College makes Military Friendly Schools List for a sixth time
11.05.2015 | By Andrea Vasquez
Victory Media Inc., has named San Jacinto College a Military Friendly School for a sixth time in its annual Military Friendly Schools list.
The annual list showcases the top 20 percent of colleges, universities, and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America’s service members, veterans, and spouses.
“It is an honor to be included for a sixth year on the Military Friendly Schools list,” said Dr. Laurel Williamson, San Jacinto College deputy chancellor and president, and a U.S. Army veteran. “The collaboration between faculty and student services and the establishment of a veterans center on each campus provide a foundation that facilitates a smooth transition from the military into college life. As a veteran myself, I know how important it is to have support and direction when moving from the experiences of being a soldier to those of being a college student. We hope that our designation as a Military Friendly School will show the veterans in our community that we are ready to serve them, in the way they served us in the military.”
Last Fall, San Jacinto College had 1,106 veteran students and their dependents enrolled using veteran education benefits College-wide. Each of the three Centers of Excellence for Veteran Student Success, along with the campus’ Student Veteran Association (SVA) chapters, organize various events throughout the academic year which are open to faculty and students. These events include veteran job fairs, local industry guest speakers, and student veteran panel and roundtable discussions on topics such as transitioning back into civilian life, going back to school as a veteran, and dealing with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
Each year on Veterans Day, the San Jacinto College Foundation awards two veteran students at each campus a Veteran Student Success Scholarship for their hard work and dedication to advancing their educational and career goals.
San Jacinto College is a participating institution in the College Credit for Heroes Initiative (CCHI) administered by the Texas Workforce Commission (TWC), which examines ways to award college credits for military experience from all branches of service. The College offers veteran students up to 15 credit hours for military training that is applicable to the student’s program of study, and up to two credit hours toward physical education credit hours. The College allows up to 30 credits for CLEP exams and also offers credit for the DANTES Subject Standardized Test (DSST) credit-by-exam. San Jacinto College is a 2011 TEXVET Partner Member, Texas Veterans Civic Council (VCC) Member, Texas Association of Collegiate Veterans Program Officials (TACVPO) Member, and Western Association of Veterans Education Specialists (WAVES).
For more information on San Jacinto College veteran services, visit sanjac.edu/veterans.
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.