Alamo Colleges

Ryan E. Poppe

Community colleges have been described by many as being a bridge for students seeking a path to a traditional four-year state university or a career, but finding the funds to provide that education can be a challenge.

Ryan E. Poppe

Lawmakers at the state capitol are examining whether the state needs to allow more community colleges to offer four-year baccalaureate degrees.  One of those institutions is San Antonio’s Alamo Colleges, which will be pursuing that effort during the 2017 legislative session.


 As a way of making a four-year college more affordable, In 2003 state lawmakers passed legislation that gave a limited number of community colleges the permission to develop up to five baccalaureate degree programs.  


Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio

SAN ANTONIO (Aug. 25, 2015)–––St. Philip’s College is among 95 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in 19 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands strengthening their academic resources, financial management systems, endowment-building capacity and physical plants as a result of grants awarded to the college by the U.S. Department of Education on July 23 and July 24.

Jack Morgan / TPR News

On Thursday, a science major came to the City, quite literally. The San Antonio City Council approved a $1 million economic incentive fund grant to help relocate the Rostock, Germany-based biotechnology company, Cytocentrics Bioscience to the city. The company, which offers both a product portfolio and services, will have its international corporate headquarters in San Antonio’s District 9.

As part of this relocation deal, the company will, in turn, create 300 high-paying jobs in the region, with an average salary of $70,000, invest $15 million, and enter into a research and development partnership with the Center for Innovative Drug Discovery (CIDD), a joint venture between the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) and UT Health Science Center at San Antonio, as well as another partnership for workforce development with the Alamo Colleges.

Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio

This was not a happy gathering. The Citizens to be Heard portion of the Alamo Colleges board meeting, late Tuesday night, lasted more than an hour. And nearly every one of the three-minute speaking slots belonged to a frustrated student.

In April, the Alamo Colleges, a system of five community colleges in and around San Antonio, decided on the removal of majors from most degrees and transcripts. This meant graduating classes majoring in an Associate of Arts of Science program, would receive a simple A.A. or A.S. certification, not a specific subject major.