SPC Homecoming: Several Anniversaries
Today, St. Philip’s College updated details for its 2017 season Homecoming Dinner and Dance program Oct. 20 from 6-11 pm. in the Bowden Alumni Center of the college’s Sutton Learning Center at 1801 Martin Luther King Drive, with an important anniversary added to the lineup for the entire week’s activities previously announced online at http://alamo.edu/spc/homecoming/.
The free and family–friendly 2017 Homecoming Dinner and Dance is traditionally an evening program for alumni, students, employees and friends of the 119-year-old college. The event is open to the public and their family members, explained 2017 event chair Dr. Sharon Crockett–Ray. The signature elements of the event are the free dinner for alumni, current students and their family members that is part of the dinner and dance program Oct. 20 and the outdoor group photo session Oct. 13 at 10:30 a.m. at 1801 Martin Luther King Drive. A new-for-2018 event is the bowling party Oct. 17 from 3–5 p.m. in the Tiger Lanes area of the college’s Turbon Student Center at 1801 Martin Luther King Drive.
The college has a bevy of achievements to celebrate with the community over the coming weeks. Major institutional achievements that current students, partners and alumni can expect to highlight are the college’s status as the Historically Black Colleges and Universities member institution with the nation’s largest enrollment, the 30th anniversary of both the college's Southwest Campus at 800 Quintana Road and the college’s status as an HBCU. The event will also be the senior year homecoming for many of the college’s Early College High School students. In addition, the Phoenix Middle College Program that is one of the specialized schools of the San Antonio Independent School District observes its 20th anniversary education partnership with the college in 2017. All Phoenix Middle College Program alumni and current students are invited to attend the homecoming to celebrate the birthday of the program that began in 1997, and is now older than the average student in the program. The Phoenix Middle College experience provides high school students with the opportunity to earn college credit and work toward an industry certification that is free of cost to the students and their families during their last two years of high school. The students are high school students taking high school and college courses at the college.
Technical education at the Southwest Campus of St. Philip’s College has served as an economic engine for the region. Those programs have provided college educations and middle class financial security for generations of San Antonio-based alumni for nearly 25 percent of the 119-year-old college's service life. Many are unique as the only available in the South Texas region, and range from construction and aviation technology to advanced manufacturing and alternative energy. Alumni of St. Philip’s College programs considered national best educational practices that originated at the campus include innovative programs for women in nontraditional occupations and associate of applied science programs in partnerships with such industry icons as Toyota and Lockheed. Dallas-based aviation technology alumnus Francisco Armstrong---a technical writer for Southwest Airlines---arranged the April 2017 donation of a jet engine valued at $7 million for the ground training of students in the college’s aviation technology program. These are the types of inspirational achievements guests will celebrate during the Homecoming, said Crockett–Ray.
In 1987, St. Philip's College added the Southwest Campus, a hub for technical training and degree programs, as a business unit. The campus was part of a former Kelly Air Force Base property that was transformed into the business known as Port San Antonio. The Southwest Campus is one of the first if not the first college campuses located within a NAFTA Free Trade Zone, and boasts the city’s largest rooftop solar energy installation as a lab for study in the field. The college hosted Texas Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education (TX FAME) open houses at its Southwest Campus in March, and is growing the program. The unique associate of applied science advanced manufacturing technology degree program in partnership with TX FAME is a national educational model featuring two years of paid employment in advanced manufacturing at the facilities of sponsoring employers CPS Energy, H-E-B, Takata, Toyota and Toyotetsu Texas, Inc. Two cohorts of St. Philip's College alumni of the program have worked three days a week for sponsoring employers, and upon graduation the alumni became eligible for an entry-level full-time position with the sponsoring employers. TX FAME recruited 40 students for the next class that begins in September. Find details on academic programs at the college's Southwest Campus at https://www.alamo.edu/spc/swc/.
SPC’s Homecoming program provides an opportunity to rekindle old relationships and build new connections. Parking is free. For information or to volunteer to help at the event, contact Dr. Sharon Crockett–Ray at (210) 486–2887 or e–mail scrockett–email@example.com.
CAPTION: Archival SAISD Phoenix Middle College Program images of students through the years leading up to the 2017 St. Philip’s College Homecoming Dinner and Dance program Oct. 20 from 6-11 pm. in the Bowden Alumni Center of the college’s Sutton Learning Center at 1801 Martin Luther King Drive. Established at St. Philip’s College as one of the specialized schools of the San Antonio Independent School District in 1997, Phoenix Middle College Program observes its 20th anniversary in 2017.