San Jacinto College, WGU Texas sign agreement to make higher education more accessible


HOUSTON, Texas — San Jacinto College announced this week the signing of an agreement with online, nonprofit university WGU Texas that creates pathways for the College's students, employees, and graduates to work toward a bachelor's or master's degree and further their education at WGU Texas.

"With this partnership, both institutions are committed to providing our students with educational pathways to earning a four-year degree, expand their education, and increase their earning potential," said Dr. Brenda Hellyer, San Jacinto College Chancellor. "We are excited about helping students reach their next goal."

This is the second transfer agreement between the College and WGU Texas. The first was signed earlier this year and streamlined the process for San Jacinto College students and graduates pursuing a bachelor's degree in nursing at WGU Texas.

The signing event at the College included remarks from Deer Park Mayor Jerry Mouton Jr., who is a WGU Texas and San Jacinto College graduate.

Through the agreement with WGU Texas, College graduates, faculty, and staff may select among the more than 60 accredited bachelor's and master's degree programs in information technology, business, health professions, and teaching. Transfer students also receive special benefits, including:

  • A 5% discounted tuition at WGU Texas
  • Exclusive partner scholarships, valued at up to $2,000
  • Comprehensive transfer policy

"WGU Texas is thrilled to expand its presence in the greater Houston area by providing more San Jacinto College students a seamless pathway to completing their bachelor's and master's degrees and preparing them to enter some of the state's most in-demand careers," said Dr. Steven Johnson, WGU Texas chancellor. "Community colleges enroll almost half of all students in the state — over 730,000 students. This partnership creates an opportunity to link those students to alternative, viable pathways to earning a degree."

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 served the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, since 1961. The College is fiscally sound, holding bond ratings of AA and Aa2 by Standard & Poor's and Moody's. San Jacinto College is a 2019 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence Top 10 institution, a 2017 Aspen Prize Rising Star Award recipient and an Achieving the Dream Leader College. The College serves approximately 45,000 credit and non-credit students annually, and offers eight areas of study that puts students on a path to transfer to four-year institutions or enter the workforce. San Jacinto College's impact on the region totals $1.3 billion in added income, which supports 13,044 jobs.

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