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Apollo 7's Walter Cunningham speaks at UHCL

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More than 220 space enthusiasts heard Apollo 7 astronaut Walter Cunningham’s perspectives on the past, present and future of manned space flight in a public discussion on Jan. 5 at University of Houston-Clear Lake. The lecture kicked off the 2017 season of the university’s Clear Lake Association of Senior Programs “Visions in Our Midst” Distinguished Speaker Series. Cunningham, far right, and his wife, Dot, posed with CLASP Speaker Series Chair and UHCL Distinguished Alumna Marilyn K. Lunney (second from right), and her husband, retired NASA engineer Glynn S. Lunney, who was flight director during the Gemini and Apollo programs and later, manager of the space shuttle program. The 11-day mission of Apollo 7 in 1968 in a newly redesigned command module set the stage for the 1969 moon landing of Apollo 11.

“Today, Apollo 7 is still the longest, most ambitious and most successful first test flight of any new flying machine,” Cunningham said.

Caldwell named new SJC police chief

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Caldwell BruceCALDWELLBruce Caldwell has been named Chief of Police at San Jacinto College, bringing with him more than 30 years of law enforcement and public safety experience.

Caldwell, who has served as the interim chief of police at San Jacinto College since December 2015, will oversee a San Jacinto College police force of 44 full-time officers that monitor all four San Jacinto College campuses, 10 extension centers and the College administration office. He will also oversee the College’s emergency management department and provide leadership for campus safety, crime prevention, parking and traffic control. Caldwell is the ninth police chief in the history of the department.

“I am honored to be appointed as the Chief of the San Jacinto College police department,” said Caldwell, who officially assumed the role on Jan. 1, 2017. “I am excited to continue working with the College administration and the command staff of the police department to provide quality police services to the San Jacinto College community.”

DPHS student to perform at inauguration ball

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Ashley Fuertes was supposed to participate in this year's Deer Park High School Majestic Court later this month. Instead, the senior will travel to Washington DC to perform at the presidential inauguration ball Jan. 19. She was slected from a pool of all-state dancers and is the first Deer Escort to be invited to perform at the inauguration festivities. 

SJC offers free yoga, career coaching courses

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It’s a new year, and the Community Education Center at San Jacinto College wants to help fulfill those resolutions by offering career coaching, job training, and health and wellness workshops to community members free of charge.

The Center, located at the College’s Central Campus in room C-1.108, will host its first event on Jan. 11 with Career Pathways Coaching and Testing in partnership with Accelerate Texas from 1 to 5 p.m. This event will be followed by an information session on how to apply for free job training on Jan. 12 at 2 p.m.

TEA rating frustrates Deer Park ISD

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A Texas Education Agency rating released Friday has school districts across the state angered and confused. Several districts, including Deer Park ISD received an F rating in a preliminary report from the TEA. DPISD Superintendent Victor White explained the rating and his frustrations with the agency, saying the ratings system is a plane flying while TEA is still building it.

SJC graduates nurses into health care industry

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Approximately 167 San Jacinto College students became nurses this fall after receiving their associate degrees in nursing (ADN).

Many of them plan to transfer to universities and pursue their Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), while many plan to enter the workforce at surrounding hospitals and clinics. Liza Gonzalez gained valuable experience at seven clinical sites over the course of her two years in the San Jacinto College ADN program. At one of the sites, she watched the birth of a baby and is now considering working as a nurse in obstetrics and gynecology.

“At first, I was studying to become a teacher but I really found my niche in nursing,” said Gonzalez. “I plan to work as a nurse while getting my BSN online.”

Spencer Minor worked as a special education teacher and case manager for eight years after earning his bachelor’s degree from Stephen F. Austin State University. While he enjoyed the teaching profession, Minor said he found his calling in nursing and enrolled in the College’s LVN/Paramedic to ADN Transition program. LVN stands for Licensed Vocational Nursing. He is now able to work as a registered nurse for his current employer, Harris County Psychiatric Center.

“I wanted a career change because I really wanted to work in psychiatric nursing,” said Minor, who plans to pursue his BSN in the near future. “Going through the ADN program at San Jacinto College was tough; the nursing field is tough but it is all worth it.”

San Jacinto College offers ADN programs at the Central and North Campuses and an LVN/Paramedic to ADN Transition program at the South Campus. The College also offers LVN and Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) programs. For more information, visit