Scholarships Can Be Life Changing
Thanks to a scholarship, Thomas Kozuch will earn his process technology degree, and has a promising future in the petrochemical industry.
“The scholarship made it all possible, because it removed a huge financial burden,” Kozuch said. “I had been paying my way through college, and it’s very hard to work full-time and try to be a full-time student. Because of the scholarship, I have been able to reduce my work hours and devote more time and attention to school work.”
Student success stories like this are possible because of partnerships that generously support the San Jacinto College Foundation.
In 2014, the East Harris County Manufacturers Association (EHCMA) golf tournament and auction raised more than $82,080 in scholarship funds to be awarded to San Jacinto College students who plan to pursue petrochemical careers. Craig Beskid, EHCMA executive director, said there is a direct correlation between training provided by San Jacinto College and the economic growth of East Harris County.
“San Jacinto College has been an excellent partner in education and training for this region for many years, and the petrochemical sector specifically,” Beskid said. “The education and training offered is much less time-intensive, and much more affordable than what is available at universities. It leads to good paying careers quickly. The petrochemical sector needs this pool of workers for the future."
Partnership with Houston Pilots is Training More Mariners
Thanks to a partnership with the Houston Pilots, San Jacinto College can now train mariners on life-like ship bridge simulators. Pilots can use the simulators for research, and students – both current mariners and mariners-to-be – can use them for training.
Previously, the Houston Pilots often traveled the globe for such training. But by having bridge simulators available locally, they are able to customize the system to exact specifications required for the very unique conditions in the Houston Ship Channel.
The simulators, valued at approximately $1.5 million, are room-sized replicas of ship control bridges, each with a 270 degree view and life-like graphics displayed on multiple 65-inch monitors. They were donated to the College by the Houston Pilots, along with instructor stations, debrief classrooms, and development stations.
Students like Joshua Brown are the direct beneficiaries of this equipment. “It is one of the
best in Texas,” Brown said. “Thanks to San Jacinto College and the Houston Pilots, I have had the opportunity to operate the simulator and have a better idea of how it is to operate a vessel as a master.”
Texas Workforce Commissioner Andres Alcantar “drives” a boat on the bridge simulator.