Space still available in final weeks of youth tennis camps

BAYTOWN, TX — The Lee College tennis courts have been filled since June with dozens of children and teens running drills and playing games to increase their skills and knowledge of the sport — and there is still time to register youths 5-16 years old for the last remaining tennis camps of the summer.

Tennis summer camps run weekly, with the final camps set to begin Aug. 15 at the Lee College Tennis Center on Market Street. Parents can select from a half-day option that runs from 8:30 a.m.-noon, or a full-day option that runs from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. and includes lunch. Students are divided into groups according to their age and skill level, with the goal of improving their overall athletic ability and sharpening their fundamentals to make them more successful tennis players.

Tennis campers spend their week on the court enjoying a variety of different activities that enhance their conditioning, coordination and footwork. Participants run relay races, practice strokes and compete in matches against their peers. Care is also taken to ensure that the campers stay hydrated and get plenty of rest in the Texas heat. In addition to the youth summer camps, Tennis Professional Rob Coles also offers year-round after-school and private lessons for both children and adults. To sign up or get more information about costs and other program details, contact Coles at 281.425.6843 or rcoles@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 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 College tennis program hosting summer camps for kids, tournament for adults

BAYTOWN, TX — The Lee College tennis program is offering activities this summer for community members of all ages: half-day and full-day camps for youths 6-14 years old, and a one-day tournament for adults to compete against each other.

Tennis summer camps for kids will begin Monday, June 6, at the Lee College courts on Market Street and continue weekly through August. Parents can select from a half-day option that runs from 8:30 a.m.-noon, or a full-day option that runs from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., and includes lunch. Students will be divided into groups according to their age and skill level, with the goal of improving their overall athletic ability and sharpening their fundamentals to make them more knowledgeable and successful tennis players.

The adult tennis tournament will be held Saturday, June 11, at the Lee College courts. Participants can compete in singles and doubles play, with an open event for players 18 and older, and an event reserved for those 45 and older. There will also be an opportunity for parents to play doubles with their children.

“Tennis is a lifelong sport that you can play at any age,” said Rob Coles, the tennis professional for Lee College and coordinator of the summer camps and adult tennis tournament. “It doesn’t take a whole team, just a few friends who want to get out on the court.”

Limited spaces are available for the kids summer camps and adult tennis tournament. Registration deadlines are approaching fast. To sign up or get more information about costs and other program details, contact Coles at 281.425.6843 or rcoles@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 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.

Registration open for ‘Kids at College’ summer camps & activities

Free Summer Preview Day on Saturday will showcase program offerings for kids 5-17

Kids at College activities
Lee College biology instructor Margene Lenamon (center) helps Kids at College participants analyze an x-ray of a human bone during the Forensic Science summer camp held in 2015. Registration is now open for the 2016 Kids at College program, which will include camps and courses at the main campus in Baytown and the Lee College Education Center – South Liberty County.

BAYTOWN, TX — Parents and guardians looking for ways to keep their children engaged and entertained this summer will find an array of camps, classes and activities in the “Kids at College” program at Lee College, which is now accepting registrations and gearing up for its second annual Summer Preview Day.

Kids at College Summer Preview Day will be held from 9 a.m.-noon, this Saturday, April 30, in the gymnasium on campus. The event is free and open to the public, and will include detailed information about program options in arts and crafts; career exploration; brain-training; athletics; cooking; science, technology, mathematics and engineering (STEM); and EnergyVenture. All camps and courses are designed for children and teens aged 5-17 years and will be held this year at both the main campus in Baytown, and the recently opened Lee College Education Center – South Liberty County.

Participants at Summer Preview Day will enjoy hands-on activities for the whole family, interactive demonstrations from camp instructors and fun prizes and giveaways throughout the morning. Parents can also sign up their children for Kids at College on the spot, and win vouchers to help pay for any applicable registration costs.

For more information about the Kids at College program or the second annual Summer Preview Day, contact the Center for Workforce and Community Development at 281.425.6311 or visit www.lee.edu/workforce.

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 center in nearby Liberty, the college serves a geographic area of more than 220,000 residents that includes 13 independent school districts. To learn more, visit www.lee.edu.

CE hosts Magic of STEM for teens

STEM CampersNearly 30 local high school students discovered the magic of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) this summer as part of a week-long, all-expense-paid camp hosted by the Lee College Center for Workforce and Community Development.

Funded through a grant from the Texas Workforce Commission Governor’s Summer Merit Program, The Magic of STEM Camp was designed for participants to learn how science impacts their daily lives. Campers conducted hands-on experiments in the chemistry and biology labs; tested their engineering mettle by programming robots; explored aviation, computer technology, and computer-aided design and drafting with Lee College instructors; and toured the on-campus pilot plant, which is modeled after the facilities found at real-world petrochemical plants and refineries throughout the area. At the end of the camp, students put their new-found skills and knowledge to practice in team competitions against their peers, with prizes awarded to the winners.

“Our instructors and community partners really stepped to the forefront to make the camp a success,” said Kimberlee Whittington, director of Community Education, noting the guidance and involvement of the college’s federal Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI) STEM grant staff was particularly helpful. “They generously volunteered their time to ensure the campers had an enjoyable and fulfilling experience during their week on our campus.”

The Magic of STEM campers also networked with professionals like NASA engineer Jessie Craft, who showed them how pursuing a STEM education could help build a solid foundation from which to achieve their goals.

“I learned new things about careers I didn’t even know existed,” said Ja’Von Green, a junior at Goose Creek Memorial High School and an avid gamer now considering a future in video game development and design after attending camp.

The Magic of STEM Camp will return in summer 2016. For more information or to be put on the waiting list, contact the Center for Workforce and Community Development at 281.425.6311 or visit leecollegeonline.com/workforce/ce.