Students complete Energy Education and Career Corps internship program
05.19.2017 | By Andrea Vasquez
HOUSTON- Now in its fourth year, 48 students to date have completed the San Jacinto College Energy Education and Career Corps (EECC) program thanks to support from $80,000 in grant funding from the Bank of America Charitable Foundation.
Since 2013, the Bank of America Charitable Foundation has awarded an annual $20,000 workforce development and education grant to the College to help support 12 San Jacinto College engineering design graphics students selected for the EECC program. Each fall 12 students are selected through an application process to participate in the EECC program. Once accepted, students participate in paid engineering or drafting-related internships and complete at least 288 work-based learning hours as a requirement of their associate of applied science degree or technical certificate. Some of the objectives of the EECC program are to demonstrate legal and ethical behavior, safety practices, and interpersonal and teamwork skills. Students also engage with employers by demonstrating professional written and verbal communication, using the terminology of the engineering/drafting industry and using reference materials to research standards for given drawings and assignments.
In addition to their internship, students also participated in career preparation classes with topics on financial literacy, job search strategies, employer networking, business etiquette, resumes and career counseling. These San Jacinto College students have gained expert training, education, support and mentorship within the energy industry.
Students like Daniel Adams had the opportunity to work on projects benefitting NASA. “As a design intern for NanoRacks, I had a fantastic experience working in the world of aerospace interacting with engineers that provide support to NASA and the International Space Station (ISS). I had the incredible opportunity to help with generating 3-D models and drawings for components of cubesat systems for deploying small satellites from the ISS.”
Bank of America continues to connect communities to better economic futures by funding workforce development education, helping connect individuals to employment opportunities and contributing to community economic growth.
"Our ongoing partnership with San Jacinto Community College exemplifies Bank of America’s belief that education and employment are integral to the long-term stability of communities everywhere," said Hong Ogle, Houston President, Bank of America. "By working together, more Houston students will be able to harness these hands-on learning skills and professional developmental training opportunities to further advance their career, and ultimately, build more financially stable and successful lives.”
San Jacinto College engineering design graphics professor Mary Ann Blake also added that the grant enables students to focus on their internship without some of the burden that comes with financial distractions which can hinder student success. “The EECC grant allows the interns to gain experience and apply their knowledge and skills to their job by lessening the strain caused by financial necessity. Our engineering design graphics students, employers, the College and our community have formed valuable partnerships that create an invaluable perspective in pursuing the skills and knowledge being sought by industry.”
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 been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, since 1961. As a fiscally sound institution, the College currently holds bond ratings of AA and Aa2 by Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s, respectively. San Jacinto College is a 2017 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence Rising Star Award recipient and an Achieving the Dream Leader College. Approximately 30,000 students each semester benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success. The College offers seven areas of study that prepare a diverse body of students to transfer to a four-year college or university or enter the workforce with the skills needed to support the growing industries along the Texas Gulf Coast. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.