Report to the Community
2014 Report to the Community / Financial Report
Message from the Chancellor
Dear San Jacinto College Friends and Supporters,
As I reflect on the past year, I am reminded of why we are here, and that reason is student success. If our students do not succeed, we do not succeed. Our job at San Jacinto College is to help students achieve their goals and dreams. As you learn more about some of our students and faculty in this year’s Report to the Community, I think the message will be clear. We are making a difference in the lives of our students. Our students are succeeding.
As I look back on another great year, I can’t help but also look forward, and be excited about what the future holds. As the seventh largest community college in Texas – and the third largest in the Gulf Coast Region – we help students find their path. We have more than 185 academic and technical programs taught by highly qualified faculty, with real-world success and career expertise. Our faculty members serve as mentors to nurture our students toward their aspirations. They are training tomorrow’s workforce.
Whether you want to call it good fortune or good location, San Jacinto College is at the heart of the industries that drive both the Gulf Coast and national economies. To complement that, we have added state-of-the-art facilities to each of our three campuses, and recently broke ground on a Maritime Technology and Training Center along the Houston Ship Channel. We recognize the need to provide well-trained workers, and we are growing and expanding to meet that need. Our emphasis on student success has allowed us to focus on the areas where the workforce is critically needed. We want our students – the future workforce – to have the training they need right here at San Jacinto College, and we are committed to making sure that happens.
At San Jacinto College, success also means that we have a positive relationship with our community partners. Our industry partners guide the curriculum so our degrees and certificates offer real-world skills to fill the workforce demand. We work closely with our independent school districts to offer dual credit courses that allow high school students to earn high school and college credit concurrently. Our early college high schools allow students to graduate from college with an associate degree before they earn their high school diplomas.
Our location provides students unparalleled access to world-class academic partners. Data from our students indicate that many attend San Jacinto College to earn their associate degree and transfer to a four-year college or university. We have more than 20 articulation agreements with colleges and universities in and out of Texas that provide a seamless pathway to the bachelor’s degree. Our focus on student success has allowed us to form partnerships that help our students successfully transfer to the four-year college or university of their choice.
Based on a study conducted by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI), San Jacinto College provides a return on investment to our students, society, and taxpayers alike. The overall average annual return on this investment for taxpayers is 8.1 percent, and for students the average return is 19.7 percent. (See page 23 for more about our economic impact.) We believe in continuous improvement, and we will continue our fiscally conservative focus in order to serve our students and community now and in the future.
I thank you for your support and your partnership!
Brenda Hellyer, Ed.D.
Chancellor, San Jacinto College