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Higher Education
San Jacinto College adds to new construction projects at Central and South Campuses
News Release
Friday, October 26, 2018

HOUSTON – San Jacinto College recently broke ground on two additional buildings that will provide students with state-of-the-art learning environments and a central location for student services.

Funded by the College’s 2015 bond referendum of $425 million, the Central, North and South Campuses are undergoing new construction and renovations to existing facilities.

The San Jacinto College Central Campus recently hosted its groundbreaking ceremony for the upcoming Welcome Center building. The new 43,000 square-foot building will serve as a central hub for student services including educational planning, financial aid, enrollment services, business office, testing, orientation and campus tours, veteran services and career services. The building will also have a new computer lab and multi-purpose room to serve as a space for workshops, trainings, campus events, orientations and presentations. The College’s North and South Campuses currently have Welcome Centers, built in 2011 and 2012 respectively, as part of the College’s 2008 bond referendum. The Central Campus Welcome Center is expected to open spring 2020.

“This new Welcome Center will be a one-stop-shop for our students to get all of the assistance they need to enroll and stay enrolled at San Jacinto College,” said Van Wigginton, San Jacinto College Central Campus provost. “We are focused on removing barriers to student success, and this centralized location for student services is just one of the ways we are ensuring that students have access to all of the essential enrollment and financial services they need in order to succeed in completing their associate degree or technical certificate.”

The San Jacinto College South Campus also had a ground-breaking ceremony to mark the construction of its new 74,000 square-foot Engineering and Technology Center. Expected to open spring 2020, the Center will house the engineering, engineering design graphics, biomedical equipment repair technician and computer information technology programs. The building will also feature computer labs with industry-standard software along with a MakerSpace featuring a 3D print shop, metal shop, and a wood shop to allow students to build their designs.

“San Jacinto College is dedicated to providing our students the training and skillsets that our industry partners require for their incoming employees,” said Dr. Brenda Jones, San Jacinto College South Campus provost. “Our industry partners and advisory committees provide our faculty with tremendous insight on the skills and technology advancements that our students need to be proficient in, allowing the College to continue its mission of enriching the quality of the lives in the communities we serve.”     

According to the Texas Workforce Commission, the need for engineers in all disciplines along the Texas Gulf Coast is expected to increase through 2024, and the demand for qualified engineers in the Houston region remains high. The Greater Houston Partnership says that among metro areas with at least 15,000 engineers, Houston has the fifth highest concentration of engineers in the United States. Overall, the Houston metro area has the third largest number of engineers in the country.

For more information on the construction status and future construction projects at San Jacinto College, visit sanjac.edu/2015-bond-updates.


PHOTO CUTLINE: The San Jacinto College Central Campus breaks ground on its new Welcome Center. Pictured left to right: John Peter, San Jacinto College Foundation board member; Jeff Wolverton, District Director, State Rep. Mary Ann Perez, TX House District 144; Teri Zamora, San Jacinto College vice chancellor of fiscal affairs; Ken Unfried, San Jacinto College Foundation board member; Van Wigginton, San Jacinto College Central Campus provost; Jeff Wagner, Mauyor, City of Pasadena; Dr. Brenda Hellyer, San Jacinto College Chancellor; Dr. Bill Raffetto, San Jacinto College North Campus provost; Keith Sinor, San Jacinto College Board of Trustees Secretary; Dan Mims, San Jacinto College Board of Trustees Vice Chair; Dr. Ruede Wheeler, San Jacinto College Board of Tustees member; Teri Crawford, San Jacinto College vice chancellor for marketing, public relations and government affairs; Joanna Zimmermann, San Jacinto College associate vice chancellor for student services; and Ruth Keenan, San Jacinto College Foundation executive director of advancement. Photo credit: Andrea Vasquez, San Jacinto College marketing, public relations, and government affairs department.

PHOTO CUTLINE: The San Jacinto College South Campus breaks ground on its new Engineering and Technology Center. Pictured left to right: Mr. Jon Garcia, representing US Congressman Gene Green; The Honorable Mary Ann Perez, TX House District 144; Mr. James Kantara; Mr. Kevin Morris, Dean, South Campus Business and Technology; The Honorable Larry Taylor, TX Senate District 11; Dr. Ruede Wheeler, San Jacinto College Board of Trustees; Dr. Brenda Jones, South Campus Provost; Dr. Brenda Hellyer, Chancellor; Mrs. Marie Flickinger, Chair, San Jacinto College Board of Trustees; Mr. Dan Mims, Vice Chair, San Jacinto College Board of Trustees; Mrs. Erica Davis Rouse, Assistant Secretary, San Jacinto College Board of Trustees; Mr. Larry Wilson, San Jacinto College Board of Trustees; Phil Sandlin, Constable, Harris County Pct. 8; Tammie Nielsen, representing Harris County Pct. 2 Commissioner Jack Morman; The Honorable Dennis Paul, TX House District 129; The Honorable Jo Ann Delgado, Justice of the Peace, Precinct 2, Place 1 of Harris County; The Honorable Ed Thompson, TX District 29; Mr. Jay Guerrero, representing US Senator John Cornyn; Mr. Jason Fuller, representing US Senator Ted Cruz. Photo credit: Andrea Vasquez, San Jacinto College Marketing, Public Relations and Government Affairs. Photo credit: Andrea Vasquez, San Jacinto College marketing, public relations, and government affairs department.


 




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