Lee hits record-high enrollment with 7,280 students

BAYTOWN, TX — A record-setting 7,280 students are pursuing associate degrees and certificates this fall at Lee College, marking a more than 5 percent increase from the previous year and representing the highest ever enrollment since the college was founded in 1934.

Preliminary headcount data from the 12th day of class also shows that the fall 2016 semester is the second consecutive fall semester that enrollment at Lee College has increased. Slightly more than 6,900 students were enrolled in fall 2015.

In addition, Lee College leads all community colleges in the state in the growth of contact hours — the number of hours that students are scheduled to receive instruction. More than 1.22 million contact hours have been counted this fall, an increase of 19.5 percent from fall 2014. Contact hours are the basis on which the state Legislature decides how to fund community colleges.

“Everyone played a role in helping us achieve these milestones,” said Pres. Dr. Dennis Brown, who touted the enrollment increase in an address to faculty and staff as they prepared to welcome students back to campus for a new academic year. He also noted that the college had received reaffirmation of its accreditation for the next 10 years by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, a major accomplishment and campus-wide effort that required the college to demonstrate compliance with 95 different standards.

“We continue to grow, and we continue to proudly serve the students and communities in our service area,” Brown said. “In every way and always, what you do makes a difference.”

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 Education Center of South Liberty County offering summer classes

Staff to be available at the center May 31 to help students with application process

BAYTOWN, TX — The Lee College Education Center of South Liberty County is hosting credit and non-credit classes this summer, and interested students can receive help from college staff for the application and enrollment process.

Transition specialists will be on site at the center from 8 a.m.-7 p.m., this Tuesday, May 31, to answer questions and to offer assistance with applications. The center is located at 1715 Highway 146 Bypass in Liberty.

If students complete applications on May 31, the college will provide the steps necessary to enroll in classes at the South Liberty County education center over the following two weeks. Those who submit applications after May 31 will need to complete their enrollment at the main Lee College campus in Baytown.

The deadline to submit applications for the summer semester at the South Liberty County education center is Saturday, June 11, during the free open house that will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Summer classes will run from June 20 through Aug. 12.

For more information about applying and enrolling for the summer semester at the Lee College Education Center of South Liberty County, contact Katie Marek at 832.556.5616.

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.

Workforce Center enrolling for Spring 2016 fast-track healthcare programs

BAYTOWN, TX – It can take as little as 6-9 weeks to launch a new healthcare career for the new year through the fast-track programs offered by the Lee College Center for Workforce and Community Development, which is still enrolling students for the spring semester.

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Students receive hands-on instruction in the fast-track healthcare programs offered by the Lee College Center for Workforce and Community Development, which include Certified Nurse Aide, Certified Medical Assistant, Dental Assisting, Phlebotomy, and other options. The center is still enrolling students in healthcare programs for the spring 2016 semester.

Some 9,000 new healthcare jobs are expected to open in the Houston area this year alone, according to the Greater Houston Partnership. Prospective students can choose from several healthcare training program options at Lee College this spring, in both traditional and online formats, to help prepare them for work in the growing industry.

The Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) program begins this month, and includes one track in which classes are held only on Saturdays. Certified Medical Assistant training also begins this month, while Dental Assisting and Phlebotomy will begin in March. Dates are being finalized for the Electrocardiogram (EKG) Technician program and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) program, pending state approval.

Those who wish to sign up for fast-track healthcare programs are advised to act quickly, as immunizations and other prerequisites must be completed before the start of class. For additional information about program costs and requirements, course curricula and career opportunities, 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.

Fast-track healthcare programs enrolling now

The Lee College Center for Workforce and Community Development is now accepting students into fast-track healthcare programs that can lead to rewarding and in-demand careers in the medical field in as little as 6-10 weeks.

Three of the workforce center’s healthcare programs will begin in the next two months: Clinical Medical Assistant (CMA), which starts Tuesday, Sept. 29; Certified Nurse Aid (CNA), which starts Monday, Oct. 12; and Dental Assistant (DA), which starts Tuesday, Oct. 13. Classes are filling quickly, so prospective students are advised to register as soon as possible.

Clinical medical assistants perform routine tasks to keep the offices of physicians, podiatrists, chiropractors and optometrists running smoothly. Students in the CMA program complete 140 hours of classroom learning and 160 hours of clinical externship, getting hands-on training with administering medications, assisting with minor surgery, obtaining laboratory specimens and other duties.

Certified nurse aids provide basic care to residents of long-term care facilities, helping to ensure their comfort and safety. CNA program students complete 60 hours of lectures and labs, and 40 hours of clinical experience with direct patient and client care.

Dental assistants prepare patients for treatments and teeth cleanings, sterilize instruments, process oral X-rays and assist dentists during procedures. The 155-hour DA program includes classroom instruction and practical training; students complete a 48-hour clinical rotation in a dental office in the Baytown area.

The demand for quality healthcare continues to grow in the Houston-Sugarland-Baytown area, with more than 9,500 new jobs in the medical field expected to open this year alone. The healthcare field accounts for one in every 10 jobs in the region, according to the Greater Houston Partnership.

In addition to the CMA, CNA and DA programs, the Center for Workforce and Community Development offers several other fast-track healthcare options. For more information, contact the center at 281.425.6311 or visit www.lee.edu/workforce.