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May 15, 2015

District News

Alamo Colleges Board Names New District 4 Trustee

At a special meeting May 5, the Alamo Colleges' Board of Trustees selected Marcelo Casillas as the new District 4 trustee. Casillas previously joined the board in 2002 and ran unopposed for a new six-year term in May 2008. He served as chair of the Academic Accountability and Student Success committee and as a member of the Legal Affairs and Building, Grounds and Sites Selection committees. 
“We are pleased that, out of the three outstanding applicants for the District 4 position, the Board selected someone who brings so many years of experience and community service to the Alamo Colleges,” said Chancellor Dr. Bruce Leslie. “We look forward to the many valuable contributions he will make as a member of our Board of Trustees,” he added.
A self-employed businessman and owner of Casillas Insurance Agency, he is a life-long resident of San Antonio and of District 4. Casillas served on the South San Antonio School Board from 1990-1998 and was re-elected four times. He also served as president, vice-president, and secretary of the board.
Casillas formerly worked at Kelly AFB as a civil service aircraft mechanic. He is a fifth generation San Antonian with strong ties to the community. His personal and professional investment in San Antonio is displayed through his volunteer activities with the Knights of Columbus and the St. Bonaventure Catholic Church. Casillas graduated from South San Antonio High School in 1968.


Alamo Colleges/Baylor University Partner in "Baylor Bound" Program

Baylor University and Alamo Colleges today announced the creation of a formal Baylor Bound transfer agreement that will help students transfer more easily between the two institutions and continue to expand educational opportunities for young people all across Texas. 

Alamo Colleges Chancellor Bruce Leslie, Ph.D., the five Alamo Colleges’ presidents and Baylor President and Chancellor Ken Starr signed the partnership agreement during a ceremony in the Killen Center – Board Room at Alamo Colleges. 

The Baylor Bound program will serve highly motivated students from Alamo Colleges who, upon meeting the program’s criteria, will transfer to Baylor to complete their baccalaureate degrees. 

Students may declare their intent to transfer to Baylor by submitting the Baylor Bound application prior to enrolling at Alamo Colleges or while enrolled as a full-time student. Admission to the program will be determined by Baylor’s Office of Admission Services. 

Students at Alamo Colleges who become part of the Baylor Bound program can choose a plan from 66 majors, all of which are articulated through specific MAPS – or Major Academic Planners – that will assist them as they move toward timely degree completion. More information about these majors and course transfer equivalency between Baylor and Alamo Colleges is available at 

Students must be enrolled in an approved A.A. or A.S. academic program leading to an approved Baylor B.B.A., B.A., B.S.W. or B.S. degree and refer to Baylor’s Major Academic Planner when planning coursework. 

Advisers from both institutions will help students select courses that satisfy program requirements to allow for a successful transition from Alamo Colleges to full-time status at Baylor. Alamo Colleges Baylor Bound students also will receive information about scholarships for transfer students and special transfer residential experiences. Also, students from Alamo Colleges will have access to Baylor’s libraries via the Interlibrary Loan Agreement as well as special opportunities to visit the Baylor campus and meet with Baylor representatives. 


Mexican University To Model Program on Alamo Colleges/Toyota Partnership

Vice Chancellor for Economic and Workforce Development Dr. Federico Zaragoza and members of the Corporate College and International Programs; staff hosted a visit by Pablo Molina Llamas, Secretario Academico of The Universidad Tecnologica de Aguascalientes.  The Mexican university is planning a venture similar to the advanced technology manufacturing program the Corporate College conducts with Toyota Texas. Industry partners attending the event included Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas, Inc., Pressure Systems International, San Antonio Manufacturing Association (SAMA) and Advanced Integration Technology Automotive Manufacture Technical Education.  Discussion included curriculum development and implementation for the program in Aguascalientes.  


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