Pictured left to right:  Terry Young – Alamo Academies, Dr. Bruce Leslie – Alamo Colleges Chancellor, Katherine Sanchez-Rocha – Alamo Academies, Carolyn King – Director of Policy Operations and Special Programs, Methodist Health Care System and Academies Board Member, Alyssa Trevino – Alamo Academies, Marc Sewell – CPA, Senior Manager Padgett Stratemann & Co and Academies Board Member, Gene Bowman – Alamo Academies Executive Director, Dr. Yvonne Katz – Vice-Chair Alamo Colleges Board Trustee, John Dewey – Manufacturing Consultant and Alamo Academies Board Chair, Dr. Federico Zaragoza – Alamo Colleges Vice Chancellor for Economic & Workforce Development, Troy Kettell – Alamo Academies, Marivel Nanez – Alamo Academies, Lydia De La Vega – Alamo Academies

February 17, 2015

The Alamo Academies program was acknowledged at the Alamo Colleges Board of Trustees meeting on Feb 17, 2015, for its receipt of the national Bellwether Award in the Workforce Development category.

The award was received at the 2015 Community College Futures Assembly annual policy summit which showcases the competitively selected leading edge programs in community colleges worthy of replicating.  The Assembly is sponsored by the Institute of Higher Education at the University of Florida.

The Workforce Development (WD) category recognizes programs that create public and/or private strategic alliances and partnerships that promote community and economic development. Alamo Colleges, San Antonio presented a project called “Alamo Academies – An Industry-Driven, Higher Education Program of Studies, Workforce and Economic Development Partnership: Boosting the School-to-Careers Pipeline.” Alamo Academies – An internationally recognized partnership between higher education and industry providing at-risk youth with tuition-free career pathways into critical demand technical STEM occupations. The program utilizes contextualized industry-driven curricula resulting in 95% of graduates entering higher education or high-wage careers in Aerospace, Manufacturing, Information Technology, Health and Heavy Equipment.