PASADENA, Texas — San Jacinto College has been recognized by the Texas Association of School Boards with the "Stand Up for Texas Public Schools" Award for its support of the Pasadena Independent School District.
As a critical partner in the education system in our region, San Jacinto College has supported Pasadena ISD in many ways — from robust dual credit and Early College High School programs that allow students to earn their associate degree prior to high school graduation to sponsoring the Pasadena Education Foundation's annual gala and the McDonald's Invitational. The College also recently launched the Harris County Promise @ San Jac Program with three Pasadena ISD high schools to help graduating seniors from Dobie, Sam Rayburn, and South Houston high schools pay for college at San Jacinto College.
"San Jacinto College is a longtime partner with Pasadena ISD," said Dr. Brenda Hellyer, Chancellor of San Jacinto College. "We are very honored to receive this award, but we don't do these things for awards. We do them because it is what our students and community need, and it is what is going to make students successful in their higher education journey."
Pasadena ISD nominated the College for the award. The Texas Association of School Boards allows school districts to recognize outstanding businesses and community groups through its Business Recognition Program, which is an annual program started in 2014 to recognize the generous assistance provided to districts by businesses and other community organizations.
In a letter received from the Texas Association of School Boards executive director James B. Crow, it states, "On behalf of the Board of Directors and staff at TASB, I thank you and recognize you as an example in your community. Your unselfish willingness to go the extra mile for schools is an inspiring testimony to your support of students and schools."
To learn more about the "Stand Up for Texas Public Schools" initiative and award, visit https://www.tasb.org/
About San Jacinto College
Surrounded by monuments of history, evolving industries, maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has served the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, since 1961. San Jacinto College is among the top 10 community colleges in the nation as designated by the Aspen Institute for Community College Excellence, and was named an Achieving the Dream Leader College of Distinction in 2020. The College serves approximately 45,000 credit and non-credit students annually, and offers more than 200 degrees and certificates across eight major areas of study that put 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. The College is fiscally sound, holding bond ratings of AA and Aa2 by Standard & Poor's and Moody's.