Grow your business with Center for Entrepreneurship

Wanting to start your own business or grow the one you already have?

The Center for Entrepreneurship at San Jacinto College’s Generation Park Campus in northeast Houston provides non-credit workshops and events to support community entrepreneurs and future small business owners.

Topics range from developing, planning, financing, and marketing your business to team building, leadership coaching, problem solving, navigating conflict, managing time, and more.

In late fall and early spring, the resource-based center hosted seven evening workshops for its Small Business Workshop Academy. The academy’s nine students graduated during National Entrepreneurship Week in February, with a ceremony that included guest speakers Commissioner Rodney Ellis, Precinct 1, and U.S. Rep. Sylvia Garcia, 29th District.

Thanks to a generous donation from Commissioner Ellis’ Precinct 1 office, each graduate — along with National Entrepreneurship Week participants — received Chromebooks to attend a national entrepreneurship workshop. Academy graduates also enjoyed three months of free Nimble Workspace thanks to Generation Park developer McCord.

The center is currently planning its third Small Business Workshop Academy. To register or learn more, contact [email protected].

“We are here for anyone interested in how to start, manage, and grow a business or in understanding the competencies of an entrepreneurial mindset,” said Sheila Simon, director of business operations, supply chain, and entrepreneurship for continuing and professional development. 

The Generation Park Campus is at 13455 Lockwood Rd., Houston, TX 77044.

For one-on-one help, you may also consult the College’s Small Business Development Center at [email protected].

New certificate, degree programs rolling out this fall

San Jacinto College is rolling out new programs to meet the needs of the growing workforce in Houston and along the Gulf Coast.

New programs include…

  • Autonomous vehicle repair (certificate)
  • Biotechnology (certificate and associate degree) 
  • Engineering technology (associate degree)
  • Heavy equipment and crane repair (certificate and associate degree)
  • Medical laboratory technician (certificate)
  • Plumbing (certificate)

The College will also launch its second bachelor’s degree, a Bachelor of Applied Science in education with an emphasis on early childhood. This degree, which will focus on early childhood through third grade, is ideal for current para-educators. 

Most of the new programs will be available beginning fall 2023. The bachelor’s degree will roll out in spring 2024, and the biotechnology program in fall 2024. 

With these new programs, students will have the opportunity to gain the skills to enter the evolving job market with confidence. 

For more information on these new programs, visit

San Jac announces new College mascot

The wait is over! San Jacinto College introduces the community to its new mascot — the Raven.

In 2022, San Jac recognized the time to unify the College with one mascot representing its diverse students, employees, and alumni.

More than 1,300 community members submitted ideas, with Ravens and Jaguars standing out as the two top contenders.

Last fall, the San Jac community voted. For one month, the lead mascot switched back and forth, showing how strong each contender was. Eventually, the Raven soared to the top.

San Jac welcomes the new Raven era and the traditions and memories ahead as a unified College, while remembering its storied past with different campus mascots.