San Jacinto College one of nation’s top associate degree producers

09.04.2014 | By Amanda Booren

PASADENA, Texas – San Jacinto College ranks 29th in the nation – 18th among two-year colleges – in the Community College Week magazine Top 100 Associate Degree Producers for 2014.

Despite a decline in the overall number of degrees and certificates awarded from last year, the magazine’s analysis showed that the total number of associate degrees awarded among the institutions monitored topped 1 million. San Jacinto College moved up three spots from its rank of 32nd last year, placing sixth among Texas community colleges that made the list.

Since 2008, San Jacinto College has seen a 48.9 percent increase in the total number of degrees and certificates awarded. Last year, San Jacinto College graduated more than 5,000 students for the first time in school history.

In the Top 100, San Jacinto College ranks 23rd for serving minority students, 13th for Hispanic students, 46th for Asian-American students, and 93rd for non-minority students.

Within the Top 50 associate degrees by discipline lists, San Jacinto College ranks third in science technologies / technicians; sixth in family and consumer sciences / human sciences; 26th for business, management, marketing, and related support services; 40th in health professions and related programs; and 45th in precision production.

"At San Jacinto College, we want our students to complete what they came here to start, whether that is an associate degree or certificate, ‘the basics’ to transfer on to a four-year institution, or skills training to advance in their career," said San Jacinto College Chancellor Dr. Brenda Hellyer. "We know that a higher education credential is critical to the success of our local economy and workforce, and we are committed to helping our students succeed.”

For two-year certificates, Community College Week ranked San Jacinto College 16th among all disciplines, 12th for minority students, 35th for non-minority students, 101st for African American students, 95th for Asian-American students, and 11th for Hispanic students. The College was also ranked 74th among minorities and 32nd for Hispanic students with one-year certificates. 

The Top 100 list covers degrees and certificates awarded during academic year 2012-13. The listings include institutions that have awarded the largest number of associate degrees and sub-two-year certificates. Lists for specific disciplines include the top 50 ranks with the same caveat regarding additional institutions included that are tied at the last rank.

To see a complete list of the Community College Week Top 100, 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, 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 30,000 credit students in more than 200 degree and certificate options, including university transfer and career and workforce preparation. Students benefit from the College’s job training programs, renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region, and a support system that maps out a pathway for success. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce. San Jacinto College. Your Goals. Your College.

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