For more than two decades the Alamo Colleges has leveraged the power of partnerships. We are the community leader in innovative partnerships with local businesses and industry, other education institutions and area communities. We are recognized nationally for our innovative programs and extensive partnerships, both local and statewide.
Partnerships with Business
We are the number one provider of workforce education in the area. We partner with business and industry to keep our workforce programs aligned with employer needs and the changing economy. We have an excellent track record of success in training employees for major companies—Toyota, Rackspace, Boeing, Caterpillar, AT&T, USAA, Medtronics, Southern Folger Steel, Lockheed Martin, Pratt & Whitney, the City of San Antonio, the San Antonio Water System, City Public Service and more.
Each year we receive millions of dollars in grants from the Texas Workforce Commission for our workforce training program. We are experienced in creating customized workforce training programs that fit the current and future needs of employers. The Alamo Community Colleges partner with business and industry in key economic areas to develop and upgrade associate degree and certificate programs to meet current and emerging needs of employers.
We help businesses reach their goals through:
- Industry and employee assessments
- Customized training, seminars and workshops at our site or the business
- Special programs and expos
- More than 425 degree and certificate programs
- Courses for college credit or continuing education credits
- Assistance in acquiring funding for training
- Occupational forecasts
The outstanding quality of our academic and workforce programs has led to training partnerships in countries all over the world, including Mexico, Brazil, most of Central America and Viet Nam. (will be getting more info on this from Carol soon).
Partnerships with Educational Institutions
The Alamo Colleges have a enjoyed an on-going record of successful partnerships with most greater San Antonio area school districts. Even before the state formulated its “Closing the Gaps by 2015” higher education plan, the Alamo Colleges and many local school districts had established partnerships to streamline the transition from high school to college and to encourage more high school students to continue on to a community college and/or a university.
Working together we have developed effective and innovative programs that allow high school students to earn college credit prior to high school graduation. Our successful partnerships with local school districts include our dual credit programs, which are in turn comprised of Early College High School initiatives, College Connections, the Phoenix program and the Alamo Academies, plus the Gateway to College and the Pathways programs. We have also teamed with our local school districts in testing for college readiness earlier in high school, in order for high school graduates to be better prepared to succeed in college.
The Alamo Colleges also operate two community centers. The Westside Education and Training Center is a partnership effort with the Edgewood Independent School District, while the Brackenridge Center is a joint effort with St. Paul United Methodist Church. The centers provide outreach services, GED preparation, ESL classes and workforce training outside of a traditional college campus.
We have recently extended our partnership efforts to include area four-year universities, resulting in the creation of the Alamo University Center. This center is an alliance of St. Mary's University, Texas A&M University-San Antonio, Texas State University, the University of the Incarnate Word and Wayland Baptist University-San Antonio at a state-of-the-art off campus facility. Partner universities offer courses necessary for a student to complete baccalaureate and master's degree programs. This collaborative approach provides one-stop academic instruction and support services for prospective and returning students and lifelong learners.
The AUC concept allows diverse, multi-level higher education institutions to work together and make a positive difference for students, businesses, and communities.
Partnerships with Area Communities
In order to provide communities outside Bexar County with opportunities for higher education, the Alamo Colleges have established three regional centers. Our partnership with the cities of New Braunfels and Seguin resulted in the establishment of the Central Texas Technology Center. Working with the cities of Kerrville and Floresville, we operate regional centers in these communities that offer college classes and workforce training to local residents.
The Alamo Colleges, together with San Antonio Youth Centers (SAYC), San Antonio ISD (SAISD), Texas Engineering Experiment Station (TEES), City of San Antonio (CoSA), CPS Energy (CPS), and San Antonio Water System (SAWS) established and operate the Mission Verde Center, a multipurpose education, training and research center for renewable and energy efficient technologies and water management and conservation demonstration.