PASADENA, Texas — Based on preliminary figures from the Harris County Clerk’s office, voters in the San Jacinto College District have given their approval for the College to move ahead with a $425 million bond measure to fund new construction and renovation projects throughout the District.
The unofficial count of Tuesday’s election saw nearly 68 percent of voters in the College’s taxing district approve the capital improvement bond program, with a vote of 17,247 for the referendum, and 8,300 against. This year’s voter turnout totaled more than five times the number of total votes cast in the 2008 bond election. The votes will become official after the San Jacinto College Board of Trustees canvasses the election on Nov. 16.
“We are extremely grateful to the voters and taxpayers in our district for approving this bond measure,” said Mr. Dan Mims, Chairman of the San Jacinto College Board of Trustees. “These bonds will allow us to move forward in providing state-of-the-art facilities that are the right space for teaching and learning, while updating facilities that are more than 30 years old, and improving our security systems and infrastructure throughout the College. As the higher education leader in the Gulf Coast region, it is imperative that we continue to meet the workforce demand in East Harris County, and help our students complete their certificate or associate degree.”
Proposed projects as part of this bond referendum include state-of-the-art facilities to train students and workers in the petrochemical, energy, engineering, computers, and technology sectors; a new welcome center providing a “one-stop shop” for student support services such as admission, financial aid, and counseling; new culinary and cosmetology facilities; and additional classroom facilities across the district. Nine buildings will be renovated – most of which are more than 30 years old – which will provide updated space for early college high school and dual credit programs, as well as more relevant, efficient, and technically updated instructional space for employees and students. Additionally, the funding will provide for security, access, and safety upgrades throughout all facilities and significant infrastructure upgrades and replacements for systems at the end of their useful life.
“We really appreciate the support of our community,” added Dr. Brenda Hellyer, San Jacinto College Chancellor. “This bond referendum will allow us to continue to be the leader in the region, providing critical training for our industry partners, while preparing students for their next step, whether that is transferring to a four-year college or university, or entering the workforce. I am thankful for the support, which shows that voters in our district agree that San Jacinto College plays a vital role in the economic vitality in East Harris County.”
For more information about proposed projects in the 2015 San Jacinto College bond, visit sanjac.edu/bond.
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.