Educate South

Educate South


As an institution of higher education, Palo Alto College is deeply committed to eradicating poverty through the transformational power of education. Educate South is a community effort led by Palo Alto College focused on beginning educational awareness at the earliest years by building public and private partnerships that create and sustain a college-going culture in south Bexar County.

Our Guiding Principles

In order to fully develop the potential of our community’s children, Educate South embraces the fact that education starts at birth. Through three phases impacting children of all ages – from newborn through high school – Palo Alto College is committed to building a college-going culture in our community through existing programing and developing new and innovative ideas.

  • Exposure


    The exposure phase seeks to introduce families and their children – from the time they are newborns – to a college-going mindset and establish an affiliation with higher education.

  • Exploration


    This phase helps children become familiar with the many opportunities and resources available in college.

  • Experience


    The experience phase encompasses early access to college education and students’ transitions after graduation.


Become an Educate South Partner

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Give to Educate South

Palo Alto College’s Educate South movement is dedicated to creating and sustaining a college-going culture in our Southside community! Your gift will help create access, awareness, and opportunities for the children and families of our communities to experience and attend college.

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Thank you to our Educate South partners!
  • City of San Antonio
  • Communities in Schools
  • East Central ISD
  • Edgewood ISD
  • Floresville ISD
  • Harlandale ISD
  • Healthy Futures of Texas
  • HEB
  • Poteet ISD
  • San Antonio Food Bank
  • San Antonio Housing Authority
  • Somerset ISD
  • South SA Chamber
  • South San Antonio ISD
  • Southside ISD
  • Southwest ISD
  • Texas Association of Community Colleges
  • Texas Vista Medical Center
  • Trellis Company
  • Whataburger


Supporting Data

Data is key to telling the story. The college-going rate for school districts in south Bexar county is approximately 38-48% meaning that less than half of graduating seniors pursue a postsecondary pathway ( Undoubtedly, economic disparities, which are often tied to equitable educational outcomes and basic needs insecurity, have a direct impact on health outcomes for the region.

Educate South’s unique partnership between public, private, municipal, community-based organizations and industry partners exponentially grows our ability to tackle these systemic issues and leverage our collective impact. Here are data resources that further highlight these challenges.


Community Impact

How is Educate South making a difference in our community?

Exposure: Palomino Pumpkin Patch

Student Lisa Perales shares her experience attending Palomino Pumpkin Patch and how it served as a fun fall activity for her children while helping them understand that college is within reach.

On Campus Buzz: Palomino Hustle 5K and Palomino Pumpkin Patch

The southside community came out for a "gourd" time as Palo Alto College celebrated its first-ever Paloween Hustle 5K, followed by the third annual Pumpkin Patch. Roughly 2,000 people attended these Educate South events, which benefitted PAC Student Organizations.

Educate South: Our Collective Impact

Hear from Senior Coordinator of Student Success Priscilla Aguilar as she presents an overview of Educate South and a recap of our journey thus far.




Priscilla Aguilar, M.Ed.
Senior Coordinator of Student Success

Executive Offices (EO 163)