be able to attend college otherwise. Read More >

Alamo Colleges Launches New "Every Course Counts" Initiative

Alamo Colleges Launches New "Every Course Counts" Initiative

Beginning in Fall 2014, students seeking an A.A. or A.S. degree at Alamo Colleges will select a transfer-major and be provided an advising guide to help... Read More >

Alamo Colleges Offers Free Job Training for Qualified Veterans

Alamo Colleges Offers Free Job Training for Qualified Veterans

The Alamo Colleges are now enrolling for tuition-free manufacturing technician training for qualified veterans... Read More >

Alamo Colleges/Rackspace Partner share $2.5 Million Grant

Rackspace Hosting has partnered with Alamo Colleges to provide job training using a  $2.5 million Skills Development Fund grant from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). 

“This grant will provide training for skills that companies would have previously had to search for globally,” said state Sen. Carlos Uresti. “We are pleased that this partnership will result in good-paying jobs here in Texas.”

“This partnership is good for our families, good for our businesses, and good for San Antonio,” said state Sen. Donna Campbell. “Together, the State of Texas, Alamo Colleges, and Rackspace are creating 1,000 new jobs and providing workers with opportunities to develop the skills that will ensure Texas remains a leader in 21st Century technology.”

From the program’s inception in 1996 through 2012, Skills Development Fund grants have created or upgraded more than 286,000 jobs throughout Texas. The grants have assisted 3,901 employers with their customized training needs.

“Skills grants deliver customized training solutions that help Texas employers and workers succeed in the marketplace,” said TWC Chairman Andres Alcantar. “This investment builds not only employee skills, but the capabilities of our community colleges to the benefit of employers and the community. We are pleased to make this investment.”

The grant will be used to custom train 1,000 new workers, as well as current Rackspace employees, in San Antonio, Austin and Dallas, and will provide cutting-edge training on technologies that support the Rackspace open cloud platform.

“As the open cloud company, Rackspace fully understands the importance of a highly engaged, cloud savvy workforce,” said Lanham Napier, Rackspace CEO.  “We are thrilled to be partnering with Alamo Colleges and see this as an exciting step forward in our journey to bridging the IT skills gap.”

Those trained will include technicians, Linux administrators and software developers. Upon completion of training, the new workers will earn an average hourly wage of $25.38.

“We have enjoyed a highly successful partnership with Rackspace in helping the company  train the skilled workers they need,” said Alamo Colleges Chancellor Dr. Bruce Leslie. “Partnerships such as this illustrate Alamo Colleges’ flexibility in addressing the needs of local employers while also providing students with tangible economic opportunities,” he added.

The Legislature appropriated $48.5 million to the Skills Development Fund for the 2012-13 biennium. Employers seeking more information about the Skills Development Fund may visit the TWC website at http://skills.texasworkforce.org.

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State Senator Carlos I. Uresti, Rackspace CEO Lanham Napier, Texas Workforce Commission Chairman Andres Alcantar, State Senator Donna Campbell and Alamo Colleges Chancellor Dr. Bruce Leslie display a giant "check" for a $2.5 million job training grant.

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