San Jacinto College Expanding with Pair of New Facilities

By Eric Althoff

PASADENA, Texas—San Jacinto College is moving forward on its new Center for Biotechnology at the Generation Park Campus. Conceived in conjunction with McCord Development, Inc., the new facility will provide training in such areas as good manufacturing practices (GMP) in simulated environments.

Students will be able to earn an associate’s degree in applied science design in biomanufacturing technology. The program will also offer continuing education credits for post-graduates.

“The Center and the overall components of the Biotechnology program will play a vital role in meeting the growing demand for skilled professionals in the biotechnology sector,” Dr. Brenda Hellyer, chancellor of San Jacinto College, said of the center. “We are committed to equipping our students with the skills and knowledge necessary for success in the dynamic biopharmaceutical industry.

“Our vision is to not only meet the workforce needs of today but…also shape the future of biotechnology education and training in our region.”

Ryan McCord, president of McCord Development, said that his firm is working to ensure that San Jacinto College will continue to play a vital role in the Houston area’s life sciences programs.

“The world-renowned [National Institute for Bioprocessing Research and Training] program will provide quality workforce training in the pharmaceutical manufacturing space, strengthening Houston’s ability to attract and retain world-class companies in the industry,” he said.

The Center for Biotechnology will be ready for the spring term of 2025.

Additionally, San Jacinto College is also celebrating the opening of its new, 4,000-square-foot Biomanufacturing Training Program at the South Campus, home to an intense two-week training program of theory and practice.

“We are taking a significant step toward meeting the growing demands of the biotechnology sector right now,” said Dr. Christopher Wild, executive director of San Jacinto College Center for Biotechnology. “This program is designed to provide a seamless entry into the field for new professionals, with a focus on practical experience and exposure to industry practices.”