Update – September 18, 2018

on September 18, 2018 in Weekly Update

Good Morning San Jacinto College Community,

Today (September 18th) is an important date in history for San Jacinto College.  At 8:30 a.m. on September 18, 1961, San Jacinto College opened its doors in an old store front in downtown Pasadena to register its first students.  History has it that the lines formed on the sidewalks of downtown Pasadena long before the doors opened, and that registration continued until 10:00 p.m. that evening.  The tally at the end of the registration period on that first day was that more than 700 students had enrolled.  By the end of the week, enrollment reached 876 students. With this, San Jacinto College set a record for first year enrollment for Texas junior colleges, and the total was the second largest first year enrollment for all Texas colleges. 

Here we are 57 years later, and this fall 2018 semester, San Jacinto College has welcomed 32,444 students (unduplicated) to our Central, North, South, and Maritime campuses!  What a story San Jacinto College has had over these 57 years and what an impact each of you has had on our students and community!  Hope you take a moment today to celebrate San Jacinto College! 

Talking about celebrations, this month is Hispanic Heritage Month and there are a variety of activities and festivities planned at each campus.  I hope you take a few moments to check out the events and watch for emails from the Campus Services Departments about activities at each location.

Generation Park campus moves forward. As many of you are aware, in May 2015, San Jacinto College bought approximately 57 acres of land at Beltway 8 and West Lake Houston Parkway which is at the northernmost edge of the College’s taxing district.  This land parcel is located in Sheldon Independent School District and is part of a business and industrial development known as Generation Park, a master-planned commercial development encompassing various industries along with apartments and retail facilities. Since purchasing the land, several studies have been conducted regarding future development based on the population and tax base growth. The population around Generation Park is growing at approximately twice the rate of the rest of the College district, and there is significant growth in the tax base planned.

At its last meeting, the Board of Trustees authorized college personnel to plan, develop, and construct a new facility and infrastructure at the property owned in Generation Park. Preliminary site planning has been completed for the entire acreage, and Phase 1 is expected to include a 50,000 square foot facility to accommodate general education and other academic classes along with necessary infrastructure, parking, and other amenities. Subsequent buildout on the land at Generation Park will move forward in the future as demand dictates. 

While there is much work to be done, we are moving forward with a goal to open a new facility at Generation Park in approximately two years.  You will receive additional updates as the planning continues.

As I mentioned above, we have welcomed 32,444 students to our campuses this fall.  Many of these students are first time in college, first generation to college, working parents, returning students who have stopped out, and the list goes on.  We know that it takes the commitment of each person at San Jacinto College to achieve our student success agenda.  I thank each of you for your support of and commitment to our students and our work.   Look how far we have grown since that opening day on September 18 ,1961! 

Best,
BH

 

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