San Jac celebrates 60 years with new programs

San Jacinto College will mark its 60th anniversary in the 2021-22 academic year by introducing new programs and expanding others.

The college opened in a rented storefront in 1961 and plans to celebrate its history serving the communities of East Harris County throughout the spring semester.

In June 2021, the school announced a $ 30 million donation to the college of philanthropist MacKenzie Scott and her husband, Dan Jewett.

The college used part of the donation to start the 21 Forward scholarship program, which compensates for the difference in tuition fees for new freshmen who applied for financial aid.

Fundraising efforts to help endowment

Scott’s donation also enabled the school to expand its Promise at San Jac scholarship program, which covers tuition and tuition for all graduates of certain high schools and all high school students living in the district. college fiscal who wish to attend San Jac. the donation also created an endowment so that students in the district could extend their enrollment.

“We know that finances are often a barrier for students to graduate from graduate school; so our goal is to help remove this barrier while putting students on the path to graduation, whether it’s a certificate or a diploma, ”said Chancellor Brenda Hellyer .

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“This donation (from Scott) really set the stage for Promise’s expansion, but we know these funds won’t last forever. Hence the reason for announcing the Student Success Endowment, which will help fund future Promise at San Jac scholarships. “

The college’s goal is to raise an additional $ 10 million for the endowment fund. The college plans to host a 60th anniversary gala in May as part of its fundraising efforts.

Partnership efforts with Spaceport, petrochemical industry

Hellyer said the school will continue to expand its capacity in the baccalaureate nursing program in 2022.

In December, San Jacinto graduated its first cohort of undergraduate nursing students, and enrollment is underway for the next cohort.

San Jacinto continues to develop its educational and career opportunities by working with industry partners.

As an educational training partner for the Houston Spaceport at Ellington Airport, the college recently established the Edge Center, which provides students with entry into technician roles in the aerospace industry.

As part of a partnership with the local petrochemical industry, the college has established two Chancellor’s Advisory Boards: one for cybersecurity / iCloud computing and the second for global logistics and supply chain management.

“These tips are focused at the CEO / senior executive level to develop strategic direction on understanding and meeting workforce needs in our region and statewide,” Hellyer said.

New support programs for students

New programs will be fleshed out throughout 2022, including the Mosaic initiative, which will provide mentoring support and summer programs to African American / Black students to help them navigate college and earn their graduates. certificates and diplomas.

The school also introduced a neurodiversity program through its Student Support Division, which provides support tools for students from all three San Jacinto campuses diagnosed with autism.

“We know that not all students are the same,” Hellyer said.

Through this program, students can meet coordinators and practice their group skills with others with a similar diagnosis.

Although the San Jac Cares Appeal Program, launched in April 2020, employee volunteers will continue to monitor students throughout the pandemic.

“The success of the program has led the college to incorporate this part of its processes into each semester,” Hellyer said.

Hellyer was appointed

to the Texas Commission on Community College Funding.

“This is important state-level work in community college transfer and funding that is critical to sustaining community college education and training offerings statewide and to improving student outcomes in line with state post-secondary goals, ”she said.

San Jacinto College serves the communities of East Harris County, including the school districts of La Porte, Channelview, Deer Park, Galena Park, La Porte and Pasadena.

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