PASADENA, Texas - San Jacinto College celebrated innovative technology and bright, open spaces for hands-on learning with the recent grand openings of its Cosmetology Center and Engineering and Technology Center at the South Campus.
Although opened to students in 2020, both facilities had their grand opening events postponed because of COVID-19 restrictions.
The College celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, and these new learning spaces show its commitment to provide the latest tools and technology to prepare students for the workforce or for transfer to four-year institutions.
“San Jacinto College is teaching different students today than we did when we first opened our doors in 1961,” Chancellor Dr. Brenda Hellyer said. “That is why we continually look at how we can better serve them where they are as today’s modern students. New facilities such as the Cosmetology Center and Engineering and Technology Center allow students to learn through hands-on training, using cutting-edge technology and techniques taught by some of the best industry leaders and educators available.”
On Monday, Sept. 20, elected officials, community members, faculty, and staff attended the grand opening ceremony and ribbon cutting for the Cosmetology Center. Afterward, guests witnessed cosmetology students in action with demonstrations from facials, haircuts, and manicures to makeup artistry. Massage therapy students also offered five-minute chair massages.
At 39,300 square feet, the Cosmetology Center houses eight labs for manicures, pedicures, hair cutting/styling, facials, and makeup. It also features massage therapy labs with an embedded classroom. Demo stations in each lab allow instructors to project live demonstration feed by camera onto lab monitors.
Programs offered include cosmetology instructor, cosmetology operator, cosmetology high school operator dual credit, barber conversion (coming spring 2022), facial specialist/esthetician, nail technician, and massage therapy programs.
The building also features The Salon, a full-retail spa where the public can get pampered while students gain hands-on experience. The Salon currently offers shampoo, blow-dry styles, haircuts, and basic manicures. Expanded services -- including makeup artistry, facials, and pedicures -- will be available in spring 2022.
Services are by appointment only. Haircuts start at $10, styling at $5, and manicures at $10. To schedule a service, call 281-998-6150, ext. 3406.
“We encourage the community to come and take advantage of these affordable prices and to help our students grow in their confidence and offerings by learning in action,” said Mary Lindsay, department chair of consumer and business technology services.
Engineering and Technology Center
On Wednesday, Sept. 22, the College celebrated the grand opening ceremony and ribbon cutting for the Engineering and Technology Center, with elected officials, community members, faculty, and staff attending.
The event culminated in a tour of the building’s labs, including X-ray/CAT scan and CADD, and an interactive virtual reality demonstration.
The 74,000-square-foot Engineering and Technology Center houses engineering, math, computer science/information technology, engineering design graphics, and biomedical equipment repair technology programs. Collaboration and state-of-the-art facility design are the focus -- from three-sided whiteboards for student engagement to SageGlass with on-demand tinting and solar tubes for energy efficiency.
An innovation area, the Thinkerspace, provides virtual and augmented reality capabilities for teams to design and test ideas before creating prototypes. The Makerspace, the building’s centerpiece, allows students to transform ideas into real solutions through 3D printing, a metal shop, a wood shop, and a welding area.
“The Makerspace includes a 3D print shop where we were able to help health care leaders in our community when the COVID-19 pandemic began by 3D-printing several hundred brackets for face shields,” said Kevin Morris, South Campus dean of business and technology.
Both the Cosmetology Center and Engineering and Technology Center stemmed from the College’s 2015 $425 million bond referendum.
“I want to thank our community members and the residents in our district for supporting us and approving the bond so we can add new buildings and update older facilities to meet the needs of our industry partners, our community, and our students,” Dr. Aaron Knight, South Campus provost, said.
For more information and updates about the College’s newest construction projects, visit www.sanjac.edu/bond.
About San Jacinto College
Surrounded by monuments of history, evolving industries, maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has served the people of East Harris County, Texas, since 1961. San Jacinto College is among the top 10 community colleges in the nation as designated by the Aspen Institute for Community College Excellence, and was named an Achieving the Dream Leader College of Distinction in 2020. The College serves approximately 45,000 credit and non-credit students annually, and offers more than 200 degrees and certificates across eight major areas of study that put students on a path to transfer to four-year institutions or enter the workforce. San Jacinto College’s impact on the region totals $1.3 billion in added income, which supports 13,044 jobs. The College is fiscally sound, holding bond ratings of AA and Aa2 by Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s.
Front Row (l to r): Dylan Menard and Christine DiCosimo, office of State Rep. Briscoe Cain; David Ellis, cosmetology alumnus; Marie Flickinger, chair, San Jacinto College Board of Trustees; Dr. Laurel Williamson, deputy chancellor and college president, San Jacinto College; Kevin Morris, dean of business and technology, South Campus; Dr. Brenda Jones, former provost, South Campus; Dr. Brenda Hellyer, Chancellor, San Jacinto College; Sandra Ramirez, vice chancellor, human resources/organizational talent, San Jacinto College; Dr. Aaron Knight, provost, South Campus; and Sara Montelongo-Oyervidez, office of State Sen. Carol Alvarado.
Back Row (l to r): Dean Barnes, San Jacinto College Foundation Board of Directors; Dr. Alexander Okwonna, provost, North Campus; Van A. Wigginton, provost, Central Campus; Teri Crawford, vice chancellor, external relations, and executive director, San Jacinto College Foundation; Rob Stanicic, chief technology innovations, San Jacinto College; and Ken Unfried, San Jacinto College Foundation Board of Directors.
Chancellor Dr. Brenda Hellyer addresses guests at the Cosmetology Center grand opening Sept. 20.
South Campus Provost Dr. Aaron Knight speaks at the Cosmetology Center grand opening Sept. 20.
South Campus cosmetology faculty strike a pose in The Salon during the facility tour.
A cosmetology student demonstrates her hair styling skills during the facility tour.
Front Row (l to r): Dr. Brenda Jones, former provost, South Campus; Marie Flickinger, chair, San Jacinto College Board of Trustees; Dylan Menard, office of State Rep. Briscoe Cain; Dr. Brenda Hellyer, Chancellor, San Jacinto College; Kevin Morris, dean of business and technology, South Campus; Dr. Aaron Knight, provost, South Campus; and Christine DiCosimo, office of State Rep. Briscoe Cain.
Second Row: Sandra Ramirez, vice chancellor, human resources/organizational talent, San Jacinto College.
Third Row (l to r): Dean Barnes, San Jacinto College Foundation Board of Directors, and James Kantara, MSOC manager, KBR.
Fourth Row (l to r): Dr. Allatia Harris, vice chancellor, strategic initiatives, workforce development, community relations, and diversity, San Jacinto College; Van A. Wigginton, provost, Central Campus; and Dan Mims, member, San Jacinto College Board of Trustees.
Fifth Row (l to r): Rob Stanicic, chief technology innovations, San Jacinto College; Teri Crawford, vice chancellor, external relations, and executive director, San Jacinto College Foundation; and Dr. Alexander Okwonna, provost, North Campus.
Chancellor Dr. Brenda Hellyer welcomes guests at the South Campus Engineering and Technology Center grand opening Sept. 22.
Longtime engineering program supporter and former adjunct faculty member James Kantara, KBR, shares his family's history with San Jacinto College.
L to R: Van A. Wigginton, provost, Central Campus; Dr. Aaron Knight, provost, South Campus; Dan Mims, member, San Jacinto College Board of Trustees; and Dr. Alexander Okwonna, provost, North Campus.
South Campus Engineering and Technology Center grand opening guests participate in a virtual reality demonstration.