Palo Alto College

Loretta Nieto from Southside High School and Adriana Tapia from Frank L.  Madla High School are part of the first cohort of early college high school graduates at Palo Alto College.
Camille Phillips | Texas Public Radio

On Saturday, 204 high school seniors will be awarded associate degrees from Palo Alto College before earning their high school diploma.

They’re the first cohort to benefit from Palo Alto’s tuition-free early college high school programs, launched in 2014. According to school officials, 88 percent of students who signed up for the program four years ago earned enough college credits to graduate.

Mike Flores has been president of Palo Alto College since 2012.
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Updated 5:09 p.m.

The board of trustees for the Alamo Colleges District Thursday night unanimously chose Palo Alto College President Mike Flores to succeed Chancellor Bruce Leslie, who has held the district’s top post for 11 years.

St. Philip's College is now off warning status, as are San Antonio College and Northeast Vista College.
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San Antonio College, Northwest Vista College and St. Philip’s College are no longer at risk of losing their accreditation.

The three schools from the Alamo Colleges District have been taken off warning status by their accrediting organization, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.


Alamo City Opera

The Alamo City Opera rolls out a new production this weekend. It's an opera with roots in a short story by one of the towers of American literature. 

"Rappaccini's Daughter is a story by Nathaniel Hawthorne. A haunting, chilling love story. And it's our first opera that's been adapted into Spanish," says director Mark Richter.

They're also taking the opera to an unexpected venue.

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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.

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