Empowerment Center

San Antonio College
Academic Level
Issue Area
Support Services
Key Personnel
Program Focus
Learning Community


Services for Women and Non-Traditional Students (SWANS) advocate for 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, crisis intervention along with workshops seminars, and conferences for recruitment and retention.

Program Description

The San Antonio College (SAC) Department of 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:

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.

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.

Mi Career Advancement and Self-Sufficiency Assistance (CASA) Program, created in 2007 helps individuals become self-sufficient with career counseling and social services eligibility screenings.


Since the LULAC Parent/Child Scholarship began in 2007, 266 students have completed a postsecondary credential (associate's or certificate) or transferred to a university.  

The LULAC Parent/Child Scholarship awarded $33,000 to parents and 66% of recipients were Latino. Participants had an average cumulative GPA of 3.0.

The United Way of San Antonio distributed childcare scholarships for 41 children and 92% of parents were Latinos. Participants had an average cumulative GPA of 3.3.  

$13,000 was awarded to 13 Latino students from the Woman’s Club of San Antonio. Participants had an average cumulative GPA average of 3.1.    


The GED to College Transition Program - Spring 2010 - Fall 2018:

83% of participants were Latino/a  

71% have earned a GED and of those, 84% were Latino/a

72% of the program’s GED recipients have enrolled in college, of those, 80% were Latino/a

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