Update – April 20, 2016

on April 20, 2016 in Weekly Update

Good Afternoon San Jacinto College Community,

I am happy to announce the following organizational and personnel changes.

Last month, we held the official opening of the San Jacinto College Maritime Technology and Training Center. Opening that campus has been the product of the work of many people. At the top of the list of those who have been instrumental in the successful launch of the Maritime Campus is Dr. Sarah Janes. Dr. Janes has developed productive relationships with maritime companies and leaders in the Port Houston region and across the country. She launched the program in a temporary facility on Highway 225 and initiated our United States Coast Guard training programs, including the only maritime technology associate degree program in the State of Texas. Although San Jacinto College has the youngest maritime program, we are actually the benchmark throughout the country.  This is due to the diligent work of Dr. Janes and her team. I want to thank Dr. Janes for delivering to the college a world-class maritime program.

I also want to recognize and thank Rear Admiral Bill Pickavance, who has been our star technical advisor as we designed the facility. RADM Pickavance has worked side-by-side with our architects, engineers, program managers, and construction contractors to design and build a first class facility that meets the requirements of our maritime industry partners.  To this regard, on April 14, 2016, the Maritime Technology and Training Center was awarded the Houston Business Journal’s Landmark Award.  Additionally, RADM Pickavance has shepherded the legal and business details with G&H Towing who will be building a shift change dock, which San Jacinto College will utilize for training purposes. He has helped us garner federal support for the program, and he has helped us build and strengthen critical relationships locally and across the country as well.

RADM Pickavance will continue as a consultant for the College, working with Teri Crawford, Vice Chancellor of Marketing, Public Relations, and Governmental Affairs. He will continue to work on the Center of Excellence designation that the College is pursuing with Congress at the Federal level.  He will also be assisting in other efforts that position the Maritime program as a top choice for federal programs, funding opportunities, and partnerships.

Dr. Janes will now become the Associate Vice Chancellor for Continuing and Professional Development (AVC – CPD) and will continue to report to Dr. Allatia Harris, Vice Chancellor of Strategic Initiatives.  The AVC for CPD will focus on building and expanding the current CPD department into a Corporate College model with an emphasis on corporate and incumbent training and growing strategic partnerships with business and industry in our region.  The CPD department will increase the College’s ability to provide business solutions through assessment and to leverage regional training needs with grant opportunities. Additionally, the AVC – CPD will lead our entrepreneurial efforts with the Global Corporate College, of which San Jacinto College has been a partner since September 2015.

We are preparing for the next stage of growth and development for Maritime at San Jacinto College. We will soon advertise the position of Associate Vice Chancellor/Superintendent of Maritime at San Jacinto College (AVC/Superintendent). We are seeking a nationally recognized maritime leader who will grow the San Jacinto College Maritime programs in numbers, standing, and diverse offerings.  Since we are situated in our new facility, we are positioned to expand our customer base of working mariners across the Gulf Coast region and the United States. Additionally, we will focus on growing our credit program significantly over the next three years. This new position will report to Dr. Allatia Harris, Vice Chancellor of Strategic Initiatives. Until the AVC/Superintendent is hired, Dr. Janes and RADM Pickavance will continue in their roles with the Maritime Technology and Training Center. Once the AVC/Superintendent is hired, Dr. Janes and RADM Pickavance will work with the new person on transition, including meeting with industry partners.

Additionally, we have made three other appointments to manage the growing enrollment at the Maritime Technology and Training Center.  All three of these employees served as faculty members in the Maritime Program and have been involved with the development of the curriculum and industry contacts. They have also worked with the industry partners and they bring a tremendous amount of maritime expertise in the classroom and on the water.

Amy Arrowood is serving as Director of Maritime Credit Programs.  She oversees all aspects of the credit program, which awards the Associate of Applied Science in Maritime Transportation.

Bryan Elliott is serving as Director of Maritime Commercial Programs. He oversees the commercial course offerings that meet industry needs and United States Coast Guard (USCG) requirements.

Dr. John Sitka is serving as Director of Maritime Credentialing.  He oversees writing and maintaining curriculum that meets and exceeds USCG regulations and ensures compliance with the USCG filing requirements.

We are positioning San Jacinto College as a leader in maritime training and corporate and community training. We are making these changes in order to be prepared for the growth of Maritime and to seize opportunities presented by our regional economy. These efforts are designed to further the College’s five strategic goals (Student Success, P-16 Pipeline, Workforce and Economic Development, Our People, and Continuous Improvement).

This reorganization is currently being implemented.

Thank you!

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