A Conversation With San Antonio
Serving the San Antonio area, Upgrade joined the Network in 2014.
Why does this work matter? Why are you building a pathway locally for adults to come back and complete a degree?
With the demand of degree completion increasing, it is particularly critical for the greater San Antonio area to have the necessary community resources to support adult students seeking to upskill in the workforce. In the San Antonio region, nearly 300,000 adults have begun college and obtained some credit, but have not yet earned a credential. This represents both an economic development challenge and an opportunity for our community.
Who were your first champions?
Upgrade’s first champions were various community members from the public and industry sectors including SA2020, SA Works, Bexar County, Alamo Colleges, San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, and the City of San Antonio.
What's your goal? What are you aiming for?
At this time, our goal is to upskill individuals who already have some college credit so that they may fill in-demand jobs in their current workplace. We aim to create systemic change within our community by increasing degree completion rates.
Why is your community an awesome place?
Upgrade is one of four programs powered by the San Antonio Education Partnership. SAEP is a college access non-profit organization serving the community for 30 years. Upgrade is housed at cafécollege and is accessible to community members. Collaboration across industries helps to make us a unique program of individuals all focused on better serving returning adults.
Community Advising Locations
Upgrade provides advising services in person, by phone, email, text message,
Zoom conference calls. We are open Monday-Friday 8AM-5PM
1 FT Program Director
1 FT College Access & Success Advisor
1 FT City of San Antonio Liaison
1 PT College Access & Success Advisor
Mission: The San Antonio Education Partnership creates college opportunities, access and success for our community.
Completion Goal: City wide goal: 50% of adults 25 and older will have an associates degree or higher by 2020.