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San Antonio has a wide range of public and private educational institutes that have served the city in creating a well-educated workforce. With San Antonio’s booming population, school districts, colleges and universities around the area are building new facilities to meet the rising demand for space.
The San Antonio area has 19 public school districts, each meeting the needs of students in different parts of the city. The Brooks City Base campus falls within two different school districts, San Antonio Independent School District and East Central Independent School District. The number of public charter school options in the San Antonio area is growing as well. One example of this is the Brooks Academy of Science and Engineering (BASE), a public charter school located at Brooks City Base with a K-12 curriculum that focuses on science and engineering.
San Antonio also recently created the Pre-K 4 San Antonio program, a full-day prekindergarten program that offers free tuition for students in select San Antonio school districts as well as free afterschool care. An education center is available across the street from Brooks City Base. For more information, visit the Pre-K 4 San Antonio website.
San Antonio is the only city in Texas that is home to both of the state’s flagship university systems, the University of Texas and Texas A&M University. The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA), which has more than 26,000 students and is the second largest school in the UT education system, has two campuses in San Antonio and has a significant presence at Brooks City Base. UTSA offers undergraduate and graduate level degrees in business, chemistry, computer science, engineering, mathematics and physics and doctorate degrees in neurobiology, computer science and physics.
In the Fall of 2011, Texas A&M University – San Antonio established a second campus at Brooks City Base. The University now offers more than 70,000 square-feet of classroom and administrative office space to support their growing needs as their enrollment is projected to reach more than 4,000 students.
One of San Antonio’s most valuable educational institutions is the Alamo Colleges, which includes the Northeast Lakeview, Northwest Vista, Palo Alto, St. Philip’s and San Antonio Colleges. Alamo Colleges offers two-year degree programs and certifications in a variety of fields and stands as one of the largest junior college systems in Texas, serving about 100,000 students in 2009.
Other area universities include Trinity University, named U.S. News and World Report’s Best College for Master’s programs among western universities, and Our Lady of the Lake University, University of the Incarnate Word and St. Mary’s University, three Catholic institutions that offer a wide range of business, science and technology-based undergraduate and graduate programs.
Also located in the San Antonio is the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA). More than 2,700 students a year train in over 50 health-related degree specialties at UTHSCSA in an environment that involves more than 100 affiliated hospitals, clinics and health care facilities in South Texas.
San Antonio is also home to several highly regarded scientific, research and technical institutes, such as Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research, Southwest Research Institute and Texas Research Park Foundation.
The workforce in San Antonio is strong and is one reason San Antonio is known as one of America’s most recession-proof cities. Visit the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation website for more information on local workforce statistics, wages and training opportunities.