49 Pasadena Early College High School students receive associate degree before diploma

05.31.2017 | By Andrea Vasquez

PASADENA, Texas – Pasadena Early College High School (PECHS) recently saw 49 students receive their associate degrees at San Jacinto College’s commencement ceremony on May 13.

The PECHS class of 2017 has 51 students and has earned a total $991,000 in scholarships. Of the five Michael and Susan Dell Foundation scholarships awarded to five Pasadena Independent School District (PISD) students, three went to PECHS students.

Since 2011, PECHS has graduated 113 students when it first began as a partnership with PISD and San Jacinto College. This fall, PISD is expanding its early college high school programs to J. Frank Dobie, Sam Rayburn, Pasadena Memorial and South Houston High Schools continuing the successful partnership with the College. This will create a total of eight early college high school programs at San Jacinto College.

PECHS students pictured by row right to left: Row 1: Jazmin Alcaraz, Josselyn Allen, Kevin Alvarado, Veronica Arredondo, Francisco Bautista, Alexis Belmares, Jessica Benavides, Suliflor Betancourt, Nicolas Carreon, Angelica Carroll, Bryan Castillo; Row 2: Dezeree Castillo, Frank Castillo, Xzavier Chavarria, Haleigh Conklin, David Contreras, Lilliana Cotto, Ana Cux, Ana Elizondo, Armando Escalera, Elizabeth Figueroa, Maria Flores, Jennifer Garza, Blas Gomez; Row 3: Mauricio Gomez, Cassandra Gonzalez, Marlene Gonzalez, Ruby Gonzalez, Bianca Guerrero, Valissa Hernandez, Edric Itzep Maldonado, Alexa King, Nina Lara, Jaquelin Martinez, Jorge Najera, Andrea Nolasco, Charu Orta, Kaessa Perez; Row 4: Julia Pineda, Alejandro Ramos, Lizeth Reyes, Juan Robles, Claudia Rodriguez, Adrian Rosas, Jennifer Ruelas, Desree Urrutia, Crystal Vazquez, Rolando Venegas

San Jacinto College administration pictured left (front to back): John Moon, Jr., Secretary, San Jacinto College Board of Trustees; Keith Sinor, Assistant Secretary, San Jacinto College Board of Trustees; Dr. Brenda Hellyer, Chancellor, San Jacinto College; Jeffrey Parks, Dean of Business and Technology, San Jacinto College; Dr. Pamela Campbell, Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Success Partnerships, San Jacinto College; Van Wigginton, Provost, San Jacinto College; Dr. Laurel Williamson, Deputy Chancellor and President, San Jacinto College; Nicole Barnes, Dual Credit Director, San Jacinto College.

PISD administration pictured right (front to back): Nelda Sullivan, President, PISD School Board; Dr. DeeAnn Powell, PISD Superintendent; Mr. Kenny Fernandez, Secretary, PISD School Board; Jack Bailey, Member, PISD School Board; Marshall Kendrick, Member, PISD School Board; Dr. Steve Fullen, PISD Associate Superintendent, Campus Development; Joe Saavedra, Principal, Pasadena High School; Dr. Troy McCarley, PISD Associate Superintendent, Projects Planning and Communications; Rebecca Benner, PISD Executive Director Curriculum and Instruction; Dr. Jennifer Boushley, PISD Early College High School Coordinator; Blanca Ruiz, PECHS Counselor; Aldo Prado, PECHS Dean; Keith Jenks, PECHS Social Studies-AP and Recruiting Liaison; Paul Abshire, Pasadena High School Math Teacher; Armando Morales, Pasadena High School AP Physics Teacher; Velma Medina, Pasadena High School; Aiyesha Johnson, Pasadena High School English Teacher; Ann Dolbee, PECHS Pre-AP English II Teacher; Yolanda Holiday-Gourrier, PECHS Site Team Lead and Virtual Lab Liaison, AVID & Foreign Language Spanish Teacher.


About San Jacinto College

Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, since 1961. As a fiscally sound institution, the College currently holds bond ratings of AA and Aa2 by Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s, respectively. San Jacinto College is a 2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence Rising Star Award recipient and an Achieving the Dream Leader College. Approximately 30,000 students each semester benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success. The College offers seven areas of study that prepare a diverse body of students to transfer to a four-year college or university or enter the workforce with the skills needed to support the growing industries along the Texas Gulf Coast. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.

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