New Plan Offers Discounts for ’21 GC Grads

With student persistence and success their primary goals, the Lee College Board of Regents approved a plan that will save 2021 Goose Creek Consolidated Independent School District (GCCISD) graduates hundreds of dollars this fall. Under this dynamic plan, GCCISD graduates who register for at least 12 credit hours will receive an $800 discount on their tuition and fees, while graduates who register for at least 6 credit hours will receive a $400 discount during the Fall 2021 term.

“Approval of this support plan shows that Lee College is committed to helping students continue their educational goals and overcome the impacts from the coronavirus pandemic,” said Gilbert Santana, Chairman, Lee College Board of Regents.

To receive the discounts, students must be 2021 graduates of GCCISD and seeking a degree or certificate. Students must complete the FAFSA or TASFA prior to registration, but the assistance is considered first-dollar, which means it is awarded to students regardless of the amount of financial aid they receive.

To encourage persistence at Lee College, these discounts will continue in Spring 2022 for 2021 GCCISD graduates who earn a C or higher in all of their fall classes.

“As things slowly start to return to normal, we want to encourage students to keep striving for the degree or certificate they have always dreamed of achieving,” said Dr. Lynda Villanueva, Lee College president. “This plan is one way to bolster their dreams and give students a helping hand to persist in their education.”

This most recent plan is in addition to the free books already being offered to all students currently enrolled at Lee College.

The Student Assistance plan includes:

  • 2021 GCCISD graduates who enroll full-time will receive an $800 discount on their tuition and fees.
  • 2021 GCCISD graduates who enroll half-time will receive a $400 discount on their tuition and fees.
  • These conditions will also apply for 2021 GCCISD graduates who enroll in Spring 2022, provided they earn a C or higher on all classes they took in Fall 2021

Visit the Student Support Plan website for more information on how to qualify for discounts. https://www.lee.edu/free/.

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.

LC Board Elects New Chair, Officers

The Lee College Board of Regents unanimously elected Gilbert Santa to serve as chairman of the Board of Regents for the next two years. Other newly-elected officers included Judy Jirrels, vice chair; Mark Himsel, secretary; Daryl Fontenot, assistant secretary. The Board of Regents is reorganized every two years to coincide with the election schedule. 

Gilbert Santana, New Chairman of the Lee College Board of Regents
Gilbert Santana, Chairman LC Board of Regents

As a native Baytownian and Lee College alumnus, Santana has lived and worked his entire life in Baytown. He owns BDI Resources and Staffing Connection, and proudly offices on Texas Ave. Santana serves on various committees and boards for the City of Baytown, GCCISD Education Foundation Board, Rotary Club of Baytown, Houston Methodist Baytown Hospital Board, Baytown Chamber of Commerce Board, Lee College Foundation Board and several other local organizations. 

“I am honored to be selected to serve as chair of this hard-working and dedicated group of individuals whom I also consider to be my dear friends,” Santana said. “Lee College is a blessing and a strength to our community and our state, and I am excited to be a part of this wonderful institution.”

Lee College President, Dr. Lynda Villanueva said she is enthusiastic about the future and what it has in store for Lee College.

“The Board of Regents and Lee College remain focused on improving student experiences and outcomes, and ensuring that we are the workplace of choice for faculty and staff,” said Villanueva. “I believe we have an amazing team in place to make these things happen.”

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 Offers Student Discounts, Free Books

The Lee College Board of Regents on Monday unanimously approved a student support plan that will provide free books to all students this summer and save full-time students up to $400 on tuition and fees during the Fall 2021 and Spring 2022 terms. The support plan is another way Lee College is striving to help all students continue their educational goals and overcome the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

“Lee College’s student assistance for summer, fall and spring is designed to encourage students not only to finish the journey they started previously at Lee College, but it will hopefully attract many students who were going to enter college last fall but postponed their plans due to the pandemic,” said Dr. Douglas Walcerz, provost and vice president of academic and student affairs at Lee College. “Now that we are closer to the end of the pandemic than the beginning, we look forward to more and more students feeling confident about enrolling and finishing their degree or certificate here at Lee College.”

Although degree seeking and certificate seeking students are required to complete the FAFSA or TAFSA to receive the benefits, this assistance is considered a first-dollar scholarship that is awarded to each student regardless of the amount of financial aid they receive.

Because the program is designed to encourage persistence, students must take advantage of the Fall 2021 assistance to be eligible for the Spring 2022 assistance. Plan details are outlined below:

Summer 2021

1. Dual-credit, and degree- and certificate-seeking students will receive free books via the myBooks program.

2. Degree- and certificate-seeking students must complete the FAFSA/TASFA to qualify for benefits.

3. Benefits are paid by the college, regardless of how much financial aid a student receives.

Fall 2021

1. The fall support plan only applies to degree- and certificate-seeking students (non-dual credit).

2. Students will receive free books via the myBooks program.

3. Students must complete the FAFSA/TAFSA to qualify for these benefits.

4. Benefits are paid by the College regardless of how much financial aid a student receives.

5. Students will receive a discount on tuition and fees of $400 for full-time enrollment, or $200 discount on tuition and fees for half-time enrollment. There is no discount for student enrolled at less than half-time.

6. Students who pass all of their fall courses with a C or better receive the same assistance for free books and the same discount on tuition and fees on their spring courses.

Spring 2022

1. The spring assistance only applies to degree- and certificate-seeking students who received free books and tuition discounts in the fall semester. Students who were not enrolled in the fall are not eligible for free books or a discount on tuition and fees in the spring.

2. Free books and tuition discounts are paid by the College regardless of how much financial aid a student receives.

3. Full-time students will receive a discount on tuition and fees of $400 and half-time students will receive a discount on tuition and fees of $200. Students who pass all of their fall courses with a C or better receive free books and a discount on tuition and fees of $400 for full-time students and $200 for half-time students.

Students who have one enrollment intensity in the fall, e.g., full-time, and a different enrollment intensity in the spring, e.g., part-time, receive the corresponding discount in each semester.

4. Students who will be within 15 semester credit hours of completing an associate degree by the end of the fall semester receive an additional $100 discount if they meet with an academic advisor and sign a completion plan prior to Friday, Oct. 29, 2021.

Lee College advisors will be available to help explain the student support program and answer any questions students or their parents may have about how to qualify for the discounts. Students are also encouraged to visit the 2021 Support Program website for more information: https://www.lee.edu/free/.

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.

Virtual Candidate Forum set for April 22

Baytown, TX – Lee College is proud to host a virtual candidate forum featuring the 2021 candidates for the Lee College Board of Regents. This event will be broadcast on YouTube Live at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 22, 2021. The purpose of this forum is to allow the candidates for Regent to publicly clarify their visions for Lee College’s future. Candidates who have confirmed their attendance for the virtual forum are Mark Hall, Mark Himsel, Weston Cotten, and David Isaac.

“Lee College is at a pivotal time in its history, and this Regent election is very important to the future of our institution,” said Karen Guthmiller, president of the Lee College Faculty Assembly. “The forum gives all candidates the opportunity to be heard and allow voters to make their decision about who they believe will best serve the College.”

View the April 22 YouTube Live event.

Early voting is April 19-27, 2021. Election day is May 1, 2021. Eligible voters in Chambers County can vote at the Chambers County Cedar Bayou Annex, 7711 N. Highway 146. For a full list of Harris County polling locations and to check your eligibility to vote in this election, see http://www.harrisvotes.com.

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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.