Lee to receive $4 million from Federal CARES Act

Lee College will receive a little more than $4 million from the federal Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund as part of the $14 billion in support for colleges and universities and their students under the recently passed Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. Of the more than $4 million, half of the money — or approximately $2 million — will be earmarked for emergency financial aid grants for Lee College students.

From its share of the funding, Lee College will award cash grants to students to pay for expenses related to the COVID-19 outbreak, including materials and technology, food, housing, and childcare. Lee College President, Dr. Lynda Villanueva, has appointed a task force to develop a plan for distributing the money to students. The group, which is working on a tight deadline, plan to begin disbursements as soon as possible. Details on how students can apply for the emergency aid will be shared broadly as soon as they are available.

These federal dollars will supplement Lee College’s ongoing efforts to provide financial relief for students in need of assistance. Since the pandemic began, Lee College has provided aid to more than 150 students who suffered expenses related to COVID-19 disruptions, including Chromebook computers and food.

The Department of Education plans to announce guidance for the second half of the funds allocated to post-secondary institutions — in Lee College’s case, approximately $2 million — in the next two weeks. This funding is intended for direct institutional use to cover costs associated with changes to educational delivery and campus operations as a result of coronavirus disruptions. Lee College wants to use these federal stimulus funds to pay for student tuition and lessen the impacts of the pandemic on the college’s student body.

The CARES Act provides $31 billion overall for education aid at all levels, including $14 billion in funding to institutions of higher education and students. The Department of Education based college awards on two factors: the share of recipients of federal Pell Grants, and overall undergraduate enrollment numbers.

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.

Lee offers special help to former students of ITT Tech

BAYTOWN, TX – Lee College is ready to assist former students of ITT Technical Institute who want to continue their education following the recent closure of ITT Tech campuses in the Houston area and around the country.

Advisors and counselors are available to help former ITT Tech students learn how to transfer to Lee College, access financial aid, register for classes and get back on track to completing their degree. Potential program options include Computer-Aided Drafting and Design Technology, Electrical Technology, Paralegal Studies, Accounting Technology and Computer and Network Maintenance Technology, among others.

Additional details about Lee College’s assistance for former students of ITT Tech – including contact information for key offices on campus and links to the application for admission, academic catalog and campus calendar – are available online at http://www.lee.edu/admissions/itt-tech.

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.