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  • melissa.trevizo 10:11 am on October 19, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Welcome Ali Shah! 

    We are excited to announce that Ali Shah has joined the Safety, Health, Environment and Risk Management team as the Emergency Manager. Although Ali’s start date was scheduled for Sept. 1, 2017, Hurricane Harvey prompted an earlier arrival.

    Ali comes to us from the North Campus. He began his career with San Jac as an adjunct instructor in the EMT program. He later became a full-time faculty member and in 2016 was promoted to EMT Program Director. Ali was instrumental in creating the Emergency Response Group on the North campus. This was a campus based student success initiative that provides students with real experiences in EMS while serving the needs of the campus community. We are very fortunate to have Ali in his new role.

    If you would like to meet with Ali, he may be contacted at: ali.shah@sjcd.edu. His office is located in A2.204 in the District west administration building . He can also be reached by phone at 281-998-6311.

  • melissa.trevizo 8:47 am on October 17, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    The newest edition of the San Jacinto Times is now online! 


    The newest edition of the San Jacinto Times is live online!

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  • melissa.trevizo 5:01 pm on October 16, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Jim Griffin selected to lead petrochemical training division 

    In his new position, Griffin oversees the curriculum and instruction of the College’s petrochemical-related training programs, as well as the development of the upcoming Center for Petrochemical, Energy, and Technology, set to open in 2019. One of his first goals as associate vice chancellor / senior vice president is to ensure that all petrochemical training program curriculum at the College meets the expectations of hiring managers throughout the region’s chemical plants.

    Griffin said he looks forward to expanding on the partnerships that the College has established with petrochemical companies as the Texas Gulf Coast region experiences tremendous growth with the construction of mega plants.

    “I can honestly say that the partnerships and collaboration between San Jacinto College and the local petrochemical industry are the strongest I’ve ever seen, and I’m excited to be a part of this,” said Griffin, who also serves as chairman of the board for the Economic Alliance Houston Port Region.

    Griffin brings more than 30 years of experience in the petrochemical manufacturing industry to the College. He has experienced the many changes in workforce demands of the petrochemical industry and the increased need for workers with degrees and certificates.

    “The standards are higher now, and that’s a good thing because this is a global business,” said Griffin, who has served as a spokesperson for legislative affairs, workforce and economic growth on behalf of the East Harris County Manufacturers Association (EHCMA). “This is why associate degrees and certificates are even more important in today’s petrochemical industry. The business is a lot more technical and sophisticated than ever before. Degrees help employees grow to become the next supervisors.”

    Griffin began his career in petrochemical manufacturing as an environmental, health and safety engineer in Illinois, following completion of his master’s degree thesis on chlorine handling and application safety. He is the past chairman of the board for EHCMA and has served in a variety of key roles at chemical plants, including corporate director and plant manager. Before joining San Jacinto College, he was vice president of manufacturing for Dianal America, a Mitsubishi Chemical Company. He has also served as manufacturing director and in a variety of leadership positions with PolyOne Corp.

    “Preparing a workforce in one of the world’s largest petrochemical manufacturing regions requires strong partnerships with industry leaders,” said Dr. Brenda Hellyer, Chancellor of San Jacinto College. “Jim Griffin is one of those leaders and brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience gained from a variety of areas within the petrochemical industry. We welcome him to our college and our team as we take the next big step in workforce training with the building of the Center for Petrochemical, Energy, and Technology.”

    Griffin holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial education and a master’s degree in safety and environmental study from the University of Wisconsin-Stout. His family includes wife, Patty Griffin; and their two daughters, recent Texas A&M University graduates Casey and Alex.

  • melissa.trevizo 4:27 pm on October 16, 2017 Permalink | Reply  


    Chet Lewis
    October 17, 1963 – October 11, 2017

    Our deepest sympathies go to the family and friends of Chet Lewis, who passed away unexpectedly on October 11, 2017. He was born on October 17, 1963 in Provo, Utah.

    Chet began his college career at Brigham Young University, but after deciding on his choice of career, accounting and finance, he relocated to Arizona State University, receiving his Bachelor of Science in Accountancy.

    Chet officially began his duties as Vice Chancellor, Fiscal Affairs at San Jacinto College on January 19, 2016. As a member of the Strategic Leadership Team, Chet provided leadership and administrative oversight to the business services of the College including financial accounting and reporting, budgeting, purchasing, auxiliary services, grants management, internal audit, facilities maintenance and construction, risk management, safety, crisis management, business continuity, elections, and police services. Chet was the lead on the College’s $425 million 2015 building program and worked closely with the College’s elected Board of Trustees. While Chet’s position was largely focused on the fiscal side of the College, he was passionate about all aspects of the College with his ultimate interest being focused on how students were impacted and supported. He led and participated in many community and college committees. He encouraged all voices to be heard. He was a friend and supporter to all – students, faculty, staff, administrators, the Board, and the community.

    Chet was recently appointed to the Community and Technical Colleges Formula Advisory Committee by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. He was also appointed to the Dual Credit Taskforce as part of this important committee work. Chet was an active member of the Texas Community College Business Officers Association and served with pride on the Deer Park Rotary Club. He also served as a liaison to the San Jacinto College Foundation Board of Directors, and he was an active donor and supporter of the Foundation’s fundraising efforts. Most recently, he was instrumental in the fundraising efforts for the Emergency Relief Fund established for employees and students after Hurricane Harvey.

    Prior to his time with San Jacinto College, Chet served as the Vice President for Administration and Finance at Texas Southmost College, and Associate Vice President for Business Affairs at The University of Texas at Brownsville. He also worked for a time at Xcel Energy in Denver, CO, and served as the Chief Financial Officer for The City of New Braunfels.

    Chet had a sense of humor and sharp wit that made him memorable to all who met him. He loved music, and had recently learned to play the acoustic guitar. Within a few short years, he had become an accomplished classical guitarist – a testament to his passion and drive. He will be missed by all.

    Chet is survived by his two sons, Justin and Trevor; his mother, Sharron Bowling; his sisters, Shannon Winski and Shanda Horsley; his brother, Richard Lewis; and his beloved cat, Indigo. He was preceded in death by his eldest son, Ryan, and his father, Chester Evert Lewis II.

    A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, October 18, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at Niday Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the San Jacinto College Hurricane Emergency Relief Fund.

    Niday Funeral Home
    6777 Fairmont Parkway
    Pasadena, Texas 77505

  • andrea.vasquez 2:03 pm on October 6, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    Congratulations Matt Lewis, ACCT National Faculty Award Recipient! 

    The Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) has named Matt Lewis as its 2017 William H. Meardy Faculty Member Award recipient.

    Prior to receiving the national faculty award, Lewis was named the ACCT Western Region Faculty award recipient in July. ACCT’s regional and national awards recognize the tremendous contributions made by community colleges and their leaders to meet the needs of their communities. Award categories include: Trustee Leadership Award, Equity Award, Faculty Member Award, Chief Executive Officer Award, and Professional Board Staff Member Award.

    Formerly a math professor at the South Campus, Lewis recently transitioned into his new role as a qualitative research analyst, supporting the College’s ongoing advancement in leveraging data for institutional improvement work. He will also continue his leadership role in implementing the College’s SmartStart program.

    Read more about about Matt’s national ACCT award here.

    Congratulations, Matt!


  • wpadmin 11:11 am on October 4, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Welcome, Larry! 

    Larry Claflin has sailed, equivalently, around the world, been a part of the first U.S. Army vessel to enter the Arctic Circle since WWII, and even owned an ice cream shop. He can now add San Jacinto College to the list!

    Larry joins San Jacinto College as the director of the Commercial Maritime Program. As director, he is responsible for instruction of all of the United States Coast Guard-approved maritime courses and business development at the Maritime Technology and Training center.

    Larry comes to the College by way of nearly 34 years of military service in the Transportation and Maritime Operations arenas. He holds a US Army Unlimited Marine license and extensive experience in Maritime Operations, Planning, and Program Management. Over the course of his military service in the US Army, Larry deployed twice in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, and once in support of Operation Noble Eagle. His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, five Meritorious Service Medals, Army Meritorious Unit Citation, three Army Commendation Medals, US Coast Guard Meritorious Unit Commendation ribbon, and nine US Army Sea Service Ribbon Awards.


  • amanda.fenwick 9:44 am on October 2, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    Expect traffic congestion around Central Campus 

    Please be aware that FEMA has set up a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) at the Pasadena Convention Center, located directly across Fairmont Parkway from the San Jacinto College Central Campus. Traffic in the area directly around the Central Campus is heavy as those affected by Hurricane Harvey are seeking assistance from FEMA and the DRC. Access to the campus from eastbound Fairmont Parkway may be limited and you should plan for an alternate route to avoid delays.


    If your travel plans take you to the San Jacinto College Central Campus, please allow extra time to navigate the traffic congestion in the area.


    For hours of operation of the Pasadena Convention Center DRC, visit the FEMA website.

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