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San Jacinto College aims to open Generation Park campus in 2020

January 4, 2019

To help meet the need of the growing population of the northeast Houston area, the San Jacinto College Board of Trustees has approved the development and construction of their Generation Park campus, which is scheduled to officially open in fall 2020.

SJC is planing on hosting a ground breaking ceremony in April.

The 57-acre campus will sit on the corner of Lockwood Drive and West Lake Houston Parkway near Beltway 8. The current development proposal consists of the 50,000 square foot facility to accommodate general education and other academic classes.

Amanda Fenwick, SJC’s vice president of marketing and public relations said the new campus will accommodate around 3,000 students for their first semester in 2020.

SJC’s current student enrollment across all of their four campuses is around 30,000.

“It will be mainly focused on transfer students — for students who want to come to San Jacinto College, earn their associate’s degree and transfer to a four year university,” Fenwick said.

SJC conducted a recent demographic study and determined that over the next decade the fastest growing populations in the Houston area are concentrated outside of Loop 610.

According to a SJC media release, several of the fastest growing zip codes in the Houston area are adjacent to the proposed Generation Park campus and the population around Generation Park is growing at approximately twice the rate of the college district.

“We have conducted extensive research on the areas surrounding Generation Park to ensure that the first phase of development provides flexible instructional spaces to meet the needs of the growing region,” said Dr. Brenda Hellyer, San Jacinto College Chancellor. “We know that growth is occurring more rapidly in that part of Houston, and we are committed to responding to the higher education needs of the residential and business populations.”

Fenwick said SJC officials have not selected an architect to design the campus.

kaila.contreras@chron.com

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