Pasadena Early College High School students receive associate degrees

05.18.2018 | By Andrea Vasquez

PASADENA, Texas – Pasadena Early College High School (PECHS) recently saw 28 students receive their associate degrees at San Jacinto College’s commencement ceremony on May 12.

The 30 seniors in the PECHS class of 2018 have earned a total of $252,000 in scholarships. Some students have completed internships at Baylor Medical Center, University of Houston-Downtown, the City of Pasadena and the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce. University acceptances include Texas A&M University, University of Texas, University of Houston, Texas Southern University and Georgia Institute of Technology.

Since 2011, PECHS has graduated 185 students when it first began as a partnership with Pasadena Independent School District (PISD) and San Jacinto College.

PECHS students pictured by row right to left: Row 1: Melissa Alvarez, Raul Arita, Diana Cavazos, Ashley Chavez, Isabell Duran, Jocelynn Gonzalez, Spencer Libby, Ruben Lopez, Valeria Macias, Marisa Medellin, Jose Menchaca and Jorge Mercado. Row 2: Marlene Moran, Alina Nacianceno, Ismael Navarro, Oscar Olvera, Alexa Perez, Arturo Perez, Carmen Perez, Angel Ramos, Ana Salas, Jennifer Salazar, Xavier Segura and Alejandro Torres. Row 3: Helios Trevino and Alfredo Vasquez.

San Jacinto College administration pictured left: Row 1: Nicole Barnes, Dual Credit Director; Dr. Pamela Campbell, Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Success Partnerships; Van Wigginton, Provost; Dr. Laurel Williamson, Deputy Chancellor and President; Dan Mims, Board of Trustees Vice Chair; and Dr. Brenda Hellyer, Chancellor. Row 2: Scott Gernander, Dean of Administration; Diane Phillips, Interim Dean of Health Sciences; Jeffrey Parks, Dean of Business and Technology; and James Griffin, Associate Vice Chancellor/Senior Vice President for the Center for Petrochemical, Energy, and Technology.

PISD administration pictured right: Row 1: Dr. DeeAnn Powell, Superintendent; Vickie Morgan, Board of Trustees President; Nelda Sullivan, Board of Trustees Secretary; Fred Roberts, Board of Trustees Member; Jack Bailey, Board of Trustees Vice President; Marshall Kendrick, Board of Trustees Member; and Kenny Fernandez, Board of Trustees Member. Row 2: Joe Saavedra, Pasadena High School Principal; Aldo Prado, Pasadena Early College High School Dean of Instruction; Dr. Karen Hickman, Deputy Superintendent of Academic Achievement; Dr. Troy McCarley, Associate Superintendent of Projects Planning and Communications; Dr. Jennifer Boushley, Early College High Schools Coordinator; Karen McCarley, College Readiness and Counseling Director; and Rebecca Benner, Curriculum & Instruction Executive Director.

PECHS faculty pictured left to right (back row): Aiyesha Johnson, English faculty; Armando Morales, Physics faculty; Yolanda Holiday-Gourrier, AVID & Spanish faculty; Jennifer Owens, Counselor; Ann Dolbee, English faculty; Jennifer Davis, Department Chair; Paul Abshire, Math faculty; and Keith Jenks, History faculty.

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 been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, since 1961. As a fiscally sound institution, the College currently holds bond ratings of AA and Aa2 by Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s, respectively. San Jacinto College is a 2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence Rising Star Award recipient and an Achieving the Dream Leader College. Approximately 45,000 credit and non-credit students each year benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success. The College offers eight areas of study that prepare a diverse body of students to transfer to four-year colleges or universities or enter the workforce with the skills needed to support the growing industries along the Texas Gulf Coast. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.

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