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  • amanda.fenwick 3:13 pm on January 14, 2015 Permalink | Reply
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    Take a learning break 

    There will be several learning and professional development opportunities for San Jacinto College employees during February. Online registration is available through the Spark Learning Portal.


    Leadership Module Series sessions ( to be held in the District Boardroom)

    • Leadership Module 3: Wednesday Feb. 4, and Friday, Feb 6 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Spark ID# ODHR 5333

    • Leadership Module 4: Thursday, Feb. 12, and Friday, Feb. 13 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Spark ID# ODHR 5334

    For details, please contact Gabriel Rodriguez by phone or email.


    Leading, Managing, and Adapting to Change (Lunch & Learn Workshops)

    • South Campus S12.101 – Tuesday, Feb. 10, 12:15 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.

    • North Campus N2.124 – Wednesday, Feb. 18, 12:15 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.

    • Central Campus C21.163 – Tuesday, Feb. 24, 12:15 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.

    Spark ID# PRDC 7111 – For details, please contact Sheila Wall by phone or email.



  • andrea.vasquez 11:14 am on October 21, 2014 Permalink | Reply

    New Employee Development Program 

     On behalf of Sheila Wall

    The Organizational and Talent Development (OTD) team is proud to launch our Employee Development Program.  The Employee Development Program has been designed to ENGAGE, RETAIN, and DEVELOP employees!

    OTDOur first offering will be


    (a TESA/Staff Training for Effective Management course offering)

    NOVEMBER 10, 2014

    Central Campus – Kaleidoscope Room

    9am – 4pm

     Employees may register via SPARK using ID# PRDC 2111, however, leader approval is required!

    Please contact Sheila Wall (sheila.wall@sjcd.edu) with any questions or concerns.




    • RAMONA KEMPS 11:27 am on January 12, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      I’m a new employee and in orientation I was told there would be a new employee information day that would be held in the near future so look out for it, but I wasn’t aware that it was announced in the Water cooler so I missed this opportunity. When will I be able to have my new employee information day? Or is this what I think it is?
      Please let me know when ever you can.


      • Amanda.Booren 3:14 pm on January 15, 2015 Permalink | Reply

        Someone from HR will be contacting you. Thanks!

  • amanda.fenwick 1:37 pm on October 29, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    OWI survey will test the ‘health’ of the College 

    San Jacinto College is conducting an Organizational Wellness Inventory throughout the College.  This is the same survey that all full-time employees and faculty completed in October 2011.

    The Organizational Wellness Instrument is an online survey that assesses 10 dimensions which are critical to the success of the college.

    The website for completing the Organizational Wellness Instrument will be open to all full-time faculty and employees in the first part of November.  Part-time employees and adjunct faculty should NOT participate in the assessment. 

    Completing the Assessment:

    The Organizational Wellness Instrument should take about 15-20 minutes of your time to complete.  You will receive an email with “how-to” complete instructions from your leader soon.

    Commonly Asked Questions:

    1.     Who should complete the OWI?

    All full-time faculty and employees should complete the OWI.  Part-time employees, temporary employees, and adjunct faculty should NOT complete the OWI.

    2.     Will my responses remain confidential?

    Your responses to the assessment are confidential; however, you will be given the option to provide your name and demographic data about yourself if you choose.  Under no circumstances is it necessary for you to provide information about yourself.  We want this process to be fair and we want every employee and faculty member to be able to answer the assessment questions with complete honesty.

    3.     How am I supposed to answer these questions?  Do I answer it from the perspective of the entire college, my campus, or my immediate work group?   

    This is a very important point!  Employees need to answer the questions from the perspective of their immediate work group.  When the data is consolidated, we will have a better picture of the actual college climate and overall health if you answer specifically about your work group.

    4.     What will the OWI assess?

    The OWI assesses 10 dimensions of organizational health.  These dimensions are trust, learning, gratification, language, ownership, energy, change, interaction, creativity, and communication.

    5.     How will this information be used?

    The results from the 2013 OWI will be compared with baseline results so that we can identify positive and negative trends regarding the “health” of our College.  We will use this data to capitalize on our strengths and to identify our areas for improvement.

    If you have questions, please contact:  Christi Gilchrist in the office of Organizational and Talent Development.

  • amanda.fenwick 8:45 am on October 2, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    HR introducing Electronic Personnel Action Forms 

    The College will introduce Banner’s Electronic Personnel Action Form (EPAF) function to non-Human Resources employees in October 2013.  EPAFs allow for paperless processing of personnel actions.  They are intended to replace the current usage of Personnel Action Request (PAR) paper forms.  EPAFs are simple, concise and allow many values or data elements to default into the form without manual data entry.

    The Human Resources team will be offering training sessions for EPAFs in October for those employees who normally complete or approve the current paper PAR forms.  Training will be offered both in person as well as computer-based and registration will occur in SPARK.  We will be sending out a follow-up communication regarding training dates and locations later this week.  Please note that training is mandatory in order to utilize the EPAF system.  Our goal is to eliminate the paper PAR forms by December 2, 2013.

    Benefits of Self-Service EPAFs:
    ·        Transactions are processed in a timely manner
    ·        Supports the green initiative by eliminating paper processing
    ·        Reduced data entry error
    ·        Ability to track the location of EPAFs in the system

    Additionally, the Human Resources, Payroll and ITS departments have worked diligently to offer various innovative solutions to the College.  Web Time Entry Phase I for Part Time, Non-Teaching Employees, Benefits Open Enrollment, and EPAFs for Human Resources staff are a few initiatives that have been implemented in 2013, with several other initiatives coming this fiscal year.

    Shanna Dement
    San Jacinto College
    Director, Compensation & HRIS | Human Resources

  • wpadmin 5:24 pm on May 14, 2013 Permalink | Reply

    The Spark Learning Portal is coming soon! 


    San Jacinto College has a new Learning Management System (LMS). Remember the old system, SJCD Avatar? That is being replaced by the SJCD Spark Learning Portal, which is Success Factors’ Learning Management System (LMS). You may recognize the Success Factors name… it is the same product that the College uses for performance management, and the industry’s most highly acclaimed LMS.

    The EdTech Training and Professional Development Department is partnering with the Human Resources Office and the IT-Enterprise Applications Department, to design the new system and develop the content for training San Jacinto College employees. Currently, the site is in the system integration and testing phase and is expected to “Go Live” in July 2013. Please note there will be a four to five day period in June 2013 when Avatar will be unavailable, while the switch is made to the SJCD Spark Learning Portal.


    What you need to know

    The SJCD Spark Learning Portal is an online resource for training and educational opportunities for all San Jacinto College employees. Spark is web-based, so you can login from wherever, whenever. You will use the same login for SJCD Spark Learning Portal that you currently use for Success Factors (firstname.lastname). You will also be able to search the online course catalog, register for a course, and track your training and professional development activities within in one system.

    You will also have direct access to more than 1,000 on-demand resources including courses, books, videos and more that are available through Skillsoft via the SJCD Spark Learning Portal. The single sign-on method for Spark and Skillsoft will also help to simplify the process and keep all learning and training information in one place. What’s great about the new process is your learning history will be stored in Spark and your training and professional development activities will also be tied to your performance management profile in Success Factors.

    For more information about the new SJCD Spark Learning Portal, please contact the Dr. Valschkia L. Dabney, Director, Ed Tech Training and Professional Development at ext. 7659 or valschkia.dabney@sjcd.edu. For information on how to access the Skillsoft On-Demand Resources contact Gabriel Rodriguez at ext. 6308 or gabriel.rodriguez@sjcd.edu. If you have questions about using the Success Factors Performance Management System, please contact Lisa Lopez in the Human Resources Office at ext. 6331 or lisa.lopez@sjcd.edu.

  • amanda.fenwick 4:09 pm on January 22, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    New HR team offers solutions, support, success 

    The Organizational and Talent Development team includes, from left, Emily Earnest, Gabriel Rodriguez, Christi Gilchrist, and Susan Temple.

    You may have noticed some new faces in Human Resources recently. About six months ago, HR began to offer a new service called Organizational and Talent Development.

    The Organizational and Talent Development team provides learning and development opportunities for teams, employees, and leaders. The team provides services in the areas of organizational development, leadership development, team development, onboarding for new employees, and succession planning. (More …)

  • amanda.fenwick 9:53 am on January 24, 2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Welcome aboard Chief Taylor 

    Chancellor Dr. Brenda Hellyer recently swore in Bill Taylor as the College’s new Police Chief.

    Mr. Taylor comes to San Jacinto College with a wealth of law enforcement experience, particularly in higher education. Most recently, he served as the Chief of Police and Director of Public Safety of the Rice University Police Department. Prior to that, Mr. Taylor served as Director of the Washington University in Saint Louis Police Department at the Hilltop Campus.

    He is a member of the Texas Association of Colleges and University Police Administrators, and served as the organization’s President in 2008.

    Mr. Taylor is certified as a Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officers Standards & Education Master Peace Officer and Instructor.

    He holds a bachelor of science in Criminal Justice, and a master’s in Public Administration from Arizona State University.

  • amanda.fenwick 9:48 am on November 14, 2011 Permalink | Reply
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    Tobacco Certification 

    The Tobacco Certification is under way.

    If you need to certify yourself or dependent that you have covered on your Health insurance plan you must log into ERS at http://www.ers.state.tx.us then you will see a “Tobacco Certification” link, click on that and it will list everyone under your plan.

    There is a “No” and “Yes” box click the one that is applicable then click the box at the bottom and select submit for the certification.

    If you have any questions please Contact ERS at 1-877-275-4377.

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