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.

Mobile Go Center to be posted at San Jacinto Mall for Tax-Free Weekend

Mobile Go Center
The doors of the Lee College Mobile Go Center will be open to prospective students Aug. 5-6 as part of the Tax-Free Weekend Event at San Jacinto Mall in Baytown. The center is equipped with high-speed Internet, satellite dishes, laptops and other equipment and resources needed to help prospective students explore Lee College program offerings and even register for classes on the spot.

BAYTOWN, TX — Shoppers hunting this weekend for sales tax-free deals at San Jacinto Mall will also have the chance to start their pursuit of higher education at the Lee College Mobile Go Center, a 42-foot trailer equipped with state-of-the-art technology and everything a prospective student needs to explore program offerings and even register for classes.

The Mobile Go Center will be stationed at the mall, located at 16900 Garth Road in Baytown, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Friday and Saturday, Aug. 5-6. Visitors are welcome to climb aboard to learn more about the degrees and certificates available at Lee College, financial aid and scholarship options, and the application and enrollment process. There will also be prizes giveaways and additional information about the college’s various community outreach efforts.

Lee College acquired the Mobile Go Center in 2015 with a $165,000 grant from the Texas Pioneer Foundation. The center is outfitted with high-speed Internet, satellite dishes, remote printers, laptops and LCD televisions. For more information about the center or the Tax-Free Weekend Event at San Jacinto Mall, contact Keon Baldwin of the Office of Outreach Services at 281.425.6340 or kbaldwin@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.

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.