PASADENA, Texas – The Boeing Company and San Jacinto College have entered into a partnership to give students an opportunity to serve as technical aides to support the company's work on the International Space Station (ISS).

Starting this summer, 10 students will join Boeing as part of the College’s Get a Glimpse program, with the number of participants increasing each semester.

Their responsibilities will involve structural and mechanical engineering, the electrical power system, avionics and software, thermal or systems engineering and integration. The teams will look at the different hardware items or analyses needed to maintain and operate the space station.

"It's a competitive process," said Scott Copeland, manager of Research, Systems & Specialty Engineering for Boeing. "We come up with tasks that are needed, and San Jacinto College’s Continuing and Professional Development division recruits highly-qualified candidates who will interview and be selected to work with our engineers, project managers and staff."

The Get a Glimpse program gives students the opportunity to work with the sponsor company, Boeing, to receive their first experience working alongside aerospace industry professionals.

"It’s refreshing to have students come in because they tend to see things differently and are not so attuned to the way we do business,” said Copeland. “They bring their own ideas."

The San Jacinto College Continuing and Professional Development division may recruit participants from across the country to the program, based on Boeing’s requirements. Many of the student participants will come from college and university science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) related programs.

"This is really a win-win for both San Jacinto College and Boeing," said Dr. Sarah Janes, vice president of the Continuing and Professional Development division with San Jacinto College. "Our students receive the technical and soft skills needed to build their resumes and credentials, and we learn from Boeing on how to better prepare our students for the jobs that are out there."

Anyone interested in learning more about the Get a Glimpse program may contact Linda Drobnich, senior business development manager for Continuing and Professional Development division with San Jacinto College, at

About Boeing Defense, Space & Security

A unit of The Boeing Company, Defense, Space & Security is one of the world's largest defense, space and security businesses specializing in innovative and capabilities-driven customer solutions, and the world’s largest and most versatile manufacturer of military aircraft. Headquartered in St. Louis, Defense, Space & Security is a $31 billion business with 53,000 employees worldwide.

About the Continuing and Professional Development division

This noncredit division of the College provides training for both current and future employees in the professional and technical job sectors, as well as provides participants with open enrollment course options to enhance their lives. Professional and technical training is available through contract training, open enrollment and grant funding. For more information, call 281-476-1838. 

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 approximately 30,000 credit students. The College offers 186 degrees and certificates, with 46 technical programs and a university transfer division. Students benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success, and job training programs that are 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.

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