Palo Alto College, one of the Alamo Colleges, has been a
pillar of the Southside community and remains dedicated to providing a
high-quality education for the community. Originally created in 1985 from the
desire to provide higher education to residents of south San Antonio, Palo Alto
College has spent 30 years serving over 100,000 individuals throughout San
Antonio, Bexar County, and surrounding counties.
Recognized as a Hispanic-Serving Institution by the U.S. Department of Education, Palo Alto College has been recognized as No. 32 in the Top 100 Associate Degrees Awarded to Hispanics. The number of degrees and certificates awarded jumped 80 percent – from 271 in 2008-09 to 489 in 2009-2010. The Center for Academic Transitions – which oversees scholarships, graduation, and transfer options – was recognized for its successful strategies in 2011 by the College Board. The average transfer rate for Hispanic students in Texas is 8.9%; at Palo Alto College, it is 38% for Hispanics.
With thousands of graduates, we continue to provide education that is accessible, with programs and resources that ensure success. Students from Palo Alto College are prepared to transition to a four-year university or advance in the workplace. By continuing to foster a strong economy on the Southside by providing valuable and desirable employees, we are able to develop relationships throughout the southern sector that ultimately benefit the entire surrounding community. We do this because all of us at Palo Alto College are dedicated to the success of our students, our employees, and our community.
Begun in 1985 with 231 students, Palo Alto College reached a record enrollment of 9,163 students in Fall 2011. The students are 69 percent Hispanic and 80 percent are enrolled as part-time students. For a quick look at some facts, please see the annual PAC Fact Book.
Palo Alto College offers a variety of two-year Associate Degree programs that can lead directly to the workforce or be applied toward transfer to a university. The College also offers short-term job-training through certificate programs that lead directly to the workforce.
Palo Alto College also has partnerships for training with Toyota and its suppliers, CPS Energy and others. The campus serves a site for VITA volunteers to help low-income residents prepare their income tax returns.
To review Palo Alto College’s degree offerings and schedule of classes, refer to the electronic Catalog.
Palo Alto College is conveniently located less than 15 minutes from downtown San Antonio at I-410 South and Hwy 16 South. Maps and driving directions are available.