Andrea Vasquez

PASADENA, Texas – Guests at the 2018 San Jacinto College Foundation Pathways Experience are in for a one-of-a-kind “un-gala” event with hands-on, interactive opportunities to explore the College’s degree and certificate pathways. The College’s newest building, the Center for Industrial Technology at the North Campus, will serve as the venue for the May 18 event.

Along with the interactive Pathways displays, guests will enjoy a Punch Wall with various prizes; Vision Balloons to release throughout the evening; student-designed robots to control; a live scholarship auction via video wall displays; and an assortment of fine food at various stations throughout the venue. An exclusive reception and first look at all of the evening’s activities will also be held for all VIP ticket holders prior to the start of the Experience. One of the highlights of the event will be a one-night-only opportunity to experience “Club San Jac” complete with a Nitro Bar and musical entertainment to dance the night away provided by the acclaimed Houston party band, Doppelganger. Attire is black tie optional with an overall style of “cowboy chic.” All proceeds from the Pathways Experience event will benefit San Jacinto College student scholarships and programs.

“We want everyone to come see and experience firsthand what is happening at San Jacinto College,” said Ruth Keenan, San Jacinto College Foundation executive director for advancement and newly appointed member of the National Association of Nonprofit Organizations and Executives (NANOE) Board of Governors. “Make plans to attend our state-of-the-art Pathways Experience to see why we are ranked as one of the top five community colleges in the country, while supporting our students and faculty.”

The event will also honor the late Dr. B.J. Westbrook as the San Jacinto College Foundation’s Legacy Award recipient, which will be accepted by his daughters. A longtime resident of the North Channel area, Westbrook led a life of service through funding scholarships, equipment purchases and establishing an endowment for San Jacinto College students, ensuring that students have access to a quality, affordable education.

The San Jacinto College Foundation’s Pathways Experience event takes place on Friday, May 18, 2018, from 6:30 to 11 p.m., at the San Jacinto College North Campus Center for Industrial Technology (Building 33) located at 5800 Uvalde Road in Houston. The exclusive VIP reception will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., prior to the start of the event. Current sponsors for the Experience include Abermarle, Lubrizol, Dr. Gerald Cobb and the Community Hospital Foundation, Mr. Steven Cowart, Ruth and Gordie Keenan, Dally & Associates, Inc., Page and the San Jacinto College Strategic Leadership Team. Sponsorship and in-kind donation opportunities, along with couples and VIP packages are available. Individual tickets start at $250. To purchase sponsorships and tickets, visit


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, since 1961. As a fiscally sound institution, the College currently holds bond ratings of AA and Aa2 by Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s, respectively. San Jacinto College is a 2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence Rising Star Award recipient and an Achieving the Dream Leader College. Approximately 45,000 credit and non-credit students each year benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success. The College offers eight areas of study that prepare a diverse body of students to transfer to four-year colleges or universities or enter the workforce with the skills needed to support the growing industries along the Texas Gulf Coast. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.

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