With a possible shortage of American pilots looming, a unique South Texas program is training students from all over the state to be ready to fly.
Instructor John Aken, who occasionally flies to work in his single-prop Piper Cherokee, is a military veteran, but didn't learn how to fly until he was out of the military and his kids were grown.
Years later, in 2007, Palo Alto College hired Aken to transition the aviation technology school, based at Stinson Airfield, out. Ups and downs in the economy had brought the school's enrollment to about six.
Palo Alto College is taking its training for Eagle Ford Shale jobs to new levels by expanding its certification program into a full associate’s degree program.
The Alamo Colleges created the Alamo Academies to answer the demand by oil and gas exploration companies for more personnel who were trained on the high-tech equipment needed for the work. The certification courses quickly became popular.
A recent high-school graduate enrolled at Palo Alto College will be getting word Wednesday of a 4-year, full-ride scholarship.
Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Texas, Inc., will present the scholarship in support of STEM education.
Toyota and other manufacturers have partnered with the Alamo Colleges to educate students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, and to train them to work in their plants assembling products from trucks to solar panels.
This time, Toyota is focusing its energy on those who teach STEM courses.
The city has begun a major "complete streets" project on Villaret Boulevard, which spans east and west on the city's Southside.
Once completed, the $7 million project will double the width of Villaret Boulevard the length of Palo Alto College, a drainage system will be installed to prevent flooding in future storms, and there will be lighting, curbs, sidewalks, and bike lanes.
These improvements are needed to keep up with continued growth of Palo Alto, as well as housing and industry locating in that part of town.
Palo Alto College is having a special registration event that will keep the doors open until midnight on Jan. 9; even with night classes, registration normally occurs during regular business hours.
Vice-President of Student Affairs Robert Garza said the school wants to reach more potential students who may have missed registration hours in the past. Garza said new students will especially find the process easier than they expected, but everyone is welcome.