Alamo Colleges Nets $250,000 from JPMorgan Chase for AlamoPROMISE

February 26, 2020

City of San Antonio

At a press conference recently, Alamo Colleges Chancellor Dr. Mike Flores announced a $250,000 donation from JPMorgan Chase & Co. for the district’s AlamoPROMISE program, which provides last-dollar funding for students to attend one of the district’s five colleges. The gift also will fund a pilot program with the City of Antonio’s NXT Level Youth Opportunity Center to allow 15 “opportunity youth” to become AlamoPROMISE Scholars in fall 2020. ON hand to celebrate the news were Alamo Colleges Board of Trustees Board Chair Marcelo Casillas, Vice Chair Joe Alderete, Jr., Board Asst. Secretary Joe Jesse Sanchez, Trustee Dr. Gene Sprague and Student Trustee Alejandra Gomez. 

Also speaking at the event were San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg, JPMorgan Chase & Co. Vice President for Corporate Responsibility Carolyn Watson and NXT Level Promise Scholar Faith Wanamaker. “Opportunity youth” are the one in ten residents aged 16-24 who are not enrolled in school or engaged in the workplace. An estimated 80 percent of these have graduated from high school or have a GED. Based on research conducted by The University of Texas at San Antonio, there are over 33,000 opportunity youth in San Antonio.

With historically low unemployment rates in the San Antonio area, employers are struggling to find talent for job openings - particularly in key industries.   This pilot will work to address the untapped talent of young adults who are now participants at the NXT Level Youth Opportunity Center and are working to further their education after a period of disconnection.   

“This funding from JPMorgan Chase will be instrumental in making AlamoPROMISE a reality, so that more of our residents can have the opportunity to complete college, which will provide them with the social and economic mobility that is the key to a better future for themselves and their families,” said Alamo Colleges Chancellor Dr. Mike Flores. “Funding from JPMorgan Chase and other community partners is crucial to the success of this program, which also will provide for the economic prosperity of our entire community,” he added. 

“With a sizable number of youth in San Antonio not immediately going to college after high school, we have to explore the creation of educational opportunities for young adults with non-traditional pathways. That’s why this pilot for NXT Level participants to be a part of AlamoPROMISE is so important for the city’s economic growth,” said City of San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg. 

Carolyn Watson, Vice President, Corporate Responsibility, JPMorgan Chase & Co., said, “Without the right skills or education, young people can find themselves stuck in low-skill, low-wage jobs. This partnership with Alamo College, the City’s NXT Level Youth Opportunity Center and Chase is all about investing in these young people so that they have a real shot at a better, more stable future.”

Wanamaker dropped out of high school due to difficult life challenges. She became a young, single parent. The San Antonio Municipal Court referred the 21-year-old to NXT Level, which then helped her successfully apply to the AlamoPROMISE pilot program.

“Ever since I've found out about NXT level, they have been a great support team. NXT helped me find child care and a GED program. Now that I got my GED, they told me that I can go to college as part of the AlamoPROMISE. I feel like I got the keys to unlock a new chapter in my life that will lead to a better future for my family and I,” said Wanamaker.

Young adults 16 to 24 years old can contact NXT Level Youth Opportunity Center to help connect them to resources to meet their personal, educational and career goals. Call 210-207-1723 or email nxtlevelsa@sanantonio.gov. For more information, visit www.nxtlevelsa.org.  

Alamo Colleges District

At the Alamo Colleges District, high quality education and affordable costs provide exceptional value to students and alumni who are major contributors to the economy and culture of our community. For more information, go to https://www.alamo.edu.

San Antonio: America’s 21st Century City

San Antonio is a global city with a dynamic economy and workforce, a deep cultural heritage and diverse communities that are resilient and welcoming. It is one of the strongest fiscally managed cities in the country, nurturing entrepreneurship, encouraging investment and funding infrastructure. America’s seventh-largest city offers a vibrant business climate and growth opportunities in bioscience, financial services, aerospace, cybersecurity, energy, transportation, manufacturing and healthcare. In 2015, UNESCO designated San Antonio’s 18th century Spanish colonial missions as a World Heritage Site – the first in Texas. Proudly called Military City, USA®, San Antonio is home to one of the largest populations of active duty military, veterans and crucial military commands. For more information, visit www.sanantonio.gov.

NXT LEVEL Youth Opportunity Center

The NXT Level Youth Opportunity Center, located at the Frank Garrett Multi-Service Center, provides services to youth ages 16-24 who are disconnected from the workplace and education, commonly referred to as “opportunity youth.”  NXT Level is a collaboration of the City of San Antonio’s Human Services Department, Goodwill Industries-San Antonio, and Communities in Schools of San Antonio, focused on reducing the number of opportunity youth by offering case management and supportive services to assist young adults reach their personal educational and career goals.  For more information, visit www.nxtlevelsa.org.

JPMorgan Chase & Co.

JPMorgan Chase & Co. employs 4,600 people in San Antonio and has 31 branches in Bexar County. San Antonio has a substantial military presence, and Chase is dedicated to serving our men and women in uniform. The bank has hired more than 3,300 veterans in Texas since 2011, the most of any state within our company. In 2019, The NXT Level Youth Opportunity Center received support critical to its start-up operations from JPMorgan Chase through a $150,000 investment to Goodwill for education, training and career guidance.