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  • wpadmin 9:05 am on August 25, 2017 Permalink | Reply  


    Our deepest sympathies go to Rob Stanicic on the recent passing of his mother, Katarina Stanicic.

    Katarina was born on August 4, 1932;  she passed away peacefully on Monday, August 21, 2017.

    Katarina was the beloved wife of Vladimir, much loved mother of Robert and Elza, dearly beloved aunt of John and Ann-Marie, and loving Oma of Ryan, Zane, Isabella, Taylor and Jake.

    Services will be held at Albany Creek Memorial Garden Chapel, 400 Albany Creek Road, Bridgeman Downs (Australia) on Friday, August 25, 2017.

    Rob is the Chief Information Officer for the College.


  • melissa.trevizo 10:54 am on August 21, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Parks named chair of statewide Workforce Education Course Manual advisory committee 

    San Jacinto College Central Campus dean of business and technology Jeff Parks has been appointed as chairman of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) Workforce Education Course Manual (WECM) advisory committee for a two-year term.

    “I was honored to be asked to chair this committee,” Parks said. “I hope I can keep moving WECM forward and I look for this to be a very transitional time for the program. I believe very strongly in technical education and I’m excited to hold this seat for two years.”

    WECM was founded in 1995 to standardized the number of contact hours and the curriculum across workforce education in the State of Texas. Fully operational since 1998, WECM is a web-based database of current workforce education courses available for use by public two-year colleges. It provides community and technical colleges with an inventory of pre-approved courses developed in close partnership with instructional specialists representing a wide variety of technical fields.

    The program was originally developed under a Perkins Leadership Grant through the U.S. Department of Education and monitored by a leadership committee consisting of a diverse population of representatives across the State of Texas from two year institutions.

    This year marks an important change to the program mandated by HB 2628 from the 84th Texas Legislature which changes WECM from a Perkins Grant funded program to one managed by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) and monitored by a standing 18-member committee led by Parks and vice chair Joyce Williams from the Dallas County Community College District.

    “What we are looking at now is the existing process for protocols, guidelines and operations and deciding what is working and what needs improvement,” Parks said. “This program has been in place for a long time and it’s working well. I want to make sure we continue to operate well and continue to work as a field driven practice with instructors at the forefront of education being an integral part of the process.”

    WECM operates on a four-year review cycle, typically reviewing up to 1,000 workforce education courses in a year. The courses are reviewed by instructional specialists from community and technical colleges from across the State of Texas and approved by WECM leadership for submission to the THECB.

  • amanda.fenwick 2:31 pm on August 18, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Tips to safely view the solar eclipse 

    Courtesy of the City of Houston Office of Emergency Management


    On Monday, August 21, people across the country will be able to see a partial or total solar eclipse.  In Houston, we can expect to see a partial eclipse between about noon and 3 p.m.

    Be aware of these safety tips as you make your eclipse plans:

    • Eclipse Glasses – Staring directly at the sun can be dangerous to your eyes. The American Astronomical Society (AAS) recommends that you use specialized solar eclipse glasses and devices from reputable dealers to view it.
    • Traffic and Driver Safety – While the eclipse will be exciting, TxDOT is reminding residents that it is not only dangerous, but illegal to stop on the side of highways to view it.  If you plan to view the eclipse, pull completely off the roadway, into a parking lot or park, and use the proper safety equipment.

    The City of Houston has assembled tips and links from NASA, AAS and other agencies and has made them available at houstonemergency.org/eclipse2017.


  • wpadmin 9:52 am on August 17, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Helpful Hints by your Accounts Payable Department 

    Here are some Helpful Hints by your Accounts Payable Department.  Please don’t hesitate to contact AP with any questions you may have
    X6300, X6344, X6153.

    Due to Campus Registration your Accounts Payable Department will be short staffed while out assisting, August 16-18, 2017

    Payment Process Dates are as follows for the year end:

    August 15, 2017

    August 24, 2017

    August 31, 2017      FINAL Fiscal Year 16-17


    Regular Purchase Orders: You will NOT receive a copy of the invoice.  We will send you a Receiver Notification only to complete the receiver once items/services have been received.

    Standing Purchase Orders: You will receive a copy of invoice, assign a PO, approve and return (all electronically) for payment process.


    Submit all invoices/statements for payment to accounts.payable@sjcd.edu

    Direct Pays are submitted to the DL-Direct Pay email address


    Please remember that San Jacinto College/Accounts Payable is NET 30 days unless otherwise noted on the invoice.

  • wpadmin 12:41 pm on August 16, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    CPD brings the WOW! of STEM to Bright Futures Fair 

    Submitted by the Continuing and Professional Development (CPD) division

    What makes for an ideal fun-filled summer day? For most kids, it’s playing kickball, hopscotch, Hula Hoop, jump rope, basketball, and learning about Newton’s Laws of Motion.

    Physics? Yes!

    The Continuing and Professional Development (CPD) division was proud to represent San Jacinto College at the 30th annual Harris County Precinct One Street Olympics and Bright Futures fair held on Aug. 4, at NRG Arena. The event was attended by more than 2,000 children ages 5 – 15. CPD presented three tables filled with engaging Mind Trekkers STEM activity stations. Among the interactive game-based experiments:

    · Future civil engineers tried their hand at solving Houston traffic congestion by designing a bridge that could bear a max capacity load of cars (pink erasers)!

    · Future computer scientists began their journey to increase CPU processing speeds by participating in a logic challenge to solve the Tower of Hanoi puzzle.

    · Future astronauts launched their careers by receiving early instruction on how to build their own underwater robot model using empty water bottles and a battery-powered toothbrush.

    · Future physicists were amazed to learn how color wavelength absorption can “trick” our eyes into seeing colors through the use of rose-colored lenses.

    In 1987, Commissioner El Franco Lee created the Harris County Precinct One Street Olympics Program.

    Today, Commissioner Rodney Ellis continues the tradition. Throughout the summer, kids participate in physical recreational activities in their community.

    In August, the groups from across the precinct gather for an Olympics-style competition to find the best athletes in each of the street games (hoops, hula, foot races, jump rope, etc.). Afterwards, kids move to the Brighter Futures Fair. This fair is an educational opportunity for youth to learn about health, safety and careers.

    CPD was delighted to partner and support the program by bringing the WOW! of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to life for these youngsters, as they had fun while thinking about their future careers. A big thank you to the CPD employees that contributed to make this a fantastic experience: Linda Matlock, Madison Funderburg, Laura Martinez, Shaun Stacey, Gloria Wynne, Abijah Kratochvil, Director of Education & Lifelong Learning, Dr. Janis Fowler, Aerospace Academy Director, Dr. Janice Sullivan, Dean of Community Education, and Dr. Sarah Janes, Associate Vice Chancellor CPD.


  • wpadmin 9:24 am on August 11, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    THANK YOU from San Jacinto College Police Department! 

    We wanted to send a big THANK YOU to all the San Jacinto College Students, Employees, Family and Friends that attended the Tip-A-Cop event at Texas Roadhouse-Pasadena!

    With your generous donations, San Jacinto College Police Department together with Rice University Police Department raised over $2,300!!

    From the Special Olympics Texas Facebook page: “Last Thursday’s statewide ‘Tip A Cop Night’ at Texas Roadhouse generated $181,616 for Special Olympics Texas, marking a new record for the annual fundraiser which was put on by police officers and members of nearly 100 law enforcement agencies, across 53 Texas Roadhouse locations in the Lone Star State. The reported total is expected to slightly increase, as individual locations continue to count funds and donations are still being received. The various groups involved in this event are members of the Law Enforcement Torch Run (LETR), SOTX’s largest grassroots fundraiser and public awareness vehicle. In 2016, the group collected $170,000 during the single-night statewide fundraiser. So, if you waited tables, ate supper or just helped spread the word, we appreciate you!”

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