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Texas A&M, Alamo Colleges Launch Innovative Co-enrollment Program in Engineering

Texas A&M University and Alamo Colleges have announced the formation of the Texas A&M-Chevron Engineering Academy at Alamo Colleges, an innovative co-enrollment... Read More >

Texas A&M, Alamo Colleges Launch Innovative Co-enrollment Program in Engineering

Texas A&M, Alamo Colleges Launch Innovative Co-enrollment Program in Engineering

Texas A&M University and Alamo Colleges have announced the formation of the Texas A&M-Chevron Engineering Academy at Alamo Colleges, an innovative co-enrollment... Read More >

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Alamo Colleges To Train Workers for German Biotech Company Relocating to San Antonio

German-based Cytocentrics Bioscience (Cytocentrics) recently announced that it is relocating its corporate headquarters and operations to San Antonio... Read More >

Alamo Colleges Honors Fallen Heroes on Memorial Day

Alamo Colleges Honors Fallen Heroes on Memorial Day

Monday, May 25, Alamo Colleges District Support Operations staff gathered at the Sheridan Street office flagpole for a flag-raising ceremony in observance of Memorial Day.. Read More >

Alamo Colleges Recognizes Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Texas For Funding Scholarships, Programs

Alamo Colleges Recognizes Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Texas For Funding Scholarships, Programs

At the regular board meeting May 19, the Alamo Colleges thanked Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Texas for 12 months of generous donations which prepare students for career... Read More >

Alamo Colleges Signs Partnership Agreement with India's National Skill Development Corporation

Alamo Colleges Signs Partnership Agreement with India's National Skill Development Corporation

The Alamo Colleges continues to expand its international partnerships, most recently by signing an agreement with the National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) of India and Cambridge Education Development (CED) to promote collaboration in the field of vocational education and training. Read More >

Alamo Colleges/Baylor University Partner in Baylor Bound Program

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

Baylor University and Alamo Colleges recently 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. Read More >

Groundbreaking Held for Expansion of Alamo Colleges’ Central Texas Technology Center

Groundbreaking Held for Expansion of Alamo Colleges’ Central Texas Technology Center

Federal, state and local representatives gathered on May 14 for the groundbreaking of the $6.3 million expansion of the Alamo Colleges’ Central Texas Technology Center that will ultimately double the size of the facility, allowing an associate degree to be offered there for the first time, as well as enhanced workforce development training programs. Read More >

Alamo Colleges/Rackspace Partner share $2.5 Million Grant

Rackspace Hosting has partnered with Alamo Colleges to provide job training using a  $2.5 million Skills Development Fund grant from the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC). 

“This grant will provide training for skills that companies would have previously had to search for globally,” said state Sen. Carlos Uresti. “We are pleased that this partnership will result in good-paying jobs here in Texas.”

“This partnership is good for our families, good for our businesses, and good for San Antonio,” said state Sen. Donna Campbell. “Together, the State of Texas, Alamo Colleges, and Rackspace are creating 1,000 new jobs and providing workers with opportunities to develop the skills that will ensure Texas remains a leader in 21st Century technology.”

From the program’s inception in 1996 through 2012, Skills Development Fund grants have created or upgraded more than 286,000 jobs throughout Texas. The grants have assisted 3,901 employers with their customized training needs.

“Skills grants deliver customized training solutions that help Texas employers and workers succeed in the marketplace,” said TWC Chairman Andres Alcantar. “This investment builds not only employee skills, but the capabilities of our community colleges to the benefit of employers and the community. We are pleased to make this investment.”

The grant will be used to custom train 1,000 new workers, as well as current Rackspace employees, in San Antonio, Austin and Dallas, and will provide cutting-edge training on technologies that support the Rackspace open cloud platform.

“As the open cloud company, Rackspace fully understands the importance of a highly engaged, cloud savvy workforce,” said Lanham Napier, Rackspace CEO.  “We are thrilled to be partnering with Alamo Colleges and see this as an exciting step forward in our journey to bridging the IT skills gap.”

Those trained will include technicians, Linux administrators and software developers. Upon completion of training, the new workers will earn an average hourly wage of $25.38.

“We have enjoyed a highly successful partnership with Rackspace in helping the company  train the skilled workers they need,” said Alamo Colleges Chancellor Dr. Bruce Leslie. “Partnerships such as this illustrate Alamo Colleges’ flexibility in addressing the needs of local employers while also providing students with tangible economic opportunities,” he added.

The Legislature appropriated $48.5 million to the Skills Development Fund for the 2012-13 biennium. Employers seeking more information about the Skills Development Fund may visit the TWC website at http://skills.texasworkforce.org.

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State Senator Carlos I. Uresti, Rackspace CEO Lanham Napier, Texas Workforce Commission Chairman Andres Alcantar, State Senator Donna Campbell and Alamo Colleges Chancellor Dr. Bruce Leslie display a giant "check" for a $2.5 million job training grant.

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