Department of Communications and Public Affairs

Published on Friday, August 11, 2017

Eastside Education & Training Center Celebrates its First Back to School/Back to Work Bash

CONTACT: Michelle Vigil, (210) 207-5641

SAN ANTONIO (August 11, 2017) —Yesterday afternoon the Eastside Education & Training Center (EETC) celebrated their first official Back to School/Back to Work Bash with Councilman Cruz Shaw,  the Office of EastPoint and Alamo Colleges. The event not only focused on children’s back to school necessities but also gave parents the opportunity to enroll in job training classes for free in high-demand occupations such as construction, information technology, welding, nursing and more. The bash also provided the opportunity for parents to apply for jobs on the Workforce Solutions mobile application bus during the event.

“Going back to school should be a positive experience for parents and children, said Dr. Mike Etienne, EastPoint Director.  “As such, our focus is to strengthen the whole family by providing parents a pathway for career readiness in high-demand occupations while providing quality services and programs for the children. 

Over 40 partners gathered today to ensure a successful event and more than 800 backpacks with school supplies were distributed. Entertainment was provided by: The San Antonio Zoo’s Education Department - Animal Ambassadors and Nature Play, Science Show: “Dr. Krashunbang” by the Magik Theatre, music by 98.5 The Beat, and the Spurs Coyote cheered on the children to get ready to go back to school. “These events are about so much more than just the backpacks filled with supplies that our children receive. Our families are getting much more than that,” Councilman Shaw stated. “They're seeing our community promoting a collaborative spirit by working to bring our residents together and they're learning about important resources for our families as a whole – including information on job opportunities and educational opportunities.”

Resources and organizations such as Metro Health, Goodwill, Pre-K-4SA, VIA Metropolitan Transit, San Antonio Food Bank’s Mobile Pantry, and more were onsite to help connect Eastside residents to community resources, health information, and family assistance. The Eastside Education & Training Center opened in November 2016 as a one-stop training and education center for Eastside residents to connect them to job training and gainful employment. For more information about the EETC visit :

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