Chase awards $70,000 for student recruitment into high demand job training

01.06.2016 | By Jeannie Peng-Armao

This is the third year for Chase to fund the Great Jobs=Great Careers=Your Future program with San Jacinto College

PASADENA, Texas – San Jacinto College and Chase are entering the third year of the Great Jobs=Great Careers=Your Future grant program, having already served 187 students and 28 graduates in the training programs of welding, process technology, health sciences, engineering, and business.

This year, Chase has awarded the College $70,000 to allow recruitment of high school students into college training programs for high-wage/high demand jobs. This brings the total amount of Chase funds over the course of three years to $245,000 for the Great Jobs=Great Careers=Your Future program. The grant funds industry consultants; family and student workshops; stipends for students in capstone courses and internships; and scholarships for students in the program to help cover tuition, fees, and books.

Participating high schools for this year include C.E. King High School, Galena Park High School, Pasadena High School, and Sam Rayburn High School.

“Our strategies are to build a demand-driven system, one where employers are routinely communicating their needs to education and training providers, and invest in the best training," said Carolyn Watson, vice president of corporate responsibility with Chase. "This requires partnerships between groups that have often been working in silos. It also requires a high-touch approach in order for students to persist to completion. That’s where the Great Jobs program comes in."

The Great Jobs=Great Careers=Your Future program also provides videos that feature young professionals in their careers and presentations delivered by Chase volunteers who provide financial education for college planning and information about how to manage finances once employed.

“We are grateful for the financial and organizational resources that Chase has invested in assisting us to ensure the program includes a high-touch support system," said Ludith González, San Jacinto College grant project coordinator and counselor.

With promotion of high-wage/high demand jobs at the core of the Great Jobs=Great Careers=Your Future mission, Chase has already featured this message on 400 ATM locations across the Houston region.

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, for more than 50 years. As an Achieving the Dream Leader College, San Jacinto College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of approximately 30,000 credit students. The College offers 186 degrees and certificates, with 46 technical programs and a university transfer division. Students benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success, and job training programs that are renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.

For more information about San Jacinto College, please call 281-998-6150, visit www.sanjac.edu, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.