This has been another outstanding year for San Jacinto College, and what a wonderful way to cap off a remarkable decade. Over the past 10 years—and this year in particular—change has truly been the constant. I am honored and humbled to serve as Chancellor at this great institution, where I see firsthand how our faculty and staff have worked tirelessly, striving for excellence in every aspect of our students’ educational experience. We’ve seen a 14 percent increase in enrollment and a 106 percent increase in credentials awarded over the past 10 years, and while we are succeeding in making higher education more affordable and accessible than ever for our students, we know our work is never done.
This year has been particularly evolutionary for our College footprint, as we continue to grow to better meet the needs of our expanding student population. We broke ground on our fifth campus in northeast Houston’s Generation Park, which will open fall 2020, offering general studies courses for students transferring to universities. Our state-of-the-art LyondellBasell Center for Petrochemical, Energy, & Technology opened this fall on the Central Campus—in a true collaboration with industry—enhancing our ability to serve as a leader in the region’s workforce development. We also launched The EDGE Center at the Houston Spaceport, offering aerospace training programs for students and customized training for spaceport partners. The College has opened 16 new facilities over the past decade, with four more coming spring 2020, and we could not be more excited for our students, faculty, and staff to enjoy all of our modern learning facilities equipped with the latest technology and designed for the best educational experiences possible.
Construction has not been our only significant transformation this year; we have also focused on implementing institutional changes to serve our students more effectively throughout their educational journey. The College’s new simplified tuition model eliminated registration fees and introduced streamlined rates, making it easier than ever for students to budget for college. Additionally, our new online course catalog and redesigned SanJac.edu website enhanced the user experience and increased our ability to communicate with both current and prospective students.
The biggest thrill of the year, however, has been witnessing the success stories of our students, faculty, and staff. From students interning at the world-renowned CERN Institute in Switzerland, to our process technology team winning its third consecutive national title, to the maritime program receiving the prestigious Bellwether Award, the honors are endless for San Jacinto College students, faculty, and staff, not to mention the accomplishment of all our graduates as they walk across the stage at commencement! Over the past decade, San Jac has awarded 58,713 degrees and certificates to graduates, and watching their smiling faces as they realize their dreams will always fill my heart with joy. We are so proud of them!
I am also proud of the College’s mission and commitment to success being recognized with The Aspen Institute’s 2019 Prize for Community College Excellence, which again names San Jacinto College among the Top 10 Community Colleges in the nation out of more than 1,100 community colleges nationwide. What an honor for our College!
I know you will enjoy reading more about the success stories of our students, faculty, and staff in this year’s Report to the Community. I am reminded every year of the tremendous support we receive, and for that I say thank you. I know we are making a difference in the lives of students, and your continued support is forever appreciated.
Brenda Hellyer, Ed.D.
Chancellor, San Jacinto College