San Jac Certified: Staying the course

12.21.2015 | By Andrea Vasquez

It’s never too late to begin the journey toward accomplishing your goals. San Jacinto College alumna Sylvia Delgado’s journey began eight years ago and on December 13, 2015, reached an important milestone, as she graduated with her associate degree in business administration.

“San Jacinto College has given me a wealth of knowledge to pursue my graduate degree and has broadened my life's philosophy,” said the 44-year-old of her experience at the College.

Often times, nontraditional students feel they have to obtain their degree within a certain timeframe due to working full time, family obligations, etc., but Delgado says that trying to make a self-imposed deadline can actually do more harm than good. “I was having a difficult time managing my class schedule, making time to do the school work outside of class, and being a single parent. I decided to move forward by not limiting myself by being on a certain unreasonable deadline to complete my degree and just do whatever it took to accomplish my degree in my own time, no matter how long it would take.”

Like many students, Delgado held a full-time job while attending school. An employee at the Houston Yacht Club for the last 13 years in the accounts receivable department, she says that learning from many of the members and management inspired her to go back to school for her business administration degree. “The Houston Yacht Club has been instrumental in my professional and academic careers. I’ve learned so much from the members and management and they supported my decision to go back to school, allowing me to have schedule flexibility in order to attend my classes.”

Delgado plans to transfer to the University of Houston-Clear Lake to continue working toward her bachelor’s degree in business administration. She credits her continued determination to her family, who have been her biggest supporters in her educational endeavors. “My family was the core foundation in accomplishing my degree. Without them, I know none of this would be possible.”

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.

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