Institution
San Antonio College
Academic Level
Issue Area(s)
Key Personnel
San Antonio College
1819 N. Main ave
San Antonio, TX 78212
United States

The San Antonio College (SAC) Department of Services for Women & Non-Traditional Students (SWANS) provides a one-stop, comprehensive system of quality, support/retention services for SAC students and the community in its Empowerment Center. It is comprised of three support programs: 1) The Women’s Center, established in 1981 to retain women and non-traditional students in college, provides academic advisement, personal/crisis counseling, child care/parent support services, community referrals, bus/textbook vouchers, the LULAC Parent/Child Scholarship Program and an annual city-wide college outreach/recruitment conference for women.  2) Seguir Adelante, established in 1997 to provide pre-college/transition services for special populations needing support for college preparation/success. Services include English language remediation, GED prep, basic skills upgrading, college admission/registration assistance, testing, textbook vouchers, tuition assistance, and a GED to College Transition Program. 3) Mi CASA (Career Advancement and Self-Sufficiency Assistance) Program, created in 2007 helps individuals become self-sufficient with career counseling and social services eligibility screenings.

Goal/Mission

SWANS advocates for and empowers women, non-traditional students and community members by transforming their lives through a comprehensive system of educational support and retention services.  They aim to provide quality academic advisement, personal/career counseling and crisis intervention along with workshops seminars, and conferences for recruitment and retention. 

Outcome

· SWANS served 1,414 clients during Fall 2013, of which 65% were Latino and 85% were low-income; 688 were first-time-in-college (FTIC) students at SAC. SWANS participants’ persistence rate from Fall 2013-Fall 2014 was 61%, while SAC’s overall FTIC persistence rate was only 41%.

·  SWANS has raised and awarded >$1 million in scholarships

·   In their GED program, Seguir Adelante, of 152 participants from Spring 2010 through Fall 2013, 82% have been Latino/a, and 87% have earned a GED. 83% of Seguir Adelante’s GED students have enrolled in college.

· The LULAC parent/child program has, since 2007, awarded 460 students with a scholarship, 200 first-generation Parent/Child Scholars have already completed a postsecondary credential or the first half of their 4-year transfer plan, and 15 of their children have begun college.

· From 2012-13 through 2014-15, Parent/Child Scholars had an average GPA of 3.07, and rates of fall-to-spring persistence between 96%-100%, nearly 30 percentage points higher than SAC’s average for all FTIC students (67%).

Program Focus
Females/Latinas