August 29, 2014
St. Philip's College News
Class Offfered for Air Force Technicians
On Aug. 11-14 in the automotive lab of the SPC Applied Science Building, SPC Transportation Services Technology faculty member Osvaldo Maldonado observed the college's 11th year of providing workforce education workshops on diagnosing and servicing autos for automotive technicians who serve patrons of the Air Force's automotive skills centers and hobby shops worldwide by offering a one-week class for 13 Air Force technicians from defense sites in the United States, Alaska, England and Germany. Military automotive skills centers and hobby shops are do-it-yourself garages set up as a benefit for military, civilian and contract armed forces employees.
In addition to periodic learning at SPC, most of the Air Force technicians are certified by the National Institute for Automotive Service and many offer classes in safety orientation, equipment usage, and basic auto/motorcycle maintenance and emergency readiness for family members. For many of the technicians, their job can entail supporting state vehicle inspections, car wash and paint booth maintenance, vehicle resale lot operations, car clubs and continuing education from such providers as SPC to keep the personally-owned vehicles of armed forces members both safe and roadworthy.
SPC Summer Academy Lauded
On Aug. 13, the 2014 SPC Science and Math Summer Academy received online notice from the North East Independent School District for hosting the NEISD's Krueger School of Applied Technologies. The second year of the summer program where SPC students travel to use one of the few authorized rocket launch airspaces in San Antonio engages the district's teachers as "a part of this unique camp. Rocketry is one of the eight STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) activities taught during this three week period. At the end of camp, a rocket launch was held at Krueger Middle School where they launched their rockets and participated in other aerospace activities for the day. It is a wonderful partnership in which students from all over San Antonio from all different backgrounds get to experience STEM projects and careers." the NEISD reported.
SPC Fine Arts Students Recognized
On Aug. 13, the students of SPC fine arts faculty member Larry Garcia received online praise as the inspiration for two of Garcia's newest compositions in the Latin Tejano genre. In his description of his release Country Ballad 2 at the music company site CD Baby, Garcia reports "I wrote my two songs to help my students and people overcome obstacles and life issues and to be able to relax, enjoy, and be creative and successful... My music covers many genres but especially English and Spanish…. My students at St. Philip’s College in San Antonio, Texas have indicated that my music inspires them and makes them want to move and dance and that my slow music assists them with their studies... In the future I will be producing music that can be applied to educational vignettes … It was at the request of my students that I released my first two songs!"
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