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Dr. Federico Zaragoza 

Dr. Federico Zaragoza
Vice Chancellor of Economic & Workforce Development

Dr. Federico Zaragoza has been the Vice Chancellor of Economic and Workforce Development at the Alamo Community College District (ACCD) since 2004.  Under his leadership, ACCD received the prestigious American Association of Community College Trustees’ 2005 National Workforce Excellence Award for ACCD’s role in developing exemplary job training programs for Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Boeing, and Lockheed Martin.  Dr. Zaragoza serves on several local, state, and national boards and committees.  These include the National Council on Workforce Education (NCWE), the National Automotive Manufacturing Training and Education Consortium (AMTEC), National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) – Education Committee, the Workforce Solutions Alamo (WSA), Future of the Region, Inc. (FORI), San Antonio Manufacturers Association, San Antonio Empowerment Zone Governance Board, and Tomorrow’s Future Workforce National Committee. He was originally appointed in 2010 and reappointed in 2013 by US Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan to serve on the National Advisory Committee on Institutional Quality and Integrity (NACIQUI) established to enforce national education standards for accrediting agencies or associations. In 2013, he was also appointed to the American Association of Community Colleges – 21st Century Workforce Education Implementation Committee. 

He was instrumental in establishing the Alamo University Center –  a Multi-Institutional Teaching Center that allows Alamo Colleges graduates to earn Bachelors and Master Degrees from five partnering universities in the region (Texas State University, Texas A&M San Antonio, Wayland Baptist, St. Mary’s University, and Incarnate Word University.  He has also worked with area businesses, independent school districts and community stakeholders to implement innovative articulated school and career partnership programs, such as the Alamo Area Aerospace Academy, Advanced Manufacturing, Health Professions, and Information Technology Security Academies. Dr. Zaragoza is also credited for implementing the award winning ACCD Workforce Specialty Centers serving three rural communities and San Antonio’s west side inner city neighborhoods. In 2013, LERN awarded the “National Instructional Innovation Award to the Alamo Colleges for the “Just in Time” Training programs developed by Dr. Zaragoza.

Dr. Zaragoza is a distinguished lecturer in technical and industrial education and has lectured throughout the United States and in Germany, Spain, Brazil, Columbia, Peru, Nicaragua, and Mexico,.  He also co-authored the Texas Workforce Commission Limited English Proficiency (LEP) Handbook for Workforce Professionals. Dr. Zaragoza is a much in demand speaker, having presented at various national and state conferences and Think Tank forums such as the NCWE (2005-10); Aspen Institute Sectoral Summit (2008); Columbia University Forum on Community Colleges (2008), Texas A&M Economic Development (2006); Texas Workforce Commission State Conference (2005-13); and UT-Hidalgo Global Conference (2007-08), National Career Pathway Network (2010-1013).      

Dr. Zaragoza has held various leadership positions, including State Director for the Wisconsin–Job Training Partnership Act Programs, President and CEO of the Private Industry Council of Milwaukee County, and Dean of Continuing Education for the Milwaukee Area Technical College.  He also worked for the Milwaukee Public School District as Director for Alternative Education Programs, where he headed a network of 16 public alternative and specialty schools.  Prior to his appointment as Vice Chancellor,          Dr. Zaragoza served as Vice President of Administration for St. Philip’s College–Southwest Campus.  Dr. Zaragoza holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, a Master’s degree in Vocational Education, an Educational Specialist degree in Industrial and Technical Education from the University of Wisconsin–Stout, and a Ph.D. in Urban Education and Administrative Leadership from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee.


Dr. Federico Zaragoza
Phone 210-485-0015
Fax 210-485-0111

Alamo Colleges Economic & Workforce Development Division website