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City, state recognize San Jacinto College as Aspen Award finalist

The City of Houston proclaimed May 16, 2017 as San Jacinto College in the city. Pictured, left to right: Francisco Bautista, 2017 San Jacinto College graduate; Dave Martin, Council Member, City of Houston, District E; Marie Flickinger, Chair, San Jacinto College Board of Trustees; Dr. Brenda Hellyer, Chancellor, San Jacinto College; Cheryl Curtis, 2017 San Jacinto College graduate; Sylvester Turner, Mayor, City of Houston; Dan Mims, Vice Chair, San Jacinto College Board of Trustees; Dwight Boykins, Council Member, City of Houston. Photo credit: Jeannie Peng Mansyur, San Jacinto College marketing, public relations and government affairs department.

PASADENA, Texas – San Jacinto College continues to receive recognition from local and state elected officials and leaders for being named an Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence Rising Star recipient.

State leaders Sen. Sylvia Garcia (TX-6), Rep. Greg Bonnen, MD (TX-24), and Rep. Mary Ann Perez (TX-144) each congratulated the College with resolutions and recognitions from the state. City of Houston Councilmen Dwight Boykins (District D) and Dave Martin (District E) presented the College with a proclamation declaring May 16, 2017 as San Jacinto College Day in Houston.

“On behalf of our Board of Trustees, faculty and staff, and our students, I want to thank our elected officials and the City of Houston for these recognitions,” said Dr. Brenda Hellyer, San Jacinto College Chancellor. “This award is not something we sought, but rather a result of the hard work and dedication of everyone at San Jacinto College to ensure that our students finish what they came here to start.”

As a 2017 Aspen Prize finalist, San Jacinto College is recognized as one of the top five – out of more than 1,100 – community colleges in the nation. To read more about the College’s Aspen Prize honor, visit