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College celebrates grand opening of maritime campus With the cut of a ribbon and ring of a bell, San Jacinto College marked the grand opening of the new Maritime Technology and Training Center on the Maritime Campus on March 8, 2016. The Center, located next to a turning basin along the Port of Houston, is the ideal location for students training to enter the maritime industry, and for current...
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Pharmacy alum pays it forward

It’s not every day that a student in the middle of finishing a master’s degree suddenly quits to start another career path from scratch, but that’s exactly what San Jacinto College pharmacy technology alumnae Meredith Fugitt did. “I was literally halfway done completing my master’s degree in psychology when I decided that it wasn’t the right decision for me,” said Fugitt....
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Medical physics student part of effort to eliminate cancer

Making Cancer History” is the goal of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. San Jacinto College honors graduate Jackie Castro hopes to be a part of that effort to do away with cancer. Castro attends MD Anderson’s School of Heath Professions, where she plans to earn a bachelor of science in medical dosimetry in 2014, en route to earning a PhD in medical physics. “I would love...
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How satisfied are you?

The average American spends approximately 2,000 hours each year at work. That’s a lot of time to spend at a job that you may not enjoy. It’s important to evaluate your career – do you love your job or do you often daydream about doing something else? Many things can be a factor in your job satisfaction besides the actual work. Your emotions, skills, and financial needs are just some of the...
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Program renowned for supplying Houston with skilled technicians

It’s widely known across the Houston area that one place ensures the training of highly-skilled automotive technicians in a variety of manufacturers. “The majority of our technicians come from San Jacinto College,” said Danny Barnett, service manager with Monument Chevrolet. “We trust the automotive program for high quality technicians.” That trust comes from years of providing the...
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Math on Set

How many Hollywood directors have math majors on their film crew? Chances are if you spot a shoot in Houston, you’ll find San Jacinto College alum Andrew Olson using math to help capture those perfect on-screen shots. Now a full-time freelancer, Olson brings a little something extra to the table when it comes to film shoots. “Even though my associate degree is in math, most of the jobs I do...
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Dual credit grad on a fast track to becoming a successful attorney

San Jacinto College dual credit graduate Lucas Williams is on a fast track to becoming a successful attorney at a young age. At 20, Williams is the youngest student at the Southern Methodist University (SMU) Dedman School of Law in Dallas. He is on course to earn a Juris Doctor degree in law from SMU at the ripe old age of 22. His ultimate career goal is to start his own law practice and work as...
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Sous chef comes full circle back to San Jacinto College

As many can see from the cut-throat competition of TV reality shows, it’s not that easy to make a name for yourself in the world of culinary arts. However, one San Jacinto College graduate has … in one of America’s largest cities. James Heard, 33, of Laredo, Texas, began his journey to culinary greatness back when he used to visit his grandmother in Mexico. Waking up at 6 a.m. and sweeping...
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San Jacinto College alumna hopes to make a difference as a caring, dedicated nurse

Elena Mallary wants to make a difference by being compassionate, caring, and dedicated to her patients. She found her career path as a nursing student at San Jacinto College, earning a certificate of technology in vocational nursing in 2011. She then passed her national licensure exam as a Licensed Vocational Nurse, and transferred to the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) School of...
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Online training course recognized as exemplary The San Jacinto College educational technology services department recently earned international recognition for ACAdemic Learning, a course that provides professors training for teaching online and hybrid classes. The League for Innovation in the Community College recognized ACAdemic Learning as one of its Innovation of the Year award winners as...
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San Jacinto College teams up with AACC to increase adult learner graduation

The American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) is teaming up with two-year institutions from across the United States to streamline their nontraditional student support services and smooth the way back to college and into careers in high employment fields for adults age 50 and older. San Jacinto College is one of 82 colleges to sign on with the AACC initiative, Plus 50 Completion...
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Your Community's College

Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. The Achieving the Dream Leader College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of 30,000 students in more than 200 degree and certificate options, including...
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Automotive technology program cruises technicians on into workforce

Just about everyone needs a vehicle, which means those vehicles need repair at times. One could say the automotive industry is much like any service-based industry - where there are needs, there are careers. That’s why students like Theodore Reardon of Spring already have a job, and yet, are going back to college to obtain the certifications needed to move up in the workplace. “I got...
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IBUS student on the road to launching transport business

Ivan Richardson is well on his way to launching a successful heavy machinery transport business, thanks to practical training he is receiving as a student in San Jacinto College’s International Business and Logistics (IBUS) program. Richardson grew up in the Galena Park area, and graduated from Furr High School. Living near the Port of Houston, he watched the Ship Channel grow and develop, and...
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Local aviation program appeals to aspiring pilots

One of the lesser-known programs San Jacinto College offers is the aeronautical technology (aviation) program. Often overlooked by many students wishing to obtain a private or commercial pilot license, or aviation management degree, many students are surprised to learn about these career training opportunities right in their own back yard. “I was searching online for flight schools and found...
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From water to the port, students train for a wealth of maritime and trade opportunities

Houston is home to one of the world’s busiest ports, and with upcoming global events, traffic is expected to increase. The need for skilled maritime employees is becoming ever more apparent. The Panama Canal expansion in 2014, coupled with an aging maritime workforce, unveils an anticipation of increased port traffic and an employee shortage across all skill levels. “The Department of Labor...
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Students train in truck driving as highways roll out the jobs

Unlike some industries that struggle with job growth, others, like truck driving, are enjoying a wealth of employment opportunities. Transportation and material moving occupations are projected to add 1.3 million new jobs by 2020, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Perhaps this is why students like Kurt Wankowski of Friendswood, are going back to school to train as truck...
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College earns Bayou Buddy award San Jacinto College recently earned the Greens Bayou Corridor Coalition’s (GBCC) Bayou Buddy award, based on the College’s “real dedication to the care and restoration of the watershed.” Faculty, staff, and students from the College participated in volunteer efforts to clean up trash, and remove tires and invasive plants, replacing them with native plants...
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How to Pay for College?

Let’s face it. Figuring out how to pay for college can be intimidating. With the rising cost of tuition and fees across the country, you may think that the only way you can attend college is to improve your jump shot or win the lottery. Not true! The good news is that there is help out there for students just like you. Don’t assume that you won’t qualify for financial aid because you or...
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A day in the life of a San Jacinto College student

A typical day for 30-year-old Julio Lopez revolves around college, work, and family. Upon graduation from Pasadena High School, he went into the Marine Corps and served as an avionics technician. Lopez returned home and attended San Jacinto College as an automotive technology student. “I was very impressed with the automotive program and that is what persuaded me to later on enroll in the...