Alamo Institutes at NVC
Find your purpose and start your journey in one of our five institutes, an exciting and innovative approach that saves you time and money by guiding you to take only the courses you need to graduate and transfer. NVC’s institute model emphasizes experiential learning, gaining marketable skills, and clear pathways for success. Each institute consists of faculty, staff, and advisors devoted to helping you fulfill your potential and reach your goals. Click below to find out more about our institutes.
Have you ever dreamed about being a business manager or owning a business? At Northwest Vista College (NVC), the Business and Entrepreneurship Institute prepares you for a future of progress, giving you the vision, knowledge, and marketable skills to make a difference in the world. We combine quality content, engaging faculty, and a welcoming atmosphere to create an unmatched pre-business field of study to solve real-world business problems.
Our faculty members will introduce you to successful business leaders and prospective employers and help you develop your own entrepreneurial ideas. Join us to help shape your career as an auditor, economist, tax examiner, accountant, financial advisor, salesperson, customer service representative, or business owner. Whether you are seeking to complete an associate’s degree or a marketable certificate, the NVC Business and Entrepreneurship Institute will increase your value in the business world or help you transfer to a four-year college or university.
The Business and Entrepreneurship Institute at Northwest Vista College includes the academic disciplines of:
- Business Administration
- Business Computer Information Systems
- Customer Service/Sales Operations
In the Creative and Communication Arts Institute you can study to enter into a wide-range of careers including, but not limited to, visual and performing arts, creative writing, philosophy, journalism, history, Mexican American studies, language translation, social media and web development, e-commerce, 3D animation, game design, education, public relations, project management, and corporate training.
Students will learn computer skills and specific critical thinking skills involving logic, rhetoric (the art of persuasion), and interpretive frameworks to understand social life. Join us to learn a new language or to sharpen your writing and public speaking skills so that you will communicate clearly and convincingly. These skills will help you in your current or future career choice, increasing your opportunity for promotion and career flexibility for the 21st century economy.
The Creative and Communication Arts Institute at Northwest Vista College includes the academic disciplines of:
- 3D Animation
- Art/Fine Arts
- Digital Video and Cinema Production
- Game Development - Production
- Game Concept Art
- Mass Communication
- Mexican-American Studies
- World Languages
In the Health and Bio-Sciences Institute you can study to be a nurse, physical therapist, exercise physiologist, pharmacy tech, community health worker, personal trainer, clinical research specialist, exercise psychologist, coach, sports medicine, occupational therapist, and many other careers related to health and biology.
You can receive a solid foundation and hands on training to set you on your path for your chosen career or future studies in a bachelor’s degree program. In either path you choose, whether a career or academic path, the courses you take will teach you valuable skills, such as critical thinking skills, teamwork, communication, public speaking, and research skills.
The Health and Biosciences Institute at Northwest Vista College includes the academic disciplines of:
- Clinical Research Coordinator
- Community Health Worker
- Personal Fitness Trainer
- Pharmacy Technology
The Institute of Public Service at Northwest Vista College prepares students for careers in sociology, criminal justice, education, government, and nonprofit organizations. Students will also have the opportunity to take Mexican American Government or a course that emphasizes peace and conflict studies. When you study within the Institute of Public Service, you will have the opportunity to better understand society and culture, how individuals and groups impact social relations, and how you can make a positive difference in the community. Along the way, you will develop marketable skills such as better writing and oral presentation skills, logical and quantitative reasoning, and how to work within a team.
The Public Service Institute at Northwest Vista College includes the academic disciplines of:
In the Science and Technology Institute (STI) at Northwest Vista College, you will study the scientific method. Because it is unbiased, the scientific method is the most authentic way of examining our natural world. All other methods of inquiry—like logic or authority, are inherently biased. Having the ability to use unbiased instruments of inquiry is especially important for navigating today’s complex cultures and careers. The courses within the STI allow you to become experts in the scientific method within virtual, physical, biological, psychological, or sociological realms. STI courses systematically provide opportunities for you to conduct scientific research and the ability to present your research at local, national, and international professional conferences.
There are many benefits for STI students: You will be more likely to graduate from Northwest Vista College with an Associate of Science (AS) degree; you will benefit from direct STI transfer agreements to universities; you will be trained in ethics; you will be trained in statistical analyses; you will have opportunities to be members of professional research organizations and present at professional research conferences; you will be exposed to a variety of opportunities for obtaining research awards and fellowships; and you will have ample opportunities to establish a network of professional contacts. Additionally, you and your STI peers will have the knowledge of being a significant part of the scientific process that answered critical questions within the research literature; you will become true critical thinkers; you will have significant increases in self-esteem and understandings of your own self-concepts; and, maybe most importantly, you will know truth is not defined by who yells the loudest, or who is an authority, or the initials after someone’s name.
The Science and Technology Institute (STI) at Northwest Vista College includes the academic disciplines of:
- Computer Science
- Computer Forensics
- Game Development - Programming
- Geography and Environmental Sustainability
- Information Security
- Nanoengineering and Nanotechnology (Advanced Materials Technology)
- Network Administrator
- Network Architecture & Cloud Computing
- Water Resource Science