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San Antonio, TX 78251
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Celebrate Vista - 20 Years!
This year, 2015, Northwest Vista College is celebrating 20 years of Creating Opportunities for Success in the San Antonio community. The college is located in one of San Antonio’s fastest growing areas and continues to serve thousands of students every year in search of higher education. We will be celebrating all year long, so join us for the ride and come back to this page often to see what is new in terms of celebrations, milestones and offers.

Celebrate 20 Monthly Offers

  • On Friday, March 20, Menchie's Alamo Ranch is offering 20% off to NVC students and employees. You must show NVC ID. Menchie's is open from noon to 11 p.m. Also throughout our anniversary year, Menchie's Alamo Ranch will offer 20% off to students and employees from noon to 3 p.m. from Monday to Friday.

Vista 20 Trivia

  • Classes began in the fall of 1995 at partner sites, including the Northside Independent School District.
  • Enrollment that first semester was 12 students.
  • In 1998, NVC opened its first building.
  • The first graduating class was in 1998 and had 20 graduates.
  • NVC is currently the third largest higher education institution in San Antonio.
  • In the 2008-09 academic year, NVC opened five new buildings.
  • In 2012, NVC was nationally recognized by the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program.
  • In the fall of 2014, there were over 16,000 students enrolled at NVC.
  • Dr. Ric Baser is the college’s current president.
  • In 2015, NVC will hold its 17th graduation ceremony.

Celebrate Vista Events

Stay tuned for upcoming events to celebrate 20 years of Creating Opportunities for Success!

Get Your Degree at NVC!

To learn about getting an associate degree at NVC, click here.

Where It All Started

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NVC began offering classes in the fall of 1995 as one of the newest additions to the Alamo Colleges. As of 2014. there are over 16,000 students taking courses at NVC and several off-site locations in a traditional daytime classroom setting as well as evening, Internet, hybrid and weekend courses. Most of the classes offered lead to a two-year associate degree or one-year certificate option.

20 Year Employee Quote

Clustar Byars - Speaking 
"Among the mesquite branches reaching skyward in the only trailer, in the trailer park of one, at the end of Ellison Drive grew the fetus of an educational edifice. Indeed, the incubated ideal found its genesis, began its gestation.

Imbued with a spirit of inclusion, the embryonic ideal outgrew the womb of the lowly trailer, reached out like the mesquite branches to new vistas of opportunity..."

- Cluster Byars

Read the Entire Poem Here...

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