LSC-Tom­ball and Tom­ball ISD Af­firm Early Col­lege High School Agree­ment at In­ter­ac­tive Fo­rum

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Lone Star Col­lege-Tom­ball Pres­i­dent Dr. Lee Ann Nutt and Tom­ball In­de­pen­dent School Dis­trict Su­per­in­ten­dent Huey Kinchen signed a cer­e­mo­nial agree­ment on Tues­day, Jan­uary 24, so­lid­i­fy­ing the part­ner­ship be­tween the two en­ti­ties to es­tab­lish an early col­lege high school, Tom­ball Star Academy, be­gin­ning fall 2017. The event rounded out an in­ter­ac­tive Com­mu­nity Fo­rum, hosted by Dr. Nutt, at which she shared in­for­ma­tion and up­dates about LSC-Tom­ball with com­mu­nity mem­bers.

“It was in 1972 that Tom­ball ISD passed a res­o­lu­tion declar­ing its sup­port of a col­lege cam­pus in Tom­ball,” Dr. Nutt re­minded the fo­rum at­ten­dees. “And now, here we are, sign­ing an agree­ment with TISD for an early col­lege high school. I re­ally feel things have come full cir­cle. I’m proud of how fruit­ful our part­ner­ship has been.”

Reaf­firm­ing the fact that com­mu­nity col­leges are in­tended to be “col­lege for all,” Dr. Nutt be­gan the fo­rum out­lin­ing LSC-Tom­ball’s cur­rent en­roll­ment and how Lone Star Col­lege com­pares to other com­mu­nity col­leges in the coun­try. She also ex­plained why a “two-year school” of­ten ends up be­ing a “sixyear school” for most stu­dents, who of­ten at­tend part-time while also work­ing and/or rais­ing a fam- ily. “We are the op­tion for those who want a col­lege ed­u­ca­tion, but can­not at­tend a four-year univer­sity away from home,” she said.

Ac­cord­ing to the pre­sen­ta­tion, thou­sands of com­mu­nity mem­bers uti­lized LSC-Tom­ball fa­cil­i­ties such as the Beck­endorf Con­fer­ence Cen­ter, the Per­form­ing Arts Cen­ter, and the LSC-Tom­ball Com­mu­nity Li­brary over the last year. Re­cent con­struc­tion on the third-floor of the Health Science Build­ing lo­cated near the Tom­ball Re­gional Med­i­cal Cen­ter now places LSC-Tom­ball in the top-tier when it comes to train­ing in Al­lied health pro­grams such as phar­macy tech­nol­ogy and sur­gi­cal tech­nol­ogy.

At­ten­dees were invited to pro­vide feed­back to the in­for­ma­tion they re­ceived via a real-time mo­bile app that dis­played re­sponses on a screen for all to see. Based on the an­swers pro­vided, it was in­no­va­tive pro­grams such as LSCTom­ball’s work with GRIT in the class­room as well as the lifePATH de­gree that de­lighted the au­di­ence most. lifePATH is a unique pro­gram that al­lows adult stu­dents who have dis­abil­i­ties that af­fect ex­ec­u­tive func­tion­ing learn the so­cial and skill ex­pec­ta­tions needed in the busi­ness world, aca­demic world, and per­sonal re­la­tion­ships.

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