High-tech facility will provide up-to-date training for years to come
Grand opening showcases San Jacinto College North science and allied health building
HOUSTON – San Jacinto College held a grand opening and open house on Monday, July 8 to showcase the new North Campus science and allied health building.
San Jacinto College Chancellor Dr. Brenda Hellyer greeted guests with a warm welcome. “We express our deepest gratitude to the community for supporting San Jacinto College’s capital improvements, which enable us to provide an educated and well-trained workforce for our region,” she commented. “This facility is well equipped to provide students with the most up-to-date training for many years to come.”
Construction on the three-story science and allied health building began in February 2011, and was finished this past Spring. The facility is the largest and most technologically advanced on the San Jacinto College North Campus. The 130,500-square-feet building cost $37,394,000 million to build, and is part of the $295 million capital improvement bond measure approved in 2008 that funded new facilities and renovations at all three San Jacinto College campuses.
Science and allied health faculty and students provided guided tours of classrooms and labs, which are designed to be interdisciplinary, allowing all science and allied health classes to collaborate for in-depth research and understanding across fields of study.
All science labs are equipped with the most advanced technology available to optimize learning, such as digital microscopes that project real-time microscopic images, and computers for the collection of and analysis of data. Advanced lab equipment enables students to conduct experiments using authentic research-quality tools.
Simulated doctors’ offices, labs, and reception areas provide the look and feel of a real hospital environment. A simulated pharmacy has a walk-up window, computer assisted patient entry systems, medication dispensing systems, medication refrigeration system, sterile compounding, and other true-to-life training facilities.
The Emergency Medical Technology area has an ambulance dock with automatic entry, a simulated shock trauma center equipped with advanced 3G high-fidelity manikins, an intercom system and control room.
The nursing program training area features 3G high-fidelity manikins, sinks, headwall units, a birthing bed with a Sim baby manikin, a simulation center equipped with a medication/IV room, a ventilator, IV pumps, and a medication dispensing system. A competency lab enables students to work on individual skills as needed.
Serita Dickey, North Campus dean of allied health and natural sciences, said the opening of the new building marks an exciting chapter for San Jacinto College. “When I started at San Jacinto College as an adjunct professor teaching in a portable building in 1981, I never dreamed I would see this day, but now the dream has come true,” she said. “This facility will quickly become a centerpiece and keystone for learning that will enable us to face an unknown future and prepare students for jobs yet to be created.”
The structure earned silver certification in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design ranking, meaning that it meets stringent environmental standards. “It models sustainability and safety with energy efficient green construction and an abundance of natural light that sets the mood for productivity,” commented biology professor Susan Lustick, who also coordinates environmental initiatives at the North Campus. “It’s an expression of the all the great things that go on here. It’s a unique, community showpiece that will better lives.”
Pictured (Above right): Officials who attended the grand opening of the San Jacinto College North Campus science and allied health building include, from left (front row): Mr. Dan Mims, Chairman, San Jacinto College Board of Trustees; Dr. Brenda Hellyer, San Jacinto College chancellor; Dr. Allatia Harris, San Jacinto College vice chancellor for strategic initiatives; Harris County Pct. 2 Commissioner Mr. Jack Morman; and Mr. Brad Hance, Member, San Jacinto College Board of Trustees; (second row): Mr. Carl Gregerson, educational services regional manager, Haldemann-Homme; Mr. Terry Hargus, project manager, Tellepsen Builders; Mr. Frank Rizzo, president, Rizzo & Associates; and Ms. Lauren Doak, director of special projects for Houston City Councilman Dave Martin; (back row): Mr. Calvin Powitzky, principal architect, Bay-IBI Group Architects; Mr. Jay Guerrero, regional director for U.S. Senator John Cornyn; Mr. Scott Greer, civil engineer, Brooks & Sparks; and Mr. Derek Darnell, special assistant for State Senator Sylvia Garcia. Photo credit: Rob Vanya, San Jacinto College marketing, public relations, and government affairs department.
Pictured (Above left): San Jacinto College nursing professor Mr. Jeffrey Lockett, far left, leads a group on a guided tour of a classroom lab at the grand opening of the San Jacinto College North Campus science and allied health building. Others in the group, from left, include Mr. Dan Mims, Chairman, San Jacinto College Board of Trustees; Ms. Lauren Doak, director of special projects for Houston City Councilman Dave Martin; San Jacinto College nursing student Jonathan Kadiri; Ms. Serita Dickey, dean, San Jacinto College North Campus science and allied health ; Ms. Alana Curry, department chair, San Jacinto College North Campus allied health; Mr. Derek Darnell, special assistant for State Senator Sylvia Garcia; and Mr. Brad Hance, Member, San Jacinto College Board of Trustees. Photo credit: Rob Vanya, San Jacinto College marketing, public relations, and government affairs 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 more than 50 years. The Achieving the Dream Leader College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of 30,000 students in more than 200 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. San Jacinto College 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 www.sanjac.edu, or follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SanJacintoCollege.