San Jac Certified: Lessons for a lifetime
07.21.2016 | By Calyn Hoerner
PASADENA, Texas - Ann Paulissen started taking classes at San Jacinto College when she was offered a music scholarship. The College was a perfect fit; it was close to home, cost effective, and Paulissen’s best friend would be attending as well. She expected her time at San Jacinto College to be the perfect transition to a larger university. What she did not expect, however, was to learn more than just academic lessons. Paulissen attended San Jacinto College out of her love for music, but found there a love for accounting and the love of her life.
While studying at San Jacinto College, Paulissen was torn between two degree paths. “I was going to major in music,” she said. “But as I thought more about it, I didn’t want to move away from home for my job.” Paulissen, who always had a love for numbers, decided to completely shift education paths and earn a degree in business to work toward becoming a Texas Certified Public Accountant (CPA).
“There was a good market in that field, and I was able to take a lot of my basic classes at San Jacinto College,” said Paulissen. Other members of her family have attended the College as well. It’s also the place where she met her husband, Tim, who would later become the mayor of League City.
Since graduating with an associate degree in business from San Jacinto College and a bachelor of science degree in accounting from the University of Houston - Clear Lake, Paulissen has enjoyed a very successful career and pushed herself to continue learning. “I have taken different management and leadership classes, mainly leadership,” said Paulissen. She hopes to teach accounting in the future.
“San Jacinto College taught me organization skills and the flexibility to see more than one viewpoint,” said Paulissen. “When you’re young you don’t know a lot. The professors at San Jacinto College would teach us life lessons and recount their own experiences.” She explains that she learned to treat people with respect and how to understand the steps to success at San Jacinto College.
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.