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Mayor: City remains strong, future remains bright

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Deer Park is not immune to the economic hardship faced by the rest of the nation. However, Deer Park Mayor Wayne Riddle said Deer Park remains a strong viable city for its citizens and businesses. He gave the annual State of the City address Thursday to the Deer Park Chamber of Commerce.
The global economy may be struggling, "But this is Deer Park," Riddle said. "We are a little bit different. As bad as the economic conditions might be, our city has weathered worse in past years. We have not just survived, but we have been very watchful of your money, remain strong financially and continue to work each year with a balanced budget."
Riddle said the positives would not mask any challenges the city is facing now and in the future. He said Deer Park has aging infrastructure and drainage issues that are on the forefront for city leaders.
"We are going to face those challenges just like we have faced all the other challenges in the past – head on and we will take care of it," he said. "I am proud to say that the state of our city remains strong and the future of our city remains bright."

SJC awarded $4.7 million for job training

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The U.S. Department of Labor announced earlier this week that San Jacinto College, in partnership with Brazosport College and Lee College, have been awarded more than $4.7 million for training workers in the petrochemical and energy industries.

The grant, funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, will allow the three schools to provide comprehensive petrochemical training programs for low income, unemployed incumbent workers, and Hispanic women. Additional partners include Dow Chemical, East Harris County Manufacturers Association, and Shell Oil Company.
"This grant provides a great opportunity for our constituents who are out of work or need additional skills to receive training locally through San Jacinto Community College," said Rep. Gene Green (D-TX-29). "San Jacinto has a history of working with local industry to train workers with skill sets that are in demand, and this grant brings the College together again with a number of local companies and industry groups."

Military News: Travis Tibbitt promoted

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Travis Tibbitt Deer Park High School class of 1995 was promoted to Gunnery Sergeant of Marines on March 1, 2010. He entered into the Marine Corps on Sept 18, 1995. Pictured are his wife, Leslie Carey Tibbitt (DPHS Class of 1997), Tibbitt and their son Aidan Tibbitt 6 years old.

Travis Tibbitt Deer Park High School class of 1995 was promoted to Gunnery Sergeant of Marines on March 1, 2010. He entered into the Marine Corps on Sept 18, 1995. Pictured are his wife, Leslie Carey Tibbitt (DPHS Class of 1997), Tibbitt and their son Aidan Tibbitt 6 years old.

College's auto tech student earns prestigious Jack Smith scholarship

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Marvin Angel, an exemplary automotive technology student at San Jacinto College, recently received the prestigious Jack Smith scholarship. The $5,000 scholarship is administered through the Automotive Youth Educational Systems, a national organization that coordinates educational partnerships between manufactures, dealers, high schools and colleges.

Angel earned the Smith scholarship, named for a former chairman of General Motors, because of his high grade point average, and based on an essay he wrote about his educational and career goals.
Angel speaks highly of the AYES program and San Jacinto College's nationally acclaimed automotive technology program, especially the internships through which students are able to work at area dealerships. "To me, hands-on training is better because it is better to do the actual work than to just read a book and try to imagine how to do it in your head," said Angel, who receives intern training at the Momentum BMW dealership in Southwest Houston. "I think I have a great advantage because I am learning about the real world of business."

Small Business Development Center sets workshop about Web site content, management

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The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at San Jacinto College will offer a public workshop that provides guidelines for creating and maintaining Web site content.

"Web Content and Vision Workshop" will be March 10 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., at the SBDC's Pearland office, located at 6117 Broadway (inside the Pearland Commerce Center). The "lunch and learn" workshop will cover:

SJC offers free information on Alternative Teacher Certification

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The Continuing and Professional Development division of San Jacinto College is offering a free information session about the Alternative Teacher Certification program, which provides the opportunity to become a certified teacher in the state of Texas.

"If you've always thought about teaching and are considering a career move, this is a perfect time to get the information you need on how to become a certified teacher in the state of Texas," said Heidi Cisneros, program manager.

SJC and LeTourneau University provide seamless transfers through articulation agreement

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San Jacinto College and LeTourneau University have entered into an articulation agreement to allow students to pursue bachelor's degrees that stem from SJC programs.

LETU is a part of the University Connection at the SJC North campus and offers bachelor's degrees from the College's business management, child development/early childhood, and mental health services programs.

The Good News!

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TWC announces wage subsidies

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Texas employers can receive monetary incentives for hiring unemployed workers under a two-year, $15 million program promoted by Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and funded by the Legislature last session. Texas Back to Work offers employers wage subsidies for hiring qualified out-of-work Texans, the Texas Workforce Commission announced recently.

Military: Jesse Villareal

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JESSE VILLAREALAir Force Airman Jesse Villarreal graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.
The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.
Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.
Villareal is the son of Norma and Jesse Villarreal of Pasadena and is a 2009 graduate of Deer Park High School.

DPPD outlines new system

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Citizens to have easier access to reports, more on OSSI

The Deer Park Police Department recently joined a consortium of law enforcement agencies that operates by sharing the same police specific software. The consortium includes La Porte, League City, Webster and Friendswood, among others.

The inter-agency cooperation allows each department to enhance its capabilities by sharing databases of information quickly and efficiently while still running autonomously. The alliance of the departments offers benefits to both the law enforcement community and the citizen by enhancing the quality and availability of useful information.
The software upgrade implemented by the Deer Park Police Department now allows citizens to access large quantities of information about their community online. Citizens will have access to incident, arrest, and accident reports from any computer that has internet service. In addition, inquiring persons will also be able to use a web based crime report program to obtain statistics about the city.

DPJH's Gordon tops Channel 11's teacher poll

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When students walk into Diane Gordon's language arts class, they know they are walking into the most challenging class of the day. They will also walk in knowing they are loved, encouraged and respected by their teacher. Recently, KHOU Channel 11 as the top teacher recognized Gordon on the station's Top 11 Houston-area Teachers list. Gordon, a teacher at Deer Park Junior High, is in her 35th year of teaching.

"The students are people. Sometimes, they are looked as students who are here for the duration of the school day and then are gone. My classroom is a family and I have four families in here during the day," Gordon said. "When you are part of the family, you are expected to perform and contribute."
The family-like atmosphere also celebrates accomplishments and picks up each other when there is bad news.
Seventh-grader Megyn Gordon (no relation) said her language arts teacher "is not like a normal teacher that you have every day. She actually cares about you. You actually enjoy coming her class. When we leave, it's a good feeling. You know that she is there for you when something has gone wrong in your life. She makes your day better. She knows when you are having a bad day."

Cring, Clazzy to visit DPUMC

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On Sunday, March 21, Deer Park United Methodist Church will host daily columnist/humorist, Jonathan Richard Cring and master musician Janet Clazzy. The performances are at 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. and feature music and monologue, including readings from Cring's book Digging for Gold (in the rule) with original musical tunes performed by Clazzy on the oboe and WX-5 Wind Machine.  

Mr. Cring is the author of eleven books, including I'M. . .the legend of the son of man, 20 Other Reasons to Kiss a Frog, Jesonian, and Living a Legendary Life, a winner of a Billboard Music Award, recent recipient of the Best Screenplay Award at the Top Ten Films in America, and has a daily column at