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SAC Celebrates Service Awards

San Antonio College honored 38 employees for their years of service in a special celebration on Friday, March 6. Read More >

Service Awards - 40 Years

SAC Celebrates Service Awards

San Antonio College honored 38 employees for their years of service in a special celebration on Friday, March 6. Read More >

Dr. Blackwood Reception

SAC Welcomes Dr. Blackwood

The San Antonio College community welcomed Vice President for Academic Success Dr. Jothany Blackwood with a reception at the Koehler House on Tuesday afternoon. Read More >

Student of the Month

Pamela Frias Named Student of the Month

San Antonio College student Pamela Frias was recently named the Alamo Colleges La Prensa Inspirational Student of the Month for January 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 >


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 >

EDGE Program Sparks Interest in Engineering

Six weeks of study culminated in a highly-contested robot battle for students in the Early Development of General Engineering (EDGE) program on Wednesday afternoon. Eight robots competed in a double-elimination tournament, with the objective of pushing their opponent out of the circular sumo-style ring within 60 seconds.  

The robots were custom-built and programmed by teams of EDGE students using LEGO Mindstorm NXT kits. Each robot was equipped with sensors allowing it to locate the other robot, as well as sensors allowing the robot to know where it was located in the ring. Each robot had to be no more than 12 inches long and 12 inches wide and could only weigh a maximum of two pounds. Teams competed tournament style, with a best-of-three series determining the winner of each round. 

Established by San Antonio College Engineering Coordinator Dr. Dan Dimitriu in 2003, the EDGE program is designed to increase high school students’ awareness of various engineering fields and sustain their interest in the study of engineering. Originally a one-year program, EDGE was redesigned in 2013 as a two-year program serving 10th through 12th graders. In the first year, EDGE students prepare for college algebra by boosting their math proficiency using online self-paced learning modules. First-year students are also enrolled in a student development course, which aims to help students acquire a strong college student identity. During the second year, students continue with college-level math courses while also being introduced to college-level engineering.  

“We recognize that Math is critical in the field of engineering;” Dimitriu said. “Therefore, our program focuses on increasing students’ math abilities so they leave our program with the knowledge, skills, and confidence that will prepare them for successful engineering careers.” 

EDGE aims to dispel the proverbial “fear of math” by demonstrating the intrinsic connection of math with everyday problems. Along with college coursework, the program includes various STEM-related field trips and guest speaking events. Previously, EDGE students have visited San Antonio Water System, Boeing, Precision Molding and Tools Company and Toyota. Interacting with engineers and technicians working in each of the companies they visit allows students to gain insight into potential career opportunities. In addition to STEM professionals, SAC engineering undergrads have also visited with EDGE students to describe their work. 

Of the students who have participated in the EDGE program since 2003, 73 percent are currently enrolled in either a two-year of four-year college. Additionally, 70 former EDGE students have earned their Associates or Bachelor’s degree, with 61 percent of those degrees in STEM. 


The robotics competition was introduced in 2007 as the culmination of the program and quickly became a fixture, due to its popularity with students. The goal is that the experience EDGE students have during their summer at SAC will lend to continuing improvements in the number of high school students entering college with the intention and capability of achieving a degree in Engineering, Science or Mathematics.