2018 Malcolm Baldrige National Award
Alamo Colleges District was named a recipient of the Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award (MBNQA) by the U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in November 2018. It is one of only five organizations to receive the prestigious award, and the first community college system in history to receive this recognition as well as one of only 12 organizations from 27 applicants to receive a site visit this year. The award marks a significant milestone in the ongoing journey of the district to achieve top class student success and excellent performance. The award is a presidential-level honor celebrating its 31st anniversary and recognizes sustainable excellence through visionary leadership, organizational alignment, systematic improvement and innovation. It represents the most prestigious honor a higher education institute can be awarded for excellent performance in innovation, efficiency and leadership.
New STEM Center:
A brand new center for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs has been opened at Palo Alto College, part of the Alamo Colleges District. The 2,200 square foot facility is located in Brazos Hall and provides students working across STEM programs with state-of-the-art facilities. It is the new central location for those programs and also included new academic support facilities to enhance the institution.
Economic Impact praised:
An economic impact study was recently carried out to assess the way in which the Alamo Colleges District impacts the local area. The study focused on three areas – student, taxpayer and community impact. It demonstrated significant return on investment for students, a USD 2 billion added income to the region in the year studied and supported one in every 35 jobs in the region. The spending of the network on areas such as construction and other services also made a major impact to the local economy.