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March 5, 2015

On 3 March 2015, the Dee Howard Foundation Fund of the San Antonio Area Foundation awarded its first grant under its Pre-K thru 12 Initiative in the amount of $500 to the Alamo Academies-Aerospace Academy.  Alamo Academies is a national award winning, innovative, STEM based instructional model operated by the Alamo Area Academies Inc., a non-profit organization, in partnership with industry, the Alamo Colleges, area high schools and cities providing America’s youth with tuition-free career pathways into critical demand technical STEM occupations.  Since inception in 2001, over 1,023 graduates received training utilizing contextualized industry-driven curricula resulting in 95% of graduates entering higher education or high-wage careers in Aerospace, Manufacturing, IT Security, Health Professions, and Heavy Equipment.  Pictured above at the presentation of the grant are (left to right):  Troy Kettell (Chief Coordinator-Alamo Academies), Harold Dean Heath (SPC Aircraft Technology Instructor), Alexis Marialyn Lopez (Senior at McCollum HS-Aerospace Academy), Wayne I. Fagan (DHF Chair), Daniel Rodriguez (Senior at Highlands HS-Aerospace Academy), and Olen E. (Gene) Bowman (Executive Director-Alamo Academies).