PASADENA, Texas — On Friday, Nov. 12, Dr. Brenda Hellyer, San Jacinto College Chancellor, delivered the State of the College to elected officials, Board of Trustees, community members, and faculty and staff both virtually and in person. The presentation addressed the journey that led San Jac to where it is today and the roadmap created for the College’s future.
The Chancellor highlighted many of the accomplishments San Jacinto College has achieved in the past year, including:
- Dispersing $32 million to students from the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund, allowing students to continue their education goals despite any hardships from COVID-19.
- Distributing 312,000 pounds of food items through the food market to students, faculty, and staff during the pandemic.
- Erasing $2 million in student debt so students could continue with their coursework despite the hardships of COVID-19.
- Hosting grand openings for five new buildings as a part of the 2015 bond project, including San Jac’s newest campus, Generation Park.
- Opening the EDGE Center at the hub of the Houston Spaceport.
- Founding the 21Forward scholarship as a part of the $30 million MacKenzie Scott and Dan Jewett donation.
- Designating the Maritime Technology and Training Center as a Center of Excellence for domestic maritime workforce training and education by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration
Projects that the Chancellor mentioned in the near future include:
- Expanding the Promise @ San Jac scholarship to all in-district high school seniors by establishing an endowment with funds from the Scott and Jewett donation.
- Opening the classroom building on Central Campus in 2022, the largest academic building in the United States to be constructed from mass timber.
- Continuing the work on Generation Park to expand the campus offerings.
The address ended with the Chancellor thanking supporters for their assistance in making the educational goals a reality for students at San Jacinto College.
“We have made and will continue to make an impact in our community, and we couldn’t do it without the support of each of you, the support of each of our taxpayers, and our community at large,” Dr. Hellyer said.
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 five 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 spans five campuses serving 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.