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.

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.