University description (as per official university website)
History of Palo Alto College
Palo Alto College was the culmination of a struggle that began in earnest in November 1982 when Southside community leaders, spearheaded by the Communities Organized for Public Service (COPS) organization, sought and received the endorsement of Gubernatorial candidate Mark White for a community college in the under-served Southside of Bexar County.
COPS and Southside leaders then approached Alamo Community College District trustees to build a third college. Trustees established the college on February 21, 1983, and it was chartered by the Texas Legislature on March 19, 1983 – the official date of its founding.
Palo Alto College classes began with 231 students in high schools and at military installations in September 1985, and administrative offices were located at Billy Mitchell Village outside the Kelly Air Force Base gates.
Through a bond issue passed by Bexar County voters, the $13 million campus was built to accommodate 2,050 students on land inside Loop 410 at Texas Highway 16 in southern Bexar County.
When the mission-style campus opened in January 1987, the new college attracted students from throughout Bexar County and adjoining counties and was named the fastest growing college in Texas in 1991.
Consistent increases in enrollment have prompted much physical growth, specifically through the construction of new facilities for added classroom space as well as sports and recreation. The college is located on 126 acres.
The original complex consisted of 26 classrooms in 11 buildings, including a 15,000-square-foot Learning Resources Center, or Library.
As a public comprehensive community college, Palo Alto College provides exemplary, accessible education and training to a diverse and aspiring community. The College educates, nurtures, and inspires students through a dynamic and supportive learning environment, which promotes the intellectual, cultural, economic and social life of the community.
Commitment to Community
Appreciation of Diversity
Palo Alto College fulfills its mission by offering the following:
• General, transfer, and technical education;
• Basic skills development and comprehensive literacy programs;
• Continuing education and community outreach;
• Student success and support programs;
• Instructional technologies and distance education;
• Library information resources; and
• Institutional research, planning, development and evaluation.
Palo Alto College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097: Telephone number (404) 679-4501) to award associate degrees and by Committee on Veterinary Technician Education and Activities (CVTEA) of the American Veterinary Medical Association. Its programs are approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, the Federal Aviation Agency, and the American Society of Transportation and Logistics.