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Only ophthalmic technician program in Texas turns students into graduates with job offers

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SJC OpticPatrick Barraza is one of many who will soon graduate with job offers from clinical rotation sites completed as a San Jacinto College eye care technology student. Photo credit: Jeannie Peng Mansyur, San Jacinto College marketing, public relations, and government affairs department.

As the only ophthalmic technician training program in Texas accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Ophthalmic Medical Programs, San Jacinto College eye care technology is getting students job interviews before they take the commencement stage.

Just ask Patrick Barraza, who has his choice of future employers. The eye care technology student said it was his own experience as a child wearing glasses that inspired him to help others in need of vision care.

SJC Board votes to discontinue 4 sports

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Schools

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The San Jacinto College Board of Trustees unanimously voted to discontinue four of the college’s six competitive sports by May of 2018, citing operational costs and growing facility needs. The affected programs are men’s and women’s basketball, women’s volleyball and men’s soccer.

Deepwater JH student makes threat via social media

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Thursday evening, parents of students at Deepwater Junior High were informed a student made an online threat via social media. Although the threat was found to be “not legitimate,” DPISD Superintendent Victor White said the district takes all threats seriously in the name of student and staff safety.

DPISD employee, UHCL student earns TABE scholarship

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UHCL ArriagaARRIAGAUniversity of Houston-Clear Lake student Jessica Arriaga has been awarded a scholarship by the Texas Association for Bilingual Education. Arriaga, a senior in the College of Education, will graduate this December earning a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies with a Concentration as an EC-6 Bilingual Generalist. She is currently completing the required Internship II as a second-grade teacher at Parkwood Elementary in the Deer Park Independent School District, and will become a full time second-grade English as a Second Language teacher at the school after graduation.

Arriaga is a member of the Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society, and she is serving a second term as president of the university’s Bilingual Education Student Organization. She was previously employed for seven years at the nonprofit agency, Neighborhood Centers, where she assisted at-risk students ages 5-18. When possible, she volunteers at the agency, helping with its monthly food fairs. She is also a Harris County registrar, who assists citizens in registering to vote. In addition, Arriaga volunteers at local schools by tutoring students, assisting with GED classes and planning activities for families such as applying for financial aid.

She graduated from Pasadena High School and attended San Jacinto College Central where she made the Dean’s List and was inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa honor society.