Alamo Colleges

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.

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U.S. Department of Labor Secretary Thomas Perez was in San Antonio this week to see the progress of a partnership between the Alamo Colleges and Toyota Motor Manufacturing.

St. Philip’s College houses the Toyota Advanced Manufacturing Technician Program. Students who are accepted into the program get jobs with Toyota while in school.

19-year-old Sarah Escobar, a maintenance technician, started the AMT program in high school and already has a certificate before finishing her two year degree. She said she plans to stay with Toyota while finishing a bachelor's degree.

St. Philip's College is now off warning status, as are San Antonio College and Northeast Vista College.
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Beginning this fall, St. Philip’s College will play host to SAISD students in the district’s second early college high school.

St. Philip’s College has 10,000 students, but 100 high school freshmen will call the campus home in August. SAISD has formally approved an agreement with the Alamo Colleges to open a school on campus where, by graduation, students will earn 60 hours of college credit or even an associates degree.

Leslie Price, a spokeswoman for SAISD, said students will take their normal educational curriculum but also take classes for college credit.

Students in the Alamo Colleges system may soon have certain instructional materials bundled into their tuition costs in the coming semesters. How the plan will be implemented remains to be decided, but students are already showing opposition.

In January, the Alamo Colleges Board of Trustees voted to bundle electronic instructional materials into certain classes. When students pay their tuition there will be an additional cost for the pre-approved materials in the form of e-books and other items that can be accessed online.