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EDGE Program Accepting Applications

The San Antonio College Early Development of General Engineering (EDGE) program is currently accepting applications for Summer 2015. Read More >


EDGE Program Accepting Applications

The San Antonio College Early Development of General Engineering (EDGE) program is currently accepting applications for Summer 2015. Read More >

Student Portfolio Show

Communications Design Hosts Portfolio Show

The San Antonio College Communication Design program is showcasing student works in its annual portfolio exhibition. The exhibition is currently taking place on the second floor of the Longwith Radio Television Film Building. Read More >


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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New Student Orientation

Calling all first time in college students! You are required to attend New Student Orientation (NSO). Read More >

2014 Star Award Group

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 >

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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 >


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 >


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 >


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 >


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 >

More Than Just a Stay-at-Home-Mom

Until tragedy struck Irma Perales’ family, Irma believed she was just a stay-at-home-mom and didn’t believe she was capable to do much more than being a mom to her three children. Now, just over six years after that tragedy, Perales is graduating with an associate degree and the recognition of being a Distinguished Graduate.  

The Tragedy  

Irma’s daughter, Bethany, passed away after a car accident just after Christmas in 2007. The family was traveling in Amarillo on icy roads. Bethany had taken her seat belt off to make sure her little brother was secure in his car seat. It was that moment that the vehicle hit a patch of ice and lost control, ejecting Bethany from the vehicle. 

Bethany was a freshman at Baylor University where she was a pre-business major and a member of the Leadership Living Learning Center. As a member, she was required to take courses on leadership and participate in community service. According to Irma, and Baylor University News after the accident, Bethany made a huge impact during her short time at the University. So much so, the Leadership Living and Learning Center now offers a Bethany Perales Memorial Scholarship.  

Bethany had a great laugh, a drive and determination to do well, a big goal to be a good friend and succeed, says her mother. Her daughter was her twin in more ways than one. Bethany’s drive, determination and the need to help others have survived through others, and most importantly, through Irma. 

Irma said after four years of grieving, she had to stop and do something. She had to find a starting point, some direction and needed something more.  

The Dream  

She decided to find a campus she knew she would strive at. That is how she found San Antonio College. In making the decision to further her education, Irma said she was helping her family heal, because she decided to move on and carry her daughter’s dreams with her. 

Irma is now on a path to help people.  

She has been studying sociology and plans to continue on that path as well as major in psychology at Texas A&M. Her ultimate goal is to obtain a master and doctorate degree, but until then, she aspires to be a case manager or director at Haven for Hope.  

Irma said homelessness and poverty is an ongoing problem. These issues face even those that are trying their best to do something with their lives, to improve themselves. She said she believes Haven will change homelessness and she wants to help change and touch those lives the center reaches.  

Help Along the Way  

Through Irma’s time at SAC and her determination to get back to school, she has had others, beside her daughter’s influence, play into her decisions and serve as mentors. She has also made an impact on those students with whom she has come into contact. 

One of her mentors was Laura Aguilar who she said was adamant about her going back to school. “She was an instrument in guiding me,” said Irma. She wasn’t around to see Irma begin her new path though. Aguilar passed away in early 2012 after her struggle with cancer.  

Another mentor she said gave her some direction is Dean of Student Affairs Emma Mendiola. Mendiola said of Irma, she will make many contributions in her life and career. She has never been afraid of taking leadership and has a very inquisitive mind that will take her far in whatever she chooses, said Mendiola.  

“I just helped her see the reality of job opportunities,” said Mendiola, “And I can see her in many roles. I am proud of her,” Mendiola said of Irma. “She has a big heart.” 

Mona Aldana-Ramirez, vice president for Student and Academic Success, said Perales is a wonderful person.  

“She is a joy to know,” said Aldana-Ramirez. “This world is a better place because of people like Irma.” 

She oozes with confidence and intellect, “and I expect to hear great things about her accomplishments after she transfers out of San Antonio College. She is SAC Proud!” 

“Watch out world,” Ramirez said of Perales. 

The Reality  

Two years ago, this (going to SAC and graduating) seemed like an impossibility, Perales said, but everything she has been through, and now everything she has accomplished, has only made her stronger. These two women, her daughter and Aguilar, have been her driving force. 

“They’re the reason I am here.” 

The only way to honor them – her daughter, Aguilar, and her family – is to continue, Perales said. My daughter would be disappointed in me if I was not doing anything. 

“She taught me that, even in her short-lived life, that you can acquire a lot of things if you set your mind to it,” Perales said of what her daughter taught her. 

Perales has had to find that perfect balance between, home and school life. This is her new permanent reality.  

“Death is not the end. It’s the beginning,” said Perales. “I have to go forward.”