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Message from the Board Chairman

Student success matters at San Jacinto College. That’s why the San Jacinto College Board of Trustees and I remain committed to providing the necessary tools and resources, while keeping tuition and fees affordable, so that more students can succeed.

For each of the last two years, more than 5,000 students earned certificates or associate degrees from San Jacinto College, more than doubling the number of graduates from five years ago. That is a great accomplishment! But I know we can do better, and we are focused on increasing that number each year.

The value of a certificate or associate degree is real and tangible. It provides a higher earning potential than those with just a high school diploma. It prepares students to immediately pursue their career goals and aspirations. It allows students the option to take their education to the next level. This is why we do what we do at San Jacinto College!

As Chancellor Hellyer noted, 2014 was a remarkable year for San Jacinto College, one that further advanced our mission and vision of student success. I am proud of the decisions that the Board of Trustees made. Among those was the decision to keep the tax rate the same as it has been for the last three years. Each year we carefully consider the impact to our community when determining the tax rates, and we balance that with the budgeting needs of the College. The bottom line is about how we can best serve our students and our community.

Our district is seeing unprecedented industry expansion, which means we must look at our focus in these areas as well. If we are to stay relevant to meet the changing needs of our community, we must be committed to continuous improvement. And we are. That’s why we are analyzing and assessing our facilities and infrastructure to identify areas for immediate improvement, growth or expansion; as well as reviewing trends and data to determine what our needs are for the future. We must continue to invest in San Jacinto College so that we will continue to be relevant and the premiere college today and tomorrow.

As you review the 2014 Report to the Community, you will recognize the many ways in which San Jacinto College is making an impact in our community. I appreciate your support of San Jacinto College, and look forward to what the future holds.

Sincerely,

Dan Mims
Chair, San Jacinto College Board of Trustees