University description (as per official university website)
In May 1960, voters in the Channelview, Deer Park, Galena Park, La Porte, and Pasadena school districts approved the creation of East Harris County Union Junior College, elected seven members to serve on the Board of Regents and authorized the Board of Regents (now Board of Trustees) to levy a tax for the College operations and maintenance. On February 16, 1961, the Board of Regents changed the name of the district to The San Jacinto Junior College District. Using renovated buildings in Pasadena, the college welcomed 876 students to its first classes in September 1961. The San Jacinto Junior College District was approved and accredited by the Texas Department of Education when the college opened. The college was granted full membership in the Association of Texas Colleges and Universities on April 6, 1963. On November 4, 1968, Sheldon Independent School District was voted part of the College district.
Bonds issued in 1972 included funds for the North Campus. Following five terms of extension classes offered at North Shore High School, the North Campus opened for classes on its site in the fall of 1975. In 1976, bonds were approved for a third campus. After several terms of extension classes offered at J. Frank Dobie High School, San Jacinto College South opened for classes in September 1979.
On November 30, 1966, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools first granted San Jacinto College accreditation. The North and South campuses were first accredited in 1976 and 1979, respectively. The most recent reaffirmation of accreditation for all three campuses occurred in 1999.
In December 1999, voters approved the issuing of $91 million in general obligation bonds to support Phase I of the District's master plan. During the next five years, six (6) new buildings were constructed and major infrastructure improves were completed throughout the district. \
Mission and Purpose Statements
The mission of San Jacinto Community College District is to deliver accessible, affordable, high-quality post-secondary education programs designed to meet the needs of the citizens of Southeast Harris County. The primary focus of the College is helping students to achieve their personal and professional goals, create seamless transitions among educational levels, and to prepare students to enter the job market or transfer to senior institutions. Through its programs and services, and partnerships with industry, the College supports the economic growth of the community and the region.
San Jacinto Community College District is a comprehensive, public, and two-year community college which carries out its mission through the following programs and services:
The College offers technical programs leading to certificates and/or Associate of Applied Science degrees. The College offers Associate of Arts, Associate of Science and Associate of Arts in Teaching degrees, and courses for transfer to senior institutions.
Continuing and Professional Development
The College provides non-credit courses for personal and professional growth, in keeping with the College’s commitment to lifelong learning. The College provides specialized workforce development training for business and industry.
College Preparatory Programs
The College offers developmental courses to prepare academically disadvantaged students for entry into college-level courses.
Student Support Services
The College provides student support services, including admission, testing, career guidance, advisement, financial aid, and counseling. The College provides social and academic support, including library services, tutoring, special populations support services, student organizations, and recreational and cultural activities.
Economic Development Programs
The College promotes the economic development of the region by providing workforce development for new and expanding businesses and industries, and retraining for displaced workers.
A student who has been suspended due to either the GPA or Rate of Completion Component may regain eligibility for financial aid by:
1. Enrolling at his/her own expense and bringing him/herself into compliance with the requirements (the student must notify the Campus Financial Aid Services Office after exercising this option), or
2. Filing an appeal with the Campus Financial Aid Services Office no later than 3 weeks prior to the end of the term.
3. The appeal must be in writing, and supporting documentation regarding special circumstances must be provided.
4. Appeals are considered for extenuating circumstances such as injury, illness, and death in the immediate family, or undue hardship.