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San Jacinto College
News Release
Friday, October 14, 2011

San Jacinto College to offer veterans scholarship for free training in high labor markets


PASADENA, Texas — Veterans interested in training in fields with increasing job opportunities may qualify for the San Jacinto College (SJC) Veterans Workforce Development Project grant to cover up to $2,100 for college tuition.

Provided through the United States Department of Labor, the grant includes scholarships for up to 50 veterans per semester and can be applied toward credit or certificate programs or noncredit programs in areas with increasing employment rates, such as basic welding, non-destructive testing, payroll specialist, emergency medical technician basic certification, environmental safety specialist, truck driving, computer specialist, or other programs chosen on the basis of regional labor market demands.

"The objective is for graduates to gain meaningful employment immediately at the conclusion of their training or education," said Dr. Sarah Janes, vice president of Continuing and Professional Development (CPD), adding that any unused funds from the grant will be made available to low-income and displaced workers. 

The application deadline for the first round of awards will be on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, with selectees being notified promptly thereafter. It is anticipated that awardees will commence training in early to mid January.

"This is just one more step in our efforts here at San Jacinto College to reach out and connect with the large veteran community we serve," said Alison Hennessey, CPD dean of community education. "Ultimately, we want to be the college of choice for all veterans regardless of whether they served ten years ago or ten days ago."

An advisory committee is currently being formed by the College to seek the leverage and talents of groups like the Texas Veterans Commission (TVC) and Workforce Solution officials.

For an application for the San Jacinto College Veterans Workforce Development Project grant, email:

The Continuing and Professional Development division of San Jacinto College offers programs and courses for individuals to retain or advance in their jobs, or make career transitions. The division provides training to companies and their employees to meet employers’ demands for a highly skilled workforce, while helping incumbent workers reach their potential.

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 more than 50 years. The College, an Achieving the Dream Leader College, is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of 30,000 students in over 140 degree and certificate options, including university transfer and career preparation. Students also benefit from the College’s job training programs, renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. Our graduates contribute nearly $630 million each year to the Texas workforce. San Jacinto College. Your Goals. Your College.

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