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St. Philip’s Receives Additional HBCU Funding for Graduation Efforts

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St. Philip’s College, one of the largest Historically Black Colleges and Universities in the nation, was recently awarded a little more than $7 million in federal grants due to its HBCU designation and its efforts in increasing graduation rates.

The five-year HBCU federal grant from the U.S. Department of Education is given to strengthen and enhance HBCUs. The 2018 grant award, given on Aug. 27, exceeds the 2017 grant award of $5,000,725 by roughly $900,000 – in part because one element in the formula for establishing the level of funding is increasing the number of college graduates.

Just two days later on Aug. 29, the Department of Education awarded the college another grant in the amount of $1,347,656. This grant, titled Student Aid and Financial Responsibility Act, will help the campus with renovations and student services support. Both awards total $7,337,880, and are supplements to the college’s operational budget.

Established as a school for daughters of former U.S. slaves in 1898, St. Philip’s College has an enrollment of about 13,000 students. Every year in September, the nation recognizes the 107 HBCUs institutions during HBCU Week. St. Philip’s College is one of nine HBCUs in the state of Texas.

Also in April of this year, St. Philip’s College celebrated another huge achievement by announcing it received the highly sought after 2018 Texas Award for Performance Excellence, one of only two Texas recipient organizations this year.

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New IT Program at Sam Houston is First in the City

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Cyber P-TECH at Sam Houston High School will debut in 2019 as the only Pathways in Technology Early College High School in San Antonio.

The program, according to San Antonio School District, will have a focus on preparing students with the skills, credentials and an industry-specific associate degree necessary for high-wage, high-demand careers in cybersecurity.

Under the model, within four to six years, students will be able to earn a high school diploma, an associate degree, a two-year post-secondary certificate or industry certification, and complete work-based training through internships, apprenticeships or other job-training programs.

The program at Sam Houston High School will be a school within a school model. Applications will be accepted Nov. 26 – Feb. 8 from incoming 9th grade students throughout Bexar County for the 2019-2020 school year. It will ultimately become a full 9-12th grade high school, with a new grade being phased in each year.

The Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill 22 in 2017, paving the way for school districts to work with the Texas Education Agency to launch P-TECH programs. In the P-TECH model, schools partner with Texas institutions of higher education and regional businesses and industries, giving students post-secondary education and workforce training opportunities.

Cyber P-TECH at Sam Houston will partner with St. Philip’s College, within the Alamo Colleges District, pending approval by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. St. Philip’s College has been designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security.

Through St. Philip’s, Cyber P-TECH students will have the opportunity to earn an Associate of Applied Science in Information Technology Cybersecurity Specialist degree. The degree will prepare students to design, implement and secure computer networks. Students with this degree will be able to install security software, monitor networks for security breaches, respond to cyber-attacks and gather data and evidence to be used in prosecuting cybercrime.

As early as students’ second year in the program, they will be able to earn an Information Technology industry certification. As high school juniors, they will have the opportunity to earn CompTIA Linux and CompTIA Security certifications. By the fall of their senior year, they will be able to earn an Information Technology Cybersecurity Specialist Level 1 certificate. As early as the spring of their senior year, students can earn associate degrees specifically tied to the cybersecurity industry.

To learn more, go here.

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San Antonio Students Win National Math Competition

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A group of four San Antonio  girls, called “Little Figures,” have recently garnered media attention for their winning math video that won a national competition this past May.

The four-person team, Breanna Hutchison, Londyn Hall, Iman Zakaria, and Lindsey Simmons, competed against hundreds of other students across the United States in The Math Video Challenge, which empowers students to take their math and problem-solving skills to the next level with a creative video project. The San Antonio team got to travel to Washington, D.C. for the MATHCOUNTS banquet to get their winning trophies and scholarships.

For the project, students have to work together to create a video that explains the solution to a problem and demonstrates a real-world application of the math concept. Combining art, writing, math, acting and technology, this program makes learning math interactive and fun for students.

The “Little Figures” team created their five-minute video based off of the “Hidden Figures” movie, the story of a team of female African-American mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program. Recently, the “Little Figures” team got the privilege to meet Margot Lee Shetterly, the author of the “Hidden Figures” book at St. Philip’s College for its September President’s Lecture. The “Little Figures” team is also a part of the San Antonio chapter of the National Society of Black Engineers Jr.

The “Little Figures” team isn’t taking a break. They are working on the sequel to hopefully win the competition again for 2019.

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Monster Tech Fest Introduces High School Students to Fun Careers

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St. Philip’s College will host its annual free 2018 Monster Tech Fest: Sixth Anniversary Edition on Nov. 16 from 9:30 am to 2 pm at the college’s Southwest Campus at 800 Quintana Road. The event connects prospective college students with solid opportunities to study with SPC and gain professional practical experience with SPC’s industry partners for well-paid local jobs.

The 2018 lineup includes Michael Alanis, a 24-year-old singer/songwriter from San Antonio, performing live outdoors in his Monster Tech Fest debut for area high school students.

The St. Philip’s College Commercial Driver’s License program team is among the 2018 debut exhibitors, bringing in both a 70-foot-long truck and faculty to give information and answer questions. A popular return guest is Sergio Guerra, a Special FX makeup artist, and former contestant in the Sy-Fy Channel reality series, “Face Off.”

St. Philip’s College traditionally hosts 600 high school students at Monster Tech Fest programs. The Halloween-themed program provides high school students the opportunity to make decisions about their futures as they collect college program information from career, technical and STEM education faculty in a fun atmosphere.

Held after Halloween this year due to a combination of both weather and rescheduling considerations, the Monster Tech Fest includes more than 20 academic programs for students in such lucrative fields as robotics, surgery and automation, plus outdoor fun, food trucks and booths, a car show, live band, DJ entertainment, complimentary group photography, a mobile video game truck and St. Philip’s College gear giveaways.

The following St. Philip’s College programs have confirmed participation in Monster Tech Fest: Sixth Anniversary Edition:

  • Aircraft
  • Alternative Energy and Power Generation
  • Auto Collision
  • Automotive
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Business Information Systems
  • Construction
  • Diesel
  • Electrical Trades
  • Health Information
  • Histologic Technician
  • Manufacturing
  • Medical Lab Technician
  • Plumbing
  • SAISD Phoenix Program
  • SPC Recruitment
  • Surgical
  • Testing Center
  • Texas Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education/Advanced Manufacturing Technology
  • Tiger 1 Electric Car
  • Tourism, Hospitality and Culinary Arts
  • Vocational Nursing

For information on the Monster Tech Fest: Sixth Anniversary Edition contact Manuel Navarro, college middle college programs director, at (210) 486–7015 or email mnavarro34@alamo.edu.

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