As we plan our future direction here at San Jacinto College, there are many factors we need to consider. I am proud of the tremendous progress we have made since the 2010-2013 Strategic Plan was implemented. The fact that we graduated more than 5,000 students in 2013 is a great indication of our focus on student success! However, there is always more we can do, and this plan will help us to continue to achieve a synergy around our organizational goals and objectives.
Today, we face the challenge of an ever-changing landscape in higher education at the national, state, and local levels. Our student and community demographics continue to evolve, and the training needs of our industry partners are a key focus for us. Yet we continue to deliver on our mission of student success, seamless transitions, and enriching the quality of life in the communities we serve. And we are achieving this through the work of our strategic plan.
Our student success initiatives have made San Jacinto College a national and regional leader in higher education. From schedule optimization, new student orientations, course redesigns, and new instructional facilities; to integrated reading and writing, student success courses, no late registration, and everything in between, we are providing students with the tools they need to be successful in their education and in their chosen careers. We are also working hard to reach students at an earlier age to introduce them to the college culture through our work with our local school districts, dual credit and early college high school programs, camps, shared counselors, and more. This work is intrinsically important to the success of our students, the success of San Jacinto College, and ultimately, the success of our community.
Through our work with our local communities and industry partners, we continue to meet training demands by providing skilled workers to our local workforce. We have active advisory committees that keep us apprised of the local workforce needs; we have increased courses and programs in areas such as maritime, pipefitting and welding, construction and craft trades, biomedical equipment repair, and nursing, to help fill open positions in our area; and we continue to look at ways we can help get our students where they want to be through fast track programs and articulation agreements. This work is deliberate and intentional, and is making an impact in our communities.
I have always said that our best asset is our people, and we continue to invest in them to ensure success. As part of our dedication to our faculty and staff, we have implemented a leadership development program, streamlined some processes through the Banner Revitalization project, created a wellness program, and invested in our employees through a leadership development program and compensation study. It is important that we continue to invest in initiatives that develop our employees into leaders, and allow them to grow in their chosen career path.
As I have mentioned before, the accomplishment of our College goals will not happen by themselves. It will take focus, hard work, and innovation on the part of all San Jacinto College employees. Together, as a team, we will continue to make a difference in the lives of our students, helping them to reach their educational and personal goals.
Brenda Hellyer, Ed.D.
Chancellor, San Jacinto College