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First day of school means caution on DP roads

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Schools

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Deer Park ISD welcomes students back for the 2016-17 school year Tuesday morning. Things get a little crazy on the roads during the school year: Buses are everywhere, students on foot and bikes are hurrying to get to school before the bell rings, parents are trying to drop off their students before work.

SJC tabs Stauffer to lead Maritime Center

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San Jacinto College has tabbed Chief Warrant Officer 4 John Stauffer as the associate vice chancellor and superintendent for maritime. The "advocate for the mariner" will take office Sept. 12 and will head both the credit and non credit maritime programs and head the San Jacinto College Maritime Technology and Training Center on the Maritime Campus.

Kids having fun at Kids U

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University of Houston-Clear Lake Kids U students, (l to r) Charlotte Maples and Kate Baggerman, watch as a balloon is inflated by gas created when they mixed vinegar and baking soda together.

The two young girls were enrolled in the Junior Mad Scientist class geared for students in grades 1-3. This was just one of the ever-popular Kids U’s offerings, which features a wide range of educational and fun activities for children from Pre-K through 12th grade.

Other summer camp topics included kitchen chemistry, crime scene investigation, computer programming, video game design, public speaking, writing, survival skills, dinosaurs, Chinese culture and many more. For more information,call the Center for Educational Programs at 281-283-3530 or visit

CPA shares how San Jac taught her more than academics

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 SJC PaulissenAnn Paulissen looks back on her time at San Jacinto College and realizes she graduated with more than just a degree. Photo credit: Calyn Hoerner

Ann Paulissen started taking classes at San Jacinto College when she was offered a music scholarship. The College was a perfect fit since it was close to home, cost effective, and Paulissen’s best friend would be attending as well. She expected her time at San Jacinto College to be the perfect transition to a larger university. What she did not expect, however, was to learn more than just academic lessons. Paulissen attended SJC out of her love for music, but found there a love for accounting and the love of her life.

While studying at SJC, Paulissen was torn between two degree paths. “I was going to major in music,” said Paulissen. “But as I thought more about it, I didn’t want to move away from home for my job.” Paulissen, who always had a love for numbers, decided to completely shift education paths and earn a degree in business to work toward becoming a Texas Certified Public Accountant.

“There was a good market in that field, and I was able to take a lot of my basic classes at San Jacinto College,” said Paulissen. Other members of her family have attended the College as well. It’s also the place where she met her husband, Tim, who would later become the mayor of League City.

Since graduating with an associate degree in business from SJC and a bachelor of science degree in accounting from the University of Houston - Clear Lake, Paulissen has enjoyed a very successful career and pushed herself to continue learning. “I have taken different management and leadership classes, mainly leadership,” said Paulissen. She hopes to teach accounting in the future.

“San Jacinto College taught me organization skills and the flexibility to see more than one viewpoint,” said Paulissen. “When you’re young you don’t know a lot. The professors at San Jacinto College would teach us life lessons and recount their own experiences.” She explains that she learned to treat people with respect and how to understand the steps to success at San Jacinto College.

SJC offering maritime engineering courses ahead of January 2017 deadline

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SJC MaritimeSan Jacinto College maritime student Phillip Morales interned with Higman Marine last summer. Some of his duties included work in the vessel engine room. Photo credit: Jeannie Peng Mansyur, San Jacinto College marketing, public relations, and government affairs department.

The San Jacinto College maritime program is offering engineering courses to help mariners meet new U.S. Coast Guard regulations that will go into effect Jan. 1, 2017.

The following courses are now being offered: Engine room Resource Management, Leadership and Teamwork, Leadership and Managerial Skills, Designated Duty Engineer (DDE) 4000 Horsepower, Designated Duty Engineer (DDE) 4000 Horsepower, Qualified Member of the Engineering Department Oilier and Management of Electrical and Electronic Control Equipment.

Additional maritime engineering courses are under development. The following courses are expected to be offered by the January 2017 deadline: Rating Part of an Engineering Watch (RFPEW) Motor only Assessments, Officer In Charge of an Engineering Watch Motor, OICEW Auxiliary Machinery, OICEW Basic Electronic and Electricity and OICEW Instruments and Controllers.

All San Jacinto College maritime courses are taught in the new Maritime Technology and Training Center on the Maritime Campus, located at 3700 Old State Highway 146 in La Porte, Texas.

Students train in maritime engineering using equipment that includes refrigeration, electrical controller, desktop simulation, comprehensive pump, hydraulic and pneumatics trainers.

All classes are USCG approved. Upon successful completion students will receive their certificates, which will then permit them to gain employment in the offshore workforce.

San Jacinto College offers the maritime program for working mariners to update their USCG certifications, an associate degree program in maritime transportation for those who are new to the industry and an associate degree for cargo handling/logistics, transferable to the Texas Southern University maritime logistics program and the University of Houston College of Technology logistics program. Introduction to Ships and Shipping courses are included in the College’s business administration associate degree, transferable to Texas A&M University in Galveston through an articulation agreement.

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San Jac grad lends a helping hand

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SJC Helping HandFrom her career plan to her volunteer work, Jessica Garcia helps other every step of the way. Photo credit: Calyn Hoerner

While earning her degree at San Jacinto College, Jessica Hazen Garcia volunteered with the Halo House Foundation. Garcia spent four and a half years volunteering with the foundation, and decided to continue her work with nonprofits after graduating with an associate degree from San Jacinto College and a bachelor’s degree in human nutrition and foods from the University of Houston. Garcia knew that helping people was the path she needed to take.

“Once I graduated, a company that worked for nonprofits recruited me,” said Garcia. “So now I work with nonprofits to establish fundraising.” Garcia has a passion for nonprofits and loves working in that environment. Her end-game, however, is to have a job in nutrition.

“I have a lot of passion for nutrition,” said Garcia. “The nutrition field is a great field to be in, from career advancement to job placement; there is a lot of growth.”

Garcia hopes to obtain her Registered Dietitian Nutritionist certification (RDN) and work with the Women, Infants and Children program as a nutritionist. “I am excited to help with mothers who need help with nutrition for breastfeeding and child nutrition,” said Garcia.

Recently, Garcia interviewed for and received a position as a nutritionist. “I can officially say that I am using my degree,” said Garcia. .

Even when moving forward with her career in nutrition, Garcia has not lost sight of her passion for non-profits. She is the co-chair for the Halo House Foundation gala, which will take place in November. This will help raise money for the charity to bring cancer patients into Houston for treatment. “Events like the gala will always remain near to my heart, and I don’t think I will ever stop organizing fundraisers like this,” said Garcia

Garcia recalls how San Jacinto College helped her in several ways, especially in the transition from high school to a four-year university. “San Jacinto College had much better class sizes,” said Garcia. “This allowed me to be more dedicated to the classes because I was in a much smaller group and had more of a relationship with my professors.”

Garcia remembers that at times she had to really push herself to reach her goals. It was not easy, but she was able to work hard to reach her goals.

“Sometimes it feels like you aren’t even close to getting to your goals, but there’s a huge sense of pride in the accomplishment when you get your degree,” said Garcia. “Stick to it.”