Within the framework of the College’s philosophy, mission, and goals, and in cooperation with government and military agencies, Continuing Education provides education, training, and employment programs. In addition, seminars, workshops, conferences, and certification updates are provided for community organizations, business, industry, military, and professional groups. A Continuing Education Unit (CEU) is the basic unit of measurement for an individual’s participation in the College’s offerings of non-credit classes, courses, and programs. A CEU is defined as ten (10) contact hours of participation in an organized continuing education experience under responsible sponsorship, capable direction, and qualified instruction.
Continuing Education has the flexibility and technology to respond rapidly to the needs of the community and to implement courses in programmatic areas, such as adult basic education, internet, allied health, business, industry, and social services. Continuing Education also serves as an outreach mechanism for directing prospective students into appropriate credit programs within the College. Bringing the College into the community by using satellite locations, St. Philip’s College Continuing Education offers a wide variety of short, non-traditional courses independent of the credit certificate or degree programs.
Vocational/Technical - Occupational courses, seminars, and workshops provide opportunities to refresh knowledge or gain specific skills for job preparation. Available courses focus on computers, business and office skills, industrial, law enforcement, manufacturing and technical skills, medical profession skills, and other areas of emphasis for professionals.
Classes in Self-Improvement and Personal Development - Students may learn more about foreign languages, parent education, driver safety, or the art of the manicure. Students may also enroll in classes designed to develop basic reading, writing, and math skills.
Leisure Time, Special Interest Courses for Hobbies, Recreation, and Diversion - concealed handgun to middle eastern dance classes.
Learning Opportunities Designed for Groups with Special Needs - older adults, women, businesses and organizations, and summer youth groups.
Workforce Development - Proactively collaborate with business community, governmental entities, non-profit organizations, and other educational institutions to provide opportunities for adults and youth to develop knowledge and skills that will provide access to job opportunities or career advancement. The department provides proposal development; application process; grant management and compliance training; contract process and approval; budget approvals; and grant negotiations and process. Call (210) 486-2400 for more information
Distance Learning is a form of education, where students work interactively with faculty and other students via the use of a combination of communication tools which include but are not limited to: e-mail, electronic forums, video conferencing, chat rooms, bulletin boards, audio conferencing, telecourses and other forms of computer-based and telecommunication. Students with scheduling or distance problems can benefit, as can employees, because distance learning can be more flexible in terms of time and can be delivered virtually anywhere. Distance Learning Courses are the same as on campus courses in terms of academic quality, credit hours, transferability, and cost. Instructors will guide students through the format and usage of technologies used to deliver their courses.
Popular distance learning delivery methods used at St. Philip’s College include:
Internet courses require a student to access class lessons, and lecture notes through the World Wide Web and through electronic communications tools. Internet Course Requirements include accessing weekly lecture notes, resource materials, and assignments through the Internet; reading and studying textbook materials; and taking exams. Course requirements may vary by instructor. A complete list of Internet Course offerings can be found in the class schedule. Additional information may be obtained by calling (210) 486-2239 or visiting the St. Philip’s College website at http://www.alamo.edu/spc/admin/distance.
Telecourses require that a student view professionally produced television lessons at home instead of attending regular classes on campus. Telecourse TV lessons are broadcasted several times each week on Time-Warner Channel 98 and Grande Cable Channel 21. If the broadcast times are not convenient, a student may record the lessons with a VCR or TiVO and view them at a more convenient time. The TV lessons are also available in the library for check out. Telecourse Requirements include viewing several TV lessons per week at home, reading, studying the textbook and study guide material, taking exams on campus, and attending optional review sessions. Please see the class schedule for semester offerings.
Video conferencing courses
Video Conferencing Courses are conducted on two or more campuses or locations and are linked by the use of two-way audio and video equipment. These courses allow the instructor to be at one campus while students may be at a different campus. The instructor and students interact in “real time.” Video conferencing allows students to attend a college campus that is nearby while taking courses being offered at a distant location.
Extended Services - Off Campus Programs
As the outreach arm of the college, Extended Services is dedicated to serving learners, wherever demonstrated need prevails, with quality educational programs. Off-campus satellites provide systematic support service systems that can assist adult, part-time students in adjusting to the college learning experience. Satellites are vehicles for providing convenient, personalized services and a nonthreatening supportive environment for adults. The on-site outreach personnel supply many of the traditional campus support services. As the community college population shifts to serving additional adult, part-time students, colleges that provide adequately staffed and service supported satellites have the opportunity of serving adult students in an inviting and supportive alternative learning environment. Call (210) 486-2239 for a location near you.
- Central Texas Technology Center
- Judson High School
- Lackland Air Force Base
- Northeast Campus
- Randolph Air Force Base
At St. Philip’s College, the convenience of the satellites can go a long way to help students adjust to the stresses of balancing families, jobs, and school.