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Posts published in “Day: November 25, 2021

San Jac opens Generation Park campus

San Jacinto College president Brenda Hellyer, center, joins Ryan McCord, Destry Dokes, and others at the ribbon cutting.

EAST HARRIS COUNTY — The grand opening that was initially delayed by COVID-19, and then further by Hurricane Nicholas, finally took place on Friday, Oct. 22 at San Jacinto College’s newest campus – Generation Park. The event has been years in the making, but well worth the time and effort for those celebrating the fifth and most northern campus for San Jac. Faculty, administration, board members, community members, and other supporters gathered together on the beautiful 57-acre campus to participate in the ribbon cutting for the 55,000 square-foot facility that opened to students in fall of 2020.

“I am very excited to be here today,” said San Jacinto College Chancellor Dr. Brenda Hellyer. “Despite the delays of the official grand opening, the Generation Park campus has been serving the needs of the northern part of our taxing district for more than a year now. This campus is an asset to the community by bringing top-notch, nationally recognized education options to the Generation Park area. We are excited about the future graduates at this campus.”

The facility houses general education and academic classes, focusing on the needs of students looking to transfer to a four-year college or university. And beginning in the fall of 2021, Generation Park began workforce training solutions with the launch of Fundamentals of Supervision Academy. Generation Park leaders continuously meet with established and emerging industry partners to determine how the campus can assist with professional development needs in the areas of business operations, supply chain management, and entrepreneurship.

The new 55,000 square foot building at Generation Park is only the first of several planned for the new campus on the Beltway in East Harris County.

Hartman Bridge demonstrators found guilty

ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVISTS cling to the underside of the Hartman Bridge in September 2019, closing all traffic on the river below.

25 admit guilt; Greenpeace pays $58,450 fine

HARRIS COUNTY – Greenpeace paid $58,450 in criminal restitution to five local police and firefighter agencies as part of a plea agreement with 25 defendants, who executed a “takeover” of the Fred Hartman Bridge, closing the Port of Houston for approximately 24 hours in September 2019, Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg announced last week.

On the Greenpeace USA Twitter page, they stated that they were protesting the fossil fuel industry, and trying to block the oil tankers exporting in the channel below. The Coast Guard said they had closed about one-half mile of the channel for safety reasons. The protesters are dangling about 100 feet above the water. The bridge is 180 feet above the water. A fall could be deadly, they were warned.

The protesters said that their plan was to dangle in place for 24 hours, but after only 12 hours into the incident, authorities had removed most of them.

“Regardless of motive, it is illegal to risk the lives of law enforcement and ordinary people who must drive the bridge. They wasted the time of police officers and firefighters, who potentially could have been used to respond to real emergencies,” Ogg said.

Essential to get our Children vaccinated

County Connection
by Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo

So many Harris County residents who have gotten vaccinated still have feelings of anxiety about COVID, and it’s understandable. Children under the age of 12 have been ineligible to receive the vaccine and remained unprotected from this pandemic that has taken so many lives. This week finally marks the end of the wait — the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) and Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have approved the vaccine for kids ages 5 to 11, an essential piece of our response to COVID-19 that is long overdue.

And, though many parents are eager to get their children vaccinated, others may still be hesitant. Parents should know that the vaccine is safe — the side effects adults have experienced, like a short-lived fever and cold-like symptoms, are less likely to affect kids. It’s also effective — it has a 90% effectiveness rate in preventing children ages 5 through 11 from contracting COVID19. Although younger children are less likely to be hospitalized or lose their lives from the virus, they can still suffer from various long-term effects of COVID-19. If you want to protect your kids from getting sick from COVID-19, there is no reason to delay signing up for this vaccine.