SAN ANTONIO — Two years shy of its 30th anniversary, the Mexican American Cultural Center has opened a new $6 million campus with 11 new buildings equipped to bring the center up to date with the computer age.

The Mexican American Cultural Center was founded in 1972 to provide ministry training grounded in the Mexican-American culture. Its programs now are multicultural and include various pastoral ministry courses and intensive language training.

Among the projects the center will be involved with at its new location is a three-year national project in collaboration with the Hispanic National Alliance of Evangelical Ministries.

The project “Hispanic Churches in American Public Life,” will study the impact of religion on politics and civic engagement in the Latino community.

Funded by a $1.3 million grant from the Pew Charitable Trusts, it will examine the impact of Latino Catholic, mainline Protestant, Pentecostal and new religious communities on civic engagement, politics, education, business, social programs and community activism.