Executive Director named to San Antonio Education Partnership

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR NAMED TO SAN ANTONIO EDUCATION PARTNERSHIP
Adriana Contreras, Ph.D., to lead college access organization

SAN ANTONIO, TX (December 3, 2014) – The San Antonio Education Partnership (SAEP) Board of Directors has selected Adriana Contreras, Ph.D, as the organization’s Executive Director. Dr. Contreras assumed her new role on December 1, 2014.

For more than 25 years, SAEP has been a pillar organization in San Antonio’s college access community. SAEP,the managing entity of cafécollege, San Antonio’s premier resource center for college access and guidance, also provides direct college access services to students at 25 San Antonio area high schools and a scholarship opportunity to these students through the cafécollege Scholarship.

“The Board of Directors is confident that the addition of Dr. Contreras will further develop the excellent service that the San Antonio Education Partnership and cafécollege provide to students and its mission to guide students towards their college and career goals,” said Steve Potter, Chairman of the San Antonio Education Partnership. “Throughout her career, Dr. Contreras has exhibited a commitment to higher education and to the principles that our organization upholds.”

Dr. Contreras brings over 30 years of administrative experience in education and a demonstrated ability to lead, plan and execute. She holds an Associate of Arts degree from Austin Community College and a Bachelor of Arts in Government, a Master of Education in Student Personnel Services, and Doctorate in Educational Administration from the University of Texas at Austin.

“I am honored to serve the students of San Antonio as the Executive Director of the San Antonio Education Partnership,” said Dr. Contreras. “I look forward to working with our staff and partners to strategically guide this organization to further its mission of equipping students for success in their college pursuits.”

A longtime advocate of higher education, Dr. Contreras’ background includes employee and board development, student and community outreach, as well as strategic and financial planning. She has served as an adjunct faculty member at Austin Community College, the Alamo Colleges and UTSA. Most recently, she was Deputy to the Chancellor at Alamo Colleges.

Dr. Contreras will be formally welcomed to the San Antonio college access community at a meet and greet reception on Tuesday, December 9 at 12:00 p.m.

Education Partnership celebrates 25th Anniversary Gala

On September 12, 2013 the San Antonio Education Partnership celebrated the organization’s 25th anniversary at the “Making a Difference Across Generations” Gala held at the Westin Riverwalk.

The evening, attended by more than 400 supporters of the Education Partnership’s mission “to equip students for college success,” honored Henry Cisneros, Ph.D., Chairman, CityView, with the organization’s first Trailblazer Award for serving as the founder of the Education Partnership in 1988. The award was accepted by Cisneros’ wife, Mary Alice Cisneros, who also delivered the evening’s keynote address during which she emphasized the important role the Education Partnership has served in San Antonio’s growth and development. She expressed the pride she and Henry have in the impact the Education Partnership has made.

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During the evening’s program 11 individuals and/or organizations were awarded the Education Partnership’s Luminary Award (pictured below) The Luminary Awards were presented to the following for their involvement in the foundation of the Education Partnership and support, commitment, and dedication to the organization over the last 25 years:

  • Louis J. Agnese. Jr., Ph.D. – President, University of the Incarnate
  • Carlos Alvarez – Founder, CEO, Chairman, The Gambrinus Company
  • Ramiro Cavazos – President & CEO, San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce
  • Sister Pearl Ceasar & COPS/Metro Alliance
  • Charles E. Cheever, Jr. – Chairman Emeritus, Broadway Bank (represented at the Gala by his son Christopher Cheever)
  • Michael De La Garza – Owner, MDLG+Company
  • Tom C. Frost – Chairman Emeritus, Frost
  • Richard Perez – President & CEO, San Antonio Greater Chamber of Commerce
  • Nelson Wolff – Bexar County Judge (not present at the Gala)
  • City of San Antonio (represented at the Gala by San Antonio District 4 Councilman Rey Saldaña)
  • USAA (represented at the Gala by Harriet Martin, Vice President, Office of Community Affairs).

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The program also included the recognition of the Education Partnerships “Shooting Stars,” eight students who represent each of the organization’s partner school districts and embody the core values of the Education Partnership. The following students were selected as the 2012-13 “Shooting Stars:”

  • Edgewood ISD – Rosa Valeria Gil (attending the University of Texas at San Antonio to pursue a degree in nursing)
  • Harlandale ISD – Maria Olalde (attending Trinity University to purse a pre-medical degree)
  • North East ISD – Gaelle Tombo (attending the University of Texas at Austin to pursue a degree in biochemistry)
  • Northside ISD – Erick Vazquez (attending The Alamo Colleges to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering)
  • San Antonio ISD – Oscar Vargas Garcia (attending The Alamo Colleges to purse a degree in mechanical engineering)
  • South San Antonio ISD – Veronica Martinez (attending the University of Texas at San Antonio with plans to transfer to the University of Texas Health Science Center to pursue a degree in nursing)
  • Southside ISD – Efrain Hernandez (attending Texas A&M University to pursue a degree in technology management)
  • Southwest ISD – Katrina Maldonado (attending The Alamo College with plans to transfer to Texas A&M University to major in communications).

The Education Partnership would like to thank the sponsors who made this special evening possible!

Education Partnership announces 25th anniversary celebration

It is time to celebrate!

This year, the San Antonio Education Partnership celebrates 25 years of making a difference in the lives of thousands of San Antonio students and their families.

Since 1989, the underrepresented and underserved students in San Antonio have been given the opportunity and confidence by the Education Partnership to experience the dream and success of attending and graduating from college.

The celebration will occur at the organization’s 25th Anniversary Gala. Details for the event are as follows:

Thursday, September 12
Registration & Reception 6:00 p.m.
Dinner & Program: 7:00 p.m.
Westin Riverwalk
420 West Market Street
San Antonio, Texas 78205

The following ticket/sponsorship opportunities are available for the event:

Doctorate Level Sponsor ($15,000) limited sponsorships available

• 3-5 minute speaking opportunity during the event program
• Prominent logo recognition as Doctorate sponsor on gala program and slide during event
• One reserved table of ten with premier placement in the ballroom
• Logo displayed at one of the “VIP” tables
• Prominent logo recognition at the event and all promotional materials, to include the SAEP website

Master’s Level Sponsor ($10,000)

• Prominent logo recognition as Master’s sponsor on gala program and slide during event
• One reserved table of ten with priority placement in the ballroom
• Prominent logo recognition at the event and all promotional materials, to include the SAEP website

Bachelor’s Level Sponsor ($5,000)

• Logo recognition as Bachelor’s sponsor on gala program and slide during event
• One reserved table of ten with priority placement in the ballroom
• Logo recognition at the event and all promotional materials, to include the SAEP website

Associate’s Level Sponsor ($1,500)

• Name recognition as Associate’s sponsor on gala program and slide during event
• One reserved table of ten in the ballroom
• Name recognition at the event and all promotional materials, to include the SAEP website

Individual tickets are available for $150 each. The purchase of a table reserves a an Associate’s Level sponsorship.

Download the Gala sponsor reservation form.

Contact Tessa Benavides, Development and Outreach Officer, via email at tbenavides@saedpartnership.org or phone at (210) 207-4769 for more information or to purchase tickets/sponsorships.

Thanks to our sponsors!

Doctorate Level Sponsor

USAA Federal Savings Bank

Master’s Level Sponsor

 

Associate’s Level Sponsor

The Alamo Colleges

Broadway Bank

City of San Antonio, Department of Human Services

GRE Creative Communications

Harlandale ISD

Lumina Foundation

P16Plus Council of Greater Bexar County

Palo Alto College

San Antonio College

St. Philip’s College

Texas A&M University – San Antonio

UTSA, Office of Community Initiatives

 

U.S. Department of Education visits San Antonio for conference on college readiness and SA2020 goal setting

SAN ANTONIO – Greg Darnieder, a top advisor to U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan, will take part in a two-day conference on November 14 – 15 to improve college readiness in San Antonio and engage the city in the national effort to make the United States the world leader in college degree attainment by the year 2020.

“San Antonio must increase its college attainment to attract the type of jobs that will allow our city to compete in the 21st century global economy,” said Mayor Julián Castro. “While we are making bold investments in Pre-K, we must also focus on the critical areas of academic preparation for college and college completion.”

Leadership teams from four local school districts (Harlandale, Northside, San Antonio, and Southwest) will work with national facilitators on goal setting, adoption of metrics, identification of strategies, targeted at Latino students, as part of a collaborative plan to reach the SA2020 goal of 85 percent college readiness.

“When we see individual institutions like these school districts committing to tangible plans to achieve the SA2020 vision, we know that we will make good on our promise to achieve the greatest educational turnaround of any city in America by the year 2020,” said SA2020 CEO Darryl Byrd.

The conference will culminate with all four school district superintendents announcing their plans to enter into a compact to increase college completion. They will be joined by Mayor Castro, CEO Byrd, and other key partners on November 15, 1:30 p.m. at cafécollege for the official announcement of a citywide campaign, in support of SA2020, to increase college readiness and college completion of Latinos, known as “Diplomás: More than just an education.”

“Our school districts and partners are highly committed. It is only through this type of strategic planning that we will be able to lower the number of Latino students who aspire to attend college and do not graduate with a college credential, setting San Antonio as a national model in college readiness and completion efforts,” said Eyra Perez, Executive Director of the San Antonio Education Partnership, the lead agency for the Diplomás Project.

The Diplomás Project was made possible by a $600,000, 4-year grant from the Lumina Foundation Latino Student Success effort to bring together key policy, education, business and nonprofit sectors to build, implement and sustain “place-based partnerships” capitalizing on their local talents. The conference also received support from the P16Plus Council of Greater Bexar County, TG, and the College Board. It is also in support of the city’s 2020 goal of 50 percent college graduates, which builds upon goals of 85 percent college readiness for high school graduates and 80 percent enrollment in college.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 13, 2012
Media Contact: Tessa Benavides
(210) 207-4769
tbenavides@saedpartnership.org

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At SA2020 we don’t ask: “What do you want to see changed in our city?” We ask: “What will you do to make the change you want to see happen?” SA2020 links the demand for an exceptional San Antonio to the talent supply of thousands of citizens who have taken ownership of their future. The mission of SA2020 is to catalyze the entire San Antonio community into passionate, focused, and sustained action to achieve the shared goals that will transform San Antonio into a world-class city by the year 2020 in eleven key vision areas.

Dedicated to providing students in San Antonio with “more than an education,” the Diplomás Project unites 16 cross-sector partners to integrate existing programs and partnerships into a systemic approach centered on city-wide data gathering and shared metrics, systems mechanics and bridging transitions, systems navigation readiness for students and parents, and pathways to economic opportunity and workforce alignment. The collaborative partners are committed to achieving a 9 percent increase in postsecondary completion rates of Latinos by the summer of 2015, en route to achieving the city’s SA2020 goal of a 50 percent college completion rate by 2020. Other partners in the effort include four area school districts, Alamo Colleges, the University of Texas at San Antonio, businesses and chambers of commerce, community-based organizations and the City of San Antonio.

The San Antonio Education Partnership is a nonprofit organization celebrating more than 20 years of providing key services and college scholarships to at-risk high school students, equipping them for college success. In partnership with the City of San Antonio, the corporate community, school districts, local colleges/universities, Communities Organized for Public Service (COPS) and Metro Alliance, the San Antonio Education Partnership provides direct services to more than 35,000 students and their families in career awareness, college entry and enrollment, financial aid, and college transition through its three programs: Scholarships, cafécollege and Road to Success.

Lumina Foundation, an Indianapolis-based private foundation, is committed to enrolling and graduating more students from college-especially 21st century students: low-income students, students of color, first-generation students and adult learners. Lumina’s goal is to increase the percentage of Americans who hold high-quality degrees and credentials to 60 percent by 2025. Lumina pursues this goal in three ways: by identifying and supporting effective practice, through public policy advocacy, and by using our communications and convening power to build public will for change. For more information, logon to http://www.luminafoundation.org.

Latino Student Success Effort in San Antonio – The Key to our Economic Future

SAN ANTONIO – Latinos are the fastest-growing student population in America and Lumina Foundation is pleased to support the San Antonio community in its collaborative effort to increase the post-secondary attainment of Latino students. Lumina is investing over $11.5 million in Latino Student Success (LSS) efforts across the country. The San Antonio Education Partnership received $600,000 over four years from Lumina Foundation as the lead agency of a citywide collaboration to dramatically improve Latino college completion rates.

Under this campaign, Lumina is supporting local partnerships in 11 states that demonstrate a commitment to their growing Latino community. This grant effort encourages community leaders across key policy, education, business and nonprofit sectors to build, implement and sustain “place-based partnerships” that capitalize on their local talents. Lumina is pleased to work alongside Excelencia in Education and FSG to provide technical assistance and evaluation support to each partnership.

“Lumina’s Latino Student Success effort is an integral part of our commitment to Goal 2025,” said Lumina President and CEO Jamie Merisotis. “Through these partnerships, we aim to build bridges among leadership groups already working to improve Latino college preparation, access and attainment.”

“San Antonio is determined to achieve the greatest educational turnaround in the nation,” said San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro. “We know that to fulfill our community’s promise, we must raise college completion rates, particularly for our Latino students.”

The San Antonio Education Partnership (SAEP) will unite 16 cross-sector partners to integrate existing programs and partnerships into a systemic approach centered on city-wide data gathering and shared metrics, systems mechanics and bridging transitions, systems navigation readiness for students and parents, and pathways to economic opportunity and workforce alignment. The collaborative partners are committed to achieving a 9 percent increase in postsecondary completion rates of Latinos by the summer of 2015, en route to achieving the city’s SA2020 goal of a 50 percent college completion rate by 2020. Other partners in the effort include four area school districts, Alamo Colleges, the University of Texas at San Antonio, businesses and chambers of commerce, community-based organizations and the City of San Antonio.

“SAEP and our partners believe that the educational success of San Antonio’s Latino students is a shared responsibility. We are prepared to bring down the silos, abandon our individual agendas, connect the many examples of educational excellence that already exist in our community, and combine our resources and expertise to make a collective impact,” said Eyra A. Perez, executive director of the Education Partnership.

At more than 50 million, Latinos represent the largest and fastest-growing population group in the United States. By 2025, half of the nation’s workforce will be of Latino descent. At that time, 63 percent of all jobs in the United States will require some form of postsecondary education or training – according to labor economist Anthony Carnevale of the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce.

The strength of this focused Latino student success effort is due to the dedication of many partners striving to reach a national college attainment goal.

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About Lumina Foundation: Lumina Foundation, an Indianapolis-based private foundation, is committed to enrolling and graduating more students from college—especially 21st century students: low-income students, students of color, first-generation students and adult learners. Lumina’s goal is to increase the percentage of Americans who hold high-quality degrees and credentials to 60 percent by 2025. Lumina pursues Goal 2025 in three ways: by identifying and supporting effective practice, through public policy advocacy, and by using our communications and convening power to build public will for change. For more information, log on to www.luminafoundation.org.

The San Antonio Education Partnership is a nonprofit organization celebrating more than 20 years of providing key services and college scholarships to at-risk high school students, equipping them for college success. In partnership with the City of San Antonio, the corporate community, school districts, local colleges/universities, Communities Organized for Public Service (COPS) and Metro Alliance, the San Antonio Education Partnership provides direct services to more than 35,000 students and their families in career awareness, college entry and enrollment, financial aid, and college transition through its three programs: Scholarships, cafécollege and Road to Success.

SAEP invites community to Rising Stars Success Celebration

SAN ANTONIO, TX (July 3, 2012) The San Antonio Education Partnership (SAEP) will honor its 2012 Rising Stars, the more than 3,500 students awarded SAEP scholarships to begin their college careers, on Tuesday, Sept. 11 at the Rising Stars Success Celebration. The night will also celebrate the more than 20,000 students and families served by SAEP through cafécollege, Road to Success, and scholarship programs.

The event will include food, music, and a special address from San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro and happens from 6-8 p.m. at cafécollege, 131 El Paso Street. Individual tickets and sponsorship are available for the event. Tickets cost $40 each and sponsorship levels are as follows:

  • Title Sponsor ($5,000) – Acknowledgement of title sponsorship from the stage during the program; opportunity to distribute promotional items to attendees; ten reserved tickets to the event; recognition of title sponsorship with prominent placement of company/organization logo in all event marketing to include the SAEP website and at the event
  • Senior Sponsor ($2,000) – Acknowledgement of sponsorship from the stage during the program; ten reserved tickets to the event; recognition of sponsorship with prominent placement of company/organization logo in all event marketing to include the SAEP website and at the event
  • Junior Sponsor ($1,000) – Ten reserved tickets to the event; recognition of sponsorship with placement of company/organization logo in all event marketing to include the SAEP website and at the event
  • Event Sponsor ($500) – Ten reserved tickets to the event; recognition of sponsorship with company/organization name listing in all event marketing to include the SAEP website and at the event

Tickets and sponsorship can be purchased through PayPal or by contacting SAEP via phone at (210) 207-4769 or email at tbenavides@saedpartnership.org.

SAEP thanks the sponsors of the Rising Stars Success Celebration!

Title Sponsor

Senior Sponsor

Edgewood Independent School District

Junior Sponsor

Event Sponsor

Alamo Colleges

City of San Antonio, Department of Human Services

GRE Creative Communications

Palo Alto College

The Sabinal Group

San Antonio Housing Authority

SWBC

In-Kind Sponsors

Advise Texas

City Year

 

Eyra Perez Named to National College Access Advisory Team

SAN ANTONIO, TX (July 3, 2012) Eyra Perez, Executive Director of the San Antonio Education Partnership, has been invited to join the National College Access Program (CAP) Advisory Team “for her experience and expertise in building effective partnerships.” This is a great reward for her hard work in promoting higher education access for all.

We are honored to have such a great leader on our team!

To read more about this great achievement, click here.

cafécollege to Host Free Summer Day Camps for Students

SAN ANTONIO, TX (June 4, 2012) This summer, cafécollege, a program of the San Antonio Education Partnership aimed at providing students with the resources needed to attend college, will host four free educational day camps for San Antonio students. The camps will focus on college and career opportunities as the organization pushes to reach its goal, in alignment with Mayor Castro’s SA2020, to ensure that 80 percent of graduating high school seniors are ready for college and enroll in a 2-year or 4-year college or university.

The first camp, a four-day camp designed for current high school students, will focus on post-graduation preparation with topics such as career exploration, college and career alignment, college readiness, college/university and major research, and resume preparation.

This high school camp includes a visit to a local college campus and a career fair with several local businesses.

In addition, cafécollege will host a four-day elementary school day camp focusing on oceanography and two middle school camps focused on engineering and sports science. The camps are designed to inspire young students to think about what they want to focus on studying in the future so that they can begin to take the preliminary steps at an early age.

“It is important to inspire our students to take the necessary steps toward higher education,” said Eyra Perez, Executive Director of the San Antonio Education Partnership. “Our camps not only encourage students to start thinking about college but give them the tools and resources they need to make a higher education a reality.”

A list of event dates are as follows:

High School College and Career Summer Day Camp
Tuesday-Friday, June 19-22, 2012
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Elementary School Day Camp – Oceanography
Tuesday-Friday, June 19-22, 2012
9:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Middle School Day Camp – Engineering
Tuesday-Friday, June 26-29, 2012
9:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Middle School Day Camp – Sports Science
Tuesday-Wednesday, July 17-18, 2012
9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

All camps will take place at cafécollege located at 131 El Paso Street. For more information or to register online visit www.cafecollege.org/events-registration.

Please contact Rebeca Gonzalez at 210.207.4528 or rgonzalez@saedpartnership.org with any questions.