Duane Johnston (third from left), the new advisory committee chair for the Lake Houston Chamber’s Summer Creek BizCom, welcomes (from left) Dr. Kelly Mizell, director of instructional services at San Jacinto Community College’s Generation Park campus; Ian Adler, director of marketing for McCord Development, Dr. Destry Dokes, executive director at San Jacinto College’s Generation Park campus, and Sonia Townsend, director of student services at the Generation Park campus. Photo by Tom Broad


San Jacinto College will launch its newest campus in time for the Fall 2020 school semester, and the Humble Rotary Club will inaugurate its renowned spring fundraiser at a new location the first weekend in May.

Both are taking place at Generation Park, McCord Development’s 4,000-acre master-planned commercial park at West Lake Houston Parkway and Beltway 8.

Dr. Destry Dokes, executive director for the college’s Generation Park campus, cited San Jacinto’s philosophy that “… a student should never fail because of barriers we overlooked or created …” in describing two programs at the heart of the college.

“More than three-fourths of our students are part time and at least 3,000 students transfer to a four-year institution, so we’ve developed a program for both,” Dokes said at the Lake Houston Chamber’s Summer Creek BizCom on Feb. 13 at Summer Creek High School.

Working full time and taking classes part time can mean that a student could take up to 10 years to get an associate degree or enough credits to transfer to a four-year institution, Dokes said, so San Jacinto offers eight-week courses that include both in-classroom and online instructions.

“When our students transfer to a four-year institution, they come in as a junior,” he said, emphasizing the cost savings for students and their parents. “In-district students pay $78 a credit hour and out-of-district students pay $135, quite a savings compared to the same cost at a four-year institution.”

When fall classes begin this year, students at the new 57-acre campus at Generation Park will be housed in a newly constructed 55,000-square-foot building.

“Everything we do at San Jacinto College is about student success,” Dokes said.

McCord Development, developer of Generation Park, is partnering with the Rotary Club of Humble for the annual Generation Park Block Party to be held Saturday, May 2, 4-10 p.m.

“Join us for live music, delicious food, lots of family activities, fireworks at the end of the night and, of course, our famous new car raffle,” said Danny Contreras of the Rotary.

Humble Rotary is the beneficiary of the block party and proceeds from Rotary’s annual fundraiser are used to support student scholarships and grants to many Lake Houston social agencies. In 2019, the club distributed checks totaling $50,000 to not-for-profit and educational organizations.

In addition to the annual block party, Ian Adler, McCord’s director of marketing, also discussed the newly launched Generation Park Running Club which meets Saturday mornings at Redemption Square, and YMCA fitness classes that are planned to be held on the lawn also at Redemption Square, 250 Assay Street in Generation Park.

– Holy Trinity School to break ground for new building –

Holy Trinity Episcopal School, located a couple miles north of Generation Park on Lockwood Road and North Lake Houston Parkway, will soon break ground on a 24,000-square-foot building that will open in 2021, according to Dr. Troy Roddy, headmaster.

Memorial Hermann Northeast Chief Operating Officer Noel Cardenas introduced two physicians, Dr. Bradley Waggoner, a general and weight loss surgeon, and Dr. Nilay Mehta, a cardiologist.

Bariatric or weight loss surgery is the one tried-and-true way to lose weight and keep it off for persons a hundred pounds overweight or more, according to Waggoner who is overseeing Northeast’s new bariatrics program.

“It’s minimally invasive, meaning that we create small incisions that allow patients to return home the day after surgery,” said Waggoner. “Patients can usually return to work in a week.”

Mehta, a cardiologist with the Wellspire Medical Group, reminded the BizCom group that February is Heart Month and that heart disease is the number-one killer of adults in the United States.

“Set a goal for yourself and stay healthy,” he said. The next Summer Creek BizCom is Thursday, Sept. 10, 11 a.m. at Summer Creek High School. There is no charge, but you must register at lakehouston.org.

Tom Broad
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Besides being a proud graduate of The University of Nebraska-Lincoln and, therefore, a Cornhusker, I am retired from Memorial Hermann. I am a correspondent and columnist for Lake Houston's hometown paper, The Tribune, as well as a director of the Lake Houston Redevelopment Corporation, a member of the board of the Humble Area Assistance Ministries, and Volunteer Extraordinaire for the Lake Houston Area Chamber.

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