Workforce TrainingThe Westside Education & Training Center (WETC)
WDC Partnership and Collaboration with WETC
WDC strategically assisted Alamo Colleges with securing a $23 million bond in May 2017 to build a new state-of-the-art workforce training and college campus on the Westside. Currently, the partnership is negotiating the purchase of the current Edgewood ISD property where WETC resides for the new campus.
Additionally, WDC assists WETC and the partners with identification and development of priority programming for the upcoming new campus.
WDC Supports Workforce Training Opportunities at WETC
Since 2015, WDC has supported and incubated two workforce-training opportunities at WETC, La Printeria and San Antonio Motion Picture Academy.
Once the new campus is built, WDC will continue to incubate new and improved workforce training opportunities in the arts, health care, and other job growth opportunities for Westside residents.
La Printeria, which opened in 2016, is a 3,000 square-foot collaborative state-of- the-art fine art print shop facility that sits within Alamo Colleges Westside Education and Training Center (WETC) in the Edgewood area of the WDC Empowerment Zone. It came to fruition through the efforts of the WDC, Alamo Colleges WETC, La Printeria’s founder and local community planning, partnerships and seed funding. La Printeria and WDC link business practicum, skills training and higher education programming through fine arts to help local artists earn a better living from their unique cultural art, improve their economic mobility, and provide them with empowerment through technical skills training. La Printeria operates as a social enterprise, providing holistic services that serve entrepreneur artists, and offers programming for at-risk youth, early high school college credits for the Edgewood Independent School District (EISD) and continuing education adult learning fine art certifications.
San Antonio Motion Picture Academy
The San Antonio Motion Picture Academy is a program of Alamo Colleges Westside Education and Training Center (WETC) and the City of San Antonio Westside Development Corporation (WDC) as its
Collaboration to Implement a Food Pantry for WETC Students
The WETC/WDC Food Pantry teamed up with Raul Joaquin Abrego, a Community Health Worker from Metropolitan Health District’s Healthy Neighborhoods Program to perform food demos to the students during the food pantry distribution. He demonstrates how to cook healthy meals with the food they receive. The students at WETC enjoy learning how to add vegetables into their meals and are able to sample new recipe items. These demonstrations will continue each month during the food pantry hours.