2010s-2020s: An Eye on the Future

2010

Charles Ray Ogden Children and Family Education Center Lab School opening at North Campus

Students, faculty, staff, and community members witnessed the grand opening of the Charles Ray Ogden Children and Family Education Center Lab School opening at North Campus.

2010

San Jacinto College kicked off the “Promise for Their Future” fundraising campaign at the Houston Symphony. This scholarship provides hope and opportunity to talented first-year students.

2010

South Welcome Center

The College broke ground for a new welcome center at the South Campus.

2011

San Jacinto College celebrated 50 years of serving the citizens and communities of East Harris County and received a Texas historical marker.

San Jacinto College celebrated 50 years of serving the citizens and communities of East Harris County and received a Texas historical marker.

2011

The North Campus held a groundbreaking for the campus’ Student Success Center. This facility serves as the “front-door” for the campus and houses student services such as enrollment and financial aid.

2011

The San Jacinto College South college community choir performed at New York City’s Carnegie Hall, receiving a standing ovation from an audience of 2,000 guests.

The San Jacinto College South college community choir performed at New York City’s Carnegie Hall, receiving a standing ovation from an audience of 2,000 guests.

2012

The Central, North, and South Campuses officially opened a Center of Excellence for Veteran Student Success, providing veteran students with one single source for all their enrollment, financial aid, Veteran Affairs (VA), educational planning, a computer lab, and other veteran student resources.

The Central, North, and South Campuses officially opened a Center of Excellence for Veteran Student Success, providing veteran students with one single source for all their enrollment, financial aid, Veteran Affairs (VA), educational planning, a computer lab, and other veteran student resources.

2012

San Jacinto College was designated as an Achieving the Dream Leader College

San Jacinto College was designated as an Achieving the Dream Leader College. This initiative focuses on helping students reach their goals of earning certificates and associate degrees.

2012

The Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher Education (TACHE) introduced a student chapter at Central Campus, helping create workable solutions for Hispanic issues in higher education.

The Texas Association of Chicanos in Higher Education (TACHE) introduced a student chapter at Central Campus, helping create workable solutions for Hispanic issues in higher education.

2013

San Jacinto College joined forces with the Texas Association of Community Colleges (TACC) and the 50 community colleges from around the state to form the Texas Success Center (TSC) to support the state’s community college success agenda.

2013

A new robotics lab opened at North Campus to help students at all campuses learn complex math and engineering principles through the use of devices like microcontrollers and 3D printers.aining Center.

A new robotics lab opened at North Campus to help students at all campuses learn complex math and engineering principles through the use of devices like microcontrollers and 3D printers.

2014

The first ever College-wide commencement ceremony was held at NRG Stadium.

The first ever College-wide commencement ceremony was held at NRG Stadium.

2014

The Foundation launched the San Jacinto College Alumni Association to allow former students the opportunity to re-connect with the College and make financial contributions to help future students achieve their goals.

2014

College joined the regional initiative “UpSkill Houston” committing to train more workers in middle skill jobs.

College joined the regional initiative “UpSkill Houston” committing to train more workers in middle skill jobs.

2014

U.S. Department of Labor awarded more than $9 million to San Jacinto College and three additional colleges to train for work in middle skill occupations.

U.S. Department of Labor awarded more than $9 million to San Jacinto College and three additional colleges to train for work in middle skill occupations.

2014

The College celebrated the ground breaking of a new 45,000 square foot Maritime Technology and Training Center.

The College celebrated the ground breaking of a new 45,000 square foot Maritime Technology and Training Center.

2015

San Jacinto College closed on the purchase of 57 acres at Generation Park for future development of a new campus.

2015

Voters in the District approved a $425 million bond referendum to fund new construction and renovation projects throughout the College.

2015

College hosted more than 7,000 sixth-graders from across the College District to participate in more than 100 science experiments over a two-day span at the first Mind Trekkers Adventures in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) festival at Central Campus.

College hosted more than 7,000 sixth-graders from across the College District to participate in more than 100 science experiments over two days at the first Mind Trekkers Adventures in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) festival.

2015

San Jacinto College Chancellor Dr. Brenda Hellyer was named the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) Western Region CEO awardee.

2015

La Porte Independent School District introduced the Accelerated College Education (ACE) program in partnership with San Jacinto College, providing students an option to simultaneously work toward both a high school diploma and associate degree.

2015

San Jacinto College Softball Head Coach Kelly Saenz is inducted into the Softball Canada Hall of Fame.

San Jacinto College Softball Head Coach Kelly Saenz is inducted into the Softball Canada Hall of Fame.

2016

The College’s process technology program was named the best in the state by the Texas Association of College Technical Educators.

The College’s process technology program was named the best in the state by the Texas Association of College Technical Educators.

2016

The 45,000-square-foot Maritime Technology and Training Center on the Maritime Campus celebrated its grand opening as the base for the state’s first and only maritime transportation associate degree.

The 45,000-square-foot Maritime Technology and Training Center on the Maritime Campus celebrated its grand opening as the base for the state’s first and only maritime transportation associate degree.

2016

An official groundbreaking ceremony was held for the Center for Industrial Technology at the North Campus.

An official groundbreaking ceremony was held for the Center for Industrial Technology at the North Campus.

 

2016

San Jacinto College announced plans to pilot an “open educational resources” degree program to trim expenses for students by using low-cost digital instructional materials.

2017

The Aspen Institute for Community College Excellence named San Jacinto College as one of the top five community colleges in the nation, awarding the College with a Rising Star award.

The Aspen Institute for Community College Excellence named San Jacinto College as one of the top five community colleges in the nation, awarding the College with a Rising Star award.

2017

CIT Grand Opening

The 114,000-square-foot Center for Industrial Technology (CIT) opened at North Campus, featuring technologically advanced facilities for welding, pipefitting, electrical technology, air conditioning, diesel technology, engineering design graphics, construction management, and sheet metal and advanced manufacturing.

2017

Open Books courses (open education resources) were launched College-wide, helping to save students over $1 million in textbook costs in its first implementation year.

Open Books courses (open education resources) were launched College-wide, helping to save students over $1 million in textbook costs in its first implementation year.

2017

Clear Horizons Early College High School (CHECHS), housed at the South Campus, celebrated 10 years of educational excellence in 2017, made possible through a partnership between Clear Creek Independent School District (CCISD) and San Jacinto College. CHECHS is the first of the College’s eight early college high school programs.

Clear Horizons Early College High School (CHECHS), housed at the South Campus, celebrated 10 years of educational excellence in 2017, made possible through a partnership between Clear Creek Independent School District (CCISD) and San Jacinto College. CHECHS is the first of the College’s eight early college high school programs.

2017

Mrs. Erica Davis Rouse and Dr. Ruede Wheeler were sworn in as San Jacinto College Trustees on Monday, June 5, 2017. Davis Rouse won an election for Position 1, while Wheeler was unopposed for Position 2 in the May election.

 

    

Mrs. Erica Davis Rouse and Dr. Ruede Wheeler were sworn in as San Jacinto College Trustees on Monday, June 5, 2017. Davis Rouse won an election for Position 1, while Wheeler was unopposed for Position 2 in the May election.

 

 

Mrs. Erica Davis Rouse and Dr. Ruede Wheeler were sworn in as San Jacinto College Trustees on Monday, June 5, 2017. Davis Rouse won an election for Position 1, while Wheeler was unopposed for Position 2 in the May election.

2017

The San Jacinto College Foundation immediately launched the San Jacinto College Emergency Relief Fund within 24 hours of Hurricane Harvey’s devastating aftermath to assist students and employees that were severely affected by the natural disaster.

The San Jacinto College Foundation immediately launched the San Jacinto College Emergency Relief Fund within 24 hours of Hurricane Harvey’s devastating aftermath to assist students and employees that were severely affected by the natural disaster.

2017

The College hosted its largest groundbreaking event to introduce construction of the LyondellBasell Center for Petrochemical, Energy, and Technology, the largest petrochemical training facility in Texas.

The College hosted its largest groundbreaking event to introduce construction of the LyondellBasell Center for Petrochemical, Energy, and Technology, the largest petrochemical training facility in Texas.

2018

San Jacinto College Foundation received $100,000 grant for Hurricane Harvey student aid from the Greater Houston Community Foundation.

2018

The College broke ground for four new planned facilities across three campuses: the South Campus Cosmetology Center, the North Campus Cosmetology and Culinary Center, the South Campus Engineering and Technology Center, and the Central Campus Welcome Center.

The College broke ground for four new planned facilities across three campuses: the South Campus Cosmetology Center, the North Campus Cosmetology and Culinary Center, the South Campus Engineering and Technology Center, and the Central Campus Welcome Center.

2018

The Pasadena Chamber of Commerce selected San Jacinto College as its 2018 Business of the Year. The Chamber cited the College’s accomplishments and commitment to the City of Pasadena.

The Pasadena Chamber of Commerce selected San Jacinto College as its 2018 Business of the Year. The Chamber cited the College’s accomplishments and commitment to the City of Pasadena.

2018

Dr. Rachel Garcia receives the 2018 Outstanding Women in Texas Government award.

Dr. Rachel Garcia receives the 2018 Outstanding Women in Texas Government award.

2018

San Jacinto College Board of Trustees Chair Marie Flickinger is named a recipient of the 2018 Governor’s Volunteer Award for her work following Hurricane Harvey.

San Jacinto College Board of Trustees Chair Marie Flickinger is named a recipient of the 2018 Governor’s Volunteer Award for her work following Hurricane Harvey.

2018

San Jacinto College Board of Trustees Vice Chair Dan Mims is elected to serve on the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) Board of Directors as a Western Region representative.

San Jacinto College Board of Trustees Vice Chair Dan Mims is elected to serve on the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) Board of Directors as a Western Region representative.

2018

San Jacinto College Baseball Head Coach Tom Arrington is selected to the NJCAA Hall of Fame.

San Jacinto College Baseball Head Coach Tom Arrington is selected to the NJCAA Hall of Fame.

2019

Grand opening of the LyondellBasell Center for Petrochemical, Energy, and Technology at Central Campus. The 145,000-square-foot building is the largest Petrochemical training facility in the Gulf Coast region.

Grand opening of the LyondellBasell Center for Petrochemical, Energy, and Technology at Central Campus. The 145,000-square-foot building is the largest Petrochemical training facility in the Gulf Coast region.

2019

The College broke ground for the Generation Park Campus.

The College broke ground for the Generation Park Campus.

2019

The Aspen Institute’s Prize for Community College Excellence placed San Jac among the nation’s top 10 community colleges, out of more than 1,100 institutions nationwide.

2019

San Jacinto College North was named 2019 Business Organization of the Year by the North Channel Area Chamber of Commerce.

2019

San Jacinto College’s maritime program was named the 2019 Bellwether Award recipient in workforce development. The Community College Futures Assembly awards this honor to the most innovative community college workforce program in the nation.

San Jacinto College’s maritime program was named the 2019 Bellwether Award recipient in workforce development. The Community College Futures Assembly awards this honor to the most innovative community college workforce program in the nation.

2019

San Jacinto College’s Board of Trustees approved the College’s new simplified tuition model, eliminating registration fees and offering one tuition rate based on a student’s residency. The new model makes it easier for students to budget for their higher education costs.

2019

San Jacinto College—along with the Houston Airport System, Houston City Council, Federal Aviation Administration, and community and project partners—gathered on June 26, 2019, to celebrate the groundbreaking of the Houston Spaceport at Ellington Airport.

San Jacinto College—along with the Houston Airport System, Houston City Council, Federal Aviation Administration, and community and project partners—gathered on June 26, 2019, to celebrate the groundbreaking of the Houston Spaceport at Ellington Airport.

2019

The National Science Foundation (NSF) awards San Jacinto College a $1,477,907 federal grant to encourage more students to study science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.

2019

The Department of Labor awarded San Jacinto College a $12 million federal grant to partner with other public and private sector entities to develop apprenticeships to train at least 5,000 workers in information technology (IT) fields.

The Department of Labor awarded San Jacinto College a $12 million federal grant to partner with other public and private sector entities to develop apprenticeships to train at least 5,000 workers in information technology (IT) fields.

2020

The Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership honored Chancellor Dr. Brenda Hellyer with the prestigious Quasar Award for Economic Development Excellence.

The Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership honored Chancellor Dr. Brenda Hellyer with the prestigious Quasar Award for Economic Development Excellence.

2020

The Texas Board of Nursing approved San Jacinto College’s new Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-to-BSN) program Jan. 23, clearing the way for the College to launch its first bachelor’s degree in fall 2020.

The Texas Board of Nursing approved San Jacinto College’s new Bachelor of Science in Nursing (RN-to-BSN) program Jan. 23, clearing the way for the College to launch its first bachelor’s degree in fall 2020.

2020

San Jacinto College was one of 10 community colleges nationwide to earn Achieving the Dream Leader College of Distinction status for achieving new, higher student outcomes and narrowing equity gaps.

2020

San Jacinto College launched Harris County Promise @ San Jac, a program for local seniors from three Pasadena ISD high schools to earn to earn a tuition-free higher education credential.

San Jacinto College launched Harris County Promise @ San Jac, a program for local seniors from three Pasadena ISD high schools to earn a tuition-free higher education credential.

2020

San Jacinto College Board of Trustees approved a resolution that allowed the College to move to altered operations during COVID-19. Classes were transitioned to remote learning, employees began working from home, and student services began offering virtual appointments for all areas, including advising, financial aid, counseling, and tutoring. Additionally, the campus food markets developed a distribution plan, and the San Jac Cares calling program was launched.

San Jacinto College Board of Trustees approved a resolution that allowed the College to move to altered operations during COVID-19. Classes were transitioned to remote learning, employees began working from home, and student services began offering virtual appointments for all areas, including advising, financial aid, counseling, and tutoring. Additionally, the campus food markets developed a distribution plan, and the San Jac Cares calling program was launched.

2020

Dr. Alexander Okwonna and Dr. Aaron Knight were named provosts of the San Jacinto College North and South Campuses, respectively, replacing Dr. Brenda Jones and Dr. William (Bill) Raffetto, who retired after years of service to the College.

 

    

Dr. Alexander Okwonna and Dr. Aaron Knight were named provosts of the San Jacinto College North and South Campuses, respectively, replacing Dr. Brenda Jones and Dr. William (Bill) Raffetto, who retired after years of service to the College.

 

Dr. Alexander Okwonna and Dr. Aaron Knight were named provosts of the San Jacinto College North and South Campuses, respectively, replacing Dr. Brenda Jones and Dr. William (Bill) Raffetto, who retired after years of service to the College.

2020

The College opened its fifth campus at Generation Park in fall 2020.

The College opened its fifth campus at Generation Park in fall 2020.

2020

The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program and the Siemens Foundation awarded San Jacinto College with two Excellence and Equity in Community College STEM Awards for the College’s associate degree nursing and process technology programs. Only eight awards were given nationwide.

The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program and the Siemens Foundation awarded San Jacinto College with two Excellence and Equity in Community College STEM Awards for the College’s associate degree nursing and process technology programs. Only eight awards were given nationwide.

2021

The San Jacinto College Maritime Technology and Training Center was named a Center of Excellence for Domestic Maritime Workforce Training and Education (CoE) by the United States Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD).

2021

San Jacinto College Deputy Chancellor and College President Dr. Laurel Williamson has been selected to co-chair the Texas Transfer Advisory Committee (TTAC), a statewide collaboration to make transferring from a Texas community college to a four-year university seamless for students.

2021

The Aspen Institute named San Jacinto College as a Finalist with Distinction for The Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, placing the College among top five community colleges in the nation, out of more than 1,100 community colleges.

2021

Philanthropist and author MacKenzie Scott and her husband Dan Jewett donated $30 million to San Jacinto College, the largest private gift in the College’s history. The funds will be used for scholarship programs like 21Forward to help students in East Harris County stay on their higher education pathway.