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Center for Academic Success and Transition

CAST increases the availability of academic and success services to Hispanic and other high need students by building on college-readiness skills introduced and helping students maintain these healthy habits throughout their college career and beyond.

Career Counseling

Expands career services so that Lone Star College-North Harris students are exposed to a variety of career options, understand the pathway of the careers they have chosen, and have an opportunity to enhance the skills needed to successfully obtain a job and have a successful career. Project Updates.

  • January 2017 - The Title V program director and manager met with the Vice President of Student Services and the manager of the Transfer Center to evaluate the space that is currently being used by the Transfer Center. The Office of Technology Services assessed the minor construction that may be needed to accommodate offices for the two part-time career advisors.

  • February 2017 - Two part-time career advisor positions are in the process of being approved for posting. These will report to the CAST program manager. The Title V program manager and the LSC-North Harris workforce advisor will assist in providing training to the new career advisors.  

  • March 2017 - A part-time career advisor has been hired to lever the new Career Lab iMALL and enhance career services so that LSC-North Harris students are exposed to a variety of career options, understand the pathway of the careers they have chosen, and to enhance the skills needed to successfully obtain a job and go on to a successful career.

  • April 2017 - The newly hired Title V Career Advisor completed a two-day New Advisor training on April 4 and 5 as well as mandatory HR and college trainings. The Career Advisor toured the Applied Technology building and visited classes with the Workforce Career Advisor on April 10, and attended the LSC-North Harris Technical Career and Skilled Trades Career Fair on April 11, 2017. The Workforce Career Advisor provided training to the Title V Career Advisor on the LSC CareerStar website on April 17. CareerStar is an online suite of tools designed to help students choose a course of study and find a job based on their selected degree or certificate program. Moreover, the Career Advisor attended the LSC-North Harris Open House on April 18, and attended the Technology Careers Summit at LSC-University Park on April 27, 2017. The Transfer Center Program Manager provided an overview for the Title V Career Advisor on Choices360, a multilingual online comprehensive career planning program that assists students in making decisions about their educational and career goals. Students learn about their interests, skills and values by taking assessments; search for occupations using their assessment results; and e-record the information they want to save in their Portfolio.  The Title V CAST Career Advisor will follow up to see if this program would be beneficial for LSC-North Harris students. Finally, during the month of April, there were 170 documented advising sessions, eight recruitment visits, and the “I’m Texas Bound” Transfer Fair on April 4, 2017 with 15 universities represented.

  • May 2017 - There were 193 documented visits to the Transfer Center and CAST Lab, as well as 7 recruitment table visits. The CAST Lab Career Advisor assisted with the Job Connections Fair on May 4, 2017 with 16 companies represented. Interviews for a second part-time career advisor were held on May 18 with one candidate selected to move forward for a second interview with the Vice President and Dean of Student Services on May 25, 2017. This is in addition to the current career advisor. Work orders submitted to Marketing Department to assist in branding and streamlining of CAST Lab forms/documents that will be utilized for students’ use (i.e., resume preparation, resume samples, cover letter samples, interviewing skills, job search/career-related websites, etc.). Created PowerPoint presentation of CAST Lab services. PowerPoint slide(s) to be included in future NSOs and EDUC 1300 class presentations. Finally, the career advisor is exploring purchase of Choices360 software to be utilized in the CAST Lab.

  • June 2017 - A second part-time career advisor has been hired effective June 5, 2017.  The newly hired Title V Career Advisor has completed mandatory HR and college trainings. The Workforce Career Advisor provided training to this Title V Career Advisor on the LSC CareerStar website on June 15th. The other Career Advisor attended a Workforce Solutions Interviewing Workshop on June 15th. The Title V Career Advisors have developed a master list of contacts to be utilized for future Career Connections Fairs. One Career Advisor assisted in hosting a CAST Lab resource table during the LSC-North Harris “Stop In Days” held between June 19th and June 22nd. This Career Advisor also tended to the mini Job Connections Fair on June 20th in the Workforce Career Advisor’s absence. Work order has been submitted for purchase of Choices360 for the CAST Lab. Purchase of CAST Lab table covers for use at/during LSC-North Harris campus events. Updated existing LSC-North Harris Transfer Center webpage to now read as LSC-North Harris CAST Lab; included career services information as well as contact information for new career advisor. Finalizing CAST Lab flyer with help from Marketing Department to advertise available services to students, faculty, and staff. Finalizing CAST Lab template with help from Marketing Department to use with career handouts for students. There have been 112 documented visits to the Transfer Center and CAST Lab during June.  Additional desktops as well as mobile cart and laptops are en route.  Three mobile computer stations are additionally housed in the CAST Lab to expand service opportunities for students.

  • July 2017 - There have been 167 documented visits to the Transfer Center and CAST Lab in July 2017. The CAST Lab flyer and template have been finalized. Choices360 has been purchased and is now available for students’ use. Three thin clients/mobile computer stations and two additional desktops have been installed in the CAST Lab and we are awaiting the installment of additional network drops. The Career Advisor assisted the Upward Bound program with a mock interview on July 27.  Staff is working to solicit donations from university partners as well as companies and organizations to be used as giveaways for various campus events and initiatives. The Career Advisor has already secured a bottled water donation from Nestle. Marketing, Facilities and Office of Technology Services work orders have been submitted for campus events.  The following events have been confirmed for the Fall 2017 term:

    •  Nursing Fair, October 3.

    •  Career Connections Fair, October 4.

  • August 2017 - There were 127 documented visits to the Transfer Center and CAST Lab during August.  The CAST Lab hosted a resource table during the peak registration season in August whereby students were able to obtain literature on CAST Lab services as well as CAST Lab documents including such topics as resume development, job search strategies, and interview tips.  The CAST Lab staff and Transfer Center Program Manager were able to speak about CAST Lab resources and provide some advising services to 1716 students in the SSB Registration Room during the peak registration season prior to campus closure due to Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey.  The Career Advisors are in final preparations for our 10/4 Career Connections Fair.  There are currently 19 anticipated companies/organizations expected to attend.

Transfer/Graduation Support Services

Serves students who are pursuing an Associate’s degree and/or plan to transfer to a four-year university by increasing awareness of the viable transfer options and the financial support available to help students transition to a four-year university. Project Updates.

  • January 2017 - The Title V Program Director and Manager met with the Vice President of Student Services and the Manager of the Transfer Center to look at the space that is currently being used by the Transfer Center. The Office of Technology Services is estimating minor construction that may be needed to accommodate offices for the two part-time transfer advisors.
  • February. 2017 - Two part-time transfer advisor positions were in the process of posting. These positions report to the Transfer Center Program Manager. The Transfer Center Program Manager will provide training to the new transfer advisors.
     
  • March 2017 - A part-time transfer advisor has been hired to provide services to students who are pursuing an Associate’s degree and/or plan to transfer to a four-year university by increasing awareness of the viable transfer options and the financial support available to help students transition to a four-year university. 
     
  • April 2017 -The newly hired Title V Transfer Advisor completed a two-day New Advisor training on April 4 and 5 as well as mandatory HR and college trainings. The Transfer Advisor toured the Applied Technology building and visited classes with the Workforce Career Advisor on April 10, and attended the LSC-North Harris Technical Career and Skilled Trades Career Fair on April 11, 2017. Moreover, the Transfer Advisor attended the LSC-North Harris Open House on April 18, assisted with the Senior STAR Visit on April 21, and attended the Technology Careers Summit at LSC-University Park on April 27, 2017. Finally, during the month of April, there were 170 documented advising sessions, 8 recruitment visits, and the “I’m Texas Bound” Transfer Fair on April 4, 2017 with 15 universities represented.
     
  • May 2017 - There were 193 documented visits to the Transfer Center and CAST Lab, as well as seven recruitment table visits. A Mini Graduation Fair was held on May 3, 2017 in concert with the graduation orientation. Recruiters from the University of Houston, University of Houston Downtown, and Sam Houston State University attended.  An Our Lady of the Lake University Advisor Update was held on May 16.  Interviews for a second part-time transfer advisor were held on May 18. Unfortunately, a finalist was not selected from this pool of candidates to move forward to fill this specific position.  Another round of interviews to fill the second part-time transfer advisor position forthcoming. The CAST Lab Transfer Advisor attended the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center School of Health Professions Open House on May 22. Created PowerPoint presentation of CAST Lab services. PowerPoint slide(s) to be included in future NSOs and EDUC 1300 class presentations.
     
  • June 2017 - There have been 112 documented visits to the Transfer Center and CAST Lab during June.  University of Houston Downtown Application Day was held on June 6th. Work order has been submitted for purchase of Choices360 for the CAST Lab. Purchase of CAST Lab table covers for use at/during LSC-North Harris campus events. Updated existing LSC-North Harris Transfer Center webpage to now read as LSC-North Harris CAST Lab; included career services information as well as contact information for new transfer advisor. Finalizing CAST Lab flyer with help from Marketing Department to advertise available services to students, faculty, and staff. The Transfer Advisor assisted in hosting a CAST Lab resource table during the LSC-North Harris “Stop In Days” held between June 19th and June 22nd. The “I’m Texas Bound” Transfer Fair was held on June 20, 2017 with 17 universities represented. Additional desktops as well as mobile cart and laptops are en route.  Three mobile computer stations are additionally housed in the CAST Lab to expand service opportunities for students.  
  • July 2017 - There have been 167 documented visits to the Transfer Center and CAST Lab in July 2017. The CAST Lab flyer and template have been finalized. Choices360 has been purchased and is now available for students’ use. Three thin clients/mobile computer stations and two additional desktops have been installed in the CAST Lab and we are awaiting the installment of additional network drops.  The advisors attended a Conflict Resolution Workshop on July 11 and the Transfer Advisor a meeting on transfers to the University of Houston’s College of Engineering on July 24.  The following events have been confirmed for the Fall 2017 term:
    •  University of Texas-Dallas and Texas Women’s University Advisor Update (“Power Talk”), September 14.
    •  Evening Texas Bound Transfer Fair, September 21.
    •  International Student Transfer Fair, September 28.
    •  Texas Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (TACRAO)- sponsored University Fair / Show Your University Pride Day, October 11.
    •  Sam Houston State University Bearkat Preview Day, October 18.
    •  Prairie View A & M University Panther Preview Day, November 8.
    •  Daytime Texas Bound Transfer Fair, November 14.
       
  • August 2017 - There were 127 documented visits to the Transfer Center and CAST Lab during August.  There were 2 recruitment visits during August.  The CAST Lab hosted a resource table during the peak registration season in August whereby students were able to obtain literature on CAST Lab services as well as CAST Lab documents.  The CAST Lab staff and Transfer Center Program Manager were able to speak to CAST Lab resources and provide some advising services to 1716 students in the SSB Registration Room during the peak registration season prior to campus closure due to Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey.  The Transfer Advisor and Transfer Center Program Manager are in final preparations for upcoming transfer fairs.

CAST: Academic Success Tutoring

Dedicated tutors support students in EDUC 1300, the first-year experience course, and the lowest level of developmental English to develop critical thinking and communication skills needed for comprehending texts and expressing their learning in written exams and oral presentations. Project Updates.

  • January 2017- The CAST tutors will focus on EDUC 1300 as well as the lower level DS English students. Some changes have been made to the original job description and were approved by the project lead. It was decided that tutor staff and Title V tutors would promote tutoring for EDUC 1300 through class visits.  The schedule for Title V tutors will be provided so that the students will know the best times to come to the Writing Center for assistance. Accu-Trak will be used to document student attendance at tutoring.  A sign will be purchased to show where the Title V tutors are located. Suggestions were made for other locations for the Writing Center. It was noted that tutors for CAST (EDUC 1300 and lower level Developmental Education) students must serve CAST students over those not in these programs but may be available to work with students outside these programs.

    March 2017 - An area of the Writing Center has been designated as the CAST Tutor Center.   Three CAST Tutors have been hired and will start on April 3, 2017 and will work through summer 2017. Two additional tutors will be hired to work directly with the EDUC 1300 staff and will be located in the Learning Center near the EDUC 1300 classrooms. Staff are designing and producing promotional material (posters and flyers) to identify the Title V support tutoring.

  • April 2017 - Three Title V tutors have been hired and are currently working with the developmental reading and writing classes as well as EDUC 1300 courses. Promotional materials have been produced to identify the Title V tutoring support available for students and have been placed in an area in the Writing Center dedicated to this activity. In addition, during a four-day period, the Title V tutors promoted CAST Tutoring directly to more than 500 students in 32 sections of DS English and EDUC 1300 classes. Students were able to meet the tutors and were invited to go to the Writing Center to work with the same tutors who visited their classes. The goal was to give the students a familiar face to look for, when they come in for writing support. The Title V tutors helped with over 60 visits from the Developmental Studies English classes in the final weeks of the semester. Tutors worked with students completing tasks such as a summary/response assignment regarding the legitimacy of internet addiction. Tutors were able to help students articulate the main points of the assigned article and to complete a summary of that article followed by their own response supported by personal examples. Another assignment tutors assisted students with included using Dr. Seuss’s “Oh the Places You’ll Go” as a starting point to discuss personal experiences. The instructor had given the student the structure for the essay, but the student needed help organizing the writing beyond a single paragraph. The tutors also worked with students struggling with grammatical concepts such as sentence boundaries, and they assisted students with issues based on individual needs.

  • June 2017 - The CAST Writing Tutors completed three summer school class visits and assisted nine summer school Developmental Studies and EDUC 1300 students in various capacities.  For example:  An English 0309 student had a bad experience after receiving criticism.  The CAST tutor helped guide him to a place where he learned to “not hate” writing.  The CAST tutor assisted a student writer with questions regarding how to utilize Microsoft Word for writing and solved her printing issues.  Another tutor helped a student get web-based exercise access and set up with headphones for lesson audio. The tutor helped an EDUC 1300 student with his Career Exploration Project. He had been an electrician and is interested in becoming a Computerized Numeric Control (CNC) Operator. 

  • July 2017 - The CAST tutors completed 12 class visits in July. These visits coincided with the beginning of the Summer II session. These visits facilitated the 35 sign-ins for Developmental Studies students in July. Tutors provided help to these Developmental Studies students in multiple capacities.  For example:

    •  An ENGL 0309 Integrated Reading and Writing student needed help interpreting an assignment question about reading strategies.  In addtion, the student requested assistance in answering a question about what the student would have appreciated knowing from an adviser before enrolling in the class. The tutor helped with wording after he read the answer and explained it and his feelings more fully.
    •  A tutor worked with an ENGL 0309 student to complete the assignment in parts instead of attacking the whole task. The student needed guidance and step-by-step instructions.
    •  An ENGL 0309 student needed help in accessing class assignments in Desire to Learn (D2L), the learning management system that is used by the college, either as a course delivery tool for online courses, or as a supplemental tool for face-to-face or hybrid courses.
    •  Tutors helped a number of ENGL 0306 Writing I students revise the first paragraph of a particular assignment. There were questions on format and content on a basic level.
    •  Tutors helped a number of 0306 students complete a D2L assignment on identifying the  parts of speech.
       
  • August 2017 - The CAST tutors had a total of 32 documented visits to the Writing Center during August. The following are examples of the assistance these student visits included;
    ENGL 0304 Reading I
    • Student needing help identifying Main Ideas.
    •  Student needing help preparing some Power Point slides
  • ENGL 0306 Writing IStudents working on paragraph revisions
    •  Students working through a very structured pre-writing and first draft process
    •  Students worked together with a tutor to complete some writing activities in D2L developed by the students’ instructor
  • ENGL 0309 Integrated Reading/Writing
    • Student needing feedback on a response essay to an article about Wal-Mart.
    • Student needing help developing an introduction for an essay explaining her reading and writing process 
    • Student needing help with comma splices and fused sentences.
    • Student needing help with sentence structure
  •  EDUC 1300 Learning Frameworks: First Year Experience
    •  Student working on a Power Point presentation and needing help with the documentation for the Works Cited slide.
    • Two of the CAST tutors participated in a professional development session on August 22nd facilitated by two English professors. These two hour-long sessions were followed by a general tutor-training meeting.

       The project looks forward to having a strong Fall 2017 semester as the end of August brings forth the beginning of a new term. Tutors and staff plan to make class visits in September.