Lee named a Military Friendly® School fifth year running

Selection comes as Veterans Center hosts fifth anniversary celebration & Veterans Job Fair

BAYTOWN, TX — As the Lee College Veterans Center celebrates its fifth year of helping military students and their families successfully pursue higher education and transition into civilian careers, Lee College has again earned designation as a national Military Friendly® School.

Victory Media released Thursday the 2017 Military Friendly® Schools list, which recognizes the colleges, universities and trade schools around the country that are doing the most to embrace military students and dedicate resources to ensure their success in the classroom and beyond. Those that received the Military Friendly® School credential were evaluated using public data sources and responses from a proprietary, data-driven survey in which more than 1,600 institutions participated.

With input from the Military Friendly® School Advisory Council of independent leaders in higher education and military recruitment, Victory Media assessed institutions’ ability to meet thresholds in several areas: student retention, graduation, job placement, loan repayment, persistence and loan default rates for all students and student-veterans, specifically.

Ehab Mustafa, a U.S. Army veteran and licensed counselor who serves as director of the Lee College Veterans Center, attributes the college’s continued effectiveness with student veterans to the one-on-one support they are given during their educational journey and beyond.

“We work as a team,” said Mustafa, who was recently named to U.S. Rep. Brian Babin’s Veterans Advisory Council. “It’s not just a job for us, and it’s not about recognition. We care about the veteran.”

Established in 2011 as part of the College Credit for Heroes program and a grant from the Texas Workforce Commission, the Lee College Veterans Center strives to be a warm and friendly home away from home for more than 450 military students and their dependents. The center provides academic advising and development of individual education plans; advising about educational benefits, like the G.I. Bill and Hazlewood Exemption, and the certification process; and moral and mental health support that includes career guidance, peer tutoring and individualized counseling. The center also works to ensure military students are connected with prospective employers through special job fairs, workshops and networks for internships and other opportunities.

Students are always welcome to drop by the Veterans Center, grab a snack or a cup of coffee, study from one of the textbooks in the Veterans Library, use the computers and free printing, and spend time with their fellow veterans. They can join the Student Veterans of Lee College and the nationally recognized Student Veterans Honor Society, and are encouraged to continue their service to others through participation in events like regular visits to local hospice and nursing home facilities, and fundraising for veterans in need.

As a 2017 Military Friendly® School, Lee College will be showcased in Victory Media’s annual Guide to Military Friendly® Schools, special education issues of G.I. Jobs and Military Spouse magazines and on www.militaryfriendly.com.

“Our ability to apply a clear, consistent standard to the majority of colleges gives veterans a comprehensive view of which schools are striving to provide the best opportunities and conditions for our nation’s student-veterans,” said Daniel Nichols, a Navy Reserve veteran and chief product officer at Victory Media. “Military Friendly® helps military families make the best use of the Post-9/11 GI Bill and other federal benefits while allowing us to further our goal of assisting them in finding success in their chosen career fields.”

For more information about the Lee College Veterans Center and its support of military students and their dependents, visit www.lee.edu/veterans or call 832.556.4300.

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.

U.S. Rep. Brian Babin plans Veterans Town Hall on Oct. 11

U.S. Rep. Brian Babin (TX-36)
U.S. Rep. Brian Babin

U.S. Rep. Brian Babin (TX-36) will host a Veterans Town Hall at Lee College with a team of experts who can answer former military service members’ questions about accessing healthcare and education benefits, navigating the claims process, determining discharge status, transitioning into civilian life and more.

The Veterans Town Hall will be held from 6-8 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 11, in the Rundell Hall Conference Center on the Lee College campus. Those confirmed to participate include representatives from the Veterans Benefits Administration’s Houston Regional Benefit Office, Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, Houston National Cemetery, Texas Veterans Commission, Disabled American Veterans, Vietnam Veterans of America and the Lee College Veterans Center, among others.

Babin will moderate the Veterans Town Hall, which is open to all veterans. For more information about the event, contact Babin’s office at 832.780.0966.

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 College student groups collecting holiday donations for family, veterans in need

BAYTOWN, TX – As they wrap up the fall 2015 semester and prepare for winter break, students at Lee College are looking to spread the holiday spirit by collecting donations to help those in need in the local community.
Reaching Excellence Against Limitations (REAL), a new student organization that aims to educate and empower black males by enhancing their skills and creating positive change, has adopted a Baytown family for its inaugural Family First fundraising campaign – launched this year by group president, Runnin’ Rebel Basketball player and Baytown native Javonte Cooper.

REAL is soliciting monetary donations that will be placed on a grocery store gift card and given to a single mother and her three children to ensure they can experience the full joy of a holiday meal, from shopping for ingredients to cooking and sharing quality time together. To make a donation on campus in room 233 of the Huddle Building or schedule a pick-up, contact adviser Jessica Falla at 281.425.6421 or jfalla@lee.edu.

Keeping in mind their promise as military service members to leave no one behind, the Student-Veterans of Lee College (SVLC) are accepting donations to be given to veterans in hospice care at the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Houston. The group has decided to make helping and visiting veterans in hospice – estimated to total more than 1.5 million nationwide – a priority of their community outreach.

SVLC is looking for a wide variety of items, including travel-sized toiletries; reading materials and stationary; new and gently used clothing and hats for men and women; undergarments in unopened packages; socks; bedding; phone cards; and entertainment and leisure items like puzzles, board games, video games and DVDs. For more information about the items needed and how to donate, contact the Lee College Veterans Center at 832.556.4300.

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.

Lee earns Military Friendly® School designation for 4th consecutive year

BAYTOWN, TX — For the last four years, the Lee College Veterans Center has been a source of support and community for more than 400 former service members seeking higher education and new civilian careers. It has also been the driving force behind the college’s designation as a national Military Friendly® School — in 2016, as announced this week by Victory Media, and every year since the center was founded.

Victory Media released the newest list of Military Friendly® Schools just as the Lee College Veterans Center prepares to celebrate its fourth anniversary and Veterans Day at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 10, in the Rundell Hall Conference Center on the Lee College campus. The celebration event is free and open to the public, and local military service members past and present are encouraged to attend and be acknowledged.

Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs, STEM Jobs and Military Spouse, awards the Military Friendly® Schools credential to the top colleges, universities and trade schools around the country that are doing the most to embrace military students and dedicate resources to ensure their success in the classroom and beyond. The designation process includes extensive research and a data-driven survey of thousands of schools nationwide approved for Post-9/11 GI Bill funding.

At Lee College, the Veterans Center strives to be a warm and friendly home away from home for military students and their families. Under the leadership of Director Ehab Mustafa, the center provides academic advising that includes development of individual education plans for each student; advising about educational benefits, like the G.I. Bill and Hazlewood exemption, and the certification process; and moral and mental health support that includes career guidance, peer tutoring and individualized counseling. The center also works to ensure military students are connected with prospective employers through special job fairs, workshops and networks for internships and other opportunities.

Students are always welcome to drop by the Veterans Center between classes, grab a snack or cup of coffee, study from one of the textbooks in the Veterans Library, use the computer and free printing, and spend time in the company of their fellow veterans. They can join the Student Veterans of Lee College and the nationally recognized Student Veterans Honor Society, and are encouraged to continue their service to others through participation in events like the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, visits to local hospice and nursing home facilities and fundraising for veterans in need.

Lee College will be showcased along with other 2016 Military Friendly® Schools in the December issue of G.I. Jobs magazine and on MilitaryFriendly.com.

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.

Major Dan Rooney to join Veterans Center for anniversary

Major Dan Rooney
Major Dan Rooney

BAYTOWN, TX — The Lee College Veterans Center will celebrate its fourth anniversary and recognize Veterans Day next week at a special event featuring Major Dan Rooney, a three-time tour of duty F-16 fighter pilot, professional golfer and founder of the Folds of Honor Foundation that provides scholarships and assistance to the spouses and children of soldiers killed or disabled in service.

The Veterans Center celebration will be held at 10 a.m., Tuesday, Nov. 10, in the Rundell Hall Conference Center on campus. The event is free and open to the public, and military service members past and present are encouraged to attend and be honored. Refreshments will be served.

Rooney was a night-duty fighter pilot in Operation Iraqi Freedom, earning the coveted Top Gun Award and Spirit of Attack Award as a top graduate of F-16 pilot training. He has received numerous medals for his military service, including the Air Force Commendation Medal; Air Medal; Anti-Terrorism Medal; Combat Readiness Medal; and Air Expeditionary Medal. He recounts his personal journey of service and sacrifice in the book, “A Patriot’s Calling: Living Life Between Fear and Faith.”

After returning home from his second tour of duty in Iraq, Rooney watched a grieving family meet the flag-draped casket of a young soldier killed in combat. The experience spurred him to create Folds of Honor, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing educational opportunities to the families of these American military heroes. For his work with the foundation, Rooney has received the White House Presidential Volunteer Service Award and many other accolades, and been recognized as one of People Magazine’s “Heroes of the Year” and ABC World News Tonight’s “Persons of the Year.”

As a PGA professional, Rooney is principle owner of the historic Grand Haven Gold Club in Michigan and founder of the Patriot Golf Club in Oklahoma. The Patriot is home of the Patriot Golf Championship, an invitation-only tournament and gala supporting the families of fallen and disabled service members.

For more information or to RSVP for the Lee College Veterans Center Anniversary & Veterans Day Celebration, contact director Ehab Mustafa at 832.556.4302 or emustafa@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 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.