San Jacinto College, Pasadena ISD graduate 64 early college high school students

05.23.2016 | By Andrea Vasquez

San Jacinto College and Pasadena Early College High School (PECHS) recently graduated 64 high school students with their associate of arts degrees.

The PECHS graduates walked across the stage at NRG Stadium on May 14 to receive their associate degrees three weeks prior to receiving their high school diplomas.

"San Jacinto College’s partnership with Pasadena Early College High School exemplifies our commitment to student success,” said Dr. Brenda Hellyer, San Jacinto College Chancellor. “As this year’s graduating class continues their educational goals, they will build on a strong academic foundation from San Jacinto College. I am proud of the accomplishments of these students!”

“Each year the number of students enrolled in PECHS continues to grow,” said Dr. DeeAnn Powell, Pasadena Independent School District superintendent of schools. “The passion these students have for learning and being successful is contagious. They are some of our brightest and most hard-working students and they set a wonderful example for those following in their footsteps.”

In a partnership between San Jacinto College and Pasadena ISD, PECHS was created in 2010 to provide Pasadena ISD students an opportunity to receive credit for college courses beginning in the ninth grade, leading to completion of their associate of arts degree and high school diploma simultaneously.

San Jacinto College and Pasadena ISD administration pictured include (left to right): Back row: Kenny Fernandez, Pasadena ISD board member; Dora Roman, San Jacinto College Central Campus Dual Credit Sr. Administrative Assistant; Diana Fitzwater, San Jacinto College Central Campus Dual Credit Sr. Administrative Assistant; Tachina May,  San Jacinto College Central Campus Dual Credit Coordinator; Van Wigginton, San Jacinto College Central Campus Provost; Joe Saavedra, Pasadena High School Principal; Nicole Barnes, San Jacinto College Central Campus Dual Credit Director; Dr. Pamela Campbell, San Jacinto College Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Success Partnerships; Dr. Laurel Williamson, San Jacinto College Deputy Chancellor and President; Dr. Brenda Hellyer, San Jacinto College Chancellor; Dr. Karen Hickman, Pasadena ISD Deputy Superintendent of Academic Achievement; Dr. DeeAnn Powell, Pasadena ISD Superintendent of Schools; Marshall Kendrick, Pasadena ISD Assistant Board Secretary; Fred Roberts, Pasadena ISD Board Member; and Aldo Prado, PECHS Dean. Seated: Nelda Sullivan, Pasadena ISD Board Secretary; Mariselle Quijano, Pasadena ISD Board President; and Jack Bailey, Pasadena ISD Board Member.

PECHS graduates pictured include: Maria Aguilar, Marlene Aguilar, Gerardo Arredondo, Jose Brambila, Carlos Campos Jr., Alexis Cano, Rodolfo Cantu, Sally Cruz, Eva Fuentes, Carlos Funes, Royel E.Garza, Jessica Gonzalez, Monica Gonzalez, Nataly Granados, Anyssa Harper, Dezirea Jones, Melisa Juarez, Sarah Juarez, Vanessa Lara, Angelica Leija, Eduardo Luna, Anthony Martinez, Jesus Martinez, Jessica Medellin, Myrna Mercado, Jenifer Muniz, Zachary Nations, Baldemar Olvera, Luis Perez, Rita Pinales, Sayuri Pioquinto, Luis Ponce, Mariana Prado, Yessenia Ramirez, Mario Ramos, Alondra Rios, Wendy Santillan, Stephanie Serna, Alondra Tolentino, Brandon Valencia, and Fred Vega Cruz. Photo credit: Andrea Vasquez, San Jacinto College marketing, public relations, and government affairs department.


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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