San Jacinto College breaks ground on state-of-the-art Cosmetology Center

09.11.2018 | By Melissa Trevizo

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HOUSTON, Texas – San Jacinto College leaders, elected officials and industry partners gathered on Friday, Sept. 7, 2018 to break ground on a state-of-the-art Cosmetology Center, which will enable the College to meet the rising demand for workforce training.

The 39,300-square-feet facility was made possible by the 2015 bond referendum and will be located on the San Jacinto College South Campus.

 “We appreciate the support of our community in approving the bond to help us add and update our facilities to meet the needs of our industry,” said Dr. Brenda Hellyer, San Jacinto College Chancellor. “We are excited about this new facility and what it means for the future of San Jacinto College and our students.”

The $15.8 million center will feature updated classroom space and modern labs to enhance the training for those interested in a cosmetology career. The center will also house a full-service salon and spa where students and the community can get services such as haircuts and color, manicures and pedicures, massages and facials.

Senator Ted Cruz sent a letter of congratulations to the College in recognition of the groundbreaking event that read in part, “It is a pleasure to congratulate San Jacinto College on the groundbreaking of the new South Campus Cosmetology Center. I join the students, leadership, faculty and staff in celebrating the remarkable difference this new building will make for students who are ready to find their path and launch a career in cosmetology. The fusion of academic rigor with hands-on experience has transformed lives and given Texans the opportunity to quickly discern and pursue their path in life.”

Rachel Gower, chair of the cosmetology advisory committee and CEO of the Upper Hand Salons of Houston shared her excitement for the new building and what it means for the industry.

“One thing that a lot of people in the industry don’t think about on a day-to-day basis is that our success begins here,” Gower said. “The nurturing of talent, the building of foundations and future successes, help us become successful out in the industry.”

The center is slated to be completed in the spring of 2020. For more information about cosmetology programs at San Jacinto College, 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 served the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, since 1961. The College is fiscally sound, holding bond ratings of AA and Aa2 by Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s. San Jacinto College is a 2019 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence Top 10 institution, a 2017 Aspen Prize Rising Star Award recipient and an Achieving the Dream Leader College. The College serves approximately 45,000 credit and non-credit students annually, and offers eight areas of study that puts 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.

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