Council Member Christie remembers the role a community college played in his career
06.22.2015 | By Jeannie Peng-Armao
Houston At-Large Position 5 Council Member shares his story as a San Jacinto College alumnus
PASADENA, Texas – Many people have walked the halls of San Jacinto College, including Houston's very own Council Member Jack Christie.
The At-Large Position 5 Council Member considers himself a lifelong learner and says community colleges play an important role in providing Houston industries with a strong workforce.
"Colleges like San Jacinto College are thinking in advance and staying a step ahead in getting people those high paying jobs in industries like maritime and petrochemical," said Christie. "With Houston businesses demanding a higher quality of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education, community colleges adapt to that need very quickly."
Christie himself comes from a STEM education background. He was inducted into the Texas Science Hall of Fame in 2000 in recognition for his support of STEM education. The nationally renowned chiropractor, whose expertise has landed him appearances on NBC's Today, ABC's World News, and CNN, began his educational journey in his hometown of Texas City at College of the Mainland. He wanted to become a chiropractor and follow in the footsteps of his father. Christie transferred to San Jacinto College, where he was able to complete his pre-med courses while simultaneously working toward his Doctor of Chiropractic degree at Texas Chiropractic College.
"The community college system is invaluable to students," said Christie. "I hardly ever see a junior or senior university student struggle after transferring from a community college."
Christie recalls taking some of his San Jacinto College courses alongside PhD students, a common practice among university students looking to complete any additional courses needed to fulfill requirements in their programs. An avid runner of more than 40 years, Christie also noted how he enjoyed his physical education courses and remembers when the San Jacinto College baseball and basketball teams went to nationals.
After graduating from Texas Chiropractic College, he served in the Army Reserves Medical Corps for six years and has since attended a number of prestigious universities to take courses in finance and government. He received a certificate in International Relations upon completion of graduate courses at the Bush School of Government at Texas A&M University. In addition to serving as a Houston Council Member, he continues to run two successful Houston-area practices that care for more than 20,000 patients. Over the years, his clients have included professional athletes, Grammy award winning artists and Oscar winners.
"I believe in lifelong learning," said Christie. "Some instructors can instill that in you. I remember the quality of professors at San Jacinto College. They challenged me and prepared me for my next step and lifelong educational journey."
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.