Message from the Board Chairman
Along with the entire seven-member Board of Trustees, I have a commitment to the thousands of citizens who call the San Jacinto College District home. As a Board, we have a commitment to ensure our students succeed – that they graduate with credentials that will help them get their dream jobs or transfer to four-year colleges or universities. We have a commitment to financial stewardship – to be accountable to our taxpayers and do what we say we’re going to do. And we have a commitment to make San Jacinto College the best community college not only in our region and state, but across the country.
As you review this year’s Report to the Community you will find that we are doing all of those things and more. This report is about the extraordinary dedication to student success that our faculty, staff and administrators demonstrate every day. It is about the amazing things our students are doing in and out of the classroom, and we wish we could highlight them all!
Each year, the San Jacinto College Board of Trustees is faced with many decisions, and we don’t take any of them lightly. We realize that the decisions we make impact thousands of students and their families. We are constantly looking at priorities and initiatives that will utilize our resources most effectively and for the benefit of our constituents. We realize that an affordable and quality education for our residents and taxpayers is important. As taxpayers ourselves, we understand the impact we can have.
The Board and I would like to thank the voters and taxpayers in our district who, in November, approved the issuance of $425 million in general obligation bonds so that we can move forward with the renovation of current facilities and the construction of new buildings. The 2015 bond program, entitled “San Jac Tomorrow,” will greatly enhance training opportunities needed in our region due to industry expansion and growth, as well as a retiring workforce. “San Jac Tomorrow” will allow us to provide the right space for teaching and learning on each of our campuses, with up-to-date training spaces that replicate work environments that students will experience after graduation.
Last year was another exceptional year for San Jacinto College. I am amazed every day at the work that is being done on our campuses. With more students earning their credentials than ever before, we are making a difference in the lives of our students and the communities we serve. This is proof that our focus on student success is working, and that the value of our credentials (certificates and associate degrees) is real.
Thank you for your continued support of San Jacinto College and our current and future students. I look forward to being a part of the brilliant future ahead.
Chairman, San Jacinto College Board of Trustees