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DP fishing team set to reel in big catch, scholarships

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2017 fishing team picPhoto provided by Marion Fenley.

Deer Park High School is a member of the SETX Fishing organization which is by far the largest organized fishing circuit in the world with an average of 450 teams high school teams per tournament. A season consist of five tournaments where students fish for points in hopes to gain a spot for the championship weekend, which is a two-day tournament.

UHCL to break ground on new buildings

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UHCL GroundBreakingUniversity of Houston-Clear Lake will soon break ground on two new buildings at UH-Clear Lake and one new building at UH-Clear Lake Pearland Campus. Above is an artist’s rendering of a Recreation and Wellness Center, which is expected to open the fall of 2018 at UHCL, 2700 Bay Area Blvd., Houston. Groundbreaking ceremonies for this and a STEM and Classroom Building are 2-3 p.m. Friday, March 31. Later this spring the university plans to break ground on a Health Sciences and Classroom Building at UHCL Pearland Campus, 1200 Pearland Pkwy., Pearland. It is expected to open in the spring of 2019. The facilities are expected to help meet the growing needs of area communities and future workforce.

Be a part of history as University of Houston-Clear Lake breaks ground on two new buildings at UH-Clear Lake and one new building at UH-Clear Lake Pearland Campus. The facilities will help meet the growing needs of area communities and future workforce.

Groundbreaking ceremonies are 2-3 p.m. Friday, March 31, for a $65.7 million STEM and Classroom Building and a $38.2 million Recreation and Wellness Center at UHCL, 2700 Bay Area Blvd., Houston. Both are expected to open the fall of 2018.

Later this spring the university plans to break ground on a $24.6 million Health Sciences and Classroom Building at UHCL Pearland Campus, 1200 Pearland Pkwy., Pearland. It is expected to open in the spring of 2019.

The STEM and Classroom Building will contain 121,575 square feet for the study of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. A three-story section will accommodate research labs; a two-story section will house offices and classrooms. The building will include 15 teaching labs for mechanical engineering, physics, chemistry, geology, industrial hygiene and environmental safety. It will also house 12 specialty rooms for mechanical-engineering projects, computer-aided drafting, 3-D printing and more. There will be a 100-seat tiered lecture hall, an astronomy observation deck, a 30-seat computer lab – and 13 faculty research labs with room for six more.

The 81,709 square-foot Recreation and Wellness Center will include academic and recreational wings, open study spaces, casual seating, food service and private study rooms. An indoor, elevated three-lane running track will provide runners a campus view while overlooking two regulation-sized basketball courts and a multi-activity court for indoor soccer, hockey and other sports. The entire court space can be converted into an event or dining hall. It will also feature weight and cardio rooms, two multipurpose rooms for yoga and other exercises as well as three teaching labs and two classrooms.

At UHCL Pearland Campus, the three-story, 69,539 square-foot Health Sciences and Classroom Building will include simulated hospital rooms, nurses and pharmacy station, biology and chemistry labs, a computer teaching lab, three large classrooms, a 42-steat active-learning classroom, a 100-seat tiered lecture hall, 19 faculty offices and private study rooms.

The STEM and health-sciences buildings were funded by the 2015 Texas Legislature. In the same session, a bill gave UHCL authority to assess fees for construction of the recreation center, contingent upon approval by student referendum and support from the UH System Board of Regents. The referendum passed in 2016.

Speaking recently at his annual Report to the Community, UHCL President William A. Staples lauded the community partnerships that made the university expansion possible.

“It’s all about partnerships. With who? Everybody. With people, with corporations, with foundations, with legislators, with our alumni, with cities, and obviously, with the many donors who support the many initiatives we have at UH-Clear Lake.” Staples said.

Later this year, the university expects to begin construction on a $22 million 300-bed student-housing project on the Clear Lake campus. Rental revenue is expected to pay for its construction. It is expected to be ready for occupancy in late 2018 or early 2019.

LBC Tank Terminals donates $200K to SJC Foundation

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SJC LBCterminalsTank Terminals Houston presented the San Jacinto College Foundation with a $200,000 check in support of student scholarships, equipment and facilities. Photo credit: Amanda Fenwick, San Jacinto College marketing, public relations and government affairs department.

LBC Tank Terminals Houston has pledged $200,000 to the San Jacinto College Foundation in support of student scholarships, program equipment and facilities support. The donation was presented to the San Jacinto College Board of Trustees on March 6.

“We are proud to be collaborating and partnering with the LBC Tank Terminal Group,” said Ruth Keenan, executive director of the San Jacinto College Foundation. “This legacy partnership will directly benefit our College, our students and their families, and the surrounding communities we serve.”

When complete, the total value of the partnership will be approximately $4.3 million. This total includes scholarship, program equipment and facilities support, site development in the form of prep work for facility expansion, additional parking and docking, and a 16-acre wetlands area improvement plan. In addition, LBC Tank Terminals Houston is offering internships for San Jacinto College students, job placement, and instructor support for the maritime and industrial technology trades programs.

“This is an investment in our youth, and an important investment to support our industry needs so that we can keep up with the growing workforce demand,” said LBC Tank Terminals Regional Business President, Americas, John Grimes. “Education is the foundation for our future. We are proud to partner with San Jacinto College and offer this contribution to do our part in filling the gaps in the workforce pipeline.”

LBC Tank Terminals Houston offers deep water access and connections via road, rail and pipelines to the greater Houston industrial complex and beyond. The terminal handles a wide range of chemicals, petrochemicals, oil products and other liquid products, while offering all ground and sea transport modes. It has three ship docks designed to handle large ships and barges, with a customer focus on providing the safest, most reliable and efficient tank storage and logistical systems.

San Jacinto College offers training for new and incumbent workers in maritime and industrial technology. The San Jacinto College maritime program offers training for working mariners to update their USCG certifications, the only associate degree program in maritime transportation in Texas for those who are new to the industry and an associate degree for cargo handling/logistics that is transferable to Texas Southern University and the University of Houston College of Technology. Introduction to Ships and Shipping courses are included in the College’s business administration associate degree, transferable to Texas A&M University in Galveston. Industrial technology training at San Jacinto College prepares students to earn an industry certification, certificate or associate degree in a variety of fields including welding, electrical technology, construction management, process technology, nondestructive testing and more.

From pop-ups to truffle challenges, culinary students make a name for themselves in Houston

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SJC ClarkCulinary arts instructor George Clark critiques the work of student Shonah Jefferson during a class at San Jacinto College. (left to right) Photo credit: Jeannie Peng Mansyur, San Jacinto College marketing, public relations and government affairs department.

Like a busy kitchen in the midst of a dinner rush, students and faculty from the San Jacinto College culinary/restaurant management program are cooking up contemporary and classic culinary concepts to the delight of foodies everywhere.

This academic year, San Jacinto College students from both the North and Central Campuses placed second and third out of five schools in the Hops & Hogs competition at St. Arnold's Brewery; took home the highest award at the Pasadena Taste of the Town; and participated in such events as Pasadena Night of Cuisine, the Truffle Challenge through Les Dames D’Escoffier and pop-up restaurants across the city. Not only did these events serve as a way to give students real-world kitchen experiences, they served as scholarship opportunities as well.

SJC awarded prestigous Rising Star prize

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San Jacinto College was awarded the Rising Star award from the Aspen Institute in Washington DC. The college was commended for improving student completion. San Jacinto College was also a finalist for the $1 million Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence.