HOUSTON, Texas – The San Jacinto College North Campus held a groundbreaking for its state-of-the-art Cosmetology and Culinary Center, on Friday, Sept. 21, 2018.
The facility was made possible by community support of a $425 million bond referendum in 2015. The referendum will allow the College to build new facilities, update infrastructure and security, and remodel nine buildings that are at least 30 years old.
“At San Jacinto College, we are continually looking at how we can better serve our students with new facilities that meet both the needs of our industry as well as today’s modern student,” said Dr. Laurel Williamson, San Jacinto College vice chancellor and college president. “I want to thank our community members for supporting us and approving the bond so that we can better serve our community.”
The center will feature updated classroom space and modern labs to enhance the training for those interested in a cosmetology or culinary career. It will also house a full-service salon and spa and a bistro dining area open to the public.
“This facility is going to be a great resource not only for our students, but our community as well,” said Heather Rhodes, dean of business and technology. “Texas has one of the highest employment levels in cosmetology, and culinary is expected to grow 10 percent by the year 2026. We are excited to help fill that pipeline through our training programs.”
Senator Ted Cruz sent a letter of congratulations to the College in recognition of the groundbreaking event that read in part, “The fusion of academic rigor with hands-on experience has transformed lives and given Texans the opportunity to quickly discern and pursue their path in life. I join the students, leadership, faculty and staff in celebrating the remarkable difference this new building will make for students who are ready to find their path and launch a career in Cosmetology or Culinary.”
The center is slated to be completed in the spring of 2020.