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GED-to-College Program Named Star Award Finalist

The San Antonio College GED-to-College Transition Program has been named a finalist for the 2014 Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) Star Award. Read More >

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GED-to-College Program Named Star Award Finalist

The San Antonio College GED-to-College Transition Program has been named a finalist for the 2014 Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) Star Award. Read More >

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San Antonio College has been awarded a $57,000 Perkins State Leadership Grant to help the Department of American Sign Language and Interpreter Training (ASL/IT) improve statewide interpreter education training. Read More >

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San Antonio College and Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) have been awarded a $3.1 million Title V cooperative grant from the Department of Education. Read More >

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The San Antonio College Paramedic program has been awarded a five-year accreditation by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Program (CAAHEP). Read More >

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Early Childhood Center Open Enrollment

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SAC Challenger Center/Scobee Planetarium "Tops Out"

 

Thursday, September 26, 2013 – More than 100 guests witnessed the “topping out” of the Challenger Center/Scobee Planetarium construction project at San Antonio College.  Topping out is a tradition in the construction industry celebrated when a milestone is reached – typically either the positioning of the final beam, or reaching the highest point of the building.   

Thursday’s festivities included speeches from several dignitaries, including Dr. June Scobee Rodgers, founding chair of the Challenger Center for Space Science Education, Jim Perschbach, San Antonio Challenger Center Advisory Committee chair, Alamo Colleges Chancellor Dr. Bruce Leslie and SAC President Dr. Robert Zeigler. 

SAC’s project includes a complete renovation of the Scobee Planetarium, built in 1962, and new construction of a Challenger Center. 

“Challenger Centers offer simulated space missions, science education and teambuilding programs for all ages – children through adults,” Dr. Zeigler said in his remarks.  He also noted that it was fitting to celebrate progress of the renovation of the SAC Planetarium at this time, as 25 years ago this week the United States returned to space after a three-year hiatus following the Challenger disaster in 1986 in which the crew was lost shortly after launch.   

From that tragedy, the surviving family members, led by Dr. Rodgers, developed the Challenger Center concept.  Now there are 42 Challenger Centers in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and South Korea.  The commander of the Challenger mission was Dick Scobee, who attended San Antonio College while stationed at Kelly Air Force Base in the early 1960s.  SAC’s Planetarium was rededicated to Commander Scobee’s memory in 1994. 

“The Challenger Center and Scobee Planetarium (will be) an incubator for STEM education – growing the interest of students of all ages and helping connect them to other STEM opportunities in our college district and city,” Dr. Leslie told the crowd. 

Following the traditional placing of a tree at the highest point on the building, guests were invited to sign a section on the outside of the planetarium as a sort of time capsule.  Among the special guests leaving their autographs on the building were faculty, staff, students and three former astronauts now living in the San Antonio area: Dan Brandenstein, Tom Henricks and Eileen Collins.  All three were shuttle commanders during their NASA tenure. The signatures will eventually be covered by a metal shell over the planetarium portion of the building.  

Construction of the newly renovated Scobee Planetarium is expected to be complete in early January 2014. The Planetarium will re-open to the public shortly thereafter. The Challenger Center portion of the structure will be structurally complete in January as well; Challenger missions will launch from SAC starting in fall 2014. 

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Photo Caption: Special Guests, Dr. June Scobee Rodgers and Mrs. Kathie Scobee Fulgham join Dr. Robert Zeigler, SAC President, as they sign the “time capsule” on the Scobee Planetarium. Photo By: Leonard Ziegler, SAC Photographer   

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