Photo (left to right) Alyssa Coakly (ITSA Student), Melissa Barraza (ITSA Student), Arnold Rodriguez (AA Grad – Lockheed Martin), Annette Enriquez (AA Grad – Lockheed Martin), Liliana Ybarra (AA Grad – Lockheed Martin), Ruby Vega (AA Grad – Lockheed Martin), Robert Flores (ITSA Grad – Cyber Patriot National Champ), Tommy Roberts (ITSA Grad – Cyber Patriot National Champ)
Youth and Veterans in San Antonio on Track for Good Jobs
Ever since the Alamo, San Antonio has been a community proud of military service and veterans. That history and the city’s growing aerospace industry served as the backdrop for Secretary Solis’ visit on Oct. 24. During her first stop at the Alamo Area Aerospace Academy, Solis met with high school students participating in a unique training partnership that allows them to participate in paid internships with local employers like Boeing, Caterpillar, AT&T, Medtronics, and Lockheed Martin, prepare for industry certifications, and earn college credits through the Alamo Community College District. The school is located within Port San Antonio, an innovative mixed-use redevelopment project located on the former Kelly Air Force Base. Later in the day, Solis visited the downtown campus of the University of Texas at San Antonio to talk with recent veterans using the G.I. Bill to continue their education and transition into civilian careers. Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolf was on hand for the conversation, which was moderated by UTSA Provost Lisa Firmin, a retired Air Force colonel. Nearly 3,000 veterans are enrolled at UTSA, which has seen substantial growth thanks to the programs and the convenience of the downtown campus.