Coordinating board wants to increase the number of graduates

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Staff Council President Jacob-Aiden Martinez talks to Parliamentarian Dee Dixon and Vice President Judy Rivas about employee of the month updates. The Staff Council will meet 2:30 p.m. Oct. 3 in the emplyee loung of Loftin. Photo by Danielle Kelly

Staff Council President Jacob-Aiden Martinez talks to Parliamentarian Dee Dixon and Vice President Judy Rivas about employee of the month updates. The Staff Council will meet 2:30 p.m. Oct. 3 in the emplyee loung of Loftin. Photo by Danielle Kelly

Staff Council will be passing out candy at J.T. Brackenridge elementary schools truck or treat event.

By Richard Montemayor

rmontemayor15@student.alamo.edu

 

Staff Council talked about doing its part in increasing the number of graduates at this college in an effort to raise the number of graduates district wide during a Staff Council meeting Friday Sept. 25.

The focus was a report on a conversation among the (Texas Higher Education) coordinating board and district.

The goal is to graduate 60 percent by 2030.

The percentage increase for this year is 42 percent, Thomas Cleary, vice chancellor for planning, said.

“Forty-two percent is phenomenal for this year,” Cleary said. “The year before that this college graduated 22 percent.”

On Sept. 24 Jacob Martinez, director of student conduct and grant monitor Judy Rivas had a meeting with Chancellor Bruce Leslie.

“The (Texas Higher Education) coordinating board wants 60 percent of students that are between the ages 25 to 35 to have a credential by the year 2030,” Martinez said.

This is one of the initiatives that is coming down from district, but no details or strategies on how the district will meet this goal was announced, Martinez said.

“Last year, we graduated 9,000 students (across the district) with associate degrees,” Martinez said. This college last year graduated 4200 students with associate degrees, Martinez said.

In other news, to celebrate Halloween, Staff Council is partnering with J.T. Brackenridge Elementary School for its annual (trunk or treat) event, Student Life senior specialist Carrie Hernandez said.

The event is from1-2 p.m. Oct. 30 and is only open for the children at school, Martinez said.

It’s a way that the school celebrates Halloween for the children, Hernandez said.

“They have the parents parked in the parking lot and they have a little tailgate party, the children go around trick-or-treating at each station,” Hernandez said.

Hernandez wants the council to participate in the event by dressing up and passing out candy, Hernandez said.

The next Staff Council meeting is at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 2 in Loftin Student Center employee lounge.

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