In the event you missed the news back in the spring, free tuition is becoming closer to a reality in the Alamo City.
A blue ribbon roster of local business, education, and non-profit leaders gathered in April for their first meeting as the steering committee for the Alamo Colleges District’s AlamoPROMISE initiative.
The district is working collaboratively with the city and county to make the concept of AlamoPROMISE a reality. AlamoPROMISE will provide the first two years of college at one of the Alamo Colleges District’s five colleges to eligible students who plan to earn an associate degree or certifications, take courses for transfer or complete workforce training.
AlamoPROMISE will provide a last-dollar scholarship, funded with support from public and private sector partners and foundations, to fill the gap between a student’s financial aid award and the cost of tuition and fees for the first two years of college at one of the district’s five colleges. AlamoPROMISE also incorporates comprehensive student support services, from career exploration and advising to connections to social services and student advocacy centers. This support, which is provided to all Alamo Colleges District students, will address transportation and childcare costs, food insufficiency and other barriers students face in completing college.
Chairing the committee are Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff, Mayor Ron Nirenberg and Alamo Colleges District Chancellor Dr. Mike Flores. They are joined on the committee by:
- Kevin Voelkel, President, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas
- Peter John Holt, CEO, Holt Cat
- Jeff Goldhorn, Executive Director, Education Service Center Region 20
- Richard Perez, President/CEO, San Antonio Chamber of Commerce
- Diane Sanchez, President/CEO, San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
- Cynthia Matson, President, Texas A&M University – San Antonio
- Taylor Eighmy, President, The University of Texas at San Antonio
- Ryan Ludgalia-Hollon, Executive Director, Up Partnership
- Lloyd Verstuyft, Superintendent, Southwest ISD
- Pedro Martinez, Superintendent, San Antonio ISD
- Brian Woods, Superintendent, Northside ISD
- Jeanette Ball, Superintendent, Judson ISD
- Kate Rogers, Outreach and Civic Engagement, Charles Butt Foundation
- Rebecca Brune, President, San Antonio Area Foundation
- Romanita Matta-Barrera, Executive Director, SA Works
All of the chairs were encouraged and enthused about the program and the partnerships.
“With AlamoPROMISE, we will impact not only our students and their families, but the larger community as well,” said Flores. “We will make a college education possible for a larger percentage of high school graduates and address regional workforce needs by providing more graduates who have the skills to qualify for the high-demand, high-wage jobs that often go unfilled in one of the fastest growing regions in the country.”
“AlamoPROMISE is a transforming initiative for San Antonio students, said Wolff. “It will lift the barriers allowing Bexar County students an opportunity to obtain the best in skill training and education,” he added.
“The AlamoPROMISE will be truly transformative for our city,” said Nirenberg. “Tuition-free community college through a last-dollar scholarship is a game-changer for workforce and economic development. Today’s steering committee meeting was productive and TeamSA is all working together to make this promise a reality,” he added.
Steering Committee members were invited to learn first-hand about the Tennessee Promise program and how its success can be replicated for AlamoPROMISE.
At the Alamo Colleges District, high quality education and affordable costs provide exceptional value to students and alumni who are major contributors to the economy and culture of our community. For more information, go to www.alamo.edu/promise.
Apple Pre-Ed Scholars Program
As a highly regarded HBCU, Huston-Tillotson University (located in the heart of Austin, Texas) is proud to announce our Apple Pre-Ed Scholars Program!
The Apple Pre-Ed Scholars Program, housed within Huston-Tillotson University’s African American Male Teacher Initiative funded by Apple Inc., provides one year of scholarship support to high-achieving HT freshmen who intend to pursue a career in Education.
Scholars are selected on the basis of financial need, academic performance, demonstration of leadership, commitment to service, and dedication to pursuing a career in the Education field.
Total award will cover all tuition, fees, room and board for an academic year. Scholarships are eligible for max three-year renewal, dependent on meeting scholarship requirements, persistence towards graduation, demonstrated financial need, and availability of funding.
Who can apply? To be eligible to apply, applicants must:
– Be a citizen, legal permanent resident, or national of the United States
– Identify ethnically as African American, or Black
– Identify as male – Classified as a Freshman
– Be currently enrolled and in good standing at Huston-Tillotson University
– Minimum 2.5 GPA on an unweighted 4.0 scale
– ACT Composite Score of 18, or greater; or SAT score 900, or greater (Combined Evidence Based Reading and Writing, and Math)
– Program of study in Education
– Demonstrate a strong academic record and evidence of persistence
– Exemplify leadership and demonstrate a passion for improving representation of underrepresented groups in the field of Education
– Have demonstrated financial and unmet need as measured by the university
Attached to this correspondence, you will find the Apple Pre-Ed Scholars Application as well as an informational flyer for announcement purposes.
Questions may be directed to:
Dr. Jennifer Miles, HTU’s Director of the Center of Academic Innovation; firstname.lastname@example.org
Where Will You Be For History?
Wednesday, January 20, 2021 marks the day for the 59th Inaugural Ceremony. This historical event has been witnessed by Americans for over 200 years. The moment marks the transition of power for the President and Vice President of the United States. From the first Inauguration of George Washington, in New York City, in 1789, to the present, the 59th Inaugural Ceremonies, the Swearing-In Ceremonies represent both national renewal and continuity of leadership. Several Inaugurations have held great importance and significance including the swearing in of Barack Hussein Obama II, the 44th President of the United States, but what makes this year’s inauguration so remarkable? Well, as we reflect on the current time we are in; a divided nation where hate is at the forefront of the actions of many American citizens, COVID has devastated the population, historic election voting percentages have reigned, the inaugural events are closed to the public, and where gender and race have for far too long been the basis as to why some have been denied opportunities to fulfill “positions of power,” this milestone marks another step towards us becoming “one nation under God with liberty and justice for all.” Kamala Harris already made history when she was elected as the first Black and South Asian woman elected Vice President, however January 20, 2021 her role will be official and she will officially be Madame Vice President.
The ceremony traditionally begins with a procession to the capitol beginning about 11:00 ET. Harris will be sworn in first by Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the first Hispanic and Latina Justice appointed to the Supreme Court of the United States. (She was nominated by President Barack Obama.). Joe Biden will be sworn in by Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts followed by remarks from both.
Remembering Mr. Clark
Morgan Freeman portrayed him well in the 1989 classic film “Lean On Me.” He was the baseball and bullhorn toting, HNIC, firm and forward thinking principal of the then troubled Eastside High School in Paterson, New Jersey. Joe Louis Clark, the real ‘Mr. Clark’ a.k.a. ‘Crazy Joe’ died in his Florida home at the age of 82. He was loved and hated by his critics because of his actions and his untraditional methods used to clean house and turn the school around. Mr. Clark earned national coverage including President Ronald Reagan offering him a White House policy advisor position after his success at the high school.
Mr. Joe Clark changed the game and set the example for turning around failing urban schools by offering children, educators, parents and community hope while maintaining high expectations. He will forever be remembered especially in the lives of those he challenged and changed. RIP Mr. Clark.