Report to the Community
2013 Report to the Community / Annual Financial Report
Message from the Chancellor
Dear San Jacinto College Friends and Supporters,
Complete what you start: that is what we encourage our students to do here at San Jacinto College. We want our students to complete their training to move up in their careers. We want our students to complete their certificates and degrees so they enter the workforce with the skills they need. We want our students to complete their associate degrees and transfer successfully to four-year universities. We want our students to be San Jac Certified.
Being San Jac Certified means that our students have met rigorous standards. It means that we are committed to go the extra mile in ensuring that our students succeed. San Jac Certified means that we are committed to leading and creating standards of excellence. Our institution is built on and committed to high standards and quality education; and our students, faculty, staff, programs, facilities, and partners are products of this commitment. The accomplishments of our people and our institution demonstrate the outstanding educational programs we are delivering right here in Houston and the Gulf Coast Region.
As I look back on the accomplishments and challenges of the past year, one thing is clear: San Jacinto College remains a leader in higher education, locally, regionally, statewide, and nationally. I am always amazed by the number of people in our community who have a connection to San Jacinto College, whether through a family member or a friend who attended the College, or through training they, themselves, received at San Jacinto College. I am reminded every day why we rank among the top 35 associate degree producers in the country. We have become the go-to institution for many in our community. We change lives every day by providing access to higher education for all members of our community.
We have achieved much over the past year at San Jacinto College – from national recognition of a board member, a third place national finish by our men’s soccer team, and opening state-of-the-art allied health and science facilities, to awarding six veteran students the first Wall of Honor plaques, and implementing numerous initiatives that helped us graduate 5,000 students. Our College would not receive the recognition it has over the past year if not for the hard work and constant dedication of our faculty and staff. Our people are helping our students complete what they started and to become San Jac Certified..
San Jacinto College is committed to making our community stronger. Our commitment to providing a skilled, trained workforce has led to important new partnerships and reaffirmed the relationships we already had in place. The support from our community – both financially and with equipment and guidance – is essential to our students’ success. Each contribution creates a precious opportunity for students. We would not be able to help our students achieve their goals without the continued support from individuals, foundations, and businesses in our community. You are helping our students become San Jac Certified.
One of our Spring 2013 graduates, who graduated with an associate degree in general education and is now pursuing an education degree at the University of Houston – Clear Lake, recently left us a message on our Facebook page. It simply said, “Thank you San Jacinto College for getting me on the right path.” That’s what we are here to do. To guide students on the right path to help them reach their goals!
I am proud to share with you some of our San Jac Certified success stories. These stories exemplify the diversity, tenacity, and extraordinary accomplishments of our amazing faculty, staff, and students.
Brenda Hellyer, Ed.D.
Chancellor, San Jacinto College