As rankings show the United States lagging behind in math and science, San Jacinto College aims to increase student interest in the careers that will demand more of those science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills.
The College recently hosted a Partners in STEM reception at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, kicking off the formation of a STEM Council and raising more than $10,000 for STEM student scholarships. Comprised of faculty experts and administrators, the Council is working to develop initiatives to educate students and the community on the various pathways that lead to the STEM careers, which is projected to comprise 60 percent of the new jobs, yet only 20 percent of the current workforce is qualified, according to the National Math and Science Initiative.
Dr. Sonia Garcia, director of recruitment for the College of Geosciences at Texas A&M University, said very few students are aware of the large variety of careers in high demand that relate back to the STEM fields.
University of Houston-Clear Lake Professor of Computer Science Sadegh Davari received a $1.1 million grant from the National Science Foundation to establish the "Collaborative STEP: Bridges to STEM Careers Program." The goal of the five-year technology alliance between UH-Clear Lake and San Jacinto College District is to increase the number of students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.
Co-investigators for the grant are UHCL Professor of Computer Science and Computer Information Systems Sharon P. Hall, Lecturer/System Administrator of Computer Science and Computer Information Systems Krishani Abeysekera and Grants Development Associate Anne Reilly. The project proposal was presented in collaboration with a proposal from San Jacinto College District. Jim Meeks, lead instructor at San Jacinto College South Campus, Norman Liebling, professor of computer information technology at San Jacinto College Central Campus, and Nate Wiggins, professor of engineering and math at San Jacinto College North Campus, are the San Jacinto College co-principal investigators.
The following is a list of arrests filed by the Deer Park Police Department from Dec. 2-9 along with nine warrant arrests. The information was retrieved from P2C. All locations are posted as blocks. Suspects are innocent until proven guilty. Court decisions are not reflected in this report.
8 p.m. Possession of marijuana, 4300 College Park Dr.
9 p.m. Driving while license invalid, 3500 Center St.
12:06 a.m. Possession of drug paraphernalia, 1200 W. Thirteenth St.
12:16 a.m. Driving while license invalid, 1200 W. Thirteenth St.
Two graduates of San Jacinto College's Intentional Connections program were recently recognized for achievements. From left, college preparatory instructor and Intentional Connections mentor Darlene McClain; student Jorge Escamilla, who earned a welding technology certificate of technology; welding instructor Tino Guajardo; student Jerrell Goudeau, who earned a welding technology certificate of technology; and Myrna Gonzalez, college preparatory instructor and Intentional Connections coordinator. The North Campus Intentional Connections program provides mentoring to lower level developmental students who struggle with core subjects, but want to complete college and improve their lives. Photo credit: Rob Vanya, San Jacinto College marketing, public relations, and government affairs department.
Deer Park High School soccer player Chelsea York recently signed her letter to play soccer at the University of St. Thomas. Pictured with Chelsea are her parents Donna and James, sister Alyssa, University of St. Thomas Head Women's Soccer Coach Nikola Barjaktarevic, strength and conditioning coordinator Doug Bull, Chelsea's brothers Jeremy and James, club soccer coach Mike Asen, DPHS Head Girls Soccer Coach Leslie Porterfield, and DPHS Assistant Girls Soccer Coach Karla Scherm. Photo provided by Jeri Martinez/DPISD.
Deer Park city council approved several actions during their meeting Tuesday night.
During its regular agenda, council appointed councilmembers Thane Harrison as representative and Beckie Stockstill-Cobb as alternate to the Houston-Galveston Area Council General Assembly and Board of Directors.
Council also approved utilization agreements with Deer Park Pony Baseball, Deer Park Little League, Quest, Deer Park Youth Baseball and Deer Park Girls Softball; as well as a contractors agreement with the Deer Park Seals swim team.
In other business, council also approved a proposal from Ron Cox Consulting for facilitating a goal setting/strategic planning process for council and city staff; the request of Pasadena Taxi to operate a taxi cab business in the city; transferring the retired police department phone system to the Greater Harris County 9-1-1 Emergency Network; and amending the fee schedule for building permit fees.
A proposed ordinance to abandon a right-of-way easement was postponed at the request of the developer.