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Staying The Course

After serving 20 years in the U.S. Navy, working on the water is second nature to Shamez Davis. Wanting to incorporate his Navy experience into a civilian career, Davis enrolled in the College’s maritime program.

“There are quite a few veterans in my classes, ranging from all ages,” said Davis. “At 40, I’d say I’m the second-oldest in my cohort. We also have some students that are in the program right out of high school. We’re all learning from each other, and that’s something I like about the maritime program.”

Shamez Davis

Along with being a maritime student, Davis also works part-time in the Central Campus Veteran Student Success Center. “The first time I came to campus to get information on the maritime program, the veteran center staff members were very welcoming and helpful, and that stood out to me. I felt comfortable talking to them. It impressed me so much that I applied for a part-time position in the veteran center. Now that I’ve been working here, I feel fortunate to be that same helpful resource to veterans and their dependents who come to the veteran center.”

As he continues in his first year at San Jacinto College, Davis said that he hopes to be a part of any plans to expand the veteran center services to the Maritime Campus. “The College has done such a tremendous job with their veteran centers and the services they provide,” he said. “Because there are so many veterans at the Maritime Campus, if they decide to have a veteran center there, I definitely want to be a part of that.”

WalMart Donation

Special thanks go to
former Texas State
Representative and U.S.
Army veteran Wayne
Smith, who coordinated
two $10,000 donations
from Walmart to the San
Jacinto College Centers
of Excellence for Veteran
Student Success and Lee
College’s veteran student
programs. The donations
are part of Walmart’s
Veterans Welcome Home
Commitment program
that launched on
Memorial Day 2013. Since
then, more than 100,000
new veteran associates
have been hired and
more than 9,000 have
been promoted.