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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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 www.alvincollege.edu.

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Lee cuts ribbon on expanded nursing complex

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

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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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HCC Advanced Manufacturing Conference highlights training and education

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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: www.hccs.edu/manufacturing.

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Brazosport College rewarded for participation in CenterPoint program

by Billy Loveless

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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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How Much More Can I Earn with an Associate Degree?

Community College Isn’t Just a Stepping Stone

For many people, the community college experience is a major step toward improving their quality of life. Every semester, students of backgrounds ranging from recent high school graduates to adults continuing their education enroll in community colleges across the country to start their journeys to great careers. But, what if I told you that the journey isn’t as long as you think, and that some of the best returns on your investment come with an associate’s degree?nurse

If you’re skeptical about the idea that earning an associate’s degree alone can improve your ability to be competitive in the work force, then consider a few points. A person with an associate degree earns on average $15,200 more each year throughout the course of a working lifetime than someone with only a high school diploma. Community colleges tend to offer associate degrees and certification programs related to industries in their areas. At TGCCCC, we work with businesses and organizations within our region so we can offer the programs and training that help our students land jobs in their respective industries.

Gulf Coast Jobs for A.S. Degrees

In the past year, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released a list with the top 20 highest paying occupations with an associate degree, with positions ranging from about $50,000 to more than $120,000 in median annual salary. It’s estimated that around 1.6 million new and replacement jobs will be added in the Gulf Coast region by 2020, and these positions will be centered on the healthcare, skilled labor, petrochemical, and technology industries that are growing and flourishing in our region.

The tuition and fees for the average campus-based or online associate degree program average around $5,000 for two years of study. While earning your associate degree at a community college, you’ll have the flexibility to take as many or as few classes as you want, with no penalty for not meeting the status of full-time student. That gives you ultimate flexibility for your work or family commitments. An associate degree education from a community college opens doors for your future at a fraction of the cost of a bachelor’s degree from a four-year university.

One of the great things about making your way through the journey of life is that you never stop learning, whether that’s inside the classroom or out. We know that some of you may choose to return to the classroom later after earning you’re A.S. to pursue a bachelor’s and grow your skillset and advancement opportunities. And, those hours you spent on the associate degree transfer to state universities to apply to your four-year degree. With an associate degree, you’ve taken an important step toward a better career and more opportunities that you simply don’t have with just a high school diploma or GED.

By investing in an associate degree at a community college, you’ll receive the education you deserve from faculty who have worked in the field and can help you become career-ready in an intimate setting. We hope you choose to further your education at a Texas Gulf Coast Community College.

Wanted: Community College Instructors in Houston

TGCCCC Petrochemical DegreesThe expanding petrochemical industry in the Houston/Gulf Coast region is providing opportunities for tens of thousands of students to get a two-year degree at our community colleges and go straight to work for high wages in the next decade. ExxonMobil and other petrochemical and oil & gas corporations are expected to have thousands more jobs opening in the next decade than they will have qualified applicants. So, they’ve given us the task of educating and training the workforce they need in the coming years. We’re more than happy to do that – it fits our member colleges’ mission to a T.

However, our Community College Petrochemical Initiative (CCPI) described on this site has left us with a little workforce issue of our own. Our member colleges don’t have enough instructors to teach all of those CCPI students! While we’re recruiting new students for these courses, we also have to recruit new teachers. Don’t get us wrong – it’s a great problem to have.

And, our need can be a big benefit to you, because you might be qualified to teach our courses even though you’ve never taken a teaching course and might not have a four-year degree yourself. For instance, if you’re an expert pipefitter and you have the experience and background to prove it, you might qualify to teach a piping course with only a high school diploma. If you have an associate or bachelor degree with more experience, that’s even better – but your skills and experience are what we really need to pass along to our students.

One great thing about our petrochemical industry in the Houston/Gulf Coast area is that the companies tend to get employees young and keep them. People often start with ExxonMobil, Dow Chemical or other petrochemical company in their early 20s, and because of good pay and benefits, they may be able to retire at 55 or 60. That leaves relatively young retirees with a lot of time and energy that they can put to good – and profitable – use by teaching the next generation of petrochemical workers. The hours are flexible, we have campuses all over the region, which ensures you a pretty easy commute, and the wages we pay vary by college, but they will be competitive on an hourly basis.

So, if you have an associate degree in computer technology and worked in computer maintenance for three or more years, you can have a second career teaching at one of our community colleges. Or, if you have an A.S. in welding and you’ve been a professional welder for three or more years, we need you to apply and come teach our students.

Every surging industry in the United States creates career opportunities at many levels. It’s up to you – and us – to identify the opportunities that fit you. These teaching opportunities in the vocational fields are historically rare, but the petrochemical boom is far from over – and it’s not the only growing industry in Texas. We need instructors and students in the healthcare field, as well.

Take a look at the petrochemical instructor page we have, and then go visit the individual community college job pages listed at the bottom to see openings at a college near you. You can apply for those openings online, or if you have questions, just contact the career departments for the individual schools. You may have a second career just waiting for you. And, you know it won’t be that annoying when your friends start calling you “Professor”!

Using the GI Bill to Attend Community Colleges is a Great Opportunity for Texas Veterans

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Most people who serve the United States in the military join one of the Armed Forces branches when they are young – often right out of high school. Besides the honor of serving to protect the country, the military provides on-the-job training that can serve veterans well when looking for employment after their service is complete. However, if they want to go to college for a degree that provides a different career path, they’ll be entering school later than their peers.

That’s why getting an associate degree at a community college can be a very wise decision for veterans. After two years, instead of four, veterans will be able to enter their chosen field. And, with the high pay structures, even for entry-level employees, in the petrochemical industry and healthcare industry, many associate degree holders can earn more to start than bachelor’s degree holders in a liberal arts field.

“Our member companies have a long history of employing and supporting veterans,” said East Harris County Manufacturers Association (an alliance of approximately 130 chemical manufacturers) Executive Director Craig Beskid. “Our members recognize the attributes of our veterans – discipline, leadership and strategic planning. These are valued traits in our industry, and you will find many veterans working for refining and petrochemical companies.”

blogpostimage2The modern GI Bill covers tuition, books, and even some housing costs for veterans who enroll in college. For veterans who choose community college first, if they earn their associate degree in two years, they will still have two years of GI Bill coverage if they choose to transfer to a four-year university. By earning the associate degree first, Texas veterans have the option to start earning $40,000 or more right away in a full-time job or to continue their education.

Most of our TGCCCC member colleges have been recognized by GI Jobs magazine as Veteran Friendly Colleges. Many of our campuses have centers that helps veterans through the registration process, tutoring and other support services — ultimately helping them make the most of their community college experience, and be successful.

The Gulf Coast petrochemical industry needs about 80,000 new employees to fill roles that will come available in the next decade – to build and run facilities. These are highly-skilled trade jobs and craft careers, and many would even be considered “white collar.” Almost all of them also only require an associate degree or certificate, and they all pay well – the average annual salary in the Texas chemical industry is $99,700. In addition, the larger oil and gas industry, as well as the healthcare industry and others are booming throughout Texas.

“Our Bayer MaterialScience chemical manufacturing plant has been particularly keen on tapping into the 1.2 million technically talented veterans expected to leave the military in the next several years,” says Shirlyn Cummings, Bayer MaterialScience’s Talent Management Director for NAFTA Production & Technology.

There has never been a better time to get a degree from a community college. And, if you’re a veteran, you can get it for free. Then you can start your new job on the right foot and on a sustainable, lucrative career track. So, browse through the careers in our Community College Petrochemical Initiative, and then contact your local community college to find out which two-year degree might be right for you.

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