October 9, 2015
St. Philip's College News
SPC Professional Truck Driver Program Nets Grant
On September 30, SPC was notified that the college’s SPC Professional Truck Driver Training program is the recipient of a military-friendly two-year $196,680 grant to fund the recruitment, tuition, formal training and job placement support required to successfully employ 44 work-ready armed forces veterans in the SPC service area into local entry-level jobs that require a formal education in driving commercial buses and trucks. The enhanced college experience for 44 aspiring commercial vehicle operators who are veterans is available at SPC in 2015 and 2016 through funding from the federal commercial motor vehicle operator safety training grant program. Of note, the grant funds the waiver of tuition and such additional services as drug screening required for enrollment and completion of the SPC program.
President's Lecture Series Features Jim Avila
On October 1 at the SPC Watson Fine Arts Center, the 2015-2016 SPC President’s Lecture Series season of seminars and free public lectures began with Jim Avila, ABC senior news correspondent. Students and guests engaged in conversations on current events and immigration with Avila. While encouraging students to complete their college educations, Avila spoke of his journey en route to successfully informing the world by averaging more national news reports than any minority in American broadcast history.
SPC Faculty, Students Assist Homeowners
On September 26, James Chilson, construction program director, Gilbert Noriega, construction adjunct faculty, Ross Lambert and Ricardo Rivera, HVAC faculty, Rafael Brisita, ACM department chair and 15 National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB) and SEG students worked on a 109-year-old house owned by an elderly couple just north of downtown (406 W. Elmira). A request from the city and District 1 Councilman Roberto Trevino was sent to Mr. Chilson for assistance in cleaning, painting and repairing the house. The councilman informed the group that he wanted to save the house which was scheduled for demolition because of code compliance issues.
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