Westside Education & Training Center

WETC

Partnership with WDC and WETC

In 2015, the Westside Development Corporation joined Alamo Colleges District, Edgewood Independent School District (EISD), and the City of San Antonio (CoSA) as an official partner and stakeholder of the Alamo Colleges Westside Education and Training Center (WETC). The WDC in partnership with Alamo Colleges District Economic and Workforce Development has conducted a study of the local workforce and labor market demographics to determine occupational and technical skill training that can be conducted at WETC now and into the future. WDC also provides Alamo Colleges WETC with on-going strategic assistance, marketing support, and stakeholder event coordination. WDC is also partner in the identification, development and implementation of priority programming of the WETC master plan for the new state-of-the-art Westside campus.
WDC is strategically assisting Alamo Colleges District to design and build a new state-of-the-art workforce training and college campus on the Westside with the secured $23 million bond approved by the San Antonio voters in May 2017. WDC is also in negotiation of additional property for the new WETC campus as well as helping business near WETC and along Enrique M. Barrera Parkway Historic Old Highway 90. Currently, the new Site Plan Design is ongoing for the new campus facility with ground breaking projected in August 2019 and new campus opening in the Fall Semester of 2020.

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

Founder and Executive Director of La Printeria, Harvey Mireles
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

Director, Brandon K Olmos
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 financial sponsor while SAMPA achieves its non-profit 501 (c)(3) status.

WETC & WDC Food Pantry

BACKGROUND

As of the 17th of November 2017, Westside Development Corporation (WDC), the Westside Education & Training Center (WETC) partnered to provide a Food Pantry for the WETC students, adding a third partner in 2018: Family Services Association (FSA), which now serves over 200 students. The pantry consists of dry and canned goods. The WETC & WDC Food Pantry is held every third Friday of every month.

In this collaboration, we have documented and provided you with the statistics of this growing Food Pantry.

STATUS

    • Since November 2017, the Food Pantry has distributed more than 11,400 pounds of food.
    • During the 2017-2018 year, the Food Panty volunteers and staff have contributed over 600 hours of time.
    • In the 2017-2018 year, WETC/WDC Food Pantry served 196 WETC students.
    • In the 2017-2018 year, WETC/WDC Food Pantry served 942 family members of WETC students.

    Learn more about the 2017-2018 Fiscal Year by clicking this link.