San Jacinto Community College (SJCC) is a community college in Pasadena, Texas. The school was first founded in 1961. Today, around 29,000 students attend SJC. The catchment area for SJCC includes the independent school district of Channelview, Deer Park, Galena Park, La Porte, Pasadena, and Sheldon. It also includes part of Clear Creek Independent School District in Harris County.
Branch campuses include San Jacinto College North and San Jacinto College South in Houston, The Training Space at Clear Lake in Webster, the Clear Lake High School Extension Center in Houston, and the Clear View Extension Center in Webster.
SJCC is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The motto of the school is “Your Goals, Your College”.
SJCC offers over 140 distinct degrees and certificates. There are a variety of academic programs to fit many student profiles. Students may choose from standard 16-week terms, or may take intensive classes during 12- or 8-week terms. San Jacinto offers remedial classwork for those needing assistance to get up to college level classwork; English as a Second Language for recent immigrants; part-time weekend and evening degree coursework for students with jobs, young children, or other significant obligations; distance learning opportunities for those who wish to study from home; and educational services that extend into the schools, prisons, and workplaces within their catchment area. Students who have been in the workplace, especially those working in their field of study, may receive credit for life experiences, therefore shortening the amount of time they need to be in college to complete a degree.
High School Academics
Dual credit classes allow high school students to earn college credit at reduced prices. Successful completion of the dual credit program can lead to beginning college at the sophomore level. Students may take up to two college classes per semester of their junior and senior year of high school. The program is open to homeschooled students as well as public and private school enrollees. Many students enrolled in dual credit choose to take online classes to best suit their high school schedules, although they may also take classes on campus.
The cosmetology program on the central campus offers spa and salon services to students at extremely low prices. Services are performed by students in the cosmetology program under instructor supervision. They include haircuts, facials, manicures, hair coloring, highlights, and more.
In keeping with their mission to offer technical education and higher education opportunities to any adult who wishes to pursue them, San Jacinto offers open admissions. Some Allied Health and technical programs may have further requirements, and some have limited registration, so be sure to inquire in the department of your choice prior to enrolling.
In addition to the wide range of state and federal financial aid options available to college and university students in Texas, San Jacinto offers several of its own need- and merit-based scholarships.
Clubs and Organizations
There are over 80 student organizations on the San Jacinto campuses to meet the personal and professional interests of a wide range of students. They include such diverse options as Breakfast Club, Anime Brigade, Creative Writers Group, Jazz Club, Patriot Club, Secular Student Association, San Jacinto College Cycling Club, Campus Crusade for Christ, Male Initiative, League of United Latin American Citizens Student Organization, and more. The Student Government Association is the voice of the student body in administrative and other public matters.
Dining on Campus
Dining options on the SJCC campuses include the Chablis restaurant on North Campus. Chablis is the learning lab for students in the culinary arts program. The restaurant offers a fixed menu several times a semester for lunches and dinners. Both the Central and South campuses house Pizza Huts and A&W restaurants. These restaurants are open from 10 AM to 5 PM Monday through Thursday and 10 AM to 2 PM on Friday. South Campus is also home to Raven Café, which offers standard coffee shop fare.
The Student Services office offers a wide range of support services to assist students in academic success. These services include academic counselling, career counselling, employment placement services, personal counselling, testing services, and disability services.
Child care is available on campus at The Laboratory School, which is accredited by the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs and licensed by the Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Service. There is a branch of the center on each campus. The Central Campus Laboratory School accepts children from 18 months to 4 years, while the North Campus Laboratory School and South Campus Laboratory School both accept children from 6 weeks to 5 years.
The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) is an assessment testing program mandated by state law for any student entering a public college or university. Approved tests include the Quick THEA, Accuplacer, and Asset. Students for whom English is not a first language are also required to take the Compass Test and the Lindholm Test. The San Jacinto College Testing Center is open from 8 AM to 7 PM Monday to Thursday and 9 AM to 5 PM on Friday.
The athletic department at San Jacinto competes in the NJCAA. Men’s sports include baseball, basketball, and soccer. Women’s sports include basketball, softball, and volleyball. There is a competitive cheer squad as well. School colors are blue and gold.
The campus recreation program offers intramural sports for recreational athletes, including sand flag football, ultimate Frisbee, soccer, volleyball, softball, basketball, sand volleyball, golf, racquetball, table tennis, tennis, swimming, and more.
Well-known San Jacinto Community College alumni include:
- Actor Patrick Swayze
- NBA All Star Steve Francis
- Major League pitchers Andy Petitte and Roger Clemens
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