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  • wpadmin 11:10 am on April 25, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    My San Jac Story 

    Sarah Schwerdfeger is a San Jacinto College student who attends South Campus where she is studying biology.  She shares her experience at San Jac and talks about who and what has helped her succeed.

  • wpadmin 3:49 pm on April 4, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Soon-to-be May Graduate Shares Her Success Story 

    Karrah Shremshock

    Graduation Tweet

    A student tagged San Jacinto College in a tweet (seen above) about applying for May commencement.  We reached out to Karrah Shremshock and asked her to write a piece about her experience. 

    Read Karrah’s story on the path to becoming San Jac Certified on our Tumblr.  http://sanjacintocollege.tumblr.com/post/81613545412/a-bigger-and-brighter-future 

    If you are having trouble viewing the post, you can read it below.

    A Bigger and Brighter Future

    For me, this isn’t just a graduation. This isn’t my beginning, nor is it my end. My name is Karrah Shremshock, and I am a 25-year-old (soon-to-be) graduate of San Jacinto College. To understand how much this means to me, you might need some background information. I will be the first in my family to graduate college, although my brother has successfully completed a technical program. I graduated high school in 2007 with a sad GPA of 2.2. I thought it was standard knowledge that after high school one attended college the following semester. Sadly, my circumstances were much different than that of my friends. My parents, as badly as they wanted to, couldn’t afford what education they believe I deserved. So I continued to work. I had a job the month I turned 16 and worked nonstop through high school (along with being a member of FFA) up until my first trial of college. I went to Houston Community College for four semesters. If I wasn’t dropping classes because I was failing, I was skipping classes and accepting a failing grade. 


    At the age of 21, I gave up. I had a 1.8 GPA and knew then that I just wasn’t ready for college. In order to pay for it, I had to work 40+ hours a week waiting tables (waitressing was the only job that gave me the flexibility of being able to go to school during the day and work at night). I had no time to study or write papers. My job became my life. I met the man I would call my husband, and we got married at 22 and moved near his dad in Clear Lake. My husband went to college on a baseball scholarship (but never graduated due to eligibility and injury reasons).  His mom graduated from Florida State; his dad graduated from Georgia Tech; and his stepmom from LSU. His family knew the importance of a quality education and how it could change your life.


    That is when his family changed my life. We had been married for a year and were both constantly working. We were living a decent lifestyle, but neither of us had a REAL education. I talked about wanting to go back to school and getting a degree, but in order to do it, I would have to work one semester to save up the money, meaning I could only go to school for half the year. This in when his dad and stepmom chimed in. They decided to do something for me that I never would have dreamed of; they wanted to pay my way through college. I couldn’t believe it. I wanted to say no, but I had no good reason to. They insisted, and as engineers, they were quite persuasive. I told them I could never pay them back. All they asked in return was that I do that best I could. And that I did.


    Here I am now, 25 years old and about to graduate with an AA in Behavioral and Social Sciences. My GPA is an amazing 3.8.  I am a member of Phi Theta Kappa, and I couldn’t be more proud of myself. I am here today to say that just because you gave it “the old college try” and it wasn’t for you, doesn’t mean it won’t ever be! It took me almost five years in the real world to realize that an education was my best chance. It took me five years to find who I really was, and become a better student than I ever thought I could be. The 18 year old me wasn’t ready for college. The 25 year old me has been nonstop focused. What I am saying is college will always be there. Whether you are ready right out of high school, or don’t go back until your kids are in college, it will be there. Don’t force yourself to do something you are not ready for. When you are ready, it will be the most profound and rewarding experience of your life.


    I am ready now. I look forward to the next four years of my life at UHCL. I can’t thank San Jac enough for being the right college for me, the teachers, the campus, the atmosphere. It all started right here. Congratulations to all my fellow graduates! Whether you decide to continue on, or end your education here, YOU did it! And that’s something to be proud of.


  • andrea.vasquez 4:15 pm on March 28, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Social justice comedian Negin Farsad to visit SJC 

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    TED (Technology, Entertainment, and Design) Fellow and social justice comedian, Negin Farsad, will give a special presentation at the San Jacinto College South Campus on Monday, April 7, at 7:30 p.m. in the Proscenium Theatre inside the Marie Spence Flickinger Fine Arts Center.

    Sponsored by the San Jacinto College South Campus Lyceum Committee, Farsad is one of a few Iranian-American Muslim female comedian/filmmakers that uses humor to bridge the racial, religious, social, and immigrant gap.

    As a standup comedian, Farsad has performed far and wide, from the Laugh Factory in New York to the Comedy Store in Los Angeles. Queen Rania of Jordan commissioned Farsad to make a video as part of a series to combat Middle Eastern stereotypes — a series that won the first ever YouTube Visionary Award.

    Last year, Farsad released her feature film, “The Muslims Are Coming!” where she took a group of Muslim-American comedians on the road in Middle America to do comedy shows, meet the locals, and counter Islamophobia through jokes. The film also features renowned comedians such as Jon Stewart, Janeane Garofalo, David Cross, Rachel Maddow and others, and has already won a humanitarian award from the Arab-American Institute.

    Farsad’s presentation on April 7 at 7:30 p.m. is free and open to all San Jacinto College students, faculty, staff, and the public.  Hope to see you there!

  • wpadmin 4:42 pm on February 21, 2014 Permalink | Reply

    Sign up now for Social Media 101! 

    To:  All faculty, staff and administrators:

    Are you interested in using social media?  Not sure where to start?  Join social media coordinator Scylla Lopez to discuss your social media options.  Learn how to create a social media site and best practices.
    Online registration is available through the Spark portal.

    Central Campus Schedule and Locations:

    ID 164602
    Social Media 101
    ILT MRKT 1001
    2/25/14 10:00 AM
    2/25/14 11:00 AM

    ID 164603
    Social Media 101
    ILT MRKT 1001
    2/25/14 3:00 PM
    2/25/14 4:00 PM


    North Campus Schedule and Locations:

    ID 165602
    Social Media 101
    ILT MRKT 1001
    2/26/14 10:00 AM
    2/26/14 11:00 AM

    ID 166603
    Social Media 101
    ILT MRKT 1001
    2/26/14 3:00 PM
    2/26/14 4:00 PM


    South Campus Schedule and Locations:

    ID 167602
    Social Media 101
    ILT MRKT 1001
    2/27/14 10:00 AM
    2/27/14 11:00 AM

    ID 166602
    Social Media 101
    ILT MRKT 1001
    2/27/14 3:00 PM
    2/27/14 4:00 PM


    Click the links below to find out how to navigate the spark learning portal and log in instructions.  For assistance with login usernames, passwords and course registration, please contact the Spark Technical Support Office at extension 6399 or (281) 998-6399.
    Please contact Scylla Lopez for questions regarding the sessions at (281) 991-2602 or scylla.lopez@sjcd.edu.

    Thank you!





  • wpadmin 3:32 pm on February 4, 2014 Permalink | Reply

    Social Media 101 Sessions 

    Social Media 101

    • Melinda Benham 8:19 am on February 11, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I would like to attend your Social Media 101 session on February 25, 2014 at 10:00 a.m.

      • Scylla.Lopez 10:21 am on February 11, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        Great! I will see you there!

    • jimmy tabares 10:01 am on February 11, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      I would like more info.

      • Scylla.Lopez 10:23 am on February 11, 2014 Permalink | Reply

        I will be going over some social media options for employees. I will talk about the different platforms and how you can use them. It will be more of an open discussion. Whatever you would like to know about using social media, I will discuss.

  • wpadmin 9:20 am on January 16, 2014 Permalink | Reply
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    Schedule a Social Media Live Chat 

    Our live chats are a great opportunity for you to promote an event, program or service at the College to students.  We conduct live chats twice a month.  It lasts an hour.  Scylla Lopez can either come to you or you can come to District for the live chat.
    If you have any questions or would like to schedule a live chat, contact Scylla Lopez at scylla.lopez@sjcd.edu or 281.991.2602.

  • wpadmin 8:52 am on December 17, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    December 2013 Commencement on Social Media 

    Our December graduates shared some great photos of their special day using #SJCGrad13 and #sanjac.  You can see how proud they are to be San Jac Certified! Click on the link to view all the social media posts.



  • wpadmin 4:42 pm on December 3, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Free Social Media Webinars 

    Uversity, the company that created Schools App, is offering two free webinars.  Please feel free to sign up for one or both.
    The first one is Dec. 6 on how to use Schools App.
    The second one is Dec. 11 on how to use social media to maximize enrollment.



  • wpadmin 3:52 pm on November 22, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Social Media Privacy Settings 

    If your social media account is public, then everyone and anyone can see what you are posting and it will show up in an Internet search.  If you are ok with a public profile, then you must be cautious of what you share.  Here’s how you can change your privacy settings on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

    Go to Privacy Settings on your profile. Click edit under “Who can see my stuff?” If you only want your Facebook friends to see your posts, choose Friends.  This is what we recommend.

    FB Privacy Settings


    Click on “Edit Your Profile.” At the bottom, you have an option to make your posts private. This allows you to approve anyone who has requested to follow you. Only those who you have approved can see your posts. If you are a private user, the hashtags you use in your photos are not searchable.

    Instagram Privacy Settings

    Go to your settings. Choose “Security and Privacy” on the left. If you decide to protect your tweets, anyone who wants to follow you will have to be approved by you. Only your followers will see your tweets.

    Twitter Privacy Settings


    Our  social media guiding principles and employee guidelines are listed on our website.  Please take some time to review them, if you haven’t already.



    Thank you!

  • wpadmin 1:50 pm on November 8, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    How to Use LinkedIn 

    Do you have a LinkedIn account but don’t know how to use it?  These short and simple video lessons by Career Enlightenment will show you how to get started.  Click the link below to watch the videos.

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