Our Campus By the Sea
Imagine training for a maritime career right next to the water! That was the vision of San Jacinto College that came to fruition in 2016 with the Maritime Technology and Training Center on the Maritime Campus.
As the College’s fourth campus, and the first by the water, the 45,000-square-foot Center received a 2016 Landmark Award from the Houston Business Journal. The Center showcases a suite for three full-mission ship bridge simulators, donated by the Houston Pilots, as well as engineering simulators. There are stations for Global Maritime Distress and Safety System training, automatic radar plotting aid training, radar training and liquid cargo handling training. The Center has an aquatic training facility, in addition to 15 classrooms, a multipurpose room and a dining area.
Recently, a separate industry dock was added for crew changes and mariner training in partnership with G&H Towing.
What San Jacinto College offers in maritime:
- The state’s first and only maritime transportation associate degree.
- A program that offers a variety of courses for professional mariners that enable them to test for U.S. Coast Guard certifications. All courses are approved by the U.S. Coast Guard.
- An associate degree for cargo handling/logistics, transferable to the University of Houston College of Technology logistics program.
- An Introduction to Ships and Shipping course in the business administration associate degree program, transferable to Texas A&M University in Galveston through an articulation agreement.
Average annual starting salary of
San Jacinto College maritime graduates
is approximately $44,000.
There are more than
6,000 towing vessels
and more than 28,000
barges in the U.S.
crew these inland
There are 12,000
miles of navigable
waterways in the U.S.
One loaded tank barge carries 27,500 barrels
of gasoline- enough to keep 2,500 cars
running for a year!
One 15-barge tow equals 216 rail cars or
1,050 trucks. It’s the most energy-efficient
way to move cargo.
Students Shine Bright!
2016 was a banner year for the arts at San Jacinto College. From theater and music to dance and art, all spotlights were on the students.
In fact, San Jacinto College students wrote the original scripts for the play “Stories,” which told audiences of their childhood experiences. Student talent also took center stage with performances of the plays and films “The Internet is Distract-OH LOOK A KITTEN!,” “Red” and “Disturbed Love.” In music, the College installed a new digital teaching organ, funded by a donation from Dr. B.J. Westbrook. In dance, professors and students presented their selfchoreographed performances for “Kaleidoscope.”
Also, there was no shortage of thought-provoking art throughout the North, South and Central Campuses. One notable exhibit was “Perm,” an exhibition that showcased a wide-range of artwork by San Jacinto College alumni.
The fine arts programs for 2017 are just gearing up. If you’re looking for entertainment, San Jacinto College has your ticket!
STEM is big news at San Jacinto College. The College is a powerhouse in preparing students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). With a robust STEM Council that meets monthly and draws ideas from administrators, faculty and staff, San Jacinto College offers students opportunities in prestigious research internships at places such as NASA and Rice University. The College also has scholarships to fund students’ education, such as the successful Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Scholarship program. Additionally, there are service learning activities such as STEM Expos that allow students to apply their knowledge and benefit others in the community. The College also has plenty of undergraduate research opportunities that place San Jacinto College students side-by-side with university students. They even talk “STEM” with astronauts, medical researchers and engineers.
San Jacinto College STEM students are well prepared for transfer, and those who choose a STEM path in technical education enter the workforce with additional skills that place them ahead of others in the job market. Take a look at all that San Jacinto College is doing to prepare graduates in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields by visiting www.sanjac.edu/stem-council.