PASADENA, Texas – The Pasadena Chamber of Commerce has selected San Jacinto College as its 2018 Business of the Year. The College was honored at the annual State of the City luncheon on Feb. 15, 2018.

“I am honored to accept the recognition as the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year on behalf of San Jacinto College, our Board of Trustees, our employees and our students,” said Chancellor Dr. Brenda Hellyer. “San Jacinto College has been a part of this community for more than 50 years, and student success has always been the focus of what we do every day. Whatever goals our students have, we have the support to help them along their path so that they can earn their certificate or associate degree. I want to thank the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce and its Board of Directors for recognizing San Jacinto College as its business of the year.”

More than 700 business and community leaders attended the Chamber’s annual State of the City luncheon, where the College was recognized for its support of and commitment to the City of Pasadena. Last year’s Business of the Year recipient, Mariselle Quijano, McDonald’s franchise owner, presented Dr. Hellyer and San Jacinto College Board of Trustees members with the award. In addition, U.S. Congressman Brian Babin, the Texas Senate and House of Representatives, Harris County Precinct 2 Commissioner Jack Morman, and the City of Pasadena presented the College with proclamations and recognitions for the honor.


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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