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SAN ANTONIO — At a ceremony today at St. Philip’s College Southwest Campus, Dr. J. Terence Kelly, chancellor of the Alamo Community College District (ACCD), and Robert L. Smith, director of the Texas A&M University System’s Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX), signed an agreement forming an unprecedented alliance between the two largest providers of workforce training in the Alamo region.

The ACCD/TEEX alliance will create a comprehensive, world class education and workforce training delivery system capable of responding to 21st century workforce needs. This alliance provides Alamo region employers with direct, one-stop access to one of the most comprehensive menus of job training, education and workforce training in the country. The alliance will be able to respond quickly to employer needs by creating just in time training programs in technical, occupational or workforce development areas.

“We are excited about the many possibilities that this alliance offers,” said Kelly. “This agreement is of particular importance in positioning ACCD to meet the demand for specialized training to prepare workers for projected Toyota related job opportunities.”

The signing of the agreement establishing the alliance was the highlight of a celebration honoring the more than 35 business and industry partners that have helped build many of St. Philip’s College’s technical education programs. The event began with a job fair featuring more than 20 local businesses, and also included an appreciation luncheon during which several business and industry partners were honored with awards.

The mission of the ACCD/TEEX alliance is: to align workforce training programs to business and industry demand in emerging occupation areas such as manufacturing, industrial, infrastructure and residential construction, environmental, homeland security, advanced energy and biosciences; to respond to employer needs for a skilled workforce; to increase opportunities for well-paid technical and industrial careers in the San Antonio area; and to spur the transformation of the Alamo region economy into one dominated by industries that emphasize highly skilled, good paying jobs.

The alliance also eliminates the possible duplication of programs between ACCD and TEEX and provides ACCD the ability to supplement its program offerings by incorporating TEEX occupational training courses and resources not offered by ACCD. Under the terms of the agreement, ACCD will be eligible for contact hour reimbursement for all courses, including those delivered by TEEX. A separate agreement will be developed by each participating ACCD college detailing the specific training courses that will be offered, including dates, tuition and/or TEEX and ACCD fees and enrollment standards.

“In other states, and even in other parts of Texas, two agencies with similar missions such as TEEX and ACCD can find ourselves attracting the same student population,” said TEEX’s Smith. “As this alliance will demonstrate, the community’s needs are best served when two agencies such as ours pool their resources, avoid duplication, and work together to provide the best possible benefit to the people they serve.”

ACCD is the primary workforce training provider in the region. A total of 23,701 students are enrolled in workforce training and continuing education at the ACCD colleges. These include 2,800 students and incumbent workers in aviation technology, 1,174 in construction trades, 178 in diesel technology, 571 in repair and manufacturing trades, and 250 in the district’s Aerospace and Information Technology Security academies.

The Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) is a member of The Texas A&M University System, and continues its mission of developing highly skilled and educated workers and successful organizations, and enhancing public safety, health and the economic growth of the state through training, continuing education and technology transfer. TEEX training and technical assistance programs include fire protection, emergency response and rescue, law enforcement, water and wastewater, transportation, career technology, marine, environmental safety, electric power, economic development, manufacturing technology, and telecommunications.

Through regional offices in San Antonio at Hemisfair Plaza and on South Presa, TEEX trained more than 4,200 students residing within ACCD’s service area in fiscal year 2001-02. Overall the agency trained more than 130,000 students through more than 6,000 classes in all 50 states, U.S. territories and 40 countries, while serving 3,200 companies and 3,800 municipalities in the state of Texas.

The luncheon following the signing ceremony featured the unveiling of a business/ industry appreciation plaque to be permanently displayed at St. Philip’s Southwest Campus. Individual awards were also presented to numerous business and industry partners, including Chromalloy Component Services, The Boeing Company, Monroe Industries, Dunn Wright Remodeling, Tobias Aerospace, Welding Supply, Holiday Inn Select, Alamo Workforce Development, the 12th Aircraft Maintenance Randolph AFB, the city of San Antonio and Marmon Mok.

The colleges of the ACCD Northwest Vista College, Palo Alto College St. Philip’s College and San Antonio College enrolled nearly 49,000 credit students in fall 2003. The ACCD is the second largest community college district in the state and all ACCD colleges are accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

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