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  • amanda.fenwick 3:29 pm on December 22, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    2015 Year in Review 

    The year 2015 was truly amazing at San Jacinto College. Some key highlights included a record number of graduates, completion of construction on the new Maritime Training Center, and approval of a $425 million bond measure to fund new facilities and renovations.

    Congratulations to all of the students, faculty, and staff for your many achievements and accomplishments.



  • wpadmin 4:56 pm on December 21, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    San Jacinto College workforce training takes national spotlight! 

    Have you seen San Jacinto College in the news? National Journal recently ran an article about the workforce training the College is providing in maritime, petrochemical, and health care. Click on the image below to read the story!






  • amanda.fenwick 10:54 am on December 21, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Instructor coordinates gingerbread house village project 

    Students were graded for the gingerbread houses they built.

    Students were graded for the gingerbread houses they built.

    Building gingerbread houses, a popular holiday activity, became a means for San Jacinto College pastry arts students to improve culinary skills in a recent class project.

    “During this time of year, pastry chefs all over town create gingerbread houses and villages,” commented San Jacinto College pastry chef instructor Andrea Huerta, who conceived the concept, and coordinated the gingerbread house village class project. “Gingerbread house displays are commonly found in country clubs and hotels and it’s always the pastry chef that creates them. Putting together an entire village is quite an undertaking, and I wanted my students to build a village as a way of getting hands-on work experience.”

    The pastry arts students created their individual houses, which collectively were grouped as a village, entirely from scratch. “They were not permitted to use store-bought kits because kits are more expensive than making everything from scratch,” said Huerta. “That’s what would be expected in the industry, as restaurants are always watching their bottom line.”

    Each student was individually responsible for the entire house-making process, which included making the dough, portioning, rolling, baking, creating a design template, assembly and decoration. The class as a whole collaborated to create the village, which was on public display for a week.

  • andrea.vasquez 10:15 am on December 17, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    South Campus celebrates the holiday season! 

  • wpadmin 4:57 pm on December 16, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Swearing In Ceremony for Interim Chief of Police 

    Congratulations to Interim Chief Bruce Caldwell! He has been a Lieutenant with the San Jacinto College Police Department for almost three years and will now serve as Interim Chief of Police as Chief William Taylor takes another opportunity at the beginning of the year. Please join us in welcoming and congratulating him on his promotion.

  • wpadmin 8:58 am on December 16, 2015 Permalink | Reply  


    Our deepest sympathies go to Cindy Coleman on the recent passing of her father, Wayland Ralph Taylor.

    Wayland Ralph Taylor passed away Tuesday, December 8, 2015 in Houston, Texas at the age of 76.

    Wayland proudly served his country in the United States Air Force for 12 years. He is preceded in death by his parents, William Taylor and Mary (AnaLee) Morton and his 1st wife of 54 years, Ernestine Francway. He is survived by his 2nd wife of almost 3 years, Shirley Taylor; brother, Don Taylor and wife Kay; children, Cindy Lynn Taylor Coleman, Robert Dane Taylor and wife Arlene, Katheryn Gayle Taylor Duncan and husband Michael; grandchildren, William Taylor and wife Katherine, Ana Dobbs and husband Travis, Sean Taylor and Tabitha Lykins, Hayden Duncan, Micheala Duncan and Dawson Duncan; great-grandchildren, Ella Taylor, Brody Pacheco, Isabelle Dobbs, Devin Ripple and Dane Taylor; as well as numerous extended family members and friends.

    A private graveside ceremony with military honors was held at Houston National Cemetery on Tuesday, December 15, 2015.

    In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the ASPCA.

    Cindy is the Administrative Assistant in the Emergency Management department for the District.

  • wpadmin 3:28 pm on December 15, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Adopting a family for the holidays 

    This holiday season, the District Accounts Payables and Budget Control at San Jacinto College adopted three families through AEOP, the Campus Veteran’s and Educational Planning, and Counseling Offices. The families recently attended a lunch at the San Jacinto College District office, where they received gifts that included clothing, supplies for schools, gift cards, and additional necessities for them and their families.



  • wpadmin 3:15 pm on December 15, 2015 Permalink | Reply  


    Our deepest sympathies go to Myrna Valdez on the recent passing of her mother, Elvirita Gonzalez.

    Elvira M. Gonzalez “Elvirita” was born in Linares, Nuevo Leon, Mexico on January 21, 1930 and passed away on Thursday, December 3, 2015.

    Elvirita was a dedicated mother and homemaker. She had an unwavering faith in God and was a prayer warrior who constantly prayed for others. She never stopped learning and at the age of 77, she enrolled in ESOL classes at San Jacinto College North campus.

    Elvirita was predeceased by her loving husband of 44 years, Fernando Gonzalez, son, Fernando (Nando) Gonzalez and three sisters, Maria Luisa Villar, Oralia Torres, and Hortensia Castillo.

    She is survived by her son, Jose Luis Gonzalez and his wife Rosy, daughters; Hilda Gloria Gonzalez Fasci and husband Carlo, Myrna Gonzalez Valdez and husband Felix, four grandchildren; Fernando, Melissa Fernanda, Bertha Idalia, Luis Fernando, and Isaias Fernando and one great-grandson, Angel Oscar.

    A memorial service celebrating her life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 12, 2015 at Fellowship of the Nations Church in Houston, Texas.

    Fellowship of the Nations Church
    13305 Woodforest Blvd
    Houston, Texas 77015

    Myrna is a Professor in the College Preparatory department at North campus.

  • wpadmin 4:57 pm on December 11, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    A daughter’s gift 

    Officers with the San Jacinto College police department report to work every day aware of their roles as first responders to a variety of situations, including that of saving lives. For Officer Shannon Groves, saving another life hit home when her father was diagnosed with end stage renal disease.

    When the family found out that 66-year-old Offie Land had been diagnosed with renal failure in 2014, their treatment options were slim. He went from having surgery to dialysis at home for seven to nine hours each day. He was placed on a donor list for a kidney.

    “We saw how he was deteriorating,” said Groves. “He used to travel to many places, and now he was confined to his home. We asked him if we could check on if we could be donors.”

    Naturally, Land was reluctant for his own children to donate a kidney. However, they persisted and began screening as potential donors. Groves found out that her kidney was a match for her father.

    “It was a bittersweet moment for him because he needed a kidney but he did not want it from his child,” said Groves. On June 17, 2015, both daughter and father went into surgery for the removal of one of her kidneys and for the replacement of his kidney.

    It was a success.

    “He was supposed to be in ICU for three days, but was there for two,” said Groves. Land was released from the hospital on Fathers Day 2015. After small adjustments with his required medication, Land’s body began responding well to his new kidney. Groves said there was never any second guessing about the decision.

    “He gave me life and took care of me so there was no second guessing about doing this,” said Groves. “I trusted in the doctors, and I trusted God. It was easier than I thought.”

    Land is able to pick up where life left off following his diagnosis. Thanks to his daughter, he is now planning for the family’s seventh annual cruise trip.








  • wpadmin 4:08 pm on December 11, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Purchasing tidbits 

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