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San Antonio College, Texas' Oldest Two-Year Education Institution, Celebrates 90th Anniversary

San Antonio College

San Antonio College officially marks the 90th Anniversary of its founding in September of this year. SAC started at a time when junior colleges were just gaining a foothold in education, and it is the oldest two-year college in Texas. It started with a mission of serving the non-traditional student and meeting unique education needs of the community, a mission that continues today.

SAC's Vanessa Torres dropped by last week and talked with TPR's Eileen Pace about the school's history and and its accomplishments in its 90 years of service the Alamo City. 



Hear Eileen Pace's extended interview with SAC Public Relations Director, Vanessa Torres.


* Notable alumni of San Antonio College include former astronaut, Dick Scobee, for whom the Scobee Planetarium is named, and his widow, June Scobee Rogers; numerous members of Congress and the State Legislature, judges and attorneys; Capt. Larry Pearson, who went on to become a U.S. Navy pilot and Commander of the Blue Angels; singer Patsy Torres; Michael Nesmith of the Monkees; journalists Cary Clack, TPR’s Joey Palacios and Eileen Pace. 

* San Antonio College is the oldest public two-year institution in the state. 

* San Antonio College went on the air in 1966n with the first community college radio station in Texas, KSYM 90.1 FM, which remains a popular radio station today.

* In 1986, SAC helped found the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities and was designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution. 

* In 2013, SAC opened the Tobin Lofts, a 585-bed student housing complex for local college students.