2019 In Review

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1  Ramirez tapped to lead HR department 

Sandra Ramirez was appointed as vice chancellor, human resources, organizational and talent effectiveness, at San Jacinto College. Ramirez replaced Stephen Trncak, who retired from the College after 10 years of service. 


2  Houston’s Kam Franklin of The Suffers guest lectures at South Campus

Fans of the internationally acclaimed Houston band The Suffers learned about frontwoman Kam Franklin’s creative process at San Jacinto College’s Lyceum Committee event “Game Changers and Box Breakers: Critical Thinking in Our World.” 

North Campus named ‘Business of the Year’

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

San Jacinto College paralegal student attends State of the Union 

San Jacinto College paralegal student Devani Gonzalez was invited by Texas Congresswoman Sylvia R. Garcia to attend the State of the Union address in Washington, D.C., to represent the many Dreamers who call Texas home.

3  Maritime program receives national Bellwether Award 

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.


College introduces new simplified tuition model

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.


San Jacinto College named a top 10 community college in the nation

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.

College breaks ground on new Generation Park Campus

San Jacinto College leaders, elected officials, and community partners broke ground on the new Generation Park Campus, which will open fall 2020.


10 San Jac softball players receive NJCAA Region XIV honors 

San Jacinto College softball players Ariana Saenz, Michelle Kristoff, Samantha Martinez, Morgan Childs, Dominique Garcia, Ashley Rambler, Tori Garcia, Lillie Grotenhuis, Ashley Tran, and Allison Bravo received National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region XIV All-Conference and All-Region honors at the NJCAA Region XIV Tournament.

Process technology team wins national title

The San Jacinto College process technology student team won gold at the 2019 North American Process Technology Alliance (NAPTA) Troubleshooting Competition for the third consecutive year.


Flickinger, Wilson take oaths of office 

Marie Flickinger and Larry Wilson were re-sworn in as San Jacinto College trustees.

4  Students selected for international physics internships at CERN

San Jacinto College students Mitchell Clark and Rodolfo Ayala were selected for summer internships at the European Council for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva, Switzerland.

5  Jackson Rutledge drafted 17th overall in MLB Draft

San Jacinto College sophomore pitcher Jackson Rutledge was selected by the Washington Nationals as the 17th overall pick in the first round of the 2019 Major League Baseball (MLB) Draft.


San Jacinto College, WGU Texas sign articulation agreement

San Jacinto College signed an articulation agreement with online, nonprofit university WGU Texas, creating pathways for the College’s students, employees, and graduates to work toward a bachelor’s or master’s degree and further their education at WGU Texas.

6  College launches The EDGE Center at Houston Spaceport

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.

National Science Foundation awards the College $1.5 million grant

San Jacinto College received a $1,477,907 federal grant to encourage more students to study science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. The funding came from the National Science Foundation (NSF), which supports research, innovation, and discovery to provide the foundation for economic growth in America.

7  Department of Labor awards College $12 million grant

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.


College sets student enrollment record

San Jacinto College opened the fall 2019 semester with record-setting enrollment as 32,452 students began their fall classes.


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8  College opens LyondellBasell Center for Petrochemical, Energy, & Technology

San Jacinto College marked the grand opening of its state-of-the-art LyondellBasell Center for Petrochemical, Energy, & Technology with more than 350 elected officials, industry partners, community members, faculty, and staff attending. 

9  College is recognized as StormReady

The Houston/Galveston StormReady Advisory Board recognized San Jacinto College as a StormReady community.


College hosts Omani delegation

San Jacinto College hosted a 10-person delegation from the Sultanate of Oman’s Ministry of Transport and Communication to tour its Maritime Technology & Training Center to learn how the College educates workers in the maritime industry. The group was invited under the auspices of the Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program and through Global Austin.


Department of Education awards College $3 million grant

The U.S. Department of Education awarded San Jacinto College a $3 million Title V grant for the College’s Integrated Planning and Advising System (IPAS).


College named finalist for Bellwether Award

San Jacinto College’s petrochemical program was named a top 10 finalist for the 2020 Bellwether Award in workforce development. The prestigious award is bestowed by the Community College Futures Assembly to the most innovative community college workforce program in the nation.

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