College of the Mainland’s Veterans Day observance

Texas CityCollege of Mainland will hold a Veterans Day observance at 12:30 p.m. Thursday in the Learning Resources Center, L-131, for students, faculty, staff and the public.

Guest speakers will be Joe “Pops” Foley, and Joel Chatelain.

Foley, who served in the US Air Force, is founder and managing director of Leading Edge Medical and is district coordinator of Team Rubicon-South Houston/Galveston. Team Rubicon helps pair military veterans with first-responders to use the skills they acquired while serving in aiding with disaster relief at home.

Chatelain, who served in the US Marine Corps, is an outreach specialist with the American GI Forum – National Veterans Outreach Program. National Veterans Outreach has an array of human services programs that includes job training, counseling, veterans affairs, family services and affordable housing.

The observance will be followed by lunch served in the Student Center from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

For more information, contact the Office for Veteran Success at 409-933-8455.

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Galveston College’s first year nursing students recently participated in various community activities


Galveston College’s first year nursing students recently participated in various community activities, including the 2017 D’Feet Breast Cancer event, the 2017 Walk to End Alzheimers and the Wings Over Houston Air Show.

Students at the First Aid Area at the Galveston 2017 D’Feet Breast Cancer event.

Pictured from left are Liliana Rodriquez, Lizette Osorio, Mary Cruz-Gutierrez, Christianne Witt, Stephon Lampkins, Kristin Radzieski and Broaderick Brown.

Students at the First Aid Area at the Galveston 2017 Walk to End Alzheimers Event October 14.

Pictured from left are nursing student Melvin Senegal, Katherine Cleveland, Associate Degree Nursing Instructor Vicki Jernigan, nursing student Julie Butler and Alain Cruz. Not pictured are Mary Stewart and Kristen Peck.

Students at the First Aid Areas at the 2017 Wings Over Houston Air Show Event October 20 and 21 working in collaboration with the UTMB Aerospace Medicine Medical Coordinators.

Pictured from left are William Schneider, Joseph Butler, Isabella Arcidiacono, John Moreno, Mary Stewart, Kathryn Rodriquez, Ashley Honeycutt, Devin Reyes, and Melvin Senegal.

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Lone Star College partners with consortium to promote Hispanic student success

Lone Star College and Hispanic Educational Technology Services (HETS) have teamed up to enhance Hispanic student success and opportunities in higher education.

“This is a great opportunity for students and faculty to be connected to a wealth of resources to support the pursuit of a variety of  academic and career goals,” said Dr. Alicia-Harvey Smith, LSC executive vice chancellor. “I am excited about this collaboration and am looking forward to hearing many success stories.”

HETS was established in 1993 and is the first bilingual consortium founded by more than 40 higher education institutions in Puerto Rico, United States and Latin America. HETS member institutions are comprised by nearly 25,000 faculty members and serve over 770,000 students, of which approximately 60 percent are Hispanic.

HETS focuses on three strategic areas; access, retention and technology integration. These help promote and advance innovation, leadership and opportunities in Hispanic higher education.

“Lone Star College remains committed to providing high-quality academic and workforce programs,” said Harvey-Smith.

From 2012 to 2017, HETS developed a series of programs and services to continue growing opportunities in Hispanic higher education and further promote leadership and innovation. Through these programs and services, HETS promoted research and key issues in Hispanic higher education; directly impacted student and faculty; fostered ongoing learning and development; and established key partnerships and alliances to further impact education and foster innovation.

Lone Star College is working with Hispanic Educational Technology Services to increase Hispanic student success. Pictured (left to right) are Yubelkys Montalvo, HETS executive director and Dr. Alicia Harvey-Smith, LSC executive vice chancellor.

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Alvin Community College Foundation will Host 18th Annual Gala


The Alvin Community College Foundation will host the 18th Annual ACC Foundation Gala Paint the Town Red on November 17. The event benefits ACC student scholarships.

The event will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn in Pearland.

Festivities begin with a social reception at 6 p.m. There will also be live and silent auctions. After the dinner, the evening will feature music and dancing from the Houston-based Royal Dukes Band.

In addition to scholarships, the Foundation also uses the funds to support the Innovative Initiative grants and other programs on campus. This year, the Foundation awarded over $100,000 in student scholarships, grants and awards to ACC staff members.

Proceeds are also used for the three Excellence Awards given every year to a professional employee, a faculty member and a technical support, clerical or maintenance employee.

Seats for the Gala sell fast so get them early. Different levels of sponsorship are available: $5,000 includes premier seating for 16 and wine at the tabel; $2,500 includes premier seating for ten and wine at their table; $1,000 includes reserved seating for eight and wine at the table and $750 sponsorships include reserve seating for eight. Individual tickets are $75.

Sponsors are also being sought for the entertainment at $2,000, social hour at $1,500, photo booth at $1,000 and valet parking at $750.

Donations are still being sought for the live and silent auctions.

For more information about sponsorships or to purchase tickets, call 281-756-3600. You can also purchase tickets online at the ACC Marketplace at

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Lee cuts ribbon on expanded nursing complex

Funded through bond approved in 2013, expansion project completed on time & on budget

Lee College cuts ribbon on McNulty-Haddick Nursing Complex Expansion
Lee College administrators, Nursing Program faculty and nursing students gather in the new lecture hall inside the McNulty-Haddick Nursing Complex Expansion during a ribbon cutting and open house held Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017. The expansion project was funded through a bond approved by voters in 2013 and focused on meeting student and faculty needs, including new classrooms and a new student lounge and computer area.

BAYTOWN, TX — Students in the Lee College Nursing Program now have a renovated and revamped facility on campus to train and prepare for rewarding careers on the front lines of patient-centered health care – complete with new spaces to learn and practice critical professional skills, and connect with classmates and instructors.

Lee College administrators, students and faculty came together Tuesday, Oct. 24, with members of the Board of Regents and local health care community to cut the ribbon on the McNulty-Haddick Nursing Complex Expansion, which was funded through a $40 million bond overwhelmingly approved by voters in 2013. The project was completed on time and came in just under its original $6 million budget.

“We know how important nurses are; they’re essential to health care. Nurses are where the rubber meets the road,” said Pete Alfaro, chairman of the Board of Regents, in thanking citizens for supporting the bond referendum that made the expansion possible. “Property taxes, student tuition and fees and state funding do not cover everything. We are grateful for what the community did for us. We want to give every student and faculty member at Lee College the very best.”

At the expanded McNulty-Haddick Complex, there is a new lecture hall that seats 105 students; additional classrooms that can also be used for lab spaces and give faculty and students a variety of ways to interact and enhance instruction; and a new lounge, computer area and outside patio for students to connect with each other and review materials in close proximity to their classrooms and labs.

The Clinical Lab and Simulation Center inside the complex – a replicated hospital setting where students practice their professional skills with high-fidelity mannequins that sweat, bleed and even give birth – has been expanded to add an area dedicated specifically to pediatric care. Through a donation to the Lee College Foundation and grant funding from the state’s Nursing Innovation Grant Program, the Clinical Lab and Simulation Center have also received new mannequins, supplies and equipment that will allow faculty to teach clinical application in each nursing course throughout the program curriculum.

“This project focused on fulfilling the needs of nursing students, faculty and staff,” said Dr. Tracy Allen, director of the Nursing Program. A Lee College alumna herself with more than 20 years of experience in the field, she praised the previous nursing directors — many of whom attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony — who taught her how to be a professional and set the solid foundation upon which the program continues to build today.

“We share that same commitment to student success and to the nursing profession,” Allen said. “Lee College nursing graduates are some of the best nurses I know.”

With a strong reputation for its challenging and relevant curriculum that prepares students for the realities of modern health care, the Lee College Nursing Program emphasizes practical experience. From their first semester, students are required to spend time in both traditional classes and the laboratory and hands-on clinical environment. They are also encouraged to become lifelong learners and continue their education beyond the associate degree.

Since the expansion of the nursing complex was completed, students have particularly enjoyed using the lounge area to hold study groups and unwind together from the rigors of their coursework.

“We want to express our gratitude. Your financial resources have been to good use,” said Danyel Browder, a Level 3 student and president of the Lee College Nursing Students Association, at the ribbon-cutting ceremony. “This new addition has made us really proud to say we are nursing students at Lee College.”

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Undergraduate research on display Nov. 2 at San Jacinto College

By Jeannie Peng Mansyur

Event will showcase award-winning research from students’ Rice University internships

Undergraduate research on display Nov. 2 at San Jacinto College

PASADENA, Texas – Undergraduate research will be on full display on Nov. 2 at San Jacinto College as three students present their findings and share experiences from their 10-week internships with the Rice University Institute of Biosciences and Bioengineering Summer Undergraduate Research Program.

The San Jacinto College Student Research Poster Presentation will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. on the San Jacinto College Central Campus, C-19.123. Dr. Joff Silberg and Dr. Rafael Verduzco from Rice University will serve as keynote speakers. Rice University is also an event sponsor along with the Nanosystems Engineering Research Center for Nanotechnology-Enabled Water Treatment.

San Jacinto College students Muhammad Musa, Sara McAda and Marvin Valverde were three of 12 students selected from across the United States to participate in the Rice University Institute of Biosciences and Bioengineering Summer Undergraduate Research Program. As research interns, they were assigned mentors to participate in studies that varied from how drugs affect microscopic worms, to proteins that affect bacteria. They also received a stipend and an option to stay in Rice University housing. In addition to time in the labs, the students participated in research discussions over lunch meetings and seminars to discuss topics related to multi-scale bimolecular networks.

Musa researched the Optimization of Reaction Conditions for Copper-Mediated Modification of Peptides Using Design of Experiment. McAda researched Utilizing Mitochondrial Dysfunction in Cancer Therapeutics. Valverde researched the Characterization of Shewanella oneidensis SO0839 Transcription Factor. Valverde and Musa received Outstanding Poster Awards for their work with the Rice University Institute of Biosciences and Bioengineering Summer Undergraduate Research Program.

View a full photo gallery of the San Jacinto College students at Rice University:

Watch a San Jacinto College social media video of the students’ Rice University Institute of Biosciences and Bioengineering Summer Undergraduate Research Program:

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HCC Advanced Manufacturing Conference highlights training and education

The latest trends, outlook and future in advanced manufacturing were only some of the topics of discussion at Houston Community College‘s (HCC) first Gulf Coast Advanced Manufacturing Conference. More than 200 people attended the conference October 6 at the Stafford Center.

Dr. Cesar Maldonado, HCC Chancellor, welcomed business leaders, public officials, and educators to the conference. Maldonado stressed the crucial role that community colleges play in training the advanced manufacturing workforce in Houston, one of the top manufacturing cities in the country.

“We pride ourselves in leading the way in advanced manufacturing education and training,” Maldonado said. “Our Stafford Workforce Center is second to none in providing students the tools they need to succeed in advanced manufacturing.” Dr. Madeline Burillo-Hopkins, President of HCC Southwest College, emphasized the importance of advanced manufacturing education in the 21st century global economy. “Our collective work will strengthen the long history of economic growth in this area,” Burillo-Hopkins remarked, “The doors that are opened to students today will define the decision-makers of tomorrow.”

The event offered the insights of expert panelists on economic outlook, automation, additive manufacturing/3D printing and workforce education. One of the major points during the discussions was the need for a qualified skilled workforce. That was a message resonated with Kody Snead, a Sealy High School senior who attended the conference with a group of his peers.

“I was exposed to 3D printers in middle school. Now, knowing that this technology is so closely tied into advanced manufacturing makes me want to explore the option of entering this field,” Kody said.

Katherine McMellan, one of the panelists representing the National Association of Manufacturers, emphasized that community colleges like HCC are well positioned to offer education consistent with the needs of industry.

“Advanced manufacturing programs need to lead to jobs and community colleges like HCC continue to prove that they are the most adaptable in the short and long term to educate future professionals,” added McMellan.

Keynote speaker Tony Bennett, President and CEO of the Texas Association of Manufacturers, encouraged industry leaders to collaborate with organizations to convince students as young as middle school to enter one of the professions with the lowest turnover rates.

“How do we align advanced manufacturing organizations to partner up with students starting in the 8th grade? Success is achieved through collaboration. To continue being leaders, we must take the long-term view,“ said Bennett.

The conference culminated with a tour and demonstration of classrooms and equipment at the HCC Workforce building in Stafford, Texas.

To learn more about the HCC Advanced Manufacturing Center of Excellence, visit:

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WCJC hosts book signing for authors Spellman and Hudgins

By Zina L. Carter
WHARTON, TEXAS – Wharton County Junior College is hosting a book signing for two of the college’s own authors.

Dr. Paul Spellman, an instructor of history, and WCJC Board of Trustees member Merle Reue Hudgins will be the featured authors at the book signing event, scheduled for 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24, in the Hutchins Memorial Conference Room on the Wharton campus. During the event, both writers will discuss their recent publications and have a number of books available for purchase and for autographs.

A WCJC instructor for 20 years, Spellman is the author of nine books on Texas history and in 2009 was inducted into the Western Writers of America. He is a member of the Texas State Historical Commission, the Texas State Historical Association and the Fort Bend Historic Commission. He holds degrees from Southwestern University, Southern Methodist University, the University of Texas, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and earned his doctorate from the University of Houston.

Spellman will speak on two of his works: Old 300: Gone to Texas and Until I Come Home: Love Letters from the War, 1918-1919. The first book focuses on the 300 families who followed Stephen F. Austin to Texas in the 1820s while the second book reveals true letters a World War I soldier wrote to his wife back home.

Hudgins is a WCJC alumnus and currently serves on the WCJC Board of Trustees. She is a member of the Texas State Historical Commission, the Texas State Historical Association, and is a charter member of the Wharton County Historical Museum and is the longest serving member of the Wharton County Historical Commission. She is a prolific writer and researcher and is widely known throughout Wharton County for her newspaper column, as a video documentarian and as a historical marker writer for the Texas Historical Commission, works which earned her the moniker “Wharton County’s Official Historian” by the Wharton County Commissioners Court.

At the book signing, Hudgins will present her two-volume work, War Between the States Changed Texas Forever – a Study of Pre-Civil War, Civil War & Post-Civil War. Published earlier this year, the hard cover set – spanning some 850 pages – details America’s most tumultuous period. All proceeds from the sale of the books will benefit the Wharton County Historical Commission.

Wharton County Junior College will host a book signing for Dr. Paul Spellman and Merle Hudgins at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24, in the Hutchins Memorial Conference Room on the Wharton campus. The public is invited and refreshments will be served.

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Brazosport College rewarded for participation in CenterPoint program

by Billy Loveless


Brazosport College recently participated in the 2017 CenterPoint SCORE Program and was awarded more than $188,000 in energy-efficiency incentives.

The completed energy-efficiency measures include campus-wide LED lighting, HVAC and HVAC controls upgrades.

In total, these projects will help the College save more than 324 kilowatts of peak demand and 1,700 megawatt-hours annually. This sum of energy savings is the carbon dioxide equivalent of 254 passenger vehicles driven for one entire year or 177 homes’ electricity use for one entire year.

Pictured are, from left: Dan Dippon, Director of Energy Efficiency & Economic Development, CenterPoint; Julienne Sugarek, Service Area Director, CenterPoint; Cheryl Bowman, Energy Efficiency Manager, CenterPoint; Drew Scatizzi, Program Manager, CenterPoint; David Marshall, Vice President, Financial Services & CFO, Brazosport College; and Dr. Millicent Valek, President, Brazosport College.

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More than 35 Community College Students Receive Scholarships to Pursue Chemical Industry Careers

  • Community College Petrochemical Initiative workforce education program extended to fifth year
  • Additional $200,000 ExxonMobil grant to support training for skilled workers in expanding industry
  • ExxonMobil has contributed more than $2 million toward training skilled workers

Baytown, Texas — Representatives from ExxonMobil and all nine Houston-area Community College Petrochemical Initiative (CCPI) partnering colleges convened today at ExxonMobil’s office in Baytown to present $45,000 in scholarships to 38 selected students. The program, entering its fifth year with an additional $200,000 grant from ExxonMobil, supports efforts by Houston’s leading community colleges to prepare thousands of local residents for high-paying jobs in the growing local chemical manufacturing industry. ExxonMobil has contributed more than $2 million toward training new workers since the program’s launch.

Enrollment in training programs have grown significantly. The initiative has created greater awareness of opportunities available to those who possess the necessary skills with potential salaries averaging nearly $100,000 a year.

Mike Zamora, director of Americas Regional Manufacturing for ExxonMobil Chemical Company, congratulated the students and spoke to ExxonMobil’s long-time interest in workforce development and continuing investment in the program.

“The Community College Petrochemical Initiative partnership is a wonderful example of what can be accomplished when employers and educators work together,” Zamora said. “As shown by the investments ExxonMobil alone is making as part of our Growing the Gulf initiative, the chemical industry is rapidly expanding along the Gulf Coast due to abundant supplies of domestically produced natural gas. Encouraging and developing a well-educated and skilled workforce is vital to the industry’s success in meeting a growing global demand for chemical products and continuing economic growth and prosperity in Gulf communities.”

With a projected need for more than 50,000 new workers by Gulf Coast-area chemical producers over the next decade, nine Houston-area community colleges are working to find and train the next generation of skilled workers. Initiative partners Alvin Community College, Brazosport College, College of the Mainland, Galveston College, Houston Community College, Lee College, Lone Star College, San Jacinto Junior College and Wharton County Junior College are training students seeking certification or completion of degree programs for instrumentation, electrical, machinist/millwright, welding, pipefitting, and other skills and competencies needed by the chemical industry.

The 2017 scholarship recipients include:

  • Alvin Community College: Charles Manuel, Vanessa Medrano, Jose Padilla, Roberto Pena, Andrew Pier
  • Brazosport College: Rigoberto Cardenas, Patrick Haynes, Zachary Nieto, Yolanda, Richo, Jorge Juarez
  • College of the Mainland: Brittany Brown, Myles Drisdale, Joshua Galabis, Michael Keller, Kincaide Stevens, Burak Temal
  • Galveston College: Victor Gomez, Isaac Jara, Patrick Lantz, Kaylan Mosley
  • Houston Community College: Shayan Naghibipoor, Opeyemi Frances Anthony, Carissa Sims, Marquette Broussard, Samson Balogun
  • Lee College: Christopher Patterson, Edmeade Prentice, Crisol Napoles
  • Lone Star College: Jeremy Powers, Christopher Ross, Carlos Gomez, James Alford, Jason Eldridge, Delane Corley
  • San Jacinto College: Isaac Butcher, Jessica Cranford, Lucida Price
  • Wharton County Junior College: Zachary Zepeta

About the Community College Petrochemical Initiative

The Community College Petrochemical Initiative is a collaboration of nine Texas Gulf Coast Area Community Colleges to recruit and train the next generation of petrochemical and construction trades workers for the Houston-Galveston region. A united vision and direction of the partnership is made through the CCPI Steering Committee, consisting of workforce development leaders from each participating college. If you’re an avid casino player, you’re probably familiar with the traditional slot machines. They come with three reels which provide payout once you get three similar symbols all lined up in the middle.

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