San Jacinto College will offer courses for an Engineering Design Graphics Certificate of Technology - Mechanical Specialty award to unemployed or underemployed individuals via the U.S. Department of Labor H-1B Gulf Coast Ready to Work Grant.

The grant, awarded to the College in 2014, focuses on individuals who have been unemployed or underemployed for longer than 27 weeks, and provides tuition money to students pursuing associate degrees, college certificates, and industry-recognized certifications for high-demand careers. The grant also will allow the College to work with industry partners to offer students paid internships. The grant will be ongoing for the next four years and allows funding for in-district fees and books.

The Engineering Design Graphics Certificate of Technology - Mechanical Specialty award was chosen to provide students with the most versatile drafting entry-level job skills. The certificate can be completed in just eight courses. Classes are held at different times during the day, night, and weekend in the engineering design graphics program on the San Jacinto College South Campus. This certificate teaches students about mechanical drafting and the popular software used to help create machine parts.

The Engineering Design Graphics Certificate of Technology - Mechanical Specialty starts with the very basic technical drafting skills taught using manual drafting tools such as triangles and scales. The courses proceed through 3D computer aided software such as Solidworks, Creo and AutoCAD. The Fall 2015 semester deadline to apply is Aug. 17. Classes begin Aug. 24.


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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