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St. Philip’s Manufacturing Academy

St. Philip’s College opened the Advanced Technology and Manufacturing Academy to give high school students a unique opportunity to participate in a two year program. Between their junior and senior year, students learn the basics of the manufacturing field while also earning a high school diploma. Juniors and seniors enrolled at the Advanced Technology and Manufacturing Academy earn between 24-35 college-credit hours at no cost to them, and then exit with a Level 1 Certificate of Completion from the National Association of Manufacturers.

In addition, between their junior and senior year, students are placed in a paid summer internship that expands their experience in the manufacturing field and prepares them with skills they will be able to use after high school. Interns earn about $2,500. The hands-on experience students receive is worth the extra effort.

There are three different training sites, including the St. Philip’s College Southwest Campus, the Central Texas Technology Center in New Braunfels (CTTC) and the Sam Houston High School Campus. The Southwest Campus currently enrolls students from area school districts while the Sam Houston campus only accepts Sam Houston students. The New Braunfels campus serves students in the surrounding area. Individuals receive industry experience at these training sites by working with manufacturing equipment.

To qualify, students must pass a college entrance exam, have a “C” in all high school courses, complete 13 credits by their Sophomore year, submit a copy of their transcript and complete an academy application.

For more information about the program, go the the Southwest Campus site.

Success Story:
High school graduate Ruby Vega was recognized and invited to Washington to hear a speech given by President Barak Obama at the Northern Virginia Community College encouraging the continuation of partnerships between community colleges and businesses. Vega was a graduate of the Manufacturing Academy at St. Philip’s College. After graduating from high school, she began working on aircraft engines at Lockheed Martin while also continuing her education at Texas A&M University at San Antonio. It was an internship at the Manufacturing Academy that assisted her in getting her current job and is an example of how the Advanced Technology and Manufacturing Academy can aid students in achieving a successful future.

For a full story on Ruby Vega please visit: mysanantonio.com