St. Philip's Tiger (San Antonio, Tex.), Vol. 3, No. 1, Ed. 1 Tuesday, November 18, 1969 Page: 3 of 4
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Nov. 18, 1969
Voc-Tech Divisions Flourish EDITORIAL
No other institute in San Antonio offers such skilled labor-
orientated technical-vocational programs of the quality and success
as are found at St. Philip’s. With the new building now under
construction, St. Philip’s can look ahead to further expansion with
the potential to accommodate enrollment increases.
Under the Vocational-Technical Program many diversified
fields are opened to students. The student may choose to follow
one of the available curricula programs and achieve an Associate
in Science Degree or Vocational Diploma (Applied Science and
Associate in Arts Degrees are offered in some fields.) The
St. Philip’s trainee can follow his trade or field further by taking
extensive advance courses. Part time students take on two or
three courses to master a profession or trade, while others take
just a single refresher course to up-date themselves in a particular
area of interest.
Mr. J. Vern Williams, in-
structor of drafting in the day
division, claims his program is
following the general trend of
increased enrollment. He has
a 10% increase in students this
semester, most of whom are
in the beginning series of en-
gineering-drawing. There are
72 students in drafting in the
day division. The transfer of
drafting courses to the new
building next year should pro-
vide added incentive to poten-
tial students to enter this field.
The new drafting department
will consist of two rooms com-
pletely furnished with modern
equipment and instructional
aids. Mr. Williams feels the
drafting lab at St. Philip’s is
one of the best in the state,
and he believes that more
should be done throughout the
state to make St. Philip’s pro-
gram known to the public.
The upholstering shop is
located in the new warehouse-
type building constructed last
year. Mr. Weaver, the day divi-
sion instructor, is pleased with
the upholstery shops’ vast work
area, He notes that, with the
students’ increasing interest in
upholstering, the expansion of
facilities will be necessary
again in the near future.
M.D.T.A. (Man Power) students
who take courses for forty
hours a week have long led
the number of students en-
rolled in upholstering, but now
more and more college students
are enrolling in both the Voca-
tional Diploma and Associate
in Science Degree programs.
Mrs. Ralph Weaver instructs
these same courses in the even-
Specializing in Beef, Spare
Ribs and Home-made
2603 East Commerce Street
Work done by students varies
from small chairs to big of-
fice furniture jobs, and is
rated “superb” in the city. They
do all work for St. Philip’s and
for San Antonio College, as
well as for teachers and stu-
dents who need various pieces
of furniture repaired or uphols-
Mr. Edward Lang, a new
instructor at St. Philip’s Col-
lege, has thirty-five years ex-
perience in the welding field.
He recently sold his private
business in which he did gen-
eral welding and fabrication
work. He worked for twenty-
five years in oil pipe line weld-
ing, and for seven years as
“crew chief” at North Ameri-
There are twenty M.D.T.A.
students, 18 full time college
students and approximately 95
other students in the day divi-
sion welding classes. Courses
proceed from basic welding to
advanced oxyacetylene, arc and
trig. Mr. Lang believes weld-
ing is a craft that needs theory
and guidance to a point, and
from there on the student must
meet it on his own. He also
stressed the importance of the
actual work done by the in-
dividual to develop his own
potential. “Here at the shop,
we want the trainee to become
a good welder, and a good em-
ployee,” added. Mr. Lang,
The auto shops at St. Philip’s
rank among the best in Texas.
The graduate of the auto
mechanics program at St.
Philip’s is virtually guaran-
teed of employment, as attest-
ed to by the 100% job place-
ment in the past. Many grad-
uates have opened their own
Mr. David Edwards, chair-
man of the auto mechanic de-
partment, has observed the
automotive field as one that is
progressing rapidly. Ten years
ago St. Philip’s had only two
courses. Now there are 88 en-
rolled in the day division alone.
Mr. Edwards also pointed out
the increased enrollment of
“young blood.” Most students
are under the Associate in
Science Degree program.
Cars are repaired with no
charge made for labor or serv-
ice, only for the necessary
parts. Arrangements for re-
pairs should be made with auto
mechanics instructors prior to
bringing in the car to be work-
Under the direction of Mr.
Antonio Padilla, students in
machine shop learn basic rules,
get sufficient lecture hours and
practice operating many dif-
ferent machines. The students,
most of whom are under the
Science Degree program, will
go into a new phase next fall.
This revised program will allot
more hours in shop while
avoiding the abreviation of
Projects of various natures
are handled by the machine
shop. Mr. Padilla gives the
students experience in jobs
in line with the students’ own
individual interests. In machine
shop students learn to handle
drills, lathes, cutters and grind-
ers, and they work with plastic
as well as metals. Mr. Padilla
stressed the importance of
visual aids, many of which he
creates or devises himself. He
feels that through visual aids
a students can learn much
faster and avoid missing any
important aspects of lecture.
Here is a case where, accord-
ing to the instructor, “A pic-
ture is worth a thousand
words.” The motto of the ma-
chine shop seems to be, “If
it’s man-made, it can be man-
While students in the col-
lege know there is an elec-
tronics shop, most of them
have difficulty locating it on
campus. These problems will
soon be alleviated when the
new technical-vocational build-
ing is completed and the elec-
tronics shop is installed there.
It is believed that students
now in the beginning phase
of electronics will be more like-
ly to complete their curriculum
in this new location and with
new equipment. Students who
complete the St. Philip’s elec-
tronics programs obtain jobs
with relative ease.
Mr. Levi Jackson, often
mistaken for another student,
heads the electronics depart-
ment. He utilizes visual aids
and adapts class material to
benefit the electronics trainees.
A recent issue of U.S. News & World Report carried an ar-
ticle concerning the rapidly increasing uses of computers and the
ways they are changing our lives, for better or worse. The author
of the article did not seek to create an alarm over the many
workers who would be displaced by automation. Indeed, he asserted
that the expanded use of computers might well increase, not de-
crease. the total number of workers. Computers must be fed in-
formation, their answers must be interpreted, they must be mo-
dified and repaired, and “soft” supplies, such as tapeis and ribbons,
must be designed, manufactured, sold, delivered and warehoused.
But the positions which the use of computers create most
often are not a bit like the worker positions they replace. S'uch
a change of the work market is called technological displacement.
Technological displacement is nothing new. It is merely hap-
pening faster now than it ever did. We see it all around us and
it so quickly becomes familiar that none of us is disturbed until
it hits the old pocketbook. Take, for example, the concrete slab
poured beside the Student Union Building last Thursday. Ten yeans
ago, that slab would have been poured by a crew of about 25 men.
Ten of them would have been pushing wheelbarrows full of con-
crete across the metal lath, pouring it in place at the direction ’of
the gang foreman. Thursday that job was accomplished by one
man operating a crane to which was attached a huge bucket. So
nine of those wheelbarrow pushers were not needed. They joined
the fifteen or so others who, thirty years ago, would have been
working in troughs mixing the concrete to fill wheelbarrows.
Now, this can be frightening. After all—'will my line of work
really be necessary ten years from now ? Shall I shop around for
a job that I know will always be here? Rather than frightening,
this technological change should be considered exciting, a challenge.
Counselors tell us that at the end of the next 25 years, 50% of
students now entering college will be working in jobs that haven’1
even been invented yet!
Who will be able to take best advantage of this situation ?
The guy and gal who, now and from now on, do their best to
educate themselves, not just train themselves in a skill that is
Come on, Nat. Let’s get with that Lit 310 assignment. Who
knows? Maybe some character 20 years from now will deliver
real bread for one of us to explain some Middle English lyrics!
According to Public Law 89-129,
Title HI, of the Higher Education
Act of 1965, funds can be author-
ized “to assist in raising the aca-
demic quality of developing col-
leges and universities through co-
operative arrangements and teach-
ing fellowships.” In accordance
with this act, St. Philip’s College
has been awarded a federal grant
of $35,500 for faculty development.
Eighteen members of the faculty
here at St. Philip’s have been se-
lected to receive part of this grant,
which will enable them to continue
their post-graduate studies during
the 1969-70 school year. They are:
Don Coleman, James Crockett,
Joseph DiGiacomo, David Ed-
wards, Edward Gillespie, Carolyn
Green, Armond Hathaway, Kathryn
Hinderman, Grover Hodges, Doro-
thy Hopkins, Levi Jackson, Weldon
Knotts, D. T. Ling, Frank Madia,
Rozella Miex, Elwood Plummer,
Darrington White, and J. B. Wil-
liams. Mr. T. R. Williams, profes-
sor of biology, has been granted
a leave of absence for 1969-70 to
pursue full-time graduate studies
leading to the completion of re-
quirements for his doctor’s degree.
Many of the faculty members
who are taking graduate courses
this semester have chosen to at-
tend ’ classes at the University of
Texas at Austin.
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student body of the school have
contributed a total of $2,289.46.
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San Antonio College ranks
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tions above their original quota.
They have donated 143.3% of
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