College adds to new construction projects at Central and South Campuses
11.01.2018 | By Andrea Vasquez
HOUSTON – San Jacinto College recently broke ground on two additional buildings that will provide students with state-of-the-art learning environments and a central location for student services.
Funded by the College’s 2015 bond referendum of $425 million, the Central, North and South Campuses are undergoing new construction and renovations to existing facilities.
The San Jacinto College Central Campus recently hosted its groundbreaking ceremony for the upcoming Welcome Center building. The new 43,000 square-foot building will serve as a central hub for student services including educational planning, financial aid, enrollment services, business office, testing, orientation and campus tours, veteran services and career services. The building will also have a new computer lab and multi-purpose room to serve as a space for workshops, trainings, campus events, orientations and presentations. The College’s North and South Campuses currently have Welcome Centers, built in 2011 and 2012 respectively, as part of the College’s 2008 bond referendum. The Central Campus Welcome Center is expected to open spring 2020.
“This new Welcome Center will be a one-stop-shop for our students to get all of the assistance they need to enroll and stay enrolled at San Jacinto College,” said Van Wigginton, San Jacinto College Central Campus provost. “We are focused on removing barriers to student success, and this centralized location for student services is just one of the ways we are ensuring that students have access to all of the essential enrollment and financial services they need in order to succeed in completing their associate degree or technical certificate.”
The San Jacinto College South Campus also had a ground-breaking ceremony to mark the construction of its new 74,000 square-foot Engineering and Technology Center. Expected to open spring 2020, the Center will house the engineering, engineering design graphics, biomedical equipment repair technician and computer information technology programs. The building will also feature computer labs with industry-standard software along with a MakerSpace featuring a 3D print shop, metal shop, and a wood shop to allow students to build their designs.
“San Jacinto College is dedicated to providing our students the training and skillsets that our industry partners require for their incoming employees,” said Dr. Brenda Jones, San Jacinto College South Campus provost. “Our industry partners and advisory committees provide our faculty with tremendous insight on the skills and technology advancements that our students need to be proficient in, allowing the College to continue its mission of enriching the quality of the lives in the communities we serve.”
According to the Texas Workforce Commission, the need for engineers in all disciplines along the Texas Gulf Coast is expected to increase through 2024, and the demand for qualified engineers in the Houston region remains high. The Greater Houston Partnership says that among metro areas with at least 15,000 engineers, Houston has the fifth highest concentration of engineers in the United States. Overall, the Houston metro area has the third largest number of engineers in the country.
For more information on the construction status and future construction projects at San Jacinto College, visit sanjac.edu/2015-bond-updates.
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 served the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, since 1961. The College is fiscally sound, holding bond ratings of AA and Aa2 by Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s. San Jacinto College is a 2019 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence Top 10 institution, a 2017 Aspen Prize Rising Star Award recipient and an Achieving the Dream Leader College. The College serves approximately 45,000 credit and non-credit students annually, and offers eight areas of study that puts students on a path to transfer to four-year institutions or enter the workforce. San Jacinto College’s impact on the region totals $1.3 billion in added income, which supports 13,044 jobs.