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Dec. 11, 2012

Alamo Colleges opens work training building at Port San Antonio

By Camelia Bulea, Associate Editor

Alamo Colleges has opened a new Workforce Center of Excellence in South San Antonio, through an agreement with Port San Antonio.

According to the agreement, Port San Antonio donated the building and almost 30 acres of land, next to the port’s East Kelly Railport to the Alamo Colleges, reported the San Antonio Express-News. In return, Alamo Colleges will provide specialized training to present and future aerospace industry workers at Port San Antonio.

The new high-tech center features technology-enhanced classrooms, a conference center with seven 70-inch LCD screens, six computer labs, each with 24 workstations, lifesized videoconferencing capability, giant touch-screen tablets for presentations and videoconferencing, noted Alamo Colleges in an official statement.

The 40,000-square-foot building also houses the Alamo Colleges’ Small Business Incubator/Mentor-Protégé program. Up to 10,000 square feet of space at the new center has been designated for startup companies identified by the City of San Antonio.

“This facility will benefit the residents and industries of the Alamo Region and City of San Antonio, especially Port San Antonio tenants, by ensuring that Port San Antonio employers have access to a pool of skilled technicians to meet their expansion and retirement workforce targets,” said Wayne Alexander, board chair of Port San Antonio.

There are currently 14 aerospace-related tenants at Port San Antonio that collectively employ 5,000 workers adds the San Antonio Business Journal.

Photo credits: Alamo Colleges

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