San Jacinto College has $813.4 million impact on local economy

06.18.2014 | By Amanda L. Booren

San Jacinto College has $813.4 million impact on local economy

College’s effect equals 2 percent of region’s economy


PASADENA, Texas – A recent study has found that San Jacinto College’s economic impact in the region continues to grow, totaling $813.4 million.

The study, conducted by Economic Modeling Specialists International (EMSI), reported an approximate 14.77 percent growth in 2012-2013 over the most recent economic impact report conducted in 2010, which showed an annual economic impact of $708.7 million.

“We are extremely proud of the value San Jacinto College adds to our community and region. I believe in our community and am committed to continue seeing San Jacinto College as a strong economic partner,” said Dr. Brenda Hellyer, Chancellor. “This report supports our ongoing efforts and commitment to improve the Gulf Coast region by providing an educated and skilled workforce, and offering our students a quality education that allows them to pursue a higher education credential or gain and maintain employment in high-demand careers.”

The College’s overall impact includes $689.9 million in added income by former students currently employed in the region, and $123.5 million in College operations. San Jacinto College’s impact equals 2 percent of the region’s Gross Regional Product.

The study also found that students receive a 19.7 percent annual return on their investment in a San Jacinto College education, while taxpayers see an average annual return on investment of 8.1 percent.

“The results of this study confirm the value of a certification or associate degree from San Jacinto College, and the real impact our College has on our community,” said Mr. Dan Mims, Chairman of the San Jacinto College Board of Trustees. “It’s important for us to continue to provide an education that is going to produce a return on investment for our students and the taxpayers in our region, and this demonstrates the positive effects of the efforts of the faculty and staff at San Jacinto College.”

Tuition and fees at San Jacinto College (for in-district students) are the lowest in the Gulf Coast region, and average about one-third to one-quarter the cost of many Texas four-year public institutions. In addition, San Jacinto College offers a robust dual credit program that includes three early college high schools and a modified early college academy, allowing students to graduate with an associate degree before earning a high school diploma; job training that leads directly to positions in the local workforce; and flexible course options, including third-shift course offerings in welding and a full weekend college beginning this Fall.


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, for more than 50 years. As an Achieving the Dream Leader College, San Jacinto College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of 30,000 credit students in more than 200 degree and certificate options, including university transfer and career and workforce preparation. Students also benefit from the College’s job training programs, renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce. San Jacinto College. Your Goals. Your College.

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