U.S. Representative Will Hurd of the 23rd Congressional District of Texas visited the Alamo Academies August 19, 2015, to learn more about the program and how it impacts the community. The congressman pledged his support in helping the Academies find new paid internship opportunities which would allow the Academies to increase capacity and offer the benefits of this outstanding program to more of the areas high school students.
In attendance at the roundtable discussion was the Alamo Academies Executive Director Gene Bowman; Alamo Academics Board Chair Dr. Don Kenton; Alamo Colleges Chancellor Dr. Bruce Leslie; San Antonio College President Dr. Robert Vela; Academies Board Members Joe Wilson (Lockheed Martin); Jeremy Casillas (Lockheed Martin); Brad Nye (Toyota Texas); Klaus Weiswurm (ITM) and Dr. Robert Zeigler (Retired President, San Antonio College). Other attendees included Alamo Academies Industry Internship Partners: Chris Fogle, Executive Vice President, Founding Partner Delta Risk; Blaine Lewis, Chief Operating Officer, Innové; Jim Campbell, Senior Director of Public Affairs, HOLT CAT representing Peter John Holt, Senior Vice President, Diversified Businesses, HOLT CAT (Academies board member); and Academies Graduates: Sarah Escobar, Toyota employee (Aerospace Academy 2012) and Skylar Daugherty, Delta Risk employee (Information Technology & Security Academy 2015).
The Alamo Academies is a national award winning, innovative, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (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 local cities. The model provides high school juniors and seniors with tuition-free career pathways into critical demand technical STEM occupations. Students attain industry and academic certificates leading to high-wage jobs or further higher education while addressing critical workforce industry needs. Since inception in 2001, over 1,100 graduates received training utilizing contextualized industry-driven curricula. Results: 94% of the two-year graduates entered higher education or high-wage careers in Aerospace, Advanced Manufacturing, IT & Security, Nursing and Heavy Equipment.