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San Jacinto College
News Release
Thursday, June 16, 2011

Dual credit students celebrate achievements at recognition banquet


HOUSTON — San Jacinto College (SJC) North dual credit students recently gathered for an end-of-term recognition banquet to celebrate their accomplishments as high-achieving students.


The College’s dual credit program enables students from area school districts to take high school and college classes concurrently, which reduces college expenses while providing opportunities to shorten the length of time it takes to finish college. Students honored at the banquet included pharmacy technology and cosmetology dual credit students, as well as graduates of the innovative Modified Early College Academy (MECA) program. MECA is a two-year accelerated program at the North campus that begins the summer before the junior year of high school, in which qualifying high achieving students earn college credit and can earn associate degrees by the time they graduate from high school.


“San Jacinto College partners with area high schools to offer dual credit options for one main reason, we truly care about these young people and want to help them in every way to succeed and achieve their dreams,” commented Dr. Allatia Harris, president of the North campus. “It takes a lot of work and dedication to graduate and earn an associate degree as a MECA student, and we are proud of these students and expect to hear good things in the future about their accomplishments on the university level.”


SJC’s dual credit options have grown significantly in recent years, and that trend will continue, according to Pam Campbell, the College’s assistant vice chancellor for educational partnerships. “We recently opened a new dual credit center in La Porte, and are launching an early college high school at Pasadena High School,” Campbell commented. “Also, the College is expanding dual credit classes at C.E King High School.”


Campbell says dual credit classes offer key advantages for qualifying high school students. “The dual credit student who sticks with the program can enter a university already knowing from experience what college life is really like,” she said. “He or she knows about the enrollment process, the academic rigors of college courses, how to study and prepare for tests and projects, so the dual credit student has an advantage because of that head start.”


SJC dual credit students from C.E. King High School who were recognized at the banquet include Shawanna Bennett, Jacqueline Galeano, Whitney Cosey, Daniel Davila, Reginald Walker, Troy Williams, Bria Atkins, Brittany Brown, Lizette Gutierrez, Jonathan Billingsley, and Cristal Saenz.


Dual credit students from Channelview High School include Roldan Dominguez, Savan Bhakta, Stephanie Montalvo, Delores Martinez, Monica Tello, Courtney Hardy, Clarissa Perez, Stephanie Escobar, and Ana Benitez.


Dual credit students from Crosby High School include Roxana Bonilla, Nathaniel Bates, Bree Basgil, Cheyenne Taylor, and Rosa Olvera.


Dual credit students from North Shore High School include Anjanet Garcia, Beatrice Rios, Leslie Guerrero.


Yvonne Barrientos is the dual credit student from Galena Park High School who was recognized at the banquet.


PHOTO: San Jacinto College dual credit students who attended the recent recognition banquet included, from left, (first row): Nathaniel Bates, Monica Tello, Delores Martinez, Yvonne Barrientos, and Beatrice Rios; (second row): Jacqueline Galeano, Roxana Bonilla, Stephanie Montalvo, and Anjanet Garcia; (back row): Shawanna Bennett, Savan Bhakta, and Roldan Dominguez. Photo credit: Rob Vanya, San Jacinto College marketing department.


About San Jacinto College: Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for 50 years. The College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of more than 29,000 students in over 140 degree and certificate options, including university transfer and career-track choices. Students also benefit from the College’s job training programs, renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College. Your Goals. Your College.


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