TOMBALL, Texas – Dr. Anne Ginnett, director of Lone Star College-Tomball’s lifePATH™ program, is inviting the community to meet and visit with LSC-Tomball lifePATH™ students while they share their spring 2017 semester work during the lifePATH™ Partners Gallery Walk. The lifePATH™ Partners Gallery Walk will take place Friday, March 31, from 10 a.m. to noon in the LSC-Tomball Beckendorf Conference Center.
LSC-Tomball’s lifePATH™ program empowers adult students with cognitive disabilities by providing an opportunity to learn academic skills and the social skills needed in the business world, the academic world, and personal relationships. The gallery walk provides students with a chance to put the communication skills they’ve learned in the program into action, and gives the community an opportunity to learn more about the curriculum the students are taught.
“Guests will be able to wander from display to display as lifePATH™ students share details about some of their best spring 2017 classwork, emphasizing how they've grown and what they've learned during the semester,” Ginnett explained. “Although there will be opening remarks when the event begins, guests are free to come and go at their convenience.”
Ginnett went on to note that lifePATH™ has received tremendous support from faculty, staff, elected officials, and the local community. She added that many supporters have not had the opportunity to actually see first-hand the great work and results the program is producing.
“When we speak with parents, they tell us that what we’re doing here is carrying over to their home life,” Ginnett said. “For example, students are speaking on a wide range of topics at home, whereas before, according to parents, it was a very narrow range of topics students talked about at home.”
LSC-Tomball’s lifePATH™ is a four-year comprehensive model of post-secondary educational opportunities for students who have disabilities that affect executive functioning. Students can earn various Lone Star College certificates in Occupational Studies, ACT® WorkKeys® Assessments, the ACT® National Career Readiness Certification, and can choose to earn college credit in general Lone Star College credit courses.
Students can exit lifePATH™ after two years, receiving a Lone Star College Certificate in Foundational Occupational Studies. All students who choose the four-year lifePATH™ option participate in an internship during their fourth year. Admissions is selective and students join lifePATH as part of a cohort. Each cohort remains together for all classes during the first two years. During years three and four, students continue to take lifePATH™ core classes as a cohort.
Lone Star College-Tomball is located at 35000 Tomball Parkway, at the intersection of SH 249 and Zion Road. For more information about the college, call 281.351.3300 or visit LoneStar.edu/Tomball.