This has been another outstanding year for San Jacinto College. I am truly honored and humbled to serve as Chancellor at this great institution. Each and every day I witness the work being done by our faculty and staff that is making a difference in the lives of our students. As I reflect on the past year, and look toward the future, I am reminded that our work is never done. We continue to find ways to help our students succeed.
One of the most significant events that took place this year is the reaccreditation process with our accrediting agency – The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). This process occurs every 10 years, and is critical, as the College’s accreditation assures our students and community of the quality and integrity of our institution and our programs. The College successfully completed the written report and an on-site visit by a peer review committee. I expect for the institutional reaccreditation to be reaffirmed on schedule in June 2019.
If you have driven by or visited any of our campuses, you’ve seen some changes! We are moving forward with construction of new facilities as a result of the 2015 bond. We expect to open the new Center for Energy, Petrochemical, and Technology in the fall; and will have four new facilities opening in spring 2020. Not to mention the many renovations occurring to buildings that are at least 30 years old. These renovations will create modern learning environments for our students. It will also meet the growth of our dual credit and early college high school students.
This year I witnessed multiple success stories of our students, faculty, and staff. From students performing research with four-year universities, to Dr. Rachel Garcia receiving the Governor’s Outstanding Women in Texas Government Award, to our Phi Theta Kappa students receiving regional and international accolades, the honors keep going. I also put commencements into this category – it is amazing to see the wide variety of students walking across the stage! They have accomplished an important step in their higher educational and workforce training goals. They are San Jac Certified and we are so proud of them! What a wonderful celebration of success!
The College was recognized again by the Aspen Institute. After earning the Rising Star Award in 2017 as one of the top five community colleges in the nation, San Jacinto College is once again a top 10 finalist for the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence; this recognition is out of more than 1,100 community colleges nationwide. What an honor for our College!
I know you will enjoy reading more about the success stories of our students, faculty, and staff in this year’s Report to the Community. I am reminded every year of the tremendous support we receive, and for that I say thank you. I know we are making a difference in the lives of students, and your continued support is forever appreciated.
Brenda Hellyer, Ed.D.
Chancellor, San Jacinto College