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Donor Spotlights

Baseball facility to Bear Andy Pettitte’s Name

Thanks in part to the generous continued support of former San Jacinto College baseball great Andy Pettitte, the San Jacinto College baseball facility has a new name. This past Fall, the San Jacinto College Board of Trustees approved the renaming of the facility to John Ray Harrison Field at Andy Pettitte Park.

In addition to the renaming of the facility, a new batting and pitching facility is under development. Improvements will also be made to the softball field at the South Campus, home of the San Jacinto College softball team.

Pettitte is a long-time supporter of San Jacinto College. For more than 20 years, he has served as the guest host of the San Jacinto College Foundation annual golf tournament, and he and his wife Laura were recognized this year with the Foundation’s Legacy Award for their continued support of San Jacinto College students.

Pettitte attended San Jacinto College in the early 90s, winning eight of 10 decisions in his only season at San Jac. He made his major league debut on April 29, 1995, with the New York Yankees and went on to earn seven American League pennants and one National League pennant en route to five World Series Championships. He holds the record for most wins in postseason history and has never posted a losing season during his 18-year major league career.

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. That’s why the organization, which represents 90 member companies, donates funds raised from its annual golf tournament to San Jacinto College and Lee College.

This year, EHCMA donated more than $75,000 in support of student scholarships.

Craig Beskid, EHCMA executive director, says 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 an increase 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.

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, and this generous donation from EHCMA will help to alleviate that burden for many students. It is an important partnership, and one 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 Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (more commonly known as STEM) are essential for student success across a variety of disciplines. These fields and skills are deeply embedded in the real world, and at San Jacinto College, we encourage students to explore STEM.

That exploration paid off for four of our 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. Quyen, Altovely, and Oscar plan to pursue chemical engineering degrees after they graduate from San Jacinto College, while Yaimari 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, according to the organization’s website, 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.

Partnerships like this with the Houston Chemical Association are one of the many reasons our students are successful. These donations help to alleviate some of the financial burden, so that our San Jac Certified graduates can be on their way to greatness.

To find out more about STEM at San Jacinto College, visit