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News Release
Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Commissioner Lee reflects on solid foundation he received at San Jacinto College


PASADENA, Texas – Veteran Harris County Pct. 1 Commissioner El Franco Lee got his start in higher education at San Jacinto College (SJC), where he received a solid foundation for pursuing his career goals.


Lee attended the Central Campus as a full-time student from 1968 to 1970, concentrating on math and science courses. He then transferred to Texas Southern University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial technology, and he also later studied civil technology at the University of Houston.


Lee recalls fond memories of his time as a SJC student. “I was provided the opportunity to gain exceptional academic training from a well-respected community college with an affordable tuition and user-friendly campus,” he commented. “Also, I was very fortunate to meet classmates where we formed friendships that remain in full force to this day.”


Lee chose San Jacinto College because of positive word-of-mouth advertising. “I had heard good things about San Jac from friends who had attended the college as well as adult mentors.” he said. “SJC has always been known for its affordability, quality curriculum, and instructors.”


Lee said he believes it is important for young people to attend college for higher education or technical career training. “Securing higher education and/or technical career training helps a young person to become a viable and contributing component of society,” he remarked. “For the most part, your educational level or technical skills determine your station in life and your ability to earn a living for you and your family. The level of your education and/or skills oftentimes determines the quality of your lifestyle. Simply earning a high school education will be insufficient to meet today’s job demands.”


Lee has served for 26 years as Harris County Pct. 1 Commissioner and will soon file for his eighth consecutive term. Pct. 1 includes communities near the SJC South Campus, and a road on the South Campus is named after the Commissioner. “I was very glad when I learned that a street on the College’s campus was to be named in my honor,” he commented. “It means a lot to me. I am an advocate of the community college method of education. It gives you a good and solid basic start in your educational pursuits.”


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.


For more information about San Jacinto College, please call 281-998-6150, visit, or follow us on Facebook at


Photo: Harris County Pct. 1 Commissioner El Franco Lee has fond memories of attending San Jacinto College as a full-time student from 1968 to 1970. Photo credit: Rob Vanya, San Jacinto College marketing department.

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