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Robotics students headed to inaugural NASA Swarmathon competition

Written by InsideDP.com staff. Posted in Schools

SJC RoboticsSan Jacinto College robotics students will join University of Houston-Clear Lake students as a combined team competing in the inaugural NASA Swarmathon competition in Florida. Pictured: San Jacinto College robotics students Luis Pantoja (left) and Bernardo Ramos (right) make wheel adjustments for the “Swarmie” robot featured in the competition. Photo credit: Andrea Vasquez, San Jacinto College marketing, public relations, and government affairs department.

Several robotics students will represent San Jacinto College as they team with the University of Houston-Clear Lake to compete in NASA’s inaugural Swarmathon robotics competition at NASA Kennedy Space Center in Florida April 18 – 22.

Twelve teams representing 14 minority serving universities and community colleges nationwide were selected to compete in the physical Swarmathon competition, and 23 additional teams will compete in the virtual competition. San Jacinto College, in partnership with UHCL, as well as the University of Houston main campus, are the only two participating teams from Texas.

Bus incident stops traffic on Georgia Avenue

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Schools

busincidentDeer Park Police and DPISD officials check on a bus driver Tuesday afternoon. A special needs student became agitated, necessitating the driver to stop. The driver sustained a minor injury. Photo by Andrew Pressley.

Northbound lanes of Georgia Avenue north of Thirteenth Street were blocked Tuesday following an incident on a Deer Park ISD bus.

At approximately 4 p.m., a special needs student became agitated, prompting the bus driver to stop the bus, according to Matt Lucas, Deer Park ISD communications director.

Although Deer Park Police arrived on the scene, the incident did not involve an accident, Lucas said. The parent of the student arrived and picked up the student.

The bus driver sustained a minor injury. There were no other students on the bus and traffic was reopened a short time later.

One Act Play has high hopes with Shakespearean spin-off

Written by Holly Galvan. Posted in Schools

OAPWith their performance of "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead," students in Deer Park High School's One Act Play hope to land a spot at the UIL state competition. Photo by Holly Galvan.

Deer Park One Act Play is set to dazzle the crowd and judges at its regional competition April 23 at 5 p.m. at San Jacinto College’s Central campus.

OAP is preforming “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead,” which focuses on the characters who died in Shakespeare’s Hamlet, with a focus on Rosencrantz and Guildenstern.

Deer Park One Act Play received All Star Cast and outstanding technician awards in the Bi-District competition.

OAP Director Kelly Lawrence said student actors Alec White and Eli Martinez are both seniors and have acted together in class and onstage for their entire high school careers.

Maritime companies scout for interns and employees at SJC

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SJC MaritimeScoutingJordan Gray, maritime student at San Jacinto College, interviews for an internship with Jason Buster, Mark Murphy, and Brian Sadler with Cheryl K Marine. The maritime company was one of 10 companies that recently visited the College to interview students for summer internships and employment. Photo credit: Jeannie Peng-Armao, San Jacinto College marketing, public relations, and government affairs department.Ten maritime companies looking to hire interns and full-time employees recently conducted interviews with students at the San Jacinto College Maritime Technology and Training Center on the Maritime Campus.

After a day of maritime transportation classes, the students gathered their resumes, took to the hallways, and waited their turns to speak with company representatives to vie for internships. Companies that interviewed students included Higman Marine, Buffalo Marine, Cheryl K Marine, Harley Gulf Marine, Marquette Transportation, Martin Marine, G&H Towing, Harbor Services, J.A.M. Services, and BaySmart.

"It's really cool that companies come here and interview us in our classrooms," said Richard Zienty, who interned last summer with Buffalo Marine and rode from Houston to Lake Charles and everywhere in between. "I'm interviewing for my second internship this summer but I'm also looking to get hired with a company.”

Texas ranks third in the nation, with Houston ranking second, for all domestic maritime industry jobs, according to a PricewaterhouseCoopers Study released by the American Maritime Partnership. Having a maritime training program just around the corner allows local maritime companies access to a pool of candidates ready for work in the maritime industry. Companies like Higman Marine, Buffalo Marine, and Cheryl K Marine have hired San Jacinto College interns and employees for the past three summers.

Engineering degree program recognized as leader in retention and transition

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SJC named 1 of 3 Hispanic Serving Institution award recipients

SJC HSI Retention and Transition AwardThe San Jacinto College engineering sciences associate degree program has been named a recipient of the Excellence in Retention and Transition for Hispanic Serving Institutions award by Texas A&M University. Pictured left to right: Dr. Brenda Jones, San Jacinto College South Campus provost; Andrew Vines, San Jacinto College South Campus department chair for chemistry, engineering, geology, and physics; Dr. Karen Duston, San Jacinto College South Campus engineering program coordinator and professor; Dr. Laurel Williamson, San Jacinto College deputy chancellor and president; and Dr. Brenda Hellyer, San Jacinto College chancellor. Photo credit: Andrea Vasquez, San Jacinto College marketing, public relations, and government affairs department.San Jacinto College is one of three Texas Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI) to be designated a recipient of the Excellence in Retention and Transition for Hispanic Serving Institutions award by Texas A&M University for its engineering sciences associate degree program.

Each award recipient institution receives a $1,500 award and an invitation to present at Texas A&M University’s HSI Mid Years Engineering Experience Conference (MYEEC). The international conference focuses on the middle years between engineering students’ first year and the final year, which includes an emphasis on sophomore retention, and discipline specific and professional preparation in their junior year.

Both Andrew Vines, San Jacinto College South Campus department chair for chemistry, engineering, geology, and physics, and Dr. Karen Duston, San Jacinto College South Campus engineering program coordinator and professor, presented their paper, “Instilling Student Confidence,” which highlighted successful student success strategies of the College’s engineering sciences associate degree program including confidence in the engineering program, confidence in student support, and confidence in completion of the program and successful matriculation into a four-year engineering program.

DPHS students reach for the long arm of the law

Written by Holly Galvan. Posted in Schools

DPHS CJclassDeer Park High School gives students potentially interested in a career in law enforcement a way to get an inside look into criminal justice. The criminal justice class is an introduction to law enforcement careers. Photo by Holly Galvan.For Deer Park High School students that have an interest in any aspect of law enforcement, the criminal justice class can give students more information. Students in the criminal justice class learn the foundation of law enforcement and an inside look in the field.

Student Resource Officer Jason LaPoint showed students various equipment that was in their police vehicles that officers would need while out on patrol such as crime tape and traffic vests.

“We don’t want to place ourselves in dangerous situations. Items we keep in our vehicles can keep us safe,” said LaPoint, who is a Deer Park Police officer.

Officer Del Wilcoxson asked the group if they are interested in a career in law enforcement and got various responses. Some students want to be police officers, in the FBI and lawyers.