Brazosport College is a community college in Lake Jackson, Texas. It was created in 1948 to meet the needs of post-war Texas. Today, the student population is more than 25,000. About one third of the students attend full-time; the remaining two-thirds attend part time.
The college is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. The campus is located on 156 rural acres surrounding Oyster Creek, 22 miles from Sweeny, 11 miles from Brazoria, 19 miles from West Columbia, 8 miles from Angleton and Freeport, and 2 miles from Clute, Lack Jackson, and Richwood.
The academic program offers dozens of direct entry career track programs and sixteen transfer-track majors. In addition to technical programs, the college has a particularly good reputation for their health professional direct entry degrees. Health professional programs include Emergency Medical Services, Licensed Vocational Nursing, Associate Degree Nursing,
Bachelor of Applied Technology
One of the most popular majors, the Bachelor of Applied Technology (BAT) degree, is designed for people interested in a career in a supervisory level. The program has a focus on risk management, organizational issues, legal issues, technology, accounting, and human resources. Students may attend classes in either the morning or the evening, as the program is designed to accommodate working students. The course of study includes an internship and other experiential learning activities. Degree candidates may choose one of four specialty areas: Process Operations Management; Business Management; Safety, Health and Environmental Management; or General Technology Management. Applicants for the BAT must show that they can perform at college level in reading, writing, and mathematics. All college coursework must be graded “C” or better.
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.
Most Popular Fields of Study
In keeping with their mission to offer technical education and higher education opportunities to any adult who wishes to pursue them, admissions are non-competitive and open. Some 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, Brazosport offers several of their own need- and merit-based scholarships. Roughly half of all their students receive financial aid of some kind.
There is a traditional cafeteria on campus for convenience of the student body. It serves a variety of healthy and convenient foods, including several vegetarian and a few vegan options. The cafeteria is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner five days a week.
Clubs and Organizations
There are several dozen student organizations to meet the personal and professional interests of a wide range of students. The Student Government Association is the voice of the student body in administrative and other public matters.
The Student Services office offers a wide range of academic counselling, personal counselling, and career counselling for current students. Both current and former students are welcome to make the most of the office’s employment services and placement services.
The Bill & Julia May Children’s Center serves children aged 6 weeks to 5 years, Monday to Friday, from 7 AM to 5:30 PM. Students have first priority for available spaces in the center. Children may be enrolled full-time or part-time through the Exploratorium program for students who want child care only while they are in class. The Children’s Center adheres to the standards of the National Association for the Education of the Young Child (NAEYC), which are higher than those of the state of Texas.
Student Enrollment Demographics
Student Graduation Demographics
There is no competitive athletics department, although there are a wide range of intramural activities for student enjoyment throughout the year, including basketball, golf, soccer, softball, table tennis, and volleyball.
Students spend much of their recreational time in nearby Houston. With a population of over 2 million people, Houston is one of the largest and most vibrant cities in the United States. There are several colleges and universities in Houston, including University of Houston, University of Houston Clear Lake, University of Houston Downtown, Rice University, and Texas Southern University. As a result,there is a vibrant student culture in the city with a large choice of amenities.
Of interest to graduates, Houston is an economic center for conventional energy, renewable energy, biomedical research, and aeronautics—all fields which hire students from Brazosport. Some of the largest companies in the Houston area that hire alumni include ConocoPhillips, Marathon Oil, Sysco, Haliburton, Enterprise Products Partners, Apache, Kinder Morgan, Fronteir Oil, Group 1 Automotive, and Spectra Energy.
Houston is particularly known for its annual Livestock Show and Rodeo, Pride Parade, Greek Festival, and Bayou City Art Festival. Downtown Houston features a 17-block Theater District with entertainment, pool, live music venues, bars, restaurants, shopping, and more. Additional features include:
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