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 for their workforce training. The Center for Petrochemical, Energy, and Technology is a $60 million investment that will house the College’s associate degree and certificate programs for process technology, instrumentation and analyzer technology, non-destructive testing, and electrical technology, complete with program-specific training labs. An exterior glycol distillation unit and a control room will be constructed to teach process operations and develop troubleshooting skills for entry, advanced credit students and incumbent workers. The Center will also feature a multifunctional glass pilot lab for training process systems. Companies will be invited to work with the College’s Continuing and Professional Development division to create customized and confidential training for employees within an area of the Center dedicated to corporate training and professional development. Find out more about the Center at

Grand opening unveils state-of-the-art industrial training facility

San Jacinto College marked the grand opening of the new Center for Industrial Technology on Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017. More than 100 guests, including faculty and staff, elected officials, industry partners and community members, attended the event. The facility is located front and center on the College’s North campus and is a location that speaks to the increase in demand of skilled workers in all areas industrial technology. The grand opening featured remarks from Dr. Hellyer; Dr. Bill Raffetto, provost; Mark Johnson, dean of business and technology; and Dr. Sallie Kay Janes, associate vice chancellor of continuing professional development. The $36 million, 114,000 square foot center features technologically advanced facilities for welding, pipefitting, electrical technology, air conditioning, diesel technology, engineering design graphics, construction management and sheet metal and advanced manufacturing.

Pharmacy Tech students receive Community Champion award

Three San Jacinto College pharmacy technician students and their faculty member received the Community Champion award from the Bay Area Alliance for Youth and Families for their service with Medication Take Back Day. Students Denetria Salyer, Eman Saleh and Adrian Acosta, along with faculty member Regina Ram and Natural and Health Sciences Dean Dr. Alexander Okwonna, were recognized for their participation in Medication Take Back Day that, in coordination with the Drug Enforcement Administration and local law enforcement, allows the community to clean out their medicine cabinets and properly dispose of old, unused and expired medication. The San Jac group collected 384 pounds of medication during the event. This award is given annually to a group or organization that invests in the young people of the community with their time and talents. There were three groups honored: San Jacinto College, League City Police Department and Texas Auto.