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Weekly Update – May 23, 2010

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Hello San Jacinto College Community –

It is funny how so many of my weeks take on an interesting theme that I really wasn’t expecting. Take, for example, this week, I started out reading a report from the SJC Veterans’ Services Task Force. This group studied the college’s efforts in supporting veterans and active military service members and what should be done in order to prepare us for anticipated increases in this student population. For 2009-2010, San Jacinto College served 1,008 individuals who accessed veterans’ benefits. According to the task force’s research, currently Harris County has 33,651 military members deployed, and 8,089 Harris county veterans of Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom have already checked in with the Veterans Administration. This number of veterans is anticipated to increase as the drawdown of troops materializes. Additionally, from a historical perspective, a larger portion (43%) of military undergraduates (veterans and active duty military) attends public two-year institutions compared to those who attend public four-year universities (21%).  I was impressed with the quality of research conducted by the task force; the innovative and low cost solutions that have been implemented; and the recommendations for a two to three year plan to better support the growing number of active service members and veterans who are continuing to return to Harris County and our service area. Read the rest of this entry »

Good morning and here’s to a wonderful and blessed 2010!!

 The first week in the new decade started out busy (just the way 2009 ended) and with a lot of excitement. As I reflect on the happenings of the week, they are best described by the term “economic development.” Read the rest of this entry »