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SAC Earns Military Friendly School Distinction

San Antonio College has been named a Military Friendly School for 2015 by Victory Media. Read More >

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SAC Earns Military Friendly School Distinction

San Antonio College has been named a Military Friendly School for 2015 by Victory Media. Read More >

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VP Searches Underway

The searches are underway for the two new SAC vice presidents. 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 >

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Interpreter Training Program Awarded

The San Antonio College Interpreter Training Program has been named a Sorenson Video Relay Service (SVRS) Excellence and Innovation in Interpreter Education 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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SAC Receives Perkins Leadership Grant

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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SAC and OLLU Awarded $3.1 Million Grant

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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Paramedic Program Earns National Accreditation

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 >

Engineering students tackle project, give back to community

A talented group of SAC students, with altruistic intentions, is working on a research project to not only gain an educational edge, but also give back to our community. The students have a goal to make life easier for those bound to using a wheelchair to get around a school campus, work, and other places in their everyday lives. They also want to help wheelchair bound people save money. By using engineering skills they have learned at SAC, and through SAC's summer EDGE program, the students have designed a motor-pulley system that will convert a manual wheelchair into a motorized wheelchair, making the wheelchair faster, less expensive and lighter for the disabled.

The design, which involves a rubber pulley to turn the manual wheel, will be entirely portable and mostly contained in a small backpack that will fit on the back of the wheelchair. This will also enable the disabled person to take their wheelchair with them on an airplane. It would be lighter for travel and get up inclines faster and without tiring. The wheelchair would be able to go faster and would cost less than an electric wheelchair that could cost four to five times more than a manually powered wheelchair.

The design the students have engineered involves specified parts that have to be handmade. This is where the help is needed. The students need about $1,000 to create these parts.

Ideally, the team has about two weeks to get the funds together. This will give them enough time to build, test and document their project. Their deadline to have the project fully complete is April 11, but they have a personal goal of March 10 to make sure everything is in proper working condition.

John Quarles, who has muscular sclerosis, was inspiration for the project and will assist in the research. He said some days are harder than others and having a wheelchair that has this feature will improve his quality of life.

“They are doing this out of the kindness of their hearts,” he said about the students working on the project. “They are doing a great job.”

The students said people with disabilities should not feel different from others and they wanted to do this project to help the physically disabled community.

If their design becomes available for purchase, it could save wheelchair users money. A typical electric wheelchair can cost up to $10,000. The portable motor and pulley system would cost someone a few hundred dollars, said Lindsay Swaim.

“This would help a lot of people,” added Swaim.

If you would like more information about the project or would like to donate, visit their Go Fund Me web page at http://www.gofundme.com/5urgw0.

Team members are Lindsay Swaim, Chasity Valerio, Katherine Pitts, Calvin Ward and Jose Rojas.

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