San Jac Certified: Passion Projects
07.21.2016 | By Calyn Hoerner
PASADENA, Texas - While earning her degree at San Jacinto College, Jessica Hazen Garcia volunteered with the Halo House Foundation. She spent four and a half years volunteering with the foundation, and decided to continue her work with nonprofits after graduating with an associate degree from San Jacinto College and a bachelor’s degree in human nutrition and foods from the University of Houston. Garcia knew that helping people was the path she needed to take.
“Once I graduated, a company that worked for nonprofits recruited me,” said Garcia. “So now I work with nonprofits to establish fundraising.” Garcia has a passion for nonprofits and loves working in that environment. Her end-game, however, is to have a job in nutrition.
“I have a lot of passion for nutrition,” said Garcia. “The nutrition field is a great field to be in, from career advancement to job placement; there is a lot of growth.”
Garcia hopes to obtain her Registered Dietitian Nutritionist certification (RDN) and work with the Woman, Infants and Children (WIC) program as a nutritionist. “I am excited to help with mothers who need help with nutrition for breastfeeding and child nutrition,” said Garcia.
Recently, Garcia interviewed for and received a position as a nutritionist. “I can officially say that I am using my degree,” she says excitedly.
Even when moving forward with her career in nutrition, Garcia has not lost sight of her passion for non-profits. She is the co-chair fort the Halo House Foundation’s gala, which will take place in November. This will help raise money for the charity to bring cancer patients in to Houston for treatment. “Events like the gala will always remain near to my heart, and I don’t think I will ever stop organizing fundraisers like this,” said Garcia
Garcia recalls how San Jacinto College helped her in several ways, especially in the transition from high school to a four-year university. “San Jacinto College had much better class sizes,” said Garcia. “This allowed me to be more dedicated to the classes because I was in a much smaller group and had more of a relationship with my professors.”
Garcia recalls that, at times, she had to really push herself to reach her goals. It was not easy, she says, but she was able to work hard to reach her goals.
“Sometimes it feels like you aren’t even close to getting to your goals, but there’s a huge sense of pride in the accomplishment when you get your degree,” said Garcia. “Stick to it.”
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.