HOUSTON, Texas — San Jacinto College leaders, elected officials, and community partners gathered Tuesday, April 23, 2019 to break ground on the new Generation Park Campus, which will expand the College's educational accessibility to students and residents of North Houston.
The 57-acre project will become the College's fifth campus, complementing San Jacinto's North, Central, South, and Maritime Campuses, currently serving approximately 45,000 credit and non-credit students annually.
"We're very excited to see this project begin to materialize," said San Jacinto College Chancellor Dr. Brenda Hellyer. "We've been in the evaluation and planning stages for several years, and this new campus will be a wonderful asset for the local community and the many students who will attend here. San Jacinto College is proud to be part of this rapidly growing area, and we are positioned to serve the needs of the northern part of our taxing district. We look forward to serving the surrounding area by being an academic transfer partner and a resource for workforce training."
The first phase of construction will feature a $26 million facility spanning 55,000 square feet, which will house general education and academic classes. Initially focusing on the educational needs of transfer students, the new campus will ultimately expand course offerings as further construction is completed.
"We are thrilled construction has begun on San Jacinto College's Generation Park campus and look forward to welcoming their faculty, staff, and students in the fall of 2020, " said Ryan McCord, president of McCord Development. "San Jacinto College gives a competitive advantage to companies at Generation Park by providing access to the next generation of talent at a top college and the opportunity to invest in current and future employees."
Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia also attended the campus groundbreaking and presented San Jac leadership with an American flag from the state capitol for the new campus and congratulated the College for serving as champions for the educational community.
The new Generation Park Campus is set to open for classes in fall 2020.
About San Jacinto College
Surrounded by monuments of history, industries, and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has served the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, since 1961. The College is fiscally sound, holding bond ratings of AA and Aa2 by Standard & Poor's and Moody's. San Jacinto College is a 2019 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence Top 10 institution, a 2017 Aspen Prize Rising Star Award recipient, and an Achieving the Dream Leader College. The College serves approximately 45,000 credit and non-credit students annually, and offers eight areas of study that put students on a path to transfer to four-year institutions or enter the workforce. San Jacinto College's impact on the region totals $1.3 billion in added income, which supports 13,044 jobs.