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College breaks ground on Center for Petrochemical, Energy, and Technology Elected officials and key petrochemical leaders gathered on Sept. 20, 2017 to witness the groundbreaking for the Center for Petrochemical, Energy, and Technology. The 145,000-square-foot Center will deliver highly skilled graduates for the petrochemical manufacturing industry while inviting companies to utilize the facility...
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Open Books courses will save students $3.5 million

Digital course materials increase opportunities for degree completion Today’s college students often face the decision of buying a textbook or paying their light bill. As textbook prices continue to rise, college retention rates decrease. Textbook costs remain one of the largest barriers to student success and degree completion, and have increased by 73 percent within the last decade. In...

Introducing new advanced manufacturing courses in new building with new equipment

Technology is ever-changing, and San Jacinto College aims to train students in advanced manufacturing to place them one step ahead in industry. The College offers advanced manufacturing courses in computer numeric control (CNC), robotics, 3D printing and programmable logic controller (PLC ). What’s even better is that the new Center for Industrial Technology at the North Campus is home to...
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Need assistance for training? CPD may have the grant for you!

The San Jacinto College Continuing and Professional Development (CPD) division recognizes the need for grant-funded training to support individuals and companies. Grant-funded training allows companies to remain competitive within their industries and provide enhanced job skills for individuals. This is why a part of the division is dedicated to finding grant funding for training in the areas...
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San Jacinto College recognized nationally for STEM outreach

STEM education and outreach at San Jacinto College means students participate in a variety of activities and events meant to not only educate them in science, technology, engineering and math, but also to provide opportunities in STEM to the community. Each semester, the College’s STEM Council supports and hosts events that are free and open to the public. These events include hosting K-12...

Gauna reaches out to the community through volunteering: Nursing major hopes to touch lives for years to come

San Jacinto College nursing student Ivonne Gauna has been volunteering before she even knew the definition of the word. “As a child in Mexico, we would volunteer at the school where my mom worked,” Gauna said. “It’s just always been a part of who I am.” Gauna’s generous spirit was sparked during the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. “Our house was only one of four...

Lewis named ACCT national faculty award recipient

By Andrea Vasquez For some students, a math course is the only thing standing between them and completing their degree. Unfortunately, many avoid math courses until their last semester, with some dropping out altogether simply because of their math phobia. Like many faculty, Matt Lewis saw this happening time after time with his students and knew there had to be a better way. A group of San...

Chancellor appointed to P-TECH Advisory Council Council appointment made by Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick

In November 2017, Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick announced the appointment of San Jacinto College Chancellor Dr. Brenda Hellyer to the Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) Advisory Council. The council, made up of statewide education and industry leaders, will “work to expand partnerships between school districts, higher education institutions and business employers,”...