Workforce Education Philosophy

Workforce Education Philosophy

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San Jacinto College’s career education programs train and upskill the workforce that makes our region vital to the national economy. Industrial trades graduates build roads, construct buildings, weld pipes, and keep the lights on. Petrochemical and maritime graduates operate the plants and the port that fuel the local economic engine. First responders protect and serve our communities. Health care graduates provide high-quality care in our communities, hospitals, health care facilities, and medical offices. IT and business graduates chart the future of our work world. Engineering and aerospace technology graduates take us to new worlds, while those in consumer services care for our children, keep our vehicles running, and make our lives more enjoyable.


San Jacinto College collaborates with businesses and industries to create workforce programs that develop a highly-qualified workforce. Established programs maintain currency and relevance because College leaders listen to employers and follow their advice. Our professional workforce educators seek to understand the knowledge and technical/employability skills graduates need to add value to their workplace. Industry partners review curricula, visit classes, tour facilities, and evaluate classrooms, laboratories, technology, and equipment. They also offer internships, externships, and apprenticeships that calibrate our programs.


Our students invest time and resources to train for employment that will improve quality of life for themselves, their families, and the community. We award industry-valued and recognized degrees and certifications. Our programs provide hands-on training and authentic learning experiences. Our curricula emphasize critical thinking, professionalism, collaboration, and communication. After completing a program, students know the professional conduct expected in the culture of their chosen field.


Our faculty members have business and industry experience with formal education in their disciplines. They maintain expertise in their programs through continuing education, professional development, externships with industry partners, and service on external advisory boards. Employers who hire our graduates speak to classes, provide tours, and serve as part-time faculty. Whether students are entering a new career or upskilling to remain competitive in our global economy, the College’s faculty and staff commit to prepare them to advance in their careers.


We commit:

  • To continue collaborating with industry to remain current with curricula, technology, and teaching methods.
  • To evaluate our success in placing graduates in the workforce.
  • To review and adapt our programs as workplace demands change.
  • To communicate industry needs to students and community members.