Lee College Education Center – South Liberty County hosting free college prep event

Parents & students invited to center April 6 for financial aid help, required vaccinations

BAYTOWN, TX — The Lee College Education Center — South Liberty County is hosting a free event Thursday, April 6, where prospective students can jump-start their college careers by learning more about applying for financial aid and scholarships, enrolling in the innovative Weekend College and completing mandatory vaccinations.

The “Take Command of Your Future” event will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m., at the Lee College Education Center – South Liberty County, located at 1715 Highway 146 Bypass in Liberty. Participants will get a wide range of assistance to prepare for registration for the Fall 2017 semester, which opens May 2.

Lee College staff will be available to help families complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) that determines their eligibility for a wide range of federal grants, loans and work-study funds for college students. Staff will also help students apply for scholarships, and eligible students can receive a meningitis vaccine at no cost. Vaccination is required for all students under 22 years of age who plan to attend any community college or university in Texas.

In addition, parents and students at the event can learn more about enrolling in Lee College’s Weekend College, where students can earn an associate’s degree in less than two years by attending classes only on Friday evenings and Saturdays. Designed to cater to the unique needs of adult learners and working students who have to juggle school with other responsibilities, the Weekend College includes five program options: General Studies — Transfer in Allied Health, General Studies — Social Science Concentration, Business Administration and Management, Industrial Welding Technology and Computer and Network Maintenance Technology.

For more information about the Take Command of Your Future event and preparing for the Fall 2017 semester, contact the Lee College Education Center – South Liberty County at 832.556.5660.

Lee College offers more than 100 associate degree and certificate programs, as well as non-credit workforce and community education courses, that prepare its diverse student body for advanced higher education; successful entry into the workforce; and a variety of in-demand careers. With the main campus and McNair Center located in Baytown, Texas, and a satellite education center in nearby South Liberty County, the college serves a geographic area of more than 220,000 residents that includes 14 independent school districts. To learn more, visit www.lee.edu.

Webb Society hosts free book fair for Lamar Elementary fourth-graders

Fourth-graders at Lamar Elementary School in Baytown browse through 650 books.
Fourth-graders at Lamar Elementary School in Baytown browse through 650 books from all genres at a free book fair held Friday, March 10, 2017, inside the Lee College Mobile Go Center. Hosted by the Lee College chapter of the Walter Prescott Webb Historical Society, the fair gave every fourth-grade student at Lamar the opportunity to select four books to take home in the hopes they would become lifelong readers.
Students in Ms. Valerio’s fourth-grade class at Lamar Elementary School
Students in Ms. Valerio’s fourth-grade class at Lamar Elementary School in Baytown gather outside the Lee College Mobile Go Center on Friday, March 10, 2017, after selecting books to take home from a free fair hosted by the college’s chapter of the Walter Prescott Webb Historical Society. Every fourth-grader at Lamar had the opportunity to get four free books in exchange for drawing pictures of things they learned about Texas history and what Texas represents to them.

BAYTOWN, TX — Fourth-graders at Lamar Elementary School in Baytown climbed aboard the Lee College Mobile Go Center this month and found a treasure trove of nearly 650 books, all arranged by genre and ready to take home for free in an effort to set them on the path to lifelong readership.

The book fair was sponsored by the Lee College chapter of the Walter Prescott Webb Historical Society, which works through the Texas State Historical Association and college and university history departments to encourage students to discover, research, write and publish the history of Texas as they find it where they live. As payment for the four books they were allowed to take, students in each of the six fourth-grade classes at Lamar drew scenes depicting things they have learned this year about Texas history and what Texas represents to them.

“Their artwork was awesome,” said Dr. Portia Hopkins, a full-time faculty member who also serves as chairwoman of the Social and Behavioral Sciences Division and adviser to the Webb Society. She developed the idea for the fair and secured a grant from the Elkins Foundation to help Webb members purchase some of the books given away. Additional books were donated by community organizations.

Students high-fived Rooty the Rebel and spoke with local historian and retired Lee College instructor John Britt before entering the Mobile Go Center for their turn to browse. Their eyes lit up when they saw the desks inside covered with everything from biographies and history books to classics, comics, fantasies, humor, science fiction, books about sports and animals, and well-known series by popular authors. Webb members and Lee College faculty and Student Ambassadors were available to help the fourth-graders comb the stacks to find their favorites.

After making their final selections, students were given pencils and bookmarks featuring Texas history facts. Hopkins said the Webb Society hopes to expand the fair next year to include more elementary schools and even more books.

“Children need to read early and often so they will continue reading throughout their lifetime,” she said.

Lee College offers more than 100 associate degree and certificate programs, as well as non-credit workforce and community education courses, that prepare its diverse student body for advanced higher education; successful entry into the workforce; and a variety of in-demand careers. With the main campus and McNair Center located in Baytown, Texas, and a satellite education center in nearby South Liberty County, the college serves a geographic area of more than 220,000 residents that includes 14 independent school districts. To learn more, visit www.lee.edu.

Health Fair set for March 28 with more than 70 vendors, free screenings

A woman sits while inserting her face into a machine for an eye test
The ninth annual Lee College Health Fair is set for Tuesday, March 28, 2017, with free and open admission for the entire community. Participants can receive screenings and information from more than 70 local vendors about improving overall health and wellness.

BAYTOWN, TX – Lee College invites the community to attend next week the ninth annual Health Fair, where participants can receive free screenings and wellness information from more than 70 local businesses about creating a healthier lifestyle for themselves and their families.

The Lee College Health Fair is set for 1-4 p.m., Tuesday, March 28, in the Sports Arena on campus. The event is free and open to the public, and regularly draws hundreds of attendees who come away with expert guidance and advice about improving their physical and mental well-being.

Vendors scheduled to attend the Health Fair include a wide range of medical facilities and clinics, vision and dental offices, fitness and recreation centers, and community and government organizations. Blood pressure readings, blood typing, body fat percentage measurement, chiropractic evaluation and dental checks are among the free screenings that will be available to all participants.

“Lee College is reaching out to our students, employees and community members to increase personal and family health and wellness,” said Jason Summers, wellness coordinator. “We are trying to connect people with local businesses to educate and raise awareness, and we hope everyone takes advantage of this great opportunity to come to campus and see how the college is positively impacting the community.”

For more information about the ninth annual Lee College Health Fair, contact Summers at 281.425.6439 or jsummers@lee.edu.

Lee College offers more than 100 associate degree and certificate programs, as well as non-credit workforce and community education courses, that prepare its diverse student body for advanced higher education; successful entry into the workforce; and a variety of in-demand careers. With the main campus and McNair Center located in Baytown, Texas, and a satellite education center in nearby South Liberty County, the college serves a geographic area of more than 220,000 residents that includes 14 independent school districts. To learn more, visit www.lee.edu.

‘Sam Houston’ documentary producer Florian to speak at Lee College

Denton Florian
Denton Florian

Denton Florian, producer of a celebrated documentary on legendary American statesman, soldier and pioneer Sam Houston that won five EMMY awards, will deliver a guest presentation Tuesday, March 21, at Lee College. Both the talk and a reception to follow are free and open to the public.

A native Texan known for his storytelling, Florian will speak on “Sam Houston and Ethics” at 6 p.m., in Tucker Hall on campus. At the reception after his presentation, guests will have the opportunity to meet Florian and purchase the “Sam Houston” film.

Florian organized and led the team that produced “Sam Houston,” which assembled more than a dozen historians, biographers, professors, family descendants, Native Americans and government leaders to discuss Houston’s life and enduring legacy. The documentary has been recognized for excellence by concurrent resolutions of the Texas House and Senate and the Texas governor, and its companion website – created by Florian – is used by teachers and researchers all over the world. The film, website and assets collected in the project’s hard drives represent the largest collection of digital information about Sam Houston ever gathered.

A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and Texas State University, Florian is a lifelong enthusiast of early American history and frequent guest speaker for historical organizations and civic groups around the state. After completing his MBA, he served as vice president of operations for a start-up company that grew into the largest distributor of medical mobility equipment in the United States. He has also worked with non-profit organizations in the areas of strategic planning, team building and organizational change, and currently lives in Spring with his wife, Mary Lou, and their two children.

For more information about Florian’s talk and reception at Lee College, contact instructor John Britt at jbritt@lee.edu.

Lee College offers more than 100 associate degree and certificate programs, as well as non-credit workforce and community education courses, that prepare its diverse student body for advanced higher education; successful entry into the workforce; and a variety of in-demand careers. With the main campus and McNair Center located in Baytown, Texas, and a satellite education center in nearby South Liberty County, the college serves a geographic area of more than 220,000 residents that includes 14 independent school districts. To learn more, visit www.lee.edu.

Lee named finalist for three national awards honoring excellence

BAYTOWN, TX — Lee College has been announced today as a national finalist for the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Awards of Excellence in three separate categories: Advancing Diversity, Faculty Innovation and Outstanding College/Corporate Partnership. It is the second consecutive year that Lee College has been named an AACC Award of Excellence triple finalist.

Nearly 1,200 two-year, associate degree-granting institutions across the United States are members of the AACC and eligible for the Awards of Excellence each year. The winners for the 2017 awards cycle will be announced in April at the 97th annual AACC convention in New Orleans.

The AACC Advancing Diversity Award recognizes the college that has contributed significantly and over a sustained period of time to advancing diversity in community college leadership, the community and within higher education as a whole. This is the first year that Lee College has been named a finalist in the Advancing Diversity category.

Treva Brown-Askey, chairwoman of the Developmental Education Division, has been nominated to receive the AACC Faculty Innovation Award, which recognizes faculty members who have demonstrated leadership in the development and implementation of a campus program that has had positive impact on the learning experience for students. The outcome of the program must also result in the improvement of student completion numbers within a course or degree field, and nominees for the award are expected to demonstrate an ongoing commitment to student access and success. Brown-Askey was previously named a finalist in the Faculty Innovation category in 2016.

The AACC Outstanding College/Corporate Partnership Award honors local, regional and national collaboration between a college and corporate partner that has achieved demonstrable, multi-year success in advancing the mission of the institution; the economic prosperity of a community, region or the nation; and the learning excellence of students. Lee College was previously named a finalist in the Outstanding College/Corporate Partnership category in 2016.

Lee College was chosen as the winner of the 2015 AACC Award of Excellence for Student Success for its work to engage the entire campus and community in creating a college-going culture that ensures a successful student experience from high school through higher education. Lee College was also a national finalist for the AACC Award of Excellence in the Exemplary Board/CEO category in both 2015 and 2016.

Lee College offers more than 100 associate degree and certificate programs, as well as non-credit workforce and community education courses, that prepare its diverse student body for advanced higher education; successful entry into the workforce; and a variety of in-demand careers. With the main campus and McNair Center located in Baytown, Texas, and a satellite education center in nearby South Liberty County, the college serves a geographic area of more than 220,000 residents that includes 14 independent school districts. To learn more, visit www.lee.edu.