PASADENA, Texas – Approximately 140 people attended the recent College Preparatory 2015 Student Leadership Reception at San Jacinto College to honor students for their achievements within the college preparatory department.

The evening’s theme was Hollywood Oscars, during which the red carpet was rolled out for students and their families. Jerry Woodfill, Apollo 13 Spacecraft Warning System Engineer, served as keynote speaker. Woodfill presented "Failure is Not an Option: Steps to Success" and spoke of the educational journey that led to him to becoming a part of one of the most historical moments of human spaceflight to date.

Special guests also included Rep. Gilbert Pena (House District 144) and Debra Risinger representing Rep. Dennis Paul (House District 129).

The college preparatory department at San Jacinto College prepares students to succeed in college-level courses by using an integrated and holistic approach, building upon the strengths of the students. Current programs include mathematics, Acceleration in Mathematics, Integrated Reading and Writing, the college student success course known as GUST, English for Speakers of Other Languages, Intentional Connections, learning communities, non-course based options, fast track classes, and summer boot camp classes through the Pass program.

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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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