Chancellor Hellyer appointed to P-TECH Advisory Council
11.06.2017 | By Amanda Fenwick
PASADENA, Texas – San Jacinto College Chancellor Dr. Brenda Hellyer has been appointed to the Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) Advisory Council, as announced by Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick.
The council, made up of statewide education and industry leaders, will “work to expand partnerships between school districts, higher education institutions and business employers,” according to a statement released by the Lt. Governor’s office. The council will provide recommendations to the commissioner of education regarding the establishment and administration of the P-TECH program and the criteria for a campus’ designation as a P-TECH school.
“I am honored to have been selected to serve alongside innovative leaders from throughout Texas as we collaborate on statewide initiatives that help meet the workforce needs of the state while ensuring that students are prepared with the skills they need for high-demand jobs,” said Hellyer.
This P-TECH program was formed through legislation created during the Texas 85th Legislative Session as introduced by Senator Larry Taylor in SB 22. “I see this program as a way to help students get into careers while obtaining a high school diploma, an associate degree, and work experience through internships,” said Taylor. “I am delighted that Chancellor Hellyer has been appointed to the Advisory Council representing our region.”
Others selected to serve on the P-TECH Advisory Council include Dr. Keith Bryant, Superintendent, Lubbock-Cooper Independent School District; Mario Lozoya, Director of Government Relations, External Affairs Department, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas, Inc.; and Alicia Dover, Executive Director, Plumbing-Heating-Cooling Contractors of Texas.
“Even before I served as chairman of the Texas Senate Education Committee, I have focused on helping public schools prepare our students for the workforce. P-TECH complements my efforts to establish multiple endorsements, or programs of study, for students to pursue in high school,” said Patrick.
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 45,000 credit and non-credit students each year benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success. The College offers eight areas of study that prepare a diverse body of students to transfer to four-year colleges or universities 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.