Area industries support students with scholarship funds
The East Harris County Manufacturers Association (EHCMA) has a strong connection with San Jacinto College. As the training hub for future workers, a partnership between the two entities is critical. EHCMA, which represents 90 member companies, donates funds raised from its annual golf tournament to San Jacinto College and Lee College to support this vital collaboration.
This year, EHCMA donated more than $75,000 to San Jacinto College in support of student scholarships. Craig Beskid, EHCMA executive director, said area companies get a solid return on investment by supporting San Jacinto College and Lee College. “The greatest benefit is the increase in educated and trained workers available for employment for the specific needs of the region,” he noted. “EHCMA member companies have seen increases in enrollment in education and training programs and increases in applications from graduates of the two colleges.”
Workforce training is one of the most pressing needs of East Harris County. It is estimated that by 2019, nearly 11,500 employees will be needed in the areas of operations, maintenance and engineering. Some of these openings are due to a retiring workforce, but others stem from the nearly $40 billion in announced projects across the region, making the training offered at San Jacinto College imperative and critical to the economic growth along the Texas Gulf Coast.
The East Harris County Manufacturers Association golf tournament raised more than $150,000 to be donated equally to San Jacinto College and Lee College for scholarships. Pictured, from left: Cathy Culpepper, Craig Beskid, Todd Monette, Dr. Brenda Hellyer, Dr. Dennis Brown and James Griffin.
Funds raised in the EHCMA golf tournament will open doors of opportunity for students and will bring lasting rewards for the community. Many students have financial barriers that prevent them from pursuing a college credential. This generous donation from EHCMA will help to alleviate that burden for many students. It is an important partnership that will help more individuals acquire the skills they need to enter meaningful and lucrative careers, and in doing so, meet the industry demands for a well-trained workforce.
Scholarships help STEM students pursue degrees
Skills in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) are essential for student success across a variety of disciplines. These fields and skills are deeply embedded in many careers, and San Jacinto College encourages students to explore STEM programs and careers.
That exploration paid off for four students when they were rewarded with scholarships from the Houston Chemical Association to help them along their path.
Quyen Vu, Altovely Uriostegui, Yaimari Argueta and Oscar Charria each received $500 scholarships to use toward their studies in STEM fields. Vu, Uriostegui and Charria plan to pursue chemical engineering degrees after they graduate from San Jacinto College, while Argueta is on a path toward a chemistry degree. She is also the first in her family to attend college.
One of the purposes of the Houston Chemical Association is to foster and promote the education of its members and the public by gathering and distributing information of general interest within the field of chemical manufacture and distribution, according to the organization’s website.
Pictured, from left: Dr. Rachel Garcia, Nate Wiggins, Yaimari Argueta, Quyen Vu, Altovely Uriostegui, Oscar Charria, Ruth Keenan and Jerry Schweiger.
Partnerships such as the one San Jacinto College holds with the Houston Chemical Association are one of the many reasons the College’s students are successful. These donations help to alleviate some of the financial burden so that San Jac Certified graduates can be on their way to greatness.
To find out more about STEM at San Jacinto College, visit sanjac.edu/stem.-