San Jacinto College students have a number of new facilities to add to their college experience, including the Welcome Center at the Central Campus and the Generation Park Campus.
The new 43,000-square-foot Welcome Center serves as a central hub for student services, including educational planning, financial aid, enrollment services, business office, testing, orientation and campus tours, veteran services, and career services. The building also has a computer lab and multi-purpose room that serve as spaces for virtual and on-campus workshops, trainings, and meetings. The College’s North and South Campuses currently have Welcome Centers, built in 2011 and 2012 respectively.
“Having the Welcome Center as its own dedicated space in a more accessible area on campus will help new students find their starting point for enrollment and all other student services they’ll need when they’re here,” said Joanna Zimmermann, San Jacinto College associate vice chancellor of student services. “Prior to the new building, all of Central Campus’ student services were in different areas with some tucked away that were not easy to find. Now students will have a central location with parking available and a familiar place on campus they know they can always visit for student resources.”
The College’s fifth campus, Generation Park, opened in fall 2020. The 57- acre campus currently has a 55,000-square-foot facility that houses general education and academic classes, which focus on the educational needs of students looking to transfer to a four-year college or university.
Leading the Generation Park Campus is Dr. Destry Dokes, executive director; Dr. Kelly Mizell, director of instructional services; and Sonia Townsend, director of student support services. “Everything we’ve done at the Generation Park Campus has been with our students in mind,” said Dokes.
“Students can expect to experience a beautiful campus specifically designed around student services, academic learning, and training needs. I’m looking forward to developing an engaging culture that promotes the College’s values and encouraging an intentional focus on working with students, faculty, staff, ISDs, industry partners, and our community to advance San Jacinto College Generation Park as an educational campus of choice.”
Due to the College moving to altered operations in March 2020 because of COVID-19, the grand openings for the Central Campus Welcome Center and the Generation Park Campus have been postponed until further notice.
NEW BUILDINGS PREVIEW
In keeping with an unprecedented year, San Jacinto College marked 2020 with an unprecedented number of new buildings districtwide, offering the latest technology and updated instructional areas for students.
Except for the EDGE Center, all the buildings were funded by the College’s 2015 $425 million bond referendum.
Central Welcome Center