Founded in 1960 as East Harris County Union Junior College, the current San Jacinto College has grown to include three campuses and a online learning for the convenience of it’s students. There are associate degrees leading toward employment after graduation or for transfer to a four-year college or university, and there are certificates that can earned. Students here have the option of centering their studies in Business, Career & Technical Education, Fine Arts, Health Sciences, Liberal Arts, Industrial Technology, and STEM—which has a partnership with NASA’s Johnson Space Center.
There are also courses available for continuing and professional development, to help employees advance in their careers. Students can also take advantage of the state-of-the-art facilities on campus, including a golf course, spa, and a concert hall.
Career-oriented degrees and certificates are offered in a wide range of disciplines that are housed in seven different departments.
Students can earn an Associate of Arts transfer degree, or a technical degree or certificate. These classes have the benefit of hands-on creative work in state-of-the-art studios while pursing Art & Design, Audio Engineering, Broadcast Technology, Dance, Interior Design, Music, or Theatre & Film.
The Associate of Arts in Business Field of Study, which transfers to complete a bachelor’s degree can be earned or technical degrees or certificates are another option. Many business professionals enroll here to stay current and advance their skills in the Continuing and Professional Development programs. The school has a comprehensive list of fields available for study including Accounting, International Business, Paralegal Studies, and Restaurant Management just to name a few.
The Associate of Science transfer degree along with various technical degrees and certificates are available in this department. The school offers a wide range of subjects in the health field, including Dental Assisting, Nursing, Sonography plus many others.
Career & Technical Education
This department offers associate’s degrees to transfer to a bachelor’s degree program, the specialized certificate of technology, and the Occupational certificate. Students have lots of hands-on courses in this department to prepare for a career in the technical fields ranging from cosmetology, aviation, culinary/restaurant management, maritime technology, and even truck driving, plus many more.
This department awards technical degrees or certificates. Students can enroll in Electrical Technology, Electronics Technology Instrumentation, Non-Destructive Testing Technology, Occupational Health and Safety Technology, Pipefitting, Process Technology, or Welding Technology.
The Associate of Arts transfer degree or technical degrees or certificates are offered in this department. Here, students opt to study teaching, English, Speech, Journalism, and others. Critical thinking and communication are emphasized, and students graduate with a broad wealth of knowledge as they enter the workforce or continue on with their studies.
Most Popular Fields of Study
Students applying must submit an official application, transcripts from high school or equivalent and all previously attended colleges. Students must also submit SAT/ACT/COMPASS test scores.
Students are also strongly encouraged to attend the new student orientation prior to the start of the semester.
Students that are in need of financial aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form to be considered. The school offers many types of aid including loans, grants and scholarships.
Grants include the Pell Grant, the TEXAS Grants, and Texas Public Education Grants.
Loans include The Federal Family Education Loan Program.
A bevy of scholarships are awarded through the San Jacinto College Foundation.
The school also offers a Federal Work Study Program that helps students pay tuition through work. Contact the Financial Aid office directly to set up an appointment if further guidance is needed.
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San Jacinto College offers many clubs and organizations including the Creative Writing club, the Herodotus Society and the Racquetball Club. The Central campus of the college runs an 18 hole golf course with deep discounts for students.
The Cosmetology Program runs a salon and spa that is open to the public so students can perfect their techniques while customers get a great deal.
The student run Food Pantry was created to assist fellow students in need. Food must be requested and there are only two distribution days each month for pick up. Donations are also warmly welcomed.
Student Enrollment Demographics
The Coyotes participate in many intercollegiate programs including baseball, basketball, and soccer, while competing in the Region XIV of the NJCAA. Facilities at the school include a track and soccer field, a baseball diamond, and tennis courts.
Accreditation is provided by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
Justine Ventimiglia graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Michigan – Dearborn. Currently residing in a 1950’s modest ranch in Metro Detroit, she enjoys researching and writing about Mid Century Modern furniture and decor as she works on restoring her home and documenting the process.