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GED Program Accepting Applications

The San Antonio College GED-to-College transition program is currently accepting applications for the Fall 2015 semester. The award-winning GED-to-College program is tailored for individuals who want to enroll at SAC after earning their GED. Read More >

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GED Program Accepting Applications

The San Antonio College GED-to-College transition program is currently accepting applications for the Fall 2015 semester. The award-winning GED-to-College program is tailored for individuals who want to enroll at SAC after earning their GED. Read More >

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SAC a Top STEM Associates Degree Producer

San Antonio College was recently named one of the nation’s top producers of Latino graduates in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields. Read More >

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President Named Distinguished Alumnus

President of San Antonio College, Dr. Robert Vela, earns "2015 Javelina Distinguished Alumnus" award. Read More >

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SAC Celebrates Memorial Day

San Antonio College celebrated Memorial Day with a special luncheon ceremony on Monday afternoon at the Loftin Student Center. Read More >

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Tino & Millie Duran Welcome Center Opens

The Tino & Millie Duran Welcome Center gives San Antonio College a new “front door” on North Main Avenue. Read More >

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Being SAC Proud

San Antonio College hosted its annual Commencement Ceremony at the Freeman Coliseum on Saturday where a record 1,009 students crossed the stage to ceremonially receive a diploma, certificate or associate degree. Read More >

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SAC Faculty 'Charrette'

On Friday, May 1, the Office of Academic Success hosted a faculty ‘charrette’ with some 120 members of the faculty, student services personnel, and administrators. Read More >

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SWANS Wins NACADA Award

Dr. Helen Vera, Director of the Department of Services for Women & Non-Traditional Students (SWANS), and her staff have been recognized by the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) with an Outstanding Advising Program Award. Read More >

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Sinkin Eco Centro Awarded Mini-Grant

The William R. Sinkin Eco Centro at San Antonio College has been awarded a $200 mini-grant from the Native Plant Society of Texas (NPSOT). Read More >

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Child Care Available for SAC Students

The Early Childhood Center at San Antonio College has child care openings for the Summer 2015 and Fall 2015 semesters and is currently accepting applications. Read More >

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Scobee Education Center to Host STEM Academy

The Scobee Education Center at San Antonio College will take teachers on a real-life space adventure with a pair of professional development workshops this summer. Read More >

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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 >

Dr. Robert Vela - Vice President for Academics and Student Engagement

 Dr. Robert Vela: The Road to SAC Vice President

From probation officer to vice president of a community college – that’s a trajectory that few people might find logical but that is the path that Dr. Robert Vela followed.  

That path has now lead him to be named San Antonio College’s Vice President for Academics and Student Engagement.

In high school Vela thought he wanted to be a law enforcement officer. He graduated from Texas A&M University - Kingsville (TAMUK) and took a job as a probation officer.  Eventually he earned a master’s degree in counseling and guidance and used his desire to help people to a job as program coordinator for the Upward Bound program.

 “We helped kids become college ready,” Vela says. These were low-income, first time in college students in a rural setting.  

Vela earned his master’s degree in counseling and guidance from TAMUK, and a doctoral degree in a joint doctoral program in Educational Leadership from TAMUK and A&M-Corpus Christi.

A native of Alice, TX, Vela grew up in a dual language household. While he spoke English at home with his brothers and parents, his grandmother spoke only Spanish.  The Vela family history is Spanish and Italian on his father’s side and Mexican on his mother’s side.   

In 2008 Vela joined San Antonio as Dean of Student Affairs and in April 2009 he was named Vice President for Student Affairs.  

He spent eight months as district director for the Center for Student Information. “I went there to get it started –   the hiring process and developing their processes,” he said.

As the new Vice President for Academics and Student Engagement Vela believes his focus will be on  student retention,  faculty development, and graduation and transfer rates.  All the things that spell  student success.
“Above all, I want to be accessible and responsive to the needs of SAC – ensuring that they (faculty and  staff)  have the resources to do their jobs.

“I want to be an advocate for the college and be sensitive to the changing academic needs,” he said. 

What does he see as the No. 1 complaint of students?
“Students not having the financial resources to be successful at college,” he said, adding that this only adds to the student stress and panic.  “This means having the money not only for textbooks, but for a laptop and reliable internet service.”

On a blind date in college Vela met his wife, Annalisa. The couple now has three daughters:  Allison, 16, a varsity cheerleader in 11th grade; Madeline, 11, a 6th grader who plays competitive volleyball; and Emma Grace, 3, called the “strong-willed one of the family."  Mrs. Vela is a 9th grade guidance counselor.

In his spare time, Vela said he enjoys spending time with his girls. He also does some deer hunting in season; and he enjoys fishing.  

We wrapped up the interview with questions to Dr. Vela like those posed by Vanity Fair Magazine (which are borrowed from the Proust questionnaire):

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Perfect happiness for me is being with my family in a place with no stress, no deadlines, no anxiety.   

What historical figure do you most identify with? And why?
Martin Luther King – is somebody that I really admire. And the reason why is I think is because he was able to tie in the passion and emotion for a cause with the intelligence.  

Which living person do you most admire?
 It would have to be my parents (Robert Sr. and Nora Vela).  I don’t think I was a very easy child to bring up.

What is the trait you most deplore in other people?
Lack of sensitivity.   

Who is your favorite hero of fiction?
 I’ve always loved Aquaman.
 
If you had a super hero  power what would it be?
The ability to survive both on land and water.

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