2017 In Review

Bruce Caldwell1San Jacinto College names new Chief

Bruce Caldwell was named Chief of Police at San Jacinto College in January 2017, bringing with him more than 30 years of law enforcement and public safety experience

Brighter Futures 3.0

The League for Innovation in the Community College announced a $2.9 million grant from the Walmart Foundation to develop a three-part credentialing program for retail workers. San Jacinto College was one of 12 community colleges across the country selected in January 2017 to participate in the program, Brighter Futures 3.0.

Grambling State University2Grambling State University transfer agreement

San Jacinto College signed a transfer agreement with Grambling State University in February 2017. This agreement guarantees admission to the university for any student who completes an Associate of Arts, an Associate of Arts in Teaching, an Associate of Science or an Associate of Science in Engineering Science with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or greater.

T-TEN highest certification

Eleven binders, 10,000 pages and four years later, the San Jacinto College Toyota T-TEN achieved the highest certification possible in Chassis, Electrical, Engine, Drivetrain (CEED) through Toyota Motor Corporation in February 2017. T-TEN, which stands for the Technician Training & Education Network, acts as a partnership between Toyota Motor Corporation and community colleges.

Aspen Institute Top 5

The Aspen Institute for Community College Excellence named San Jacinto College as one of the top 5 community colleges in the nation, awarding the College a Rising Star award in March 2017. The announcement was made at a luncheon in Washington, D.C.

Judge Jo Ann Delgado

3 Judge Jo Ann Delgado visit

Judge Jo Ann Delgado, Harris County Justice of the Peace for Precinct 2, Place 1, paid a visit to San Jacinto College professor Dr. Nancy Liounis’ Texas government class in March 2017. Delgado shared her personal story of her path to leadership in the Texas judicial system.




4 CHECHS 10th anniversary

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

TIFA Educator of the Year

San Jacinto College speech professor Floyd McConnell was named the 2017 Texas Intercollegiate Forensics Association (TIFA) Educator of the Year in March 2017. The award honors excellence in speech and debate teaching and coaching among Texas universities and community colleges.

Process Tech takes home first in nation

San Jacinto College students captured first place at the 2017 North American Process Technology Alliance (NAPTA) Troubleshooting Competition. The competition hosted 35 teams from across the United States.

Frontier Set

San Jacinto College was chosen to join the Frontier Set in May 2017, a national initiative comprised of 31 educational institutions across the country, focused on improving student outcomes and better preparing new generations of students for the college experience. Among these 31 institutions, only 12 are community colleges and only three are from Texas.

Veteran Oral History Project submission

The United States Library of Congress Veterans History Project of the American Folklife Center accepted San Jacinto College’s Veterans Oral History Project in May 2017. The project is a collection of veteran interviews from across the College district and community.

BAT/BSN degrees

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed SB 2118 in June 2017, allowing San Jacinto College to offer bachelor’s degrees in nursing and applied technology, applied sciences upon approval by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), and accreditation by the regional accreditor, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

Erica Rouse sworn in as trustee

5 Rouse and Wheeler sworn in as Trustees

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.

Stephen F. Austin State University transfer agreement

San Jacinto College and Stephen F. Austin State University (SFASU) approved an articulation agreement for Honors students in July 2017.




6 Center for Industrial Technology

Center for Industrial TechnologyDr. Brenda Hellyer, San Jacinto College Chancellor, delivered the State of the College address to 200 elected officials and community partners.

San Jacinto College and G&H Towing officially christened the new training and crew change dock at the Maritime Campus.

GFOA Award for financial reporting

For the 10th consecutive year, San Jacinto College was awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) of the United States and Canada in August 2017.

San Jacinto College Emergency Relief Fund

Within 24 hours of Hurricane Harvey’s devastating aftermath, the San Jacinto College Foundation immediately went into action and launched the San Jacinto College Emergency Relief Fund in August 2017 to assist students and employees that were severely affected by the natural disaster.

Open Books

In September 2017, San Jacinto College’s Open Books courses (open educational resource courses) launched College- wide, helping to meet the growing need for quality, peer-reviewed, affordable digital course materials for students due to constantly rising textbook costs. Since implementation, students have saved approximately $500,000 in textbook costs.

ACCT Faculty7 National ACCT Faculty Award recipient

The Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) named Matt Lewis, San Jacinto College qualitative research analyst, as its 2017 William H. Meardy Faculty Member Award recipient in September 2017. This follows just months after Lewis was awarded the Western Region Faculty Award from ACCT.

Center for Petrochemical, Energy, and Technology8 Center for Petrochemical, Energy, and Technology

What turned out to be the largest groundbreaking held at San Jacinto College also introduced construction of the largest petrochemical training facility in Texas. Elected officials and key industry leaders gathered in September 2017 to witness the groundbreaking for the Center for Petrochemical, Energy, and Technology, set to open in 2019.

Welcome Jim Griffin

Jim Griffin joined San Jacinto College as associate vice chancellor / senior vice president for the petrochemical training division in October 2017. In his new position, Griffin oversees the curriculum, instruction and industry partnerships of the College’s petrochemical-related training programs, as well as the development of the upcoming Center for Petrochemical, Energy, and Technology.

P-TECH Advisory Council

San Jacinto College Chancellor Dr. Brenda Hellyer was appointed to the Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) Advisory Council in November 2017, as announced by Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick. The council, made up of statewide education and industry leaders, will work to expand partnerships between school districts, higher education institutions and business employers.

INEOS Donation

INEOS Olefins & Polymers USA (INEOS), a leading manufacturer of olefin and polyolefin products, donated $250,000 in support of the San Jacinto College Center for Petrochemical, Energy, and Technology.