City, state recognize College as Aspen Award finalist

06.22.2017 | By Amanda Fenwick

PASADENA, Texas – San Jacinto College continues to receive recognition from local and state elected officials and leaders for being named an Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence Rising Star recipient.

State leaders Sen. Sylvia Garcia (TX-6), Rep. Greg Bonnen, MD (TX-24), and Rep. Mary Ann Perez (TX-144) each congratulated the College with resolutions and recognitions from the state. City of Houston Councilmen Dwight Boykins (District D) and Dave Martin (District E) presented the College with a proclamation declaring May 16, 2017 as San Jacinto College Day in Houston.

“On behalf of our Board of Trustees, faculty and staff, and our students, I want to thank our elected officials and the City of Houston for these recognitions,” said Dr. Brenda Hellyer, San Jacinto College Chancellor. “This award is not something we sought, but rather a result of the hard work and dedication of everyone at San Jacinto College to ensure that our students finish what they came here to start.”

As a 2017 Aspen Prize finalist, San Jacinto College is recognized as one of the top five – out of more than 1,100 – community colleges in the nation. To read more about the College’s Aspen Prize honor, visit


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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