Committee recommends welcome center, removing student accident insurance

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Recommendations will be taken to the full board at a regular meeting Tuesday.

By Katherine Garcia

The expenditure of $192,900 annually to continue career and academic training through the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning was recommended during the Audit, Budget, and Finance Committee during committee meetings Tuesday in Killen Center.

Recommendations by committees must be approved by the full board of trustees before going into effect. The next regular meeting of the board will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday in Killen Center, 201 W. Sheridan.

Advisers have already received the first level of training from CAEL, which was three hours, said Adelina Silva, vice chancellor for student success, adding that 94 percent of advisers approved the training.

She said the additional funding would go toward developing the remaining two levels of a customized three-level training plan.

Discontinuing student accident insurance was also recommended by the committee.

“Student accident insurance is no longer needed because of the Affordable Care Act,” said

Diane Snyder, vice chancellor of finance and administration, adding that the insurance the act provides also covers illnesses and the accident insurance offered by the Alamo Colleges does not.

She said the insurance is funded through a $2.65 per student enrollment fee, and removing the insurance as an option eliminates the fee from tuition.

During the Building, Grounds, and Sites Committee, a proposal for a new welcome center for this college at the rental space in the Tobin Lofts Complex has been recommended for approval.

The proposal requires 7,000 square feet of space at a cost of $88,340 per year for five years as per the base term of rent.

Dr. Robert Vela, incoming president of San Antonio College, said the center would have an open design like an Apple Store, with no counters.

The center would be named after Tino and Millie Duran, Alamo Colleges scholarship contributors and owners of La Prensa newspaper.

The committee also recommended $695,975 for interior renovations of the San Jacinto building at Palo Alto College to house the cosmetology program approved at the May 13 regular meeting.

The committee also recommended the naming of the Holt Foundation Challenger Memorial Garden at this college’s Scobee Education Center. The foundation has donated $750,000 toward the construction of the Challenger Center.

In another meeting, the Academic Accountability and Student Success Committee recommended changing its name to the Student Success Committee.

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