When it comes to collaboration, the San Jacinto College STEM Council has it down to a science. Each year, the Council partners with universities, local and national organizations and K-12 schools to bring science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to more people and to give San Jacinto College students opportunities to apply what they’ve learned in the classroom.
For its work in bringing STEM education to more than 7,000 pre-college age students, San Jacinto College was honored among the top three institutions and organizations nationwide for the ChemLuminary Award for STEM Outreach. The College and STEM Council were recognized in Washington D.C. at the national meeting of the American Chemical Society, as well as the Greater Houston Section of the American Chemical Society awards banquet.
STEM outreach events at San Jacinto College have included partnering with Mind Trekkers for a two-day STEM festival, bringing experiments to local elementary schools and the community, and inviting students to serve as judges for local school science fairs. The College also hosts STEM Expos at the Central, North and South Campuses for Communities in Schools' Afterschool Centers on Education participants and hosts the Pasadena Independent School District’s annual regional science fair each year. Special guest speakers from industry and universities are invited to the College each semester to provide internship information and insight on trending topics to students. San Jacinto College faculty and students also serve a large role in bringing robotics and virtual reality activities to the community and participating in research with the University of Houston-Clear Lake and assisting with the FIRST Robotics Competition Championship in Houston.
STEM collaborative efforts in 2017 have resulted in San Jacinto College students being accepted for undergraduate research with the Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program at Rice University, the University of Iowa’s Continuing Umbrella of Research Experiences (CURE) program and NASA.
The Pathway to Student Success
Student success is at the heart of everything we do. In recognition of our continuous effort to improve student success, San Jacinto College has been selected as one of 30 colleges nationwide to participate in the American Association of Community Colleges Pathways Initiative. This work aims to create a student-ready college that promotes completion of student educational goals through well-defined pathways and customer-service focused support.
The San Jacinto College vision for Pathways is that a student should never fail because of a barrier we overlooked or created. Our faculty and staff are working together, examining processes and procedures, and determining if they present unintended barriers to student success and completion. With the help of faculty, we are getting student input on what barriers they encounter along their educational pathway. As a result, a group of leaders in student support services, faculty, financial aid and administration has begun the job of examining and redesigning the student experience from enrollment through the last semester. The intended result is for students to complete their certificate or degree in a timely manner to transfer to a four-year university as a junior or move into a career in their chosen field.
This hard work will result in well-defined pathways that support our students in the quest for a brighter future for themselves and their families. To find out more about the San Jacinto College Pathways Initiative, visit sanjac.edu/pathways.