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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: 2019 • 2018 • 2017

 

September 2019 - There were 161 documented visits to the Transfer Center and CAST Lab and nine recruitment table visits during September.   The Program Manager met with the Library Director to discuss Career Advisors providing Career Exploration Workshops to EDUC 1300 classes during the September-October timeframe. The Program Manager provided a CAST Lab presentation to 23 ENGL 1301 students on September 11.  CAST Lab Advisors hosted a resource table during the campus Involvement Fair on September 11 and September 12 and spoke to 143 students. The Program Manager provided CAST Lab presentation to 22 ENGL 1301 students on September 12.  The Program Manager hosted a CAST Lab resource table during the LSC-East Aldine Center Open House on September 13 and spoke to 18 attendees. The Program Manager provided CAST Lab presentation to 19 ENGL 1301 students on September 16.  The CAST Lab hosted a Fall Open House on September 17 and had 79 attendees.  A video highlight reel of our September 17 Open House was posted to the CAST Lab YouTube Channel (link to video clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=axXhlOXjzKE ).  The Career Advisors hosted a Career Exploration Workshop for 17 EDUC 1300 students on September 23.  Career Advisors hosted two Career Exploration Workshops for 40 EDUC 1300 students on September 24.   Career Advisors hosted two Career Exploration Workshops for 42 EDUC 1300 students on September 25.  A Career Advisor hosted a Career Exploration Workshop for 19 EDUC 1300 students on September 26.  To date, the CAST Lab has 71 posts and 434 Instagram followers. 

August 2019 - There were 461 documented visits to the Transfer Center and CAST Lab and five recruitment table visits during August.  A Spring 2019 LSC-NH graduate taped a testimonial on August 1.  The CAST Lab hosted a resource table during the August 6, Taking Care of Business Tuesday event and spoke to 50 attendees about its resources and services.  CAST Lab staff hosted a resource table outside of the makeshift Registration Room during this timeframe and over 1,200 students were informed about CAST Lab services.   A Career Advisor provided a CAST Lab overview during the August 24 Adjunct Boot Camp on campus. CAST Lab staff participated in the August 29 Women’s  Resource Center / Diversity Initiatives Open House and provided information to attendees on its services.  As of Augut 31, the CAST Lab has had 52 posts and 323 Instagram followers. Accoring to a study  by the Lone Star College Office of Analytics and Institutional Reporting (AIR) in mid-August, the following results were documented: 

1)    The average term GPA of CAST Lab users between the Fall 2018 – Spring 2019 timeframe was 2.4, as compared to non-users at 2.1.
2)    The average cumulative GPA of CAST Lab users between the Fall 2018 – Spring 2019 timeframe was 2.8, as compared to non-users at 2.6.
3)    The persistence rate of CAST Lab users from Fall 2018 to Spring 2019 was 85.5%, as compared to non-users at 71.4%.
4)    The persistence rate of CAST Lab users from Fall 2018 to Fall 2019 was 50.6%, as compared to non-users at 42.3%.
5)    The A, B, C success over enrollment and success over completion of CAST Lab users for Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 was 81% and 74% respectively, as compared to non-users at 79% and 70%.

July 2019 - There were 239 documented visits to the Transfer Center and CAST Lab and 12 recruitment table visits during July.  The CAST Lab hosted a resource table during the July 9 “Taking Care of Business Tuesday” event and spoke to 38 attendees about its resources and services.  CAST Lab photos taken on June 25 were utilized in July as posts to the CAST Lab Instagram account.  To date, the CAST Lab has 36 posts and 222 Instagram followers.  The LSC-North Harris Public Relations Department wrote and disseminated a press release highlighting the CAST Lab in July: http://www.lonestar.edu/news/33230.htm.  Career Advisor provided Resume Writing presentation to 30 TRiO high school juniors and seniors on July 15.  Career Advisors provided a Career Exploration Workshop to 12 high school students attending the Library’s 3D Printing Summer Camp on July 16. Program Manager has been in communication with a handful of LSC-North Harris graduates in efforts to coordinate times with Public Relations Department for their videotaped student testimonials.  One 2019 LSC-NH graduate was videotaped on July 17.  A 2018 LSC-NH graduate was videotaped on July 24 and July 29.  Two additional LSC-NH graduates are tentatively scheduled to be videotaped in August. The Program Manager co-hosted the July 23 “Taking Care of Business Tuesday” event on campus with representation from CAST Lab staff.  The event yielded 238 attendees. 
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June 2019 - There were 153 documented visits to the Transfer Center and CAST Lab and 10 recruitment table visits during June. A Career Connections Fair was held on June 6. Twenty-three vendors were represented with over 232 attendees. A Career Advisor attended the System-Wide Workforce Advising Council Meeting on June 12 at LSC-University Park. The Program Manager sent an email to 43 university partners informing them of our new CAST Lab Instagram account, with request to kindly follow us. To date we have 12 posts and 133 followers. One such post is a testimonial from Ms. Joanne Wurst, Director of Program Management at CyberDefenses, Inc. She spoke to the partnership that CyberDefenses, Inc. and Lone Star College have, and how our Career Services staff were instrumental in assisting them with identifying qualified candidates for its apprenticeship program. CAST Lab staff took group photos on June 25 to be utilized for future social media posts and recruitment efforts. The CAST Lab also hosted a resource table during the June 25 Taking Care of Business Tuesday event to discuss resources and services, as well as recruit more CAST Lab Instagram followers. . CAST Lab staff have begun work on a new “CAST Lab Spotlight” bulletin board to highlight student achievements including polished resumes, university acceptance letters, job offers, etc.

May 2019 - There were 189 documented visits to the Transfer Center and CAST Lab and six recruitment table visits during May.  A Career Advisor provided Resume Writing and Interviewing Tips Workshop to 11 Alternative Teacher Certification Program students and their instructor on May 3. The Program Manager sent emails to students who have visited the CAST Lab over the past semester to highlight taking summer classes for those still needing classes for transfer purposes, as well as information on resources for resume and cover letter development during the upcoming June 6 Career Connections Fair. Career Advisor sent email to 72 area Workforce Solutions personnel highlighting LSC-North Harris, the CAST Lab, and upcoming summer classes. A marketing request has been submitted for Taking Care of Business (TCB) Tuesdays summer initiative. Videos from the March 27 Career Prep for Success event have been uploaded to the CAST Lab YouTube Channel. 

April 2019 -  There were 187 documented visits to the Transfer Center and CAST Lab and 11 recruitment table visits during April.  CAST Lab staff participated in the campus Open House on April 2 by speaking to current and prospective  students about services and resources.  The Open House had over 107 attendees.  The CAST Lab was also announced as the “Table Contest Winner” during the Open House event.  A Career Advisor provided Resume Writing and Interviewing Tips Workshop to 22 Medical Assisting students at our Health Professions Building on April 3. The Program Manager assisted with the Fall2019 Rally (registration kickoff event) on April 4. The Transfer Advisor attended he Texas Tech University/University of Houston Counselor Update and Luncheon on April 8. The Program Manager attended Senior Client Technologies Technician Hiring Kick-Off Meeting on April 11.  The CAST Lab works closely with the Office of Technology Services, and more specifically, the Audio/Visual technicians when hosting events on campus throughout the year.  The Program Manager participated in the Senior Client Technologies Technician Candidate Interviews on April 17.  The Program Manager provided CAST Lab/Transfer 101 presentation to six Securing Adopted and Foster Education (S.A.F.E) students/members on April 18. The Program Manager attended the LSC Annual Advising Conference (AAC) 2020 Planning Committee Meeting on April 24 at LSC-Tomball. A Transfer Advisor attended the Our Lady of the Lake University-Houston Spring Update on April 25.  The CAST Lab hosted a Stephen F. Austin State University Advisor Update on April 26 which included representation from their Admissions, Social Work, and Sports Business Departments.  Twenty-two advisors and student service personnel were in attendance.  The Multimedia Studio Coordinator videotaped the event which will later be uploaded to the CAST Lab YouTube Channel. The Program Manager attended the inaugural Foster Youth and Adopted Student Conference on April 26 and spoke to 34 attendees about CAST Lab resources and services.  Program Manager provided a brief CAST Lab presentation to seven Spring ISD students and staff on April 26.  The Career Prep for Success event video is in its final stages prior to upload to the CAST Lab YouTube Channel. 

March 2019 - There were 163 documented visits to the Transfer Center and CAST Lab and two recruitment table visits during March.  Formal invitations were extended for the May 1 Graduation Resource Fair including representation from both career and university vendors.  The Career Advisor conducted an afternoon Prep for Career Success workshop to 16 Student Success Institute (SSI) tudents/members on March 5.  The Program Manager conducted an afternoon Transfer 101 presentation to eight Brother for Brother (B4B) students on March 5.   A University Day Fair was held on March 7 with twenty-two schools/programs represented and over 126 attendees.  The Career Prep for Success series was held on March 27 with over 57 attendees. Career Advisors presented an overview of resume writing in conjunction with other speakers and related topics, and the Multimedia Studio Coordinator and team videotaped the event. Once edited, the workshop video will be uploaded to the CAST Lab YouTube channel. 

February 2019 - There were 145 documented visits to the Transfer Center and CAST  Lab and five recruitment table visits during February.  Update to existing CAST Lab flyer was completed.  A Career Connections Fair  was held on February 5.  Twenty-seven businesses/vendors were represented with over 409 attendees.  CAST Lab staff attended the 2019 LSC Academic Advising Conference (AAC) on February 6 held at  System Office in the Woodlands. The Program Manager collected all final presentations from the February 6 event to be posted to the conference website.  A new work study student assistant began on  February 11.  The Program Manager and Career Advisors attended follow-up meetings for the March 27 Career Prep for Success event on campus co-coordinated with the Business 4 Success student club A Career Advisor provided a Resume Writing Workshop to two CHI School of Cosmetology students on February 18.  One of the Transfer Advisors attended the system-wide Transfer Share Meeting on February 19.  CAST Lab staff attended a Pre-Production Planning Meeting on February 21 with Multimedia Studio Coordinator and his team to discuss taping of two CAST Lab events in March.  A Nursing Fair was held on February 27 with eight schools represented and over 228 attendees.YouTube channel.  A Transfer Advisor attended Our Lady of the Lake University-Houston’s Grand Opening Celebration on March 7. The Program Manager presented a Transfer Advising 101 workshop to 27 advisors/student service personnel on March 8.  A Sam Houston State University Bearkat Preview Day was held on March 21 with over 139 attendees. The Program Manager and CAST Lab staff assisted with the Cat 5 Preview Day on March 22 by hosting a resource table during the event.  The Cat 5 Preview Day was a recruitment event with over 321 area high school seniors in attendance.  The Program Manager provided a brief presentation to 20 international students on March 27 regarding CAST Lab services, general transfer admissions guidelines, and scholarship information.  The Career Prep for Success series was held on March 27 with over 57 attendees.  Career Advisors presented an overview of resume writing in conjunction with other speakers and related topics, and the Multimedia Studio Coordinator and team videotaped the event.  Once edited, the workshop video will be uploaded to the CAST Lab YouTube channel. A Career Advisor attended the Houston Airport Marriott Reception and Tour on March 27.  The Program Manager assisted with the Male Summit check-in and registration on March 28. 

January 2019 - There were 267 documented visits to the Transfer Center and CAST Lab and four recruitment table visits during January.  CAST Lab staff spoke to over 641 students about CAST Lab resources outside the makeshift Registration Room during the January 3-January 12 timeframe. The Program Manager and Career Advisors attended follow-up meeting for March 27 Career Prep for Success series with Business 4 Success student organization on January 22.  The Program Manager also met with business faculty to discuss assistance with Greek Step Show on campus slated for April 2019.  CAST Lab staff hosted a resource table during the Spring Involvement Fair on January 23 and January 24 and spoke to 47 students.  The Career Advisors presented 2 Resume Writing Workshops in the Library on January 31 to 22 attendees. The Program Manager received report back from Office of Analytics & Institutional Reporting (AIR) which compared CAST Lab users vs. non-users for the 17-18 AY.  The report found that there was a 15+% higher persistence rate of CAST Lab users compared to non-users from Fall 2017 to Spring 2018.  It showed a 22% higher persistence rate of CAST Lab users vs. non-users from Fall 2017 to Fall 2018.  It also showed a 4+% higher term GPA, as well as a 2.6% higher cumulative GPA for CAST Lab users as compared to non-users during the 17-18 AY.   The Program Manager is working on replacement for work study student assistant who graduated this past Fall 2018 term. The Program Manager has begun discussions with campus Multimedia Studio Coordinator for taping of two CAST Lab March events. 

November 2018 - There were 209 documented visits to the Transfer Center and CAST Lab and six recruitment table visits during November. Career Advisors conducted three Resume Writing Workshops on November 1 to EDUC 1300 classes with a total of 56 attendees. A Career Advisor provided a resource table during the Student Success Initiative Lunch and Learn on November 6. The Career Advisors conducted two Resume Writing Workshops on November 8 in the Library as part of Writing Week with nine attendees. A CAST Lab Initial YouTube channel has been created with additional content/videos to be uploaded during the spring semester. A survey was sent out to participants of our fall career and transfer fair events. Findings were very positive with a 97% excellent rating in the area of hospitality. The Program Manager and Career Advisor attended a meeting with a Business 4 Success student organization member and the Diversity Initiatives Coordinator on November 27 to discuss collaborations on a Career Preparation Series the Business 4 Success student organization is looking to host during the spring semester.

October 2018 - There were 181 documented visits to the Transfer Center and CAST Lab and 12 recruitment table visits during October. A Nursing Fair took place on October 3 with 12 universities represented and over 113 students in attendance. A Career Connections Fair took place on October 4 with 24 vendors/businesses and 415 individuals in attendance. A Career Advisor provided a Resume Workshop to the Business-4-Success Club on October 4 with seven individuals in attendance. Career Advisors attended the initial Two Year College Career Development Professional Association planning meeting at the Houston Community College Southeast campus on October 5. Career Advisors conducted three Resume Writing Workshops on October 29 for EDUC 1300 classes with a total of 51 attendees.

September 2018 - There were 172 documented visits to the Transfer Center and CAST Lab during September as well as 11 recruitment table visits. The Program Manager and Career Advisor provided CAST a Lab presentation to 23 students in an ENGL 1301 class on September 10. The CAST Lab hosted an Open House on September 18 with over 93 individuals in attendance. . The Program Manager and Career Advisor held a meeting with the Workforce Solutions’ Occupational Training Specialist on September 20 to discuss resources and potential future collaborations with the CAST Lab.

August 2018 - There were 332 documented visits to the Transfer Center and CAST Lab during August. CAST Lab advisors participated in Workforce Advising for Advisors webinar (Part II) on 8/2. Career Advisors finalized Parts of a Resume document. Program Manager and Eighty-eight participants attended four Makerspace workshops in August. Topics included video editing and crocheting. Twenty-five junior high school students attended the TRIO Leadership Academy on August 7 while 50 students and community members took part in the Pop Up Makerspace Open House on August 30.Five CAST Lab advisors assisted the Student Services Department during the peak registration period (August 13-28). CAST lab staff were able to introduce and highlight services available as students came to register for classes, and provided them with literature as needed. . CAST Lab staff provided students with information as they explored the campus as part of their EDUC 1300 course requirements. Program Manager and CAST Lab staff provided students a brief overview of the CAST Lab and its services during the Women’s Resource Center/Diversity Initiatives’ Open House on August 30. Upcoming confirmed events include a CAST Lab presentation on September 10, the CAST Lab Open House on September 18, and the evening “I’m Texas Bound” Transfer Fair on September 19.

July 2018 - There were 244 documented visits to the Transfer Center and CAST Lab during July. Video taken of staff and students in the CAST Lab for Title V Grant production on July 10. Career Advisors preparing new document, Parts of a Resume, to be included in collection of career-related resources in CAST Lab. There were 4 recruitment table visits during July. . A Career Advisor provided career exploration workshop, My Future My Plan, to 12 TRiO Upward Bound students on July 24. A Career Advisor and the Program Manager conducted mock interviews with 3 TRiO Upward Bound students on July 25. CAST Lab advisors participated in Workforce Advising for Advisors webinar (Part I) on July 31. Preparations are underway for 2018 Fall peak registration. 

June 2018 - A Career Connections Fair was held on June 7. Twenty-one vendors were represented with over 207 attendees. The Career Advisor and Program Manager provided a resume and interviewing workshop titled, Get Hired! Resumes & Interviewing 101, to 21 TRiO Educational Talent Search students on June 13. The Career Advisor presented an etiquette workshop titled, The Polished Professional, to 34 TRiO Upward Bound students on June 27. A Career Advisor will provide a career exploration workshop (My Future My Plan) to TRiO Upward Bound students on July 24. Staff are beginning to finalize 18/FA CAST Lab events.

May 2018 - There were 219 documented visits to the Transfer Center and CAST Lab and three recruitment table visits during May. CAST Lab staff have contacted Dress for Success and Career Gear in hopes of becoming an approved referral/member organization for our students. CAST Lab staff will provide career-related workshops during TRiO Educational Talent Search’s Leadership Academy as well as for TRiO Upward Bound’s Summer Program in June. Final preparations are underway for the June 7 Career Connections Fair where we anticipate 26 vendors in attendance. 

April 2018 - There were 260 documented visits to the Transfer Center and CAST Lab during April. There was one recruitment table visit during April. CAST Lab staff hosted a resource table and assisted students during the 18/FA Registration Rally in the Student Services Building on April 9 and April 10. CAST Lab staff attended the LSC System Technical & Skilled Trades Career Fair hosted on April 10 at the LSC-North Harris campus and networked with participating vendors. CAST Lab staff conducted mini presentations during SOAR’s Enrollment Express Nights on April 10, April 12, April 24, and April 26. One of the Career Advisors attended a Resume, Job Search, and Interviewing Workshop on April 11. CAST Lab staff assisted with festivities and provided information on available services to over 25 individuals during the campus Open House on April 14. A Career Advisor attended the LSC-CyFair Career Fair on April 17. He was able to obtain new administrative contacts to be utilized for future Career Connections Fairs on our campus and as resources. A Career Advisor conducted a Resume Writing Workshop to 11 individuals on April 20 during the Student Ambassador Friday Forum. Career Advisors presented Resume Writing Workshops to over 50 students during Writing Week on campus on April 24, April 25, and April 26. Final preparations are underway for the 5/2 Graduation Resource Fair and Graduation Orientations. Thirty-nine vendors are anticipated.

March 2018 - There were 168 documented visits to the Transfer Center and CAST Lab during March. There were five recruitment table visits during March. The CAST Center Program Manager co-presented College FUNds 101 workshop on March 3 for our TRIO’s Money Matters Day on campus. The CAST Center Program Manager and Career Advisor attended a meeting with representatives from 84 Lumber on March 22 to discuss potential opportunities and future collaborations as it relates to career services. Sam Houston State University Bearkat Preview Day took place on March 27 with over 93 attendees. A Career Advisor attended a Resume Building Workshop on campus on March 27. CAST Lab staff conducted three mini-class presentations on March 28 to more than 40 attendees. Final preparations for the April 3 Texas Bound Transfer Fair were made and planning for the April 14 campus Open House is underway. Marketing is in progress for the April 25 University of Houston Downtown Gator’s Preview Day and the May 2 Graduation Resource Fair. An initial invitation to university and business contacts for the May 2 Graduation Resource Fair has been sent. Planning for the June 7 Career Connections Fair is underway.

February 2018 - There were 125 documented visits to the Transfer Center and CAST Lab during February. There were eight recruitment table visits during February. A Career Connections Fair took place on 2/8. There were 27 institutions represented with over 346 attendees. The CAST Lab is collaborating with our Phi Theta Kappa organization to host the campus’s first ever Graduation Resource Fair on May 2, 2018. Planning is well underway for the event, and formal invitation to area businesses, organizations, and universities is forthcoming. Career advisors are finalizing a new presentation to cover the topic of professional etiquette (The Polished Professional). The Transfer Center Program Manager was asked to draft and submit a short article outlining the CAST Lab and its services for the upcoming issue of Faculty Matters, which has been completed. The CAST Center Program Manager will co-present College FUNds 101 workshop on 3/3 for our TRIO program’s Money Matters Day on campus.

January 2018 - There were 174 documented visits to the Transfer Center and CAST Lab during January. There were five recruitment table visits during January. The CAST Lab hosted resource tables in the Student Services Building (1st and 2nd floors) during the peak registration period. CAST Lab advisors were able to speak to over 1,245 students about its services and assist in recruitment efforts during this timeframe. CAST Lab advisors also hosted a resource table at the campus Involvement Fair held in the Courtyard on both January 23 and January 24. Career advisors are beginning work on a new PowerPoint presentation to address professional etiquette, communication, attire, etc. Career advisors attended the “Chit, Chat & Chew: Resume Writing” presentation on January 29. CAST Lab advisors met with faculty on January 31 to discuss business outreach and development. Final preparations are underway for the February 8 Career Connections Fair with 25 anticipated companies/units represented. Yard signs to assist in drawing individuals to fairs have been completed. An updated CAST Lab flyer (including advisor names, pictures, services, and hours of operation) is being finalized and will be distributed campus-wide.

December 2017 -  There were 109 documented visits to the Transfer Center and CAST Lab during December.  All CAST Lab Advisors attended the Workforce 101: Workforce Advising for Advisors presentation the week of December 4. The Transfer Center Program Manager and two new part-time Advisors were provided tours of the Applied Technology and Construction & Skilled Trades Buildings (and its programs) by the Workforce Career Advisor on December 6. The new Career Advisor attended a Resume Workshop on December 7, and then an Interviewing Workshop on December 14, both hosted at Workforce Solutions, the Workforce Development Board Service Center.

November 2017 - There were 178 documented visits to the Transfer Center and CAST Lab as well as three recruitment table visits during November. The Career Advisor conducted Resume Writing Workshops to EDUC 1300 classes on November 1, 2, and 8 with 56 students participating.   The Transfer Center Program Manager and Career Advisors assisted in recruitment and retention efforts during a Spring 2018 Registration Bash on November 15-16. Planning for Spring 2018 career and transfer events has started. A Career Connections Fair is scheduled to take place on February 8, 2018.  A Graduation Resource Fair to include both career and university vendors is tentatively scheduled for April 11.  A new Part-Time Career Advisor was hired with a start date of November 6. The new advisor completed mandatory trainings and has begun the onboarding process. The CAST Lab webpage has been updated to include contact information for the new advisor. The AccuTrack system in CAST Lab has been updated to include new advisor name with designated service activities.

October 2017 -  There were 111 documented visits to the Transfer Center and CAST Lab during October. There were four recruitment table visits during October.  A Nursing Fair took place on October 3. Eight schools were represented with over 115 attendees taking part in the fair. The Career Advisor hosted a Career Connections Fair on 10/4. Eighteen companies/organizations were represented with over 293 attendees taking part in the fair.  The Career Advisor conducted Resume Writing Workshops on 10/16 and 10/19 with 23 attendees taking part in the workshops.  The Career Advisor will conduct a Resume Writing Workshop to EDUC 1300 classes on 11/1, 11/2, and 11/8.

September 2017 - There were 152 documented visits to the Transfer Center and CAST Lab during September.  The CAST Lab hosted a resource table during the end of peak registration season in September 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 utilize CAST Lab resources to provide advising services to 566 students in the Student Services Building Registration Room during the end of peak registration season post Hurricane Harvey. The Career Advisor is in final preparations for our October 4 Career Connections Fair. There are currently 26 anticipated companies/organizations expected to attend. In addition, there were two recruitment visits during the month.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.  

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.

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: 2019 • 2018 • 2017

 

September 2019 - There were 161 documented visits to the Transfer Center and CAST Lab and nine recruitment table visits during September. . The Program Manager provided a CAST Lab presentation to 23 ENGL 1301 students on September 11.  CAST Lab Advisors hosted a resource table during the campus Involvement Fair on September 11 and September 12 and spoke to 143 students. The Program Manager provided CAST Lab presentation to 22 ENGL 1301 students on September 12.  The Program Manager hosted a CAST Lab resource table during the LSC-East Aldine Center Open House on September 13 and spoke to 18 attendees. The Program Manager provided CAST Lab presentation to 19 ENGL 1301 students on September 16.  The CAST Lab hosted a Fall Open House on September 17 and had 79 attendees.  A video highlight reel of our September 17 Open House was posted to the CAST Lab YouTube Channel (link to video clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=axXhlOXjzKE ).  To date, the CAST Lab has 71 posts and 434 Instagram followers. 

August 2019 - There were 461 documented visits to the Transfer Center and CAST Lab and five recruitment table visits during August.  A Spring 2019 LSC-NH graduate taped a testimonial on August 1.  CAST Lab staff hosted a resource table outside of the makeshift Registration Room during this timeframe and over 1,200 students were informed about CAST Lab services.    A Career Advisor provided a CAST Lab overview during the August 24 Adjunct Boot Camp on campus. CAST Lab staff participated in the August 29 Women’s  Resource Center / Diversity Initiatives Open House and provided information to attendees on its services.  As of Augut 31, the CAST Lab has had 52 posts and 323 Instagram followers. 

July 2019 - There were 239 documented visits to the Transfer Center and CAST Lab and 12 recruitment table visits during July.  The CAST Lab hosted a resource table during the July 9 “Taking Care of Business Tuesday” event and spoke to 38 attendees about its resources and services.  CAST Lab photos taken on June 25 were utilized in July as posts to the CAST Lab Instagram account.  To date, the CAST Lab has 36 posts and 222 Instagram followers.  The LSC-North Harris Public Relations Department wrote and disseminated a press release highlighting the CAST Lab in July: http://www.lonestar.edu/news/33230.htm. One 2019 LSC-NH graduate was videotaped on July 17.  A 2018 LSC-NH graduate was videotaped on July 24 and July 29.  Two additional LSC-NH graduates are tentatively scheduled to be videotaped in August. CAST Lab staff have begun work on the “CAST Lab Spotlight” bulletin board by highlighting student achievements including polished resumes and university acceptance letters.

June 2019 -  There were 153 documented visits to the Transfer Center and CAST Lab and 10 recruitment table visits during June. A University of Houston-Downtown Gator Preview Day was held on June 11 with over 136 attendees. Final versions of Stephen F. Austin State University presentations video, along with Graduation Resource Fair highlight reel video, have been uploaded to the CAST Lab YouTube Channel. A Transfer Advisor attended the Texas Tech University Summer Showcase in Lubbock from June 18-June 21. The Program Manager attended the LSC System-Wide Advisor Trip to Texas Woman’s University and University of North Texas on June 19. The Program Manager sent an email to 43 university partners informing them of our new CAST Lab Instagram account, with request to kindly follow us. To date we have 12 posts and 133 followers.  A Prairie View A&M University Advisor Update was held on June 27 with 23 LSC student services staff in attendance. CAST Lab staff have begun work on a new “CAST Lab Spotlight” bulletin board to highlight student achievements including polished resumes, university acceptance letters, job offers, etc.

May 2019 - There were 189 documented visits to the Transfer Center and CAST Lab and six recruitment table visits during May. The annual Graduation Resource Fair took place on May 1. Thirty vendors were represented with over 467 attendees. An electronic survey was sent out to vendors who participated in the Graduation Resource Fair on May 1. The feedback and findings from this vendor survey are attached. The Center received excellent ratings across the board in all areas, with the highest ratings in the areas of location, communication, and hospitality. The Program Manager sent emails to students who have visited the CAST Lab over the past semester to highlight taking summer classes for those still needing classes for transfer purposes, as well as information on resources for resume and cover letter development during the upcoming June 6 Career Connections Fair.   Videos from April 26 Stephen F. Austin Advisor Update, and May 1 Graduation Resource Fair are in their final stages of development. A CAST Lab Instagram account has been launched, and posts have begun highlighting the staff and upcoming events. A CAST Lab Facebook account is being established with postings forthcoming.

April 2019 -  There were 187 documented visits to the Transfer Center and CAST Lab and 11 recruitment table visits during April.  CAST Lab staff participated in the campus Open House on April 2 by speaking to current and prospective  students about services and resources.  The Open House had over 107 attendees.  The CAST Lab was also announced as the “Table Contest Winner” during the Open House event.  The Program Manager assisted with the Fall 2019 Rally (registration kickoff event) on April 4. The Transfer Advisor attended he Texas Tech University/University of Houston Counselor Update and Luncheon on April 8. The   The CAST Lab works closely with the Office of Technology Services, and more specifically, the Audio/Visual technicians when hosting events on campus throughout the year.  The Program Manager participated in the Senior Client Technologies Technician Candidate Interviews on April 17.  The Program Manager provided CAST Lab/Transfer 101 presentation to six Securing Adopted and Foster Education (S.A.F.E) students/members on April 18. The Program Manager attended the LSC Annual Advising Conference (AAC) 2020 Planning Committee Meeting on April 24 at LSC-Tomball. A Transfer Advisor attended the Our Lady of the Lake University-Houston Spring Update on April 25.  The CAST Lab hosted a Stephen F. Austin State University Advisor Update on April 26 which included representation from their Admissions, Social Work, and Sports Business Departments.  Twenty-two advisors and student service personnel were in attendance.  The Multimedia Studio Coordinator videotaped the event which will later be uploaded to the CAST Lab YouTube Channel. The Program Manager attended the inaugural Foster Youth and Adopted Student Conference on April 26 and spoke to 34 attendees about CAST Lab resources and services.  Program Manager provided a brief CAST Lab presentation to seven Spring ISD students and staff on April 26.  

March 2019 -  There were 163 documented visits to the Transfer Center and CAST Lab and two recruitment table visits during March. Formal invitations were extended for the May 1 Graduation Resource Fair including representation from both career and university vendors.  A University Day Fair was held on March 7 with twenty-two schools/programs represented and over 126 attendees. The Multimedia Studio Coordinator and team, along with the Program Manager, videotaped university representatives’ responses to general admissions questions during the March 7 fair for creation of a short video to be uploaded to the CAST Lab YouTube channel. A Transfer Advisor attended Our Lady of the Lake University-Houston’s Grand Opening Celebration on March 7. The Program Manager presented a Transfer Advising 101 workshop to 27 advisors/student service personnel on March 8. A Sam Houston State University Bearkat Preview Day was held on March 21 with over 139 attendees. The Program Manager and CAST Lab staff assisted with the Cat 5 Preview Day on March 22 by hosting a resource table during the event. The Cat 5 Preview Day was a recruitment event with over 321 area high school seniors in attendance. The Program Manager provided a brief presentation to 20 international students on March 27 regarding CAST Lab services, general transfer admissions guidelines, and scholarship information. T

February 2019 - There were 145 documented visits to the Transfer Center and CAST  Lab and five recruitment table visits during February.  Update to existing CAST Lab flyer was completed.  A Career Connections Fair  was held on February 5.  Twenty-seven businesses/vendors were represented with over 409 attendees.  CAST Lab staff attended the 2019 LSC Academic Advising Conference (AAC) on February 6 held at  System Office in the Woodlands. The Program Manager collected all final presentations from the February 6 event to be posted to the conference website.  A new work study student assistant began on  February 11.  One of the Transfer Advisors attended the system-wide Transfer Share Meeting on February 19.  A Texas Bound Transfer Fair was held on February 20 with 15 schools and over 132 attendees. CAST Lab staff attended a Pre-Production Planning Meeting on February 21 with Multimedia Studio Coordinator and his team to discuss taping of two CAST Lab events in March, along with tentative taping of the April 26 Stephen F. Austin State University Advisor Update and the May 1 Graduation Resource Fair.  A follow-up email was sent to university partners attending March 7 University Day Fair to obtain permission to videotape.  A Nursing Fair was held on February 27 with eight schools represented and over 228 attendees.   

January 2019 - There were 267 documented visits to the Transfer Center and CAST Lab and four recruitment table visits during January.  CAST Lab staff spoke to over 641 students about CAST Lab resources outside the makeshift Registration Room during the January 3-January 12 timeframe.  A new Part Time Transfer Advisor started on January 22. .The Program Manager received report back from Office of Analytics & Institutional Reporting (AIR) which compared CAST Lab users vs. non-users for the 17-18 AY.  The report found that there was a 15+% higher persistence rate of CAST Lab users compared to non-users from Fall 2017 to Spring 2018.  It showed a 22% higher persistence rate of CAST Lab users vs. non-users from Fall 2017 to Fall 2018.  It also showed a 4+% higher term GPA, as well as a 2.6% higher cumulative GPA for CAST Lab users as compared to non-users during the 17-18 AY.   The Program Manager is working on replacement for work study student assistant who graduated this past Fall 2018 term. The Program Manager has begun discussions with campus Multimedia Studio Coordinator for taping of two CAST Lab March events. 

November 2018 - There were 209 documented visits to the Transfer Center and CAST Lab and six recruitment table visits during November.  The Program Manager provided a Lunch and Learn Transfer Presentation to Student Success Initiative (SSI) students on November 6 with 17 attendees.  A Texas Bound Transfer Fair was held on November 7. Nineteen schools/programs were represented with over 128 attendees.  A UHD Advisor Update was held on November 9 with 27 attendees.  Career Advisors conducted three Resume Writing Workshops on November 12 with 51 attendees.  A CAST Lab Initial YouTube channel has been created with additional content/videos to be uploaded during the spring semester.  A survey was sent out to participants of our fall career and transfer fair events.  Findings were very positive with a 97% excellent rating in the area of hospitality.

October 2018 - There were 181 documented visits to the Transfer Center and CAST Lab and 12 recruitment table visits during October.    A Nursing Fair took place on October 3 with 12 universities represented and over 113 students in attendance. A University of St. Thomas International Admissions Information Session was held on October 10 with 20 individuals in attendance.  A University Day Fair was held on October with forty-seven schools represented and 610 individuals in attendance.  A University of Houston-Downtown Gator Preview Day was held on October 17 with over 186 individuals in attendance.  A STEM Majors Fair was held on October 24 with six schools and over 35 attendees.  The LSC-North Harris Employee Giving Campaign closing event was held on October 25.  An Honors Friday Transfer Fair was held on October 26 in conjunction with the Gulf Coast Intercollegiate Consortium (GCIC) Conference on campus.  Nineteen schools were represented with over 282 attendees. A Sam Houston State University Bearkat Preview Day was held on October 30 with over 184 attendees.

September 2018 - There were 172 documented visits to the Transfer Center and CAST Lab during September as well as 11 recruitment table visits.   The Program Manager held a meeting on September 12 with the LSC-North Harris Honors College Director to discuss holding a transfer fair in conjunction with the October 26 Gulf Coast Intercollegiate Consortium Conference the campus is hosting that day. Invites were sent to university partners with currently 14 schools confirmed to participate. The Program Manager attended Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) Counselor Update on September 13 and held a meeting with the University of Houston-Downtown’s College of Business Advisor on September 17 to discuss future collaborations. The CAST Lab hosted an Open House on September 18 with over 93 individuals in attendance. An evening Texas Bound Transfer Fair took place on September 19 with over 74 students in attendance. 

August 2018 - There were 172 documented visits to the Transfer Center and CAST Lab during September as well as 11 recruitment table visits. The Program Manager and Career Advisor provided CAST a Lab presentation to 23 students in an ENGL 1301 class on September 10. The Program Manager held a meeting on September 12 with the LSC-North Harris Honors College Director to discuss holding a transfer fair in conjunction with the October 26 Gulf Coast Intercollegiate Consortium Conference the campus is hosting that day. Invites were sent to university partners with currently 14 schools confirmed to participate. The Program Manager attended Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU) Counselor Update on September 13 and held a meeting with the University of Houston-Downtown’s College of Business Advisor on September 17 to discuss future collaborations. The CAST Lab hosted an Open House on September 18 with over 93 individuals in attendance. An evening Texas Bound Transfer Fair took place on September 19 with over 74 students in attendance.

July 2018 - There were 244 documented visits to the Transfer Center and CAST Lab during July.  There were 4 recruitment table visits during July.  The Program Manager provided a transfer presentation (Transfer 101: A Blueprint for Success) to the Student Success Institute (SSI) Advisors on July 19.

June 2018 -  There were 161 documented visits to the Transfer Center and CAST Lab during June as well as six recruitment table visits.  CAST Lab staff met with the new Our Lady of the Lake University-Houston Admissions Counselor on June 13.  A Texas Bound Transfer Fair was held on June 20. Sixteen universities were represented with over 115 attendees.  The Program Manager was interviewed by the Texas A&M University Senior Regional Advisor on June 25 regarding perspectives on (transfer) students in the community college system.  

May 2018 - There were 219 documented visits to the Transfer Center and CAST Lab and three recruitment table visits during May. A Graduation Resource Fair was held on May 2.  Thirty-six vendors (businesses and universities) were represented with over 368 individuals in attendance.  Vendors were asked to complete an exit survey.  Results were overwhelmingly positive. Of the eight categories surveyed, seven of them were rated excellent and one good. he CAST Lab will host a June 20 Texas Bound Transfer Fair with currently thirteen universities confirmed.  Dates for fall 2018 career/transfer events on campus have been submitted for approval. 

April 2018 - here were 260 documented visits to the Transfer Center and CAST Lab during April.  (AccuTrack visit summary may be slightly skewed due to transition from 2016 AccuTrack software to 2017 version during the last week of April.)  There was one recruitment table visit during April. There was a Texas Bound Transfer Fair on April 3 with over 60 attendees.  CAST Lab staff hosted a resource table and assisted students during the 18/FA Registration Rally in the Student Services Building on April 9 and April 10.  CAST Lab staff conducted mini presentations during SOAR’s Enrollment Express Nights on April 10, April 12, April 24, and April 26.  Transfer Center Program Manager sent survey to university representatives who participated in transfer fairs this semester for their feedback.  Finalized report and findings.  CAST Lab staff assisted with festivities and provided information on available services to over 25 individuals during the campus Open House on April 14.  University of Houston-Downtown Gator Preview Day was hosted on April 25 with 261 individuals in attendance.  Final preparations are underway for the 5/2 Graduation Resource Fair and Graduation Orientations.  Thirty-nine vendors are anticipated. Invitations for the June 20 Texas Bound Transfer Fair have been sent.

March 2018 - There were 168 documented visits to the Transfer Center and CAST Lab during March. There were five recruitment table visits during March. The CAST Center Program Manager facilitated a university partner’s transfer panel discussion on March 2 for our Student Outreach and Recruitment (SOAR) Department’s Educational Partnership Expo. Our Lady of the Lake University, Stephen F. Austin, Sam Houston State University, Texas Woman’s University, and the University of Houston attended.  The CAST Center Program Manager co-presented College FUNds 101 workshop on March 3 for our TRIO’s Money Matters Day on campus. CAST Lab Transfer Advisors attended the TTU/UH Counselor Update on March 6.  University Day Fair/Show Your University Pride Day was held on March 8. Twenty-six schools were represented with over 300 attendees. CAST Lab staff assisted in soliciting donations from our university partners to be used as raffle items for our Women’s Conference held on March 9 with over 115 students in attendance. STEM Majors Fair was held on March 21. Nine schools were represented with over 45 attendees.  Sam Houston State University Bearkat Preview Day took place on March 27 with over 93 attendees.. CAST Lab staff conducted three mini-class presentations on March 28 to more than 40 attendees. Final preparations for the April 3 Texas Bound Transfer Fair were made and planning for the April 14 campus Open House is underway. Marketing is in progress for the April 25 University of Houston Downtown Gator’s Preview Day and the May 2 Graduation Resource Fair. An initial invitation to university and business contacts for the May 2 Graduation Resource Fair has been sent.

February 2018 - There were 125 documented visits to the Transfer Center and CAST Lab during February. There were eight recruitment table visits during February.  The CAST Lab co-sponsored a Prairie View A&M University Campus Visit and Tour on February 9 with 27 individuals in attendance. An International Student Transfer Fair took place on February 15 with 7 schools represented and over 73 attendees. An evening Texas Bound Fair took place on February 20. Ten schools were represented with over 57 individuals in attendance. A Nursing Fair took place on February 28 with 8 schools represented and over 100 attendees. The CAST Lab is collaborating with our Phi Theta Kappa organization to host the campus’s first ever Graduation Resource Fair on May 2, 2018. Planning is well underway for the event, and formal invitation to area businesses, organizations, and universities is forthcoming. The CAST Center Program Manager was asked to draft and submit a short article outlining the CAST Lab and its services for the upcoming issue of Faculty Matters, whichhas been completed.  The CAST Center Program Manager will facilitate a university partners’ transfer panel discussion on March 2 for our Student Outreach and Recruitment (SOAR) Department’s Educational Partnership Expo. Moreover, she will co-present College FUNds 101 workshop on 3/3 for our TRIO program’s Money Matters Day on campus.  CAST Lab staff are assisting the CAST Center Program Manager in soliciting donations from our university partners to be used as raffle items for our upcoming Women’s Conference on March 9. Final preparations are underway for the March 8 University Day Fair with 25 universities anticipated. Three transfer fairs will take place during the month of March.

January 2018 - There were 174 documented visits to the Transfer Center and CAST Lab during January. There were five recruitment table visits during January.  The CAST Lab hosted resource tables in the Student Services Building (1st and 2nd floors) during the peak registration period. CAST Lab advisors were able to speak to over 1,245 students about its services and assist in recruitment efforts during this timeframe. CAST Lab advisors also hosted a resource table at the campus Involvement Fair held in the Courtyard on both January 23 and January 24.  The Transfer Center Program Manager and Career Advisor attended a Pearson meeting with faculty on January 25 that covered such topics as career success and professionalism. Career advisors are beginning work on a new PowerPoint presentation to address professional etiquette, communication,  Final preparations are underway for the February 8 Career Connections Fair with 25 anticipated companies/units represented. Yard signs to assist in drawing individuals to fairs have been completed. An updated CAST Lab flyer (including advisor names, pictures, services, and hours of operation) is being finalized and will be distributed campus-wide.

December 2017 -  There were 109 documented visits to the Transfer Center and CAST Lab during December. There were three recruitment table visits during December.  The following events have been confirmed: the Spring 2018 Career Connections Fair for February 8, a Prairie View A&M University Visit and Campus Tour for February 9, an International Student Transfer Fair for February 15, an evening Texas Bound Fair for February 20, and a Nursing Fair for February 28. Marketing, OTS, and Facilities requests have been submitted for all aforementioned events. Invitations for the March 8 University Day Fair have been sent and a Sam Houston State University Bearkat Preview Day has been confirmed for March 27.
Plan for recruitment efforts during the January peak registration season have been communicated, and preparations have been made. The CAST Lab will host a resource table in the Student Services Building Commons Area during the early weeks of January, as well as advertise and promote services in the Registration Room during the same timeframe.

November 2017 -  There were 178 documented visits to the Transfer Center and CAST Lab as well as three recruitment table visits during November.  The Transfer Center Program Manager and Transfer Advisor assisted in recruitment efforts during the campus’s Cat 5 Preview Day on November 3. A Prairie View A&M University Panther Preview Day took place on November 8. Over 39 attendees took part in the fair. A UT Dallas and Texas Woman’s University Power Talk (Advisor Update) took place on November 9 with eleven advisors in attendance. A Texas Bound Transfer Fair took place on November 14 with thirteen schools represented and 78 attendees. The Transfer Center Program Manager and Career Advisors assisted in recruitment and retention efforts during a Spring 2018 Registration Bash on November 15-16. Planning for Spring 2018 career and transfer events has started. Email communication has been sent to university partners with available dates for Spring 2018 Open House/Preview Day events on campus. A Discover University of Houston event has been tentatively confirmed for February 21. A University Day Fair in conjunction with Show Your University Pride Day is scheduled to take place on March 8. A Texas Bound Transfer Fair is set to take place on April 3, and a Graduation Resource Fair to include both career and university vendors is tentatively scheduled for April 11.   A new Part-Time Transfer Advisor was hired with a start date of November 6. The new advisor completed mandatory trainings and has begun the onboarding process. The CAST Lab webpage has been updated to include contact information for the new advisor, as well as transfer updates. The AccuTrack system in CAST Lab has been updated to include new advisor name with designated service activities.

October 2017 - Show Your University Pride Day was held in conjunction with a University Day Fair on 10/11. Forty-two schools and programs were represented with over 252 attendees taking part in the fair. A Sam Houston State University Bearkat Preview Day was held on 10/18. Over 47 attendees took part in the fair. Ten attendees took part in a University of St. Thomas Presentation for International Students on 10/18 as well.  A STEM Majors Fair was held on 10/26. Eleven schools were represented with over 71 attendees taking part in the fair.
Communication for the November 8th Prairie View A&M University Panther Preview Day, November 9th UT Dallas & Texas Woman’s University Power Talk, and the November 14th Texas Bound Fair has been sent via email.

September 2017 - An evening Texas Bound Transfer Fair took place on September 21. Nine schools were represented with 110 attendees taking part in the fair. Moreover, an International Student Transfer Fair took place on September 28 with ten schools represented and more than 90 attendees.
Communication for the October 3 Nursing Fair, October 11 University Day events, and October 18 Sam Houston State University Bearkat Preview Day has been sent via email.
Interviews for an additional part-time career advisor and a transfer advisor are being planned. An order has been placed for an additional color printer and 10 additional notebooks.

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.

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:

  1. University of Texas-Dallas and Texas Women’s University Advisor Update (“Power Talk”), September 14.
  2. Evening Texas Bound Transfer Fair, September 21.
  3. International Student Transfer Fair, September 28.
  4. Texas Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (TACRAO)- sponsored University Fair / Show Your University Pride Day, October 11.
  5. Sam Houston State University Bearkat Preview Day, October 18.
  6. Prairie View A & M University Panther Preview Day, November 8.
  7. Daytime Texas Bound Transfer Fair, November 14.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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:  2019 •  2018 •  2017

September 2019 - Co-requisite college English and developmental English course tutoring is a response to Texas HB- 2223, requiring the movement of developmental students into courses where they can co-requisitely take credit-level classes.  Tutoring aimed at students in co-requisite English classes is done by fully embedding tutors into the class. This allows tutors to be aware of instructor assignments and pedagogy. Tutors also hold an “office hour” advertised specifically to their co-req classes. In Fall 2019, the Co-Req embedding program is beginning a pilot study, with a control/variable group to allow for comparisons of retention, pass rates, student course success rates, and success in ENGL 1302 and other courses. Each class in the tutoring pilot is matched by the same class, taught by the same instructor, with no embedded tutor. 
CAST tutoring is meant to focus specifically on EDUC courses and students in “the lowest level” of developmental education.  In September, a CAST tutor visited 47 EDUC 1300 classes and 4 ENGL 1301 classes, both at North Harris and at the East Aldine Center, reaching approximately 1,141 students.   In addition, three EDUC classes have requested a tutor to come in and give instructions about MLA formatting, using the tutor-developed presentation.  Faculty in EDUC have been very positive about the MLA Formatting presentation. 

August 2019

Co-requisite English and Developmental English Classes 
Two co-req classes met during Summer II and tutors were present for the full combined course each day.  In addition, tutors held one “office hour” of availability advertised explicitly for students in the course. Initial reactions have been very positive, both from tutors and from the professor who had high retention of students through the summer. Tutors saw many students tutored in the Center for Reading and Writing as well. Fall 2019 will see eight classes with fully embedded tutors.  
Other CAST Tutoring 
Tutors saw a total of 57 students in August and worked on several small projects through the summer, completing power points and other information to present to classes on common writing issues. The tutors met on August 21st in order to prepare for the fall semester and to hear from two faculty who frequently call WAC tutors into their classrooms. This was valuable for tutors and will help them be better prepared to work with students.  

July 2019 -Co-requisite English/Developmental Course Tutoring
Two co- requisite (co-req) Development and College level English classes are meeting regularly during Summer II, both taught by Professor Steven King:  Tutors are present for the full course each day, and also have one “office hour” of availability advertised explicitly for students in the course. The success of this addition to the co-req tutor embedding will be assessed at the end of Summer II, with final recommendations for our Fall program.  Tutors from all areas have been working on projects to aid in embedding in classes as well as provide classroom services. These projects include PowerPoint presentations on common topics, such as getting started on a paper, engaging in analytical writing, and correcting common errors. We will advertise these as potential resources to be used in any WAC, Co-Req, DS, or EDUC 1300 class where tutors may visit.  A CAST tutor visited three EDUC 1300 classes meeting for Summer II in order to introduce the Center for Reading and Writing tutoring offered for student: 

June 2019 - Due to the few summer EDUC 1300 classes offered, tutors made the class visits optional for faculty. Only one class requested visits. As a result of this visit a student showed up at the Center for Reading and Writing immediately, asking about improving his writing skills. Tutors from all areas have been working on projects to aid in embedded classes as well as to provide classroom services. These projects include PowerPoint presentations on common topics, such as getting started on a paper, engaging in analytical writing, and correcting common errors. We will advertise these as potential resources to be used in any class where tutors may visit. Tutors are embedded in two summer math classes and one additional class was added mid-June.

May 2019

CAST Tutoring
Although tutors did no classroom visits in the first week of May (last week of classes), tutors did meet with students in the Center for Reading and Writing to work on final projects in both the final week of classes and finals week. During the month of May, EDUC 1300 (First time in College course) peer tutors assisted students with preparing for final class presentations. They also visited classes and shared tips on how to survive finals week stress free. They hosted a “De-stress Before the Test” event where students engaged in stress free music, crafts and games, and, in addtion, they assisted with summer registration.

Co-requisite English/Developmental Course Tutoring
Fully embedded tutors worked with seven English classes in May. The lead faculty met with the tutors and faculty involved to discuss what has worked well and what can be improved in a pilot study of the efficacy of embedding tutors into corequisite classes. These insights will be part of a move to create equal control and experiment groups moving into the Summer II and Fall 2019 semesters to compare retention and final grade points between classes with embedded tutors and classes without tutors.

Center for Reading and Writing
During May, tutors spent time working with students one-on-one in the Center space for the final weeks of the semester before taking off for the May Minimester period. As summer begins, tutors will work on larger projects, creating documents and presentation tools that may be useful for future classroom visits/embedding assignments.

April 2019

Co-Requisite English Classes 
In eleven English classes tutors continued their embedding assignments in ENGL 1301 courses with co-requisite developmental sections: Co-requisite tutors have been present for one hour of each developmental class meeting helping with in-class discussions of readings, workshopping paper ideas, and providing feedback on student essays. The exception is that tutors have beenable to be present for both hours of one of the classes.  Both tutors and faculty are feeling that the embedding of tutors  has been very positive overall and have received several recommendations for improving the embedding process in the fall semester, and plan to expand the program.  


Center for Reading and Writing 
Throughout April, the Center for Reading and Writing (CRW) saw students at various stages of the writing process working on many different assignments and projects. At the end of the semester, most students are confused about synthesizing research with more individual argument.  As always, CRW writing tutors helped students with making sure the essays were on topic and clearly connected to the stated purpose. In addition to the usual organization, ESOL and grammar/mechanics, synthesis of ideas, and documentation questions.  In addtion, tutors assisted with business English assignments, explaining basic grammar and sentence structure as well as business letters for various purposes. They also worked with students working on topics such as business plans, equity in many social realms, women in construction, co-cultures, poetry and short stories, freedom of speech in protests, the US Open Door Policy, the “cult of domesticity,” and other topics related to final projects. The end of April brought a number of formatting questions by students working on poster projects and general documentation.  

Mathematics Tutoring  
Math tutors continue to be embedded in eight co-requisite College Algebra and Developmental Math classes.   The Math Lab had 659 tutoring visits in April.   

March 2019

EDUC 1300 (Student Success Course During the month of March, peer tutors encouraged EDUC 1300 students to finish the semester strong. They contacted students before and after spring break and encouraged them to persist. They also assisted with developing an open lab/study room fashioned after the original Escape Room concept. Peer tutors lead students through their missed assignments and upon completion, they escaped the room. At the conclusion of their session, students took a fun photo with the “selfie for success” board and received a “ticket back to class”. The ticket listed the assignments they uploaded in D2L and their names were entered into a drawing for a student success bag. Peer tutors also assisted with preparation for Preview Day, campus tours and recruiting high school seniors for the summer scholars program.

Corequisite Courses  In March, actual embedding of tutors into Co-Requisite (Co-rec) classes began. Four instructors in seven total sections participated. Co-req tutors have been present for each class meeting since Spring Break, helping with in-class discussions of readings, workshopping paper ideas, and providing feedback on student essays. Beginning the pilot of co-req embedding mid-semester presents a challenge in really engaging the classes, especially given the expected slump in attendance after Spring Break. However, both tutors and faculty feel the process has been very positive overall. There already have been several recommendations for improving the embedding process in the fall semester, and the program is expected to expand. 

Center for Reading & Writing Tutoring (CRW) There were 166 student visits to the CRW during March. Tutors were invited to two Developmental Reading classes for short recruiting visits to explain the Center for Reading and Writing (CRW) program--location, hours of operation, and overview of services. They made a point to emphasize the services of the reading specialist on Mondays and Thursdays and answered questions from faculty and students. Throughout March, tutors saw students at various stages of the writing process working on many different assignments and projects. Some needed help understanding the assignment or deciphering professors’ recommendations for revision; others needed help applying the principles of analysis to paintings, advertisements, or photographs. Some of their questions involved ESOL issues, organization, grammar/mechanics, synthesis of ideas, and documentation of research. In addition, the Center expanded their offering of materials students can use to work through a writing concept—on their own or with a tutor. The newest guide is a primer on nouns and pronouns.


Math Tutoring Math tutors continue to be embedded in eight co-requisite College Algebra and Developmental Math classes. In fall 2018, these courses saw significant increases in enrollment, an increase that involved more at-risk and underprepared students. The Math Lab had 610 tutoring visits in March.

Other Core Course Tutoring
Title V Psychology and Language tutors assisted 20 students in March.

February 2019 - 

EDUC 1300 (Student Success Course) In February, two 12-week EDUC 1300 classes began, and tutors made recruitment visits on the first day of each class, spending about 5-7 minutes in each and reaching approximately 37 students. The tutors shared the Center for Reading and Writing (CRW) location, hours of operation, an overview of services and answered any questions from faculty and students. Earlier tutors had collected dates and topics faculty wanted the tutors to present to their classes in February.  
Also in February, tutors  visited 12 classes (approximately 215 students), offering classroom services and covering such topics as the writing process (getting started, writing, and revising) and presentation basics (PowerPoint, Google slides, appropriate information, etc.). In some classes tutors worked with students one-on-one on individual assignments. EDUC 1300 has partnered with the Library and Learning Center to create a mobile laptop classroom lab (grant funded) to assist EDUC 1300 students in completing their assignments. Fashioned after the original Escape Room concept, an experienced peer tutor and/or EDUC 1300 Faculty Lead will guide students through their missed assignments. Upon completion, they “Escape the Room”. At the conclusion of their session, they will be given a “ticket back to class” that lists the assignments they have uploaded online for instructor review (instructors will also receive a confirmation email).  Initiatives like Escape the Room help non-performing students get back on track, encourage help seeking behavior, promote retention, and ensure student success (completion of the course).  

Corequisite Courses (developmental and college level English and Math courses) In February corequisite class English tutors went to two corequisite classes to provide classroom services, which included helping students polish their resumes and cover letters. Tutors brought sample resumes for help and discussed how students could incorporate peer review comments into a final draft of their project.  In the second part of the semester, four instructors have agreed to pilot a program with true embedding of tutors. Most faculty will see two tutors per week, with the same tutor visiting every weekday for the remainder of the semester. By May, we should have some narrative data to make solid recommendations for the next steps in embedding tutors in the co-req English sections.  In February, the four math tutors were each embedded in two corequisite classes and assisted 178 students in class.  In addition, there were 291 corequisite student visits to the math lab.  There were 291 developmental math student visits to the math lab.   

Center for Reading & Writing Tutoring 
Throughout February, we saw students at various stages of the writing process working on many different assignments and projects. Students came to us for help in ENGL, SOCI, BUSI, ARTS, SPCH, and EDUC classes. Some of their questions involved ESOL issues, organization, grammar/mechanics, synthesis of ideas, and in-text citation of research. One student needed to reduce a rather long, unfocused narrative to the required one-page essay to accompany his application for a summer internship in biotechnology at Rice University. It was an interesting challenge: The purpose was to indicate his personality, style, experience, and reasons for interest in the work. 

Other Core Course Tutoring 
Title V tutors handled 39 students in Psychology and Language courses in February.

January 2019 -The Spring Semester began in the middle of January.  CAST Tutors made a presentation at the Jan. 9 EDUC 1300 faculty in-service session in order to lay out the plan for two visits to each class—one to announce the services available and one to actually do a workshop with students.  Faculty would be offered a choice of three dates to schedule the workshop visit.  The tutors made “pop-up” visits on the first day of each class, spending about 5-7 minutes in each. They shared information on the Center for Reading and Writing (CRW) location, hours of operation, and gave overview of services as well as answering any questions posed by faculty and students. In the process, they visited 13 EDUC 1300 (the first time in college course) classes and introduced information to an ENGL 0306 class and one BUSI class (11 enrollments), reaching 307 students.  EDUC 1300 faculty identified 12 classes in which tutors will cover topics including the writing process (getting started, writing, and revising) and presentation basics (PowerPoint, Google slides, appropriate information, etc.). Toward the end of January, as deadlines for early assignments approached, tutors saw students at various stages of the writing process, helping some with focusing on a topic, others concerned about the organization and/or development of a draft, and others aware that they needed help with editing specific grammatical/mechanical issues.  

November 2018 - By the end of October, CAST tutors had finished all the informational visits to available classes of EDUC 1300, Developmental English and the co-requisite English sections linked co-requisite developmental courses.  Cast tutors worked with several EDUC students as they connected their career aspirations with their resumes and created cover letters to prospective employers. Some students, behind in their assignments, worked with tutors to finish required homework and essays. Students in various English classes were engaged in writing synthesis essays that incorporated research with previous assignments organized around a central theme or topic. Others worked on causal analyses, investigating such topics as the causes of poverty, the consequences of anger, and the advantages--or disadvantages—of cell phones in class. In all cases, tutors continued to help students with whatever portion of the writing process was required. The same basic issues come up in new contexts: quick lessons on sentence structure or some grammatical issue, explanations of citations and documentation in one of three basic styles for the research included in the assignment, or nuanced discussions of revision and editing strategies. One student needed help with the format for citing research on Jehovah’s Witnesses while another struggled with the concept of incorporating research and personal interviews into an assignment about food cultures and how they reveal culture. In the process, however, students revealed some of their interests and fears, and tutors tried to maintain a balance as they guided students in organizing and clarifying ideas with—rather than for—students. By November, students seemed to have become more comfortable with the CAST Tutors and strived to finish current papers and revise previous work.  The CAST tutors have begun to create online learning pages that target individual writing issues (such as comma usage) as identified by students as areas of concern.
The EDUC Peer Tutors assisted students with Spring Registration, with path to Success Projects, presentation skills and computer skills. 
The Math co-requisite embedded tutors have been very well received by students and faculty. Additional tutors will be hired in the spring semester to meet the requests from faculty.

October 2018 -  During October, CAST tutors made informational presentations to approximately 321 students in 15 face-to-face classes of EDUC 1300 (a course for first time in college students), Developmental English, and English sections with a linked co-requisite developmental course.  The Center for Reading and Writing saw an increase in student use as the number and complexity of assignments also increased in classes across the curriculum.  In the Center, tutors worked with several EDUC students as they created essays and PowerPoint presentations to meet the requirements of the class. Students came in to the area to work on incorporating data from the SmarterMeasures instrument to write essays on their individual barriers to success and their plans to overcome them, papers on the definition and importance of resilience/grit based on class readings, and presentations on their career and life goals. A number of students in various English classes were engaged in writing about their personal values, resilience, stress, college costs, “fake news,” and tattoo parlors, among other topics. The focus of each topic, however, was highly individual and very different. In all cases, tutors helped students with whatever portion of the writing process was required. For some, it involved a quick lesson on sentence structure or some grammatical issue already marked on a paper undergoing revision. For others, it required an explanation of the documentation for the research included in the assignment. Some needed help getting started; others needed guidance on developing ideas or using editing strategies. In the process, however, students revealed some of their fears and their dreams, their obstacles and interests.  EDUC 1300 students have been tutored in increasing numbers throughout the month of September.  One came in to ask whether we would help her with a paper for a business class and was reassured by our conversation. She then went on to ask about help on a homework paragraph for her EDUC 1300 class. Another EDUC 1300 student came in for help with his Path to Success paper. Tutors reviewed the assignment as well as the results on his Smarter Measure assessment carefully, and in the course of the conversation, he suddenly understood how to proceed. He came back later in the week with a draft to make sure his grammar and mechanics were correct and to express his gratitude. Another result of our visits to the EDUC 1300 classes was a visit from a marketing class whose instructor also teaches EDUC 1300 and who wanted the students (a couple of whom the tutors already worked with) to know where to come for help with the culminating research paper for the class. One student has come to talk about how to get started—even though the paper is not due until Thanksgiving. 
Some of our encounters with the linked developmental/Freshman English classes have included students who needed assistance with reading and/or writing. One came to talk about how to identify main ideas, how to separate examples from main ideas, and when to look words up in the dictionary to make meaning

September 2018 - During September, CAST tutors made informational  presentations to approximately 1,440 students in 68 face-to-face classes of EDUC 1300, Developmental English  and ENGL 1301 (sections with a linked co-requisite developmental course).  In 25 additional classes with an  enrollment of 484 students, CAST tutors worked with  faculty to assist them in presenting the CAST information themselves. The Center for Reading and Writing (CRW)  saw a gradual influx of students as the word got out that our location had changed and that the tutors are optimistic  and knowledgeable. 

June 2018 -  The CAST tutoring program completed seven class visits during June, contacting a total of 110 students. Students in Developmental English and EDUC 1300, the first year experience course were targeted. These students are likely to return in the fall. The purpose of the visits is to familiarize the students with the service available to help them.
Eight student visits were recorded for CAST tutoring in June. The help provided included support such as a question on an invention assignment and clarification on the steps required for an English assignment.
For EDUC 1300, the peer tutors visited 50 students, provided information and took them on a campus tour to familiarize them with the college services available to them.
CAST Academic Success Tutoring data for fall 2017 and spring 2018 show that the completion rate of tutored EDUC 1300 First Year Experience and developmental English students was 14% higher (97% vs. 83%), the success over completion 1% higher (76% vs. 75%), and the success over enrollment 11% higher (73% vs. 62%) than non-tutored students in the same courses. Moreover, their completion rate in other courses was 3% higher (88% vs. 85%), their success over completion 6% higher, and their success over enrollment 8% higher (67% vs. 59%) than students enrolled in the same courses.

May 2018 - Due to final exams and the end of the semester, the CAST writing lab was closed for much of May and only 16 students visited the writing lab a total of 24 times.  The Math lab served 118 students for a total of 223 visits.   

April 2018 -  There were 377 sign-in visits in the Writing Lab in April. Assistance for these students included help such as the following: 

  • An EDUC 1300 student had some random questions on Power Point.
  • An ENGL 0309 student needed help with organization and sentence structure.
  • An 0309 student needed to talk through the effects of texting  for a summary/response paper.
  • An 0309 student needed to add another paragraph to an essay she thought was complete.
  • An 0309 student needed help on structure and organization. Discussed Western Civilization and celebrity culture in addressing a summary/response essay.
  • An 0309 student needed help with a problem/solution Power Point.

A CAST tutor, visited the EDUC 1300 class, the first time in college course, on April 4 with 19 students in attendance.  As a result of this visit the instructor said she will be adamant in the future about sending her students to the Writing Center. 

March 2018 - The CAST Writing Tutor Program had 64 sign-ins for March 2018. This assistance included student consultations such as the following:

  • Assisted ENGL 0309 student with questions over a reading assignment, and talked about capitalization, sentence structure, commas and verb tense.
  • Assisted EDUC 1300 student with databases to locate articles on nursing career.
  • Worked with an ENGL 0309 student in reasons for enrolling in higher education to form a more manageable list of reasons for a narrative.
  • ENGL 0309 student needed help with summary of article on texting.

Three class visits for the second eight-week sessions were made. In addition to the class introduction visits, a CAST tutor was embedded in two-class sessions on March 28 and March 29 with 17 and 13 students respectively. Finally, fifty-six students in EDUC 1300, the first year experience course, received peer tutoring.

February 2018 - The CAST Writing Tutor Program included 169 student sign-ins. This tutoring included assistance in sessions such as the following examples:

  • An ENGL 0309 student working on the first paper needed help with paragraphing, thesis, format, argument, and sentence structure
  • An ENGL 0309 student with ESOL issues needed help working through the introduction and one body paragraph
  • An ENGL 0309 student needed explanation of introductions and thesis statements. The tutor helped with sentence structure, focus, and diction in a body paragraph
  • An ENGL 0304 student needed help to understand journal assignment and to navigate the Library to find appropriate articles for weekly reading selections.
  • An ENGL 0309 student needed help with careful editing and additional information applied to second paragraph summary
  • An EDUC 1300 student needed assistance with formatting and turning assignment in to D2L

January 2018 - CAST tutors served 42 students in the EDUC 1300 classes in January. These tutors are either embedded in the EDUC 1300 classes or providing assistance to first time in college students in the Learning Center. The CAST Tutoring Center served 27 students in January. The CAST tutors also visited 11 classes and 200 students to discuss the services offered. In addition to the class visits, e-mail contact was initiated to instructors teaching online and off-site courses reminding the instructors and students of our Writing Center availability.

 

December 2017 -  The EDUC 1300 peer tutoring program served 64 students in December. In addition to improving writing skills, peer tutors assisted students in presentation skills, provided assistance in working with software, including distance education software as well as study skills

November 2017 - CAST Writing Center tutoring for November included 20 class visits and 349 tutoring sessions. The tutoring sessions included examples such as the following:

  • Briefly discussed ideas in student’s summary/response paper
  • Discussed use of quotation marks and clarified organization
  • Worked on transitions and thesis statements
  • Discussed introduction, thesis, and plan for body paragraphs in summary response essay
  • Helped with more examples needed for a summary response essay
  • Helped an English 0309 student with sentence structure.

October 2017 - In October 2017, there were 348 visits to the Writing Center and 44 visits to the EDUC 1300 CAST tutors now located in the Learning Center.  The CAST tutors also assisted with the special Writing Week event
October 16-19. Moreover, they staffed the special pop-up Writing Center, which assisted several hundred students during the eight hours it operated.
Tutors assisted students from a variety of classes that
included the following types of help:

  • ENGL 0119
    • Introduction and thesis
  • ENGL 0304
    • Organization and grammar for an essay
    • Understanding the assignment, logical grouping of ideas, sentence structure and the idea of plagiarism
    • Summaries of articles regarding problems facing the elderly
    • Relationship between a theses and body paragraphs
  • ENGL 0309
    • Writing about the best invention in the past 100 years
    • Formatting and citations
    • Essay regarding high school students working part-time jobs
    • Developing topic sentences
  • EDUC 1300
    • Ways to begin “Growth Mindset” essay and how to find and cite sources
    • Assistance with career exploration papers

September 2017 - The CAST tutoring program assisted 101 students with 160 separate visits to the Writing Center in September. In addition, the CAST Tutor conducted four class orientation visits to promote these Writing Center sessions.
Examples of sessions in the Writing Center included:

  • An EDUC 1300 student writing two paragraphs on campus resources and needed help with editing.
  • An ENGL 0309 student needing help formatting a formal outline.
  • An ENGL0309 student needing help thinking through the assignment, connecting writing with a slide presentation, and getting started on a draft.
  • An ENGL0309 student sought help revising structure and content after feedback from the instructor. The tutor talked with her about possibilities to get her started.
  • An ENGL0309 student needing help with intensive proofreading for an “I Am” paper.
  • An ENGL 0119 student needing help with comma splices and fused sentences.

The CAST tutoring program will conduct comprehensive class visits in October to capture students at likely critical times of need for assistance in the Writing Center.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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