Kicking off the Chamber’s first major event of the year, President and CEO Richard Perez introduced Alamo Colleges Chancellor Mike Flores by reaffirming resolute commitment to education and workforce development efforts.
Dr. Flores addressed a crowd of 200 with a powerful presentation about the state of AlamoPROMISE, a last-dollar scholarship program that removes all financial barriers for Bexar County high school graduates, and the economic impact it will have on San Antonio. The event culminated with a $1.5 million contribution from the Charles E. Butt Foundation to the AlamoPROMISE.
Late last year, the Chamber passed a resolution of support for AlamoPROMISE recognizing the significant potential impact the program will have on increasing the number of adults with post-secondary credentials and preparing students to join the workforce in high-wage, high-demand jobs.
Currently, 45% of high school seniors in San Antonio attend college and only 33% graduate, which is 12% lower than the national average. Among adults in the city only 34% have an associate’s degree or higher. Dr. Flores’ goal through AlamoPROMISE is for San Antonio to have 70% of high school seniors enroll into a post-secondary program in the next five years. Since the October 2019 launch, 6,370 high school students have signed-up to be AlamoPROMISE scholars.
Following Dr. Flores’ presentation, he joined a panel consisting of Kate Rogers, Director of the Charles E. Butt Foundation; Dr. Jeanette Ball, Superintendent of Judson ISD; Aaliya Muriel, Wagner High School student and AlamoPROMISE scholar; and moderator Bob Rivard. The panel added depth to what the program means to each of them and their respective communities and networks.
As the cornerstone of our workforce and competitive industry, your Chamber is fully committed to quality, accessible education for the benefit of our city and everyone in it. We look forward to what the AlamoPROMISE will bring to our community and its young people.