Jones elected to NACTC executive board
04.03.2014 | By Andrea Vasquez
Dr. Brenda Jones, San Jacinto College provost, was recently elected to the executive board of the National Alliance of Community and Technical Colleges (NACTC).
The NACTC is comprised of 40 high performing colleges dedicated to facilitating sharing of ideas and programs. The organization emphasizes networking, problem solving, and cooperative efforts towards addressing issues of common concern among the membership institutions.
“I am truly honored to have the opportunity to serve on the NACTC executive board,” said Dr. Jones, who served as San Jacinto College dean of business and technology from 2010 to 2012, prior to her provost position. “I am committed to promoting and enriching networking opportunities among the member institutions, as well as collaborating with the members to initiate joint development of new educational initiatives and funding opportunities.”
According to the NACTC, 70 percent of today’s new jobs require some post-secondary education. National and statewide career technical education (CTE) initiatives are working to fulfill that industry need. The National Association of State Directors of Career Technical Education Consortium (NASDCTEc) estimates that seventy percent of students concentrating in CTE areas stayed in postsecondary education or transferred to a four-year degree program, compared to an average state target of 58 percent. Also, by 2018, one-third of the projected 47 million job openings will require an associate’s degree or certificate, and nearly all will require real-world skills that can be mastered through CTE.
“The mission facing community and technical colleges is more complex and important than ever,” says Dr. Jones. “It demands cooperative efforts among educational institutions to enhance their overall college programs. In addition, the member institutions all face significant educational challenges, with growing numbers of less prepared students, ever increasing budget and funding constraints, significant professional retirements, and the need to utilize technology in educational programs. San Jacinto College is a forward-looking organization and our leaders understand that only through expanding educational opportunities will our students succeed in this 21st century information-based global economy. As a member of the executive board of the NACTC, I want to highlight some of the creative and innovative initiatives and best practices that our talented employees have implemented here at the College.”
Dr. Jones has significant experience in building strategic and collaborative alliances with business, community, and state leaders. She helped develop partnerships in support of the upcoming Pasadena Technical High School in the Pasadena Independent School District, as well as the new Turner College and Career High School in Pearland Independent School District. She has also been involved with the acquisition and administration of numerous Perkins grants and is an active member in numerous community events and organizations, including the Clear Lake Chamber of Commerce, Pearland Chamber of Commerce, and serves on the Pearland Economic Leadership Council and Capella University Community College Advisory Council. In 2012, she was one of 38 college administrators worldwide to receive The Chair Academy Idahlynn Karre Exemplary Leader Award, and was also named one of the 2012-2013 San Jacinto College Excellence Award winners.
Dr. Jones earned her doctorate in Educational Human Resource Development from Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas; a Master of Science in Educational Administration and Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Management from the University of Houston-Clear Lake; and an associate of art, associate of applied science, and an associate of science from Lee College in Baytown, Texas.
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Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. The Achieving the Dream Leader College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of 30,000 students in more than 200 degree and certificate options, including university transfer and career preparation. Students also benefit from the College’s job training programs, renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $630 million each year to the Texas workforce. San Jacinto College. Your Goals. Your College.