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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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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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META Scholarships Now Available

Math, Engineering and Technology Awards (META) Scholarships are now available for SAC Engineering majors. 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 >

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Dr. Vela Takes the Reigns

San Antonio College administration, faculty and staff came together in the McAllister Auditorium on Monday afternoon for the College’s annual Convocation. Read More >

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Early Childhood Center Open Enrollment

The San Antonio College Early Childhood Center is accepting new students for the 2014-15 academic year. Read More >

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Bike Safety at SAC

Important reminders regarding bike safety from campus police. 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.  

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