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.

Project GRAD program at Lee College Education Center – South Liberty County

High-schoolers from Dayton, Hardin and Liberty participated in College & Career Institute

Students at Career Fair
Local high-school students attending this summer the J.P. Morgan Chase College and Career Institute at Lee College network with representatives from Chevron Phillips Chemical Co., Covestro, ExxonMobil and Noltex at a mock career fair held at the main campus in Baytown. The institute included a variety of career and college exploration activities and was sponsored in partnership with Workforce Solutions and Project GRAD Houston, an organization that aims to help students develop and achieve their educational aspirations.

BAYTOWN, TX — More than two dozen high school students from the Dayton, Hardin and Liberty school districts spent a week at the Lee College Education Center – South Liberty County this summer to attend the J.P. Morgan Chase College and Career Institute, a program sponsored by Project GRAD Houston to help young people start on the path toward a high-wage, high-skill and high-demand career.

Project GRAD Houston aims to improve lives in low-income communities by helping students develop and achieve their educational aspirations. As part of the effort, the program offers college institutes each summer for 1,000 scholars across the Houston area. The J.P. Morgan Chase College and Career Institute at Lee College was also sponsored in partnership with Workforce Solutions.

Lee College hosted the majority of the institute at its new education center in South Liberty County, where faculty gave students an inside look at programs in electrical technology, process technology, logistics, computer-aided drafting and engineering technology. They learned about the hard and soft skills that employers want to see in job candidates, and picked up tips about networking and proper presentation.

The students also took field trips to regional manufacturing facilities and spent their final evening at the main campus in Baytown, participating in a mock career fair with representatives from Chevron Phillips Chemical Co., Covestro, ExxonMobil and Noltex. Robert Bird, a rising senior at Liberty High School, was announced the lucky winner of a $500 scholarship at the institute’s closing ceremony.

Scholarship Winner Robert Bird
Scholarship winner Robert Bird: Robert Bird, a rising senior at Liberty High School, receives a $500 scholarship at the closing ceremony for the J.P. Morgan Chase College and Career Institute at Lee College. The institute included career and college exploration activities for high-school students and was sponsored in partnership with Workforce Solutions and Project GRAD Houston, an organization that aims to help students develop and achieve their educational aspirations.

“At Project GRAD, we say that ‘graduation really achieves dreams,’” Anne Sung, vice president and chief strategy officer for Project GRAD Houston, told the students who completed the institute. “You could have spent your summer vacation doing many things, but you chose to come to Lee College to explore college, explore careers and discover more about yourself.”

Students at the institute developed 30-second commercials about themselves for potential employers and produced videos detailing their future educational and career goals. Adam Percy, a rising sophomore at Liberty High School who aspires to be a lawyer, volunteered to share his commercial live on stage at the closing ceremony and said he learned valuable lessons by participating in the program. When he had his opportunity to speak with process operators from Chevron Phillips at the mock career fair, he felt confident about how to approach and what to say.

“Go to school while you can, and always do the best you can,” Percy said.

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.

Open house June 11 at Lee College Education Center — South Liberty County

Community invited to discover all the programs & services the new campus has to offer

BAYTOWN, TX – Lee College invites the community to a free open house at the new Lee College Education Center — South Liberty County to explore the campus and learn more about the classes, camps, and programs offered there.

The open house will be held 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, June 11, at the education center at 1715 Highway 146 Bypass in Liberty. Participants will enjoy free food, giveaways, raffle drawings, and the chance to meet the Runnin’ Rebels basketball team. Get important information about how to begin the enrollment and registration process for credit and non-credit classes, community education courses, summer camps, teaching opportunities, and more available at the center this summer and fall.

Representatives from Lee College academic and technical programs and the offices of Outreach and Recruitment, Student Career and Employment and Student Success will be available to answer questions and share details about resources and services. Prospective students can learn which college courses and degree programs they can take at the South Liberty County education center, and parents can learn more about the Dual-Credit Institute, which allows students in five neighboring school districts — Anahuac, Dayton, Liberty, Hardin and Hull-Daisetta — to earn a college credential by the time they graduate from high school.

The Lee College Education Center — South Liberty County opened in January to advance the college’s commitment to enhance the academic resources and workforce training offered throughout the region by providing a wide range of programs for students of all ages. Summer classes will begin June 20 and run through Aug. 12.

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.

Lee College & community celebrate new education center in South Liberty County

Ribbon-cutting ceremony marks expansion of higher education access in under-served area

Lee College Liberty Education Center 05/02/16.  (Photo by ©Kim Christensen)
Lee College Liberty Education Center 05/02/16. (Photo by ©Kim Christensen)

BAYTOWN, TX – The ribbon has officially been cut at the new Lee College Education Center – South Liberty County, which offers residents in the surrounding areas the chance to pursue a wide range of higher education opportunities right in their own backyard – from dual-credit classes for local high school students, to workforce and community education courses and corporate training for business and industry.

Dozens of local economic and education leaders, industry partners, friends and supporters joined Lee College Pres. Dr. Dennis Brown and other college administrators at the South Liberty County center on May 2 for the ribbon cutting ceremony.

“As the institution of higher learning for more than 220,000 residents and 15 school districts, Lee College is commitment to bringing high-quality academic resources to all points of our service area,” Brown said. “We are grateful for the support and encouragement of the elected officials, economic development organizations, school superintendents and other leaders who joined with Lee College to bring the vision for this facility to life. Together, we have created a premiere education center that has been long overdue in this community.”

The Lee College Education Center – South Liberty County initially opened in January to further advance the college’s commitment to enhance the academic resources and workforce training offered throughout the region by providing a wide range of programming for students of all ages. The Dayton Community Development Corporation and Liberty Community Development Corporation each provided grants of more than $191,000 to help cover the costs of computers, lab equipment, technology, learning materials and other resources needed at the new facility. In addition, the Greater Texas Foundation invested more than $850,000 to help with seed funding for operational costs.

The center now hosts dual-credit classes that allow students in five neighboring school districts – Anahuac, Dayton, Liberty, Hardin and Hull-Daisetta – to earn a college credential by the time they graduate from high school. The Dual Credit Institute will offer coursework in the high-demand technical fields of process technology, electrical technology and computer-aided drafting and design, along with academic transfer courses.

The center will also provide nearby residents with a variety of workforce and community education courses, including an emergency medical technician program (pending state approval), classes for senior adults, enrichment courses and Kids at College summer camps. Business and industry can take advantage of the center for corporate training customized to fit their workforce development needs.

“For generations, Lee has facilitated outstanding and affordable education and training to our high school students and adults, and it is exciting to now have a Lee College center right here in South Liberty County,” said Dr. Cody Abshier, superintendent of the Liberty Independent School District, who spoke at the ribbon cutting ceremony on behalf of all the district superintendents who were part of the project.

“Our residents need and deserve access to quality education and training that will improve their lives and the lives of their families, and that is exactly what this will provide,” Abshier said. “This new opportunity will have a significant impact on all of our local communities.”

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 recognizes Dayton and Liberty community leaders for support of new education center in South Liberty County

Lee College Thanks DCDC
Dr. Christina Ponce, left, Vice President of Student Success, Resource Development and Workforce at Lee College; Richard Till, President of the Dayton Community Development Corporation Board of Directors; Courtland Holman, Executive Director of the Dayton Community Development Corporation; Dr. Dennis Brown, President of Lee College; and Ronn Haddox, Chairman of the Lee College Board of Regents.

BAYTOWN, TX — Lee College recognized this week the Dayton Community Development Corporation and Liberty Community Development Corporation for their contributions to establish a new education center that will offer a dual credit institute, post-secondary educational programs, fast-track workforce training and community education to students in the South Liberty County area.

Centrally located on State Highway 146 bypass in Liberty, the Lee College Education Center – South Liberty County advances the college’s commitment to enhance the academic resources and workforce training offered throughout the region. The Dayton Community Development Corporation and Liberty Community Development Corporation each provided grants of more than $191,000 to help cover the costs of computers, lab equipment, technology, learning materials and other resources needed at the new facility.

Lee College administrators formally accepted the grant money and expressed their appreciation to Dayton and Liberty community leaders during special presentations at the October meeting of the Board of Regents.

Lee College thanks LCDC
Gary Broz, left, Liberty City Manager; Dennis Beasley, President of the Liberty Community Development Corporation and Liberty City Councilman; Carl Pickett, Mayor of Liberty; Dr. Dennis Brown, President of Lee College; Ronn Haddox, Chairman of the Lee College Board of Regents; and Dr. Cathy Kemper-Pelle, Vice President of Learning at Lee College.
Expected to open in January, the Lee College Education Center – South Liberty County will host dual-credit classes that will allow students in five neighboring school districts — Anahuac, Dayton, Liberty, Hardin and Hull-Daisetta — to earn a college credential by the time they graduate. The Dual Credit Institute will offer coursework in the high-demand technical fields of process technology, electrical technology and computer-aided drafting and design, along with academic transfer courses.

The Lee College Education Center – South Liberty County will also provide a variety of community education classes and an emergency medical technician program that will start in the spring semester, pending state approval.

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 office 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.