Information Technology Enhanced Multidisciplinary Academic Learning Lounges
IMalls is a collection of collaborative and active learning environments that increase student engagement while simultaneously enhancing students' academic and cognitive skills as well as non-cognitve soft skills.
Multimedia Studio iMall
Supports multiple aspects of the CASA model, including the materials produced for use in the instructional delivery section of the project and the professional development modules while educating students in TV studio production.
February 2019 - February was a very active month for the Multimedia Studio. The team began by conceptualizing, filming, and editing an introduction video for our new Multimedia “embedded” advisor. This video was created to inform students of her services and provide the hours that they could visit her. Editing of an audio narrative for the music department also began in early February. During the second week the students edited an introduction and closing video for a business department faculty member, adding music and graphics in order to make it consistent with previous videos. The team also held a pre-production meeting with another business professor for a video production to be filmed later in the month. The student workers also met with the manager of the CAST Career and Transfer Center to plan two upcoming video productions. Recording of a one-on-one training session was done on February 28 for a business Professor. This is the first of a planned mini-series of class aid videos.
January 2019 - As the new semester started the Studio director was busy meeting with contractors and contacting vendors to install a new light grid to provide higher quality production values. January also brought a new round of student workers to the studio. As the spring semester began the director interviewed, hired, and began training two new workers. The director met with faculty from the Business Department to begin work on a series of videos to be entitled “Professor Vick Quick Tips” (PVQT). The director also held a pre-production meeting with dual credit students to advise them on a digital recording for a class. One of the new student workers completed editing out footage for the Title V video in order to shorten the run time and did final edits for the first PVQT video. As the month ended both new students met with a newly embedded advisor to produce an introduction video and finished a rough draft of the second PVQT video. Overall January was another very productive month for the Multimedia Studio.
November 2018 - During the first week of November, students made final corrections on the Title V video and held a preliminary production meeting with representatives from the nursing department. The Title V video was also reformatted for web access. One of the students created graphics for use in the Summer Institute Program video. The week of November 15 included the video recording of a logistics presentation by the chair of Business. In addition, the Multimedia Studio director held meetings with three different professors to discuss projects for the upcoming spring semester. During the week of November 19, students continued to edit footage and one student created graphics for the logistics presentation. A meeting was also held to review edits for the Summer Institute Program video. The final week of November included the team filming an International Dinner for an ESOL informational video and final edits and video compression for the logistics presentation. All in all this was a very productive month that provided students a wide variety of experiences in the video field.
October 2018 - Work continued on the Title V presentation video during the first week of October. The student workers edited a rough draft that was given to the Title V Grant coordinator. On October 5, representatives from LSC-NH Public Relations consulted with the Multimedia Studio director about best practices for videoing a political campaign rally for the Latin American Student Organization (LASO). The “Get Out the Vote” video was formatted for on campus screens and was added to the viewing rotation during the second week of October. Editing for the second version of the rough draft of the Title V video was done by the student workers also during the second week. During the third week of October, the Multimedia Studio director scheduled pick-up shots to be added and one student worker added graphics to the second version. The second version was completed and given to the Title V team for review and the students worked on graphics for the 2018 Summer Institute program completing another very busy and productive month for the Multimedia Studio. The Title V video was added to the Title V website at http://www.lonestar.edu/NH-TitleV.htm.
September 2018 - A new production team of student workers for the Multimedia Studio began in September by training on the equipment and then hit the ground running as they continued the editing process on the Title V presentation video that was started during the summer by the previous team. Additionally, two on-location videos were shot by the new team during the first two weeks. Their work also included adding graphics and additional footage to the Title V video. The Multimedia Studio director continued to work with contractors to finish quotes for construction of a light grid to remove wires from the floor and make the work environment safer for students. The director also gave a presentation to an Introduction to Multimedia class about issues in audio-recording and how to avoid problems. The “Get Out the Vote” video was completed and sent to faculty who are currently teaching government courses for in-class presentations. The student production team also shot videos of the “One Button Studio” and “Groupspot” locations in the campus library.
July 2018 - July was another very productive month in the Multimedia Studio, even more so with the realization that most of the college faculty were on vacation. The month began with the two student intern videographers meeting with a professor to discuss a video and then recording a voice only component for another professor. In preparation for Faculty Summer Institute activities, the interns practiced setting up for one-on-one interviews with cameras, lights and mics in various positions. The students also recorded several sessions in the CAST Lab for an upcoming video. The Lone Star College – North Harris Vice President of Instruction was recorded and the two students began editing the Title V video by organizing and time-stamping raw footage as well as deleting outtakes of the voice recordings. A pre-production meeting was held with a professor to create a short one-topic online lecture for a class. During the last week of the month, the team was confronted with a digital storage emergency as a system network computer had to be removed. Dozens of hours of video footage had to be downloaded and transferred to correct the drive issue. That same week the two students videoed introduction shorts for each of the 19 professors that attended the Faculty Summer Institute.
June 2018 - Two new student workers were hired the first week of June for the summer session and both began contributing right away by completing the editing and color correction of the first draft on the Welding Safety Video project. On June 13, under the direction of the Multimedia Studio director, both students videoed and edited an “introduction to the class” video for a professor for use in an online course. During that week the students filmed footage without sound which will play as faculty speak. They also “time-coded” past video footage for archival purposes. Both students filmed the LSC Transfer Fair during the week of June 20 and more extra footage was shot during the following week. On June 25 both students set-up and recorded a “voice-over”, voice only component to be played as the extra footage is shown. The 26th of June included a voice-over session with the LSC – North Harris president followed by a separate recording session of another faculty member for the Title V video project. On June 27, the two students conducted two recording sessions for faculty and met with another faculty member to discuss the production of an online introduction video.
May 2018 - May began with two student workers videoing a choir class for a music professor and logging footage that was shot for the welding safety project. One student worker filmed a music lesson being taught and recorded a voice over for the music project on May 2. More scenes were recorded for the welding project by the multimedia coordinator and one student (two camera views) who continued to edit the videos. Two students and the coordinator then videoed a night concert for the music project. A student did more editing of the welding project as well as time coding of the dubs of music footage on May 4. Studio work on May 7-9th included editing the welding project and preliminary editing of footage of the Visual Communication Department Annual Juried Show awards ceremony to be used for new student orientation.
On May 11, the students and coordinator worked with the VP of Student Services to record the 2018 LSC Graduation ceremony. More editing and video retakes for the welding project were completed on May 15-16th with the rough draft completed on May 17. The coordinator continued time stamping the music footage for the music professor and interviewed student worker candidates for the summer. On May 28, the coordinator met with the director of the Faculty Summer Institute program to discuss and plan for videoing faculty for use in their respective online/enhanced classrooms.
April 2018 - Highlights of the work done in the Multimedia Studio include editing the parallel parking instructional video for the Truck Driving department and video recording the Lone Star College Steel Drum Band concert to be used for instruction by the music department.
The Multimedia coordinator and the Visual Communication (V.C.) department chair met with the director of the grant to plan and discuss production of a video to display various aspects of the Title V grant implementation. Student workers set up the studio to record faculty and two of the vice presidents, and shot incidental footage at an on-campus job fair for use in the showcase video.
On April 13, the music department used the studio for a video panel discussion and a student worker recorded b-roll footage of a student orientation session. On April 17, two of the student workers recorded a campus tour and information session as students from Spring Independent School District attended an information session and guided tour of the campus by the Visual Communication department, the Art department, and Student Services.
On April 19, two of the student workers set up and recorded an on-location welding safety video, and on April 20, three rough drafts of the truck driving instructional video were delivered to the Truck Driving department. Student workers also recorded a choir and jazz band concert, and b-roll footage of a faculty photo shoot. Finally, the coordinator and department chair met with the Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning department for initial discussions about a series of instructional videos.
Staff has ordered a teleprompter for use in the studio.
March 2018 - The Multimedia coordinator and one student worker met with a welding instructor for a production meeting on March 1. The instructor is seeking a welding safety video to be used by the welding department and as a model for other workforce technology department safety videos. Plans were made for storyboarding/shot mapping/setup/and videoing for this project. Later that day the Multimedia Studio was utilized by a video instructor to do an audio recording with his class.
Beginning March 5 all three student workers were assigned to setup for a variety of video/lighting situations that were anticipated to be needed in the coming weeks. Two music department Steel Band concerts were recorded on March 8th and 21st for use as stock footage to be used as fill when a voice over is going on in a music video for the department. Also on March 8, the Studio was reconfigured to accommodate a digital recording session for Voice-Over material to be used in the Truck Driving parallel parking instruction video. All three-student workers were tasked by the coordinator with editing their own versions of the Truck Driving video for review and selection by the instructor.
After spring break students video-recorded a 3D printer sequence for stock footage and for use by a biology professor on a special project. On March 28, the students and coordinator reviewed rough drafts of the three versions of the truck driving video.
February 2018 - Beginning February 1, the three student workers in the Multimedia Studio were given training in the correct operation of the Panasonic AG DVX200 4K camera. On February 7th an open house and Q&A session of the studio was held in conjunction with the Vice President of Instruction’s, “Coffee and Conversations” gathering in the lobby of the Digital Technology Center. Postproduction editing of the truck driving Parallel Parking Training Video began on 2/8 by all three-student workers. Studio workflow procedures continued to be revised for better efficiency in response to the increase in the number of active projects. The Multimedia Coordinator worked closely with OTS personnel to streamline cross-server file sharing methods. The chair of the music department, discussed continuation and updates of the ongoing video project for the music department.
Digital audio recording and video editing enhancement equipment were purchased and received. On February 22, the Multimedia Coordinator and his student assistants recorded an Assistant Professor for Rhetoric and Composition Studies reading a script to be used in his online class. A meeting was also set with a Welding instructor to discuss a future project.
January 2018 - The concluding two videos for the “My Life” series were completed on January 4. The series includes nine total videos that were formatted for viewing on the web.
The Multimedia Coordinator finalized three and received two major purchases of lighting equipment for the studio. Four video students were interviewed for the video positions and three were hired for the spring semester. On January 26, the Multimedia Coordinator and the Department Chair installed thirteen 10’ x 12’ curtains on tracks so that the studio can be darkened and sound can be more easily controlled. The Coordinator met with two faculty members to discuss creating videos to assist in online and web-assisted instruction. The studio also edited a presentation of the struggles of veterans in EDUC 1300 to be presented to the board. The Welding and Inspection program contacted the Multimedia Studio and asked for instructional videos to be created for the welding department. Scripting is now underway for these videos.
December 2017 - On the evening of December 15th the Multimedia Coordinator and a student worker set up multiple cameras on location in the Performing Arts Theater and recorded the LSC College and Symphonic Band concert for use as “b-roll” in a future video to promote the music department to local high schools. After preparing storyboards and shot lists the Multimedia Coordinator and a student worker met the Chair of Visual Communication on location at the LSC Truck Driving Academy and filmed for several hours. This footage will be edited to create a video to be used in instructing truck drivers in parallel parking a big rig. Two drones were also used in the filming. The Chair also met with Dr. Alex Wells to discuss editing a video to present the results of a survey of veterans taking EDUC 1300 classes at LSC.
November 2017 - The Chair of the Visual Communication department and the Multimedia Coordinator met with the director of the Transportation Institute to discuss production of videos needed by truck driving faculty. The need for a script and a storyboard template was presented to Marty Molina and a date was set in December for taping. All grant equipment was tagged with grant numbers. Two budget meetings were held with the director of the grant. The Chair and Coordinator also met with the Chair of the Music Department to discuss the production of promotional videos to interest students in band, choir, etc. After deciding that supplemental footage would be needed, the Coordinator scheduled and filmed a combined Choir/Jazz Band concert on November 29 for use in future projects. A concert in December was also scheduled for filming. A meeting was held with the grant director and the Dean of the VAPAC division to discuss the progression of the lab. Delivery of purchased equipment included a 4K camera, Wireless Microphone system, multiple video connectors, and a 2TB external hard drive. The facilities department changed the lock on the door of the closet used to store grant-funded equipment for greater security. The lab was also utilized by students in Fundamentals of Photography and Digital Video classes to shoot still photographs and short videos for editing.
October 2017 - Following the “soft start” plan for the studio, on October 18th the Student Outreach department debuted three short “Student Profile” videos and one “Make-up Tutorial” video, which were shot and edited by the Multimedia Studio team (including the student worker) and were done on location rather than in the studio. The team also created introductions for three “How to” videos shot by the Honors Program that were also presented during the premiere. Over eighty students and faculty attended this premiere showing, and all were asked to provide feedback through a short survey. Responses were very positive and the second videos for each of the three students were edited and presented on October 31st. The Coordinator and a student worker were also asked to video a special fund-raising event on the campus on October 25th.
A video editing system including a 4K video camera was ordered to provide digital zooming capabilities. The Multimedia Coordinator and the Visual Communication Department Chair met with LSC Online to view his video studio setup and gather information on best practices. Though the studio was very small, the space had been configured to be efficient and useful for their projects. Very good discussions ensued with many good take-aways.
September 2017 - The Multimedia Coordinator and the Visual Communication Department Chair formulated and set in motion a plan to “soft start” the studio. The Coordinator and student assistant will begin accomplishing the purpose of the Multimedia Studio as soon as possible, even though the studio does not yet have all the equipment or space (waiting on old furniture removal) needed to be fully operational. To that end, three video shoots to support students were planned and executed during this month in cooperation with The Office of Student Outreach and Recruitment. Cameras and equipment were transported to the “One-Button Studio” in the library in order to utilize the lights and soundproofing therein. Editing for these three videos is in-progress with a grand premiere planned for October 18th. A fourth video shoot was also achieved at the LSC-CHI School for Cosmetology. Videos shot by LSC honors students showing directions of how to register for classes and how to find classes are being edited by studio personnel for distribution on the web. The Coordinator and the Department Chair also travelled to LSC-Tomball and were given a tour of their facility. Very good information and tips for setting up a studio were shared and will be helpful as the Multimedia Studio takes full form.
August 2017 - The position of Multimedia Coordinator for the Multimedia Lab was filled and the coordinator was “on boarded” including the Lone Star College orientation from HR. The coordinator began by interviewing several advanced video production students and selecting three for student worker positions. Equipment including cameras, lighting and sound systems has arrived. The coordinator has inventoried the equipment and secured a safe holding place for it as the lab is being repurposed from a traditional classroom. Meetings are ongoing as to how to best apply soundproofing in the room and how to set the room for best workflow efficiency. The instructor station, projector, and projection screen were removed and walls have been spackled and painted. The student worker position has been created and posted, and applications are currently being submitted for review by the coordinator.
July 2017 - Equipment for the Multimedia Studio iMall was purchased including two Canon EOS C100 cameras with multiple lenses to accomplish most of the filming. Other equipment include an E-Image pedestal kit to support one of the cameras in the lab, a Manfrotto tripod with arm and dolly for the other camera, a Zacuto Z-finder digital monitor for one of the cameras, a shotgun microphone, a Glidecam camera stabilizer, three Impact chroma-green backgrounds, a wireless microphone system, a Clearsonic sound baffle panels to dampen the sound from the back of the studio, and a studio lighting kit. All equipment will be located in the Digital Technology Center, Room 112. Moreover, mobile tables and computer workstations for the student video editors have been selected for purchase.
May 2017 - A hiring search was conducted according to LSC system HR procedures and a candidate was selected for the position of Multimedia Coordinator pending approval from the president of the college and the acceptance of an offer by the candidate. A meeting was held on May 4, 2017 with the DS English faculty, the Visual Communications Department, the faculty and staff Center, and the Tutor Coordinator to discuss the design of the new delivery methods the DS English faculty are developing for Reading I and Writing I. Faculty commented that the content was not the issue, but rather putting it into a format that was easily accessible and attractive for students similar to Purdue University’s OWL program. They recommended that the Multimedia Coordinator attend the DS classes to get a good idea of the audience and the faculty teaching styles. The current plan is for a faculty member to begin work with the Coordinator on Writing I starting in June 2017. Representatives from the VisComm Department, Faculty & Staff Center (FSC), and Adjunct Center for Excellence (ACE) met with the Office of Technology Services (OTS) in order to update specifications of equipment to be purchased including a discussion on the future availability and viability of Mac Pro units. Representatives from VisComm had an introductory meeting with “Parents and Children Together” (PACT), a Hispanic serving non-profit organization to discuss collaboration and the development of TV studio-quality educational materials for the local Hispanic community. Meeting was very successful in aligning strategic goals of both organizations; however, further discussion will be necessary.
January 2017 - The Vice President of Instruction and the College President have approved DTEC 112 as the location for the project. Human Resources has approved the posting of the part-time student assistant and the lead is working with HR on the Multimedia Coordinator position. In addition, the project lead is working with the Office of Technology Services (OTS) to compare equipment listed in the grant to what is currently available due to advances in industry technology. A floor plan for studio the studio is being developed.
December 2016-- The program manager and project director met with the leads of the Multimedia Studio initiative on December 13, 2016. It was determined that the Multimedia Studio be located in a dedicated room in the Digital Technology Building. The purpose of this initiative is to provide faculty with multimedia projects to support learning. Students in the Visual communications (VisComm) TV studio production class film, edit, and produce any project coming through and receive co-op credit and academic credit. Since the system no longer hires fulltime adjuncts who receive 70% of the full-time compensation and whose duties exclude institutional service and professional development, the group discussed alternate job classifications. As this project requires that the coordinator be allowed to teach, the division operations manager is researching an exempt position that allows the person to teach outside of working hours.
Career Lab iMall
Features "ready to work" stations (computer, web camera, career software, etc.) where students can not only research and discover the career and education path that is right for them, but also practice interviewing, learn to perfect their resumes, and build soft-skills for 21st century workplace.
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.
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. 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. 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 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. The Career Advisor provided Resume Writing Workshops to two EDUC 1300 classes on September 20 with 42 students 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 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. Total number of students assisted during this timeframe are pending as our Office of Technology Services (OTS) is troubleshooting issues with the iAccu software with the vendor. 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.
July 2018 - There were 244 documented visits to the Transfer Center and CAST Lab during July. There were 4 recruitment table visits during July. Video taken of staff and students in the CAST Lab for Title V Grant production on July 10. Career Advisors are preparing new document, Parts of a Resume, to be included in collection of career-related resources in CAST Lab. Career Advisor provided career exploration workshop, My Future My Plan, to 12 TRIO Upward Bound students on July 24. Career Advisor and Program Manager conducted mock interviews with 3 TRIO Upward Bound students on 7/25. CAST Lab advisors participated in Workforce Advising for Advisors webinar (Part I) on July 31. Preparations are underway for 18/FA peak registration.
June 2018 - There were 161 documented visits to the Transfer Center and CAST Lab during June as well as six recruitment table visits. 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.
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. 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. The 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 - There were 260 documented visits to the Transfer Center and CAST Lab during April. There was one recruitment table visit during April and 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 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. A career advisor attended a Resume, Job Search, and Interviewing Workshop on April 11.
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 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. CyFair Career Fair on April 17. He was able to obtain new administrative contacts to use in 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. The University of Houston-Downtown Gator Preview Day was hosted on April 25 with 261 individuals in attendance. Final preparations are underway for the May 2 Graduation Resource Fair and Graduation Orientations. Thirty-nine vendors are anticipated. Invitations for the June 7 Career Connections Fair and June 20 Texas Bound Transfer Fair have been sent. Orders for a mobile charging station, 20 iPads, and iAccu software were submitted and are pending final arrival and installation. These items will be utilized during future career/transfer events on campus to better document student traffic. The Transfer Center program manager sent a survey to university representatives who participated in transfer fairs this semester for their feedback. Of the 18 categories surveyed, 56% were rated excellent and 44% good. High in the ratings were communication and hospitality. One of the comments stated that the program manager and supporting staff were, “absolutely awesome and the passion for the students shows through these events.”
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, 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. There were three recruitment table visits 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. 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 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. Two new Part-Time Advisors (1 career, 1 transfer) were hired with a start date of November 6. New advisors completed mandatory trainings and have begun the onboarding process. The CAST Lab webpage has been updated to include contact information for the new advisors, as well as transfer updates. The AccuTrack system in CAST Lab has been updated to include new advisor names 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. The order for CAST Lab signage is complete. An order for 10 additional notebooks has been submitted, as has an order for career/transfer fair yard signs. Order for color printer in the CAST Lab is forthcoming. The Transfer Center Program Manager submitted a proposal to the Campus Technology Advisory Council (C-TAC) on 10/27 in hopes of obtaining grant monies for the purchase of iPads, mobile storage/charging cart, and iAccu app to assist with the capturing and collection of student data at campus fairs/events.
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.
August 2017 - There were 127 documented visits to the Transfer Center and CAST Lab during August. The Office of Technology Services completed installation of additional network drops in the CAST Lab to accommodate additional computers.
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 to CAST Lab resources and provide some advising services to 1,716 students in the Student Services Building Registration Room during the peak registration season prior to campus closure due to Hurricane 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. In addition, there were two recruitment visits during the month. The Transfer Advisor and Transfer Center Program Manager are in final preparations for upcoming 17/FA 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.
June 2017 - There have been 81 documented visits to the Transfer Center and CAST Lab through June 22, 2017. Work order submitted for purchase of Choices360 software for the CAST Lab. Additional desktops as well as mobile cart and laptops are enroute. Three mobile computer stations will additionally be 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 during May. Orders for additional desktops as well as mobile cart and laptops in progress. Finally, staff are exploring purchase of Choices360 software to be utilized in the CAST Lab.
April 2017 - Renovation of the CAST Lab space was completed. Purchase orders have been made for two additional desktops and a mobile cart with ten laptops for the CAST Lab. AccuTrack was installed on the primary computers to track student traffic and career and transfer websites were uploaded to all computers in the CAST Lab.
March 2017 - The existing Transfer Center has been converted into a Career and Transfer Center to better serve students who are transitioning into a career or planning to transfer to a four-year university.
February 2017 - A meeting was held on February 7, 2017 with the Office of Technology Services (OTS) and the Senior Director of Facilities to discuss the installation of the Career Lab in the CAST. Initially, there will be 10 workstations in the Center. Facilities will handle configuration of the room. One machine will be set up for web interviews in a more enclosed space. OTS and facilities will provide the initial hardware and tables needed for the first Career Lab. There was discussion about the use of notebook computers and a cart as there is a locked closet in the Center where notebooks could be stored when not in use.
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. It was determined that this space could be converted into a Career Lab by installing “ready to work” computer stations. The Office of Technology Services is estimating the number of workstations that can be installed in the space and minor construction may be needed to accommodate offices for the two part-time career advisors and two part-time transfer advisors.
Library 2.0 iMall
Provides a place where students and the community gather to share resources and knowledge, work on projects, network, build, explore, and teach one another. This initiative leverages technology to enhance teaching and learning outside of the classroom by providing access to emerging technologies to allow students to design, experiment, and create prototypes of their own creations.
February 2019 - This February we began a Makerspace project with a group of English for Speakers of Other Language students. The students are learning conversational and written communication skills and used the makerspace a couple of different ways. First, they had a Zine workshop (small-circulation self-published work for informative or artistic purposes). The students created their own Zines. Then the students learned how to use the One Button Studio for an interviewing assignment. The students, in pairs, interviewed each other about courtship in their culture / families. The ENGL 1301 for Workforce class visited the makerspace for “Lego therapy” day where they were tasked with creating a dwelling out of Legos in the group. A Business Principles course has also been using the Nureva span in the space for their marketing assignment. The One Button Studio was booked for 1800 total minutes with 22 sessions. It was a busy month for workshops in the makerspace hosting 3D Printing, Wood Burning, History of the Pixel (with fusion beads), and Video Editing. Our Dungeons and Dragons group continues to meet on Thursdays as well. The Library hosted a Procrastination workshop in the GroupSpot in addition to Table Top Gaming each Thursday.
January 2019 - January started with workshops to welcome the community back to Library 2.0! The Makerspace brought 3D Printing on the road to the Involvement Fair for the college to recruit new Student Library Advisory Club members, hosted Makerspace Open House, participated in the Academy of Lifelong Learning Open House, and conducted an introduction to the makerspace for our international students. The Library continued hosting Dungeons and Dragons in the Makerspace every Thursday and will kick off Table Top Thursdays next month. Two Resume Writing workshops were held on January 31, assisting 28 students in anticipation of the upcoming campus job fair. Attendees enjoyed the time spent reviewing resumes.
November 2018 - November 2018 was a busy month with 178 student visits. The Virtual Reality Lab is open in the Learning Center and ready for faculty and students to create new learning experiences. A developmental English class was assigned, as part of a writing assignment, to create a family crest that tells their story. The students were to use the Makerspace to create the crest, and utilized the Silhouette Cameo vinyl cutter, the 3D Printers, poster printers, and the Wood Burning kit to create these projects. Staff used the Group Spot to work on a comparison of the Face-to-Face tour of the library versus the Augmented Tour (results to come!). Although there was not a high attendance at the resume workshops, everyone involved loved the new “bring your resume” format so they had a chance for feedback in the GroupSpot.
Staff hosted a Zines workshop to celebrate Houston’s annual Zine Fest that occurs each November. Art students and professors gathered to learn about the history of the festival from one of the organizers and got the opportunity to create their own zine.
October 2018 - This October the Makerspace welcomed the English department as a place for creativity. The Makerspace hosted a day of writing with workshops, readings, and an open mic and kicked off a writing support group that will use the space to meet monthly. Makerspace equipment made a road trip to visit the LSC-North Harris centers at Greenspoint and Victory including the Victory Early College Academy. The Honors group used the newly installed Nureva span collaboration tool to plan and manage their annual research project. 3D Printing and Virtual Reality continue to be the most popular stations in the makerspace but with the recent English assignment to create a family crest, students have been exploring the pyrography station. A workshop will be conducted next month for pyrography to build on the interest generated in October. There were 698 visits to the Library 2.0 iMALL in October.
September 2018 - September has been busy introducing the Makerspace and GroupSpot to new students. Staff participated in the campus Involvement Fair and signed up 20 students for the Student Library Technology Advisory Club. The library hosted an Open House where students could come and go to experience the space and learn about what the library has to offer. The first workshop on 3D Printing had 26 students (a new high for 3D printing!). The Library collaborated with Communities in Schools to bring Assertive Communication skills to the GroupSpot with 11 attending the interactive Workshop. The Makerspace area also received a new 3D Printer Ultimaker expanding our 3D Printing options and output capabilities. This printer allows for a dissolvable philament to be used for better support structures that are easier to separate for the object.
August 2018 - 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.
July 2018 - In July, the iMALL hosted the first Summer Faculty Institute in the GroupSpot and the Makerspace. They shared with 20 faculty how students and fellow instructors are using the spaces to enhance curriculum and instruction.
June 2018 - In June, there were 179 visits to the Library Makerspace. This included Upward Bound and TRIO Leadership Academy students, as well as Early College High School students. Thirty-five Summer Bridge students attended iMALL Makerspace classes in June. In addition, there were three One Button Studio appointments. Data for the fall 2017 and spring 2018 Makerspace classes show that the completion rate for students who attended a Makerspace class with their professors was 7% higher (92% vs. 85%), the success over completion 10% higher (85% vs. 75%), and the success over enrollment 16% higher (78% vs. 62%) than non-Makerspace sections taught by the same professors.
May 2018 - In May, there were 17 student visits to the Lone Star College North Harris (LSC-NH) Library iMALL. Many of these were Pop Up Makerspace events outside of the iMALL and included events at the Lone Star College-North Harris Centers. There was also an iMALL class for Presentation Practice for two ESOL classes.
April 2018 – There were 22 workshops in the Library iMALL in April with 280 participants. Topics included Fun with Robots, GRIT, Resume and Job Search, and Personal Finance. Staff participated in the Lone Star College-North Harris satellite centers Open House with pop up makerspaces. Moreover, they attended a recruiting event at the Bayou Bash Street Fest with the virtual reality equipment. Librarians taught eight meta-literacy sessions for English and EDUC 1300 classes with 97 in attendance. Seventeen groups used the One-Button Studio and there were five formal appointments in the Makerspace for video editing, virtual reality, and 3D printing and scanning. Data show that 84.5% of students who participated in a Library Augmented Reality Tour had an 84.5% fall 2017 to spring 2018 persistence rate compared to 68.7% of the control group.
February 2018 - There were 299 visits to Library 2.0 this February. We saw continued use of the One Button Studio with 14 groups of students booking time in the studio. We took three appointments (2 for 3D Printing and 1 for Silhouette Cameo), hosted two workshops featuring virtual reality and 3D Printing, and hosted a field trip from MacArthur High School English students. In the GroupSpot Collaboration space, we hosted a Black History Month presentation as well as workshops on decision-making, networking, and self-confidence. We taught two classes using the virtual reality set ups – Anatomy and Physiology for Medical Assisting and Anatomy and Physiology for Massage. We took the Makerspace to the Houston Hispanic Forum to show case all the Lone Star College North Harris Library 2.0 iMall has to offer the community including 3D manufacturing and virtual reality. We also spent two days at the Greenspoint Center hosting a Pop Up Makerspace. In addition to the regular workshops, we introduced a very popular weekly Dungeons and Dragons Meet Up and Table Top Thursdays – board game available all day Thursday for students. The goal is to bring students into the library for something other than academics to ease library anxiety and encourage them to use other library services. The library conducted a Soft-Skills Satisfaction Survey on the various workshops presented in Library 2.0. Of the 301 respondents, 75% rated the quality of the presentation, 79% the effectiveness of the presenter, and 73% the workshop space as excellent. Forty-seven percent rated their prior knowledge on the topic before attending the workshop as average, 25% as low, 17% as high, and 11% as none. Seventy-four percent responded that their skills increased as a result of participating in the workshop, 23% responded maybe, while 2% responded no.
January 2018 - January is off to a great start in the Library 2.0 iMall. There were 330 students attending Library 2.0 iMall workshops both inside the library and outside in pop up makerspaces. Workshops included Glass Etching, How to Succeed as a Student, and the introduction of a Dungeons and Dragons game day. The makerspace was featured at the Involvement Fair, Academy of Lifelong Learning Open House, and the Library Open House. There were eight One Button Studio appointments with students making videos both for personal use and for a History project. Staff met with faculty to discuss bringing Virtual Reality to the classroom. An orientation was given to international students and to a weight training class that will return to complete individual assignments in the One Button Studio.
December 2017 - December was busy in the iMall even though students were only there a few weeks. Eleven groups finished video assignments in the One Button Studio. Although there were two appointments to use the 3D printer, it was very busy this month since students did not need to make appointments to use the various equipment in the space. Staff hosted four total workshops with 55 in attendance including four for Dungeons and Dragons Game day, two visits of 20 students each from Nimitz High School, and eleven participants for a crochet workshop at the LSC-Greenspoint Center.
November 2017 - There were 233 students attending Library 2.0 iMall workshops in November including Fun with Robotics, Basic Video Editing, and Resume Writing and Job Search. The Makerspace librarians visited the juniors at Spring Early College Academy to teach information and digital literacy and hosted a Pop Up Makerspace to introduce them to the technology. A librarian visited with several classes on video making and editing and 33 Groups used the One Button Studio for class assignments. Fourteen students had appointments to use various technologies in the Makerspace. They primarily used the 3D printers for prototyping assignments but there was also use of Oculus, Wood Burning, and Glass Etching. Librarians taught nine classes for EDUC 1300 in the Makerspace, EDUC 1300 Honors in the One Button Studio, and hosted one class for a writing seminar in the GroupSpot.
October 2017 - There were 565 students attending Makerspace Workshops and 35 attending Smart Board Workshops in October. In addition to workshops at Lone Star college-North Harris, the Makerspace staff held “Pop Up” Workshops at the Victory and Greenspoint Centers. Smartboards were used, for example, for Cyber Security and Resume Workshops. Ten students utilized the One Button studio for video presentations, and seven students made Makerspace appointments to use the 3-D printer and Oculus Rift.
September 2017 - There were 380 visits to the Library 2.0 iMALL in September. The Makerspace topic was 3D Printing and Scanning – Make 3D Selfies! Moreover, students from Westfield High School and Nimitz High School visited the Pop Up Makerspace.
GroupSpot events included Managing Student Debt Loan, How to Talk to Your Professor, How to Succeed as an Online Student, and a plagiarism lesson on Augmented Reality.
August 2017 - There were 160 visits to the Library 2.0 iMALL in August. The Makerspace topic was Fun with Electronics.
The Pop-Up Makerspace was showcased at the LSC-Victory Center Open House on August 1, 2017 with 58 attendees. Moreover, the TRIO Leadership Academy brought 25 students to the Makespace on August 8. Twenty EDUC1300 students attended a Makerspace course with their professor. The success over completion rate for these students was 95% and success over enrollment 88% compared to 87% and 81% respectively for the control group. In addition, 17 students in ENGL 0306, the lowest level developmental writing course, participated in a Makerspace course. The success over completion for these students was 93% and the success over enrollment 70% compared to 69% and 56% respectively for the control group.
July 2017 - There were 240 visits to the Library 2.0 iMALL in July. Makerspace topics included All About Virtual Reality, Origami, and Wood Burning.
The Pop Up Makerspace was showcased at the LSC-Greenspoint Center Open House, where Houston Mayor, Sylvester Turner, tried out several of the new technologies. In addition, librarians demonstrated how Virtual Reality can be used in education to the Next Generation Leadership Academy. TRIO Educational Talent Search brought their Summer Leadership Academy to the Makerspace and the Choir Camp toured the space as well. Finally, there were two soft skills workshops on How to Start a Non Profit. Equipment purchased with Title V funds included six modular tables that can be rearranged in different shapes for collaboration, a green screen and tool kit, and a GoPro camera.
June 2017 Beginning in June, the Library initiated the Thursday Lunch Time Workshop series hosting a Makerspace Workshop every Thursday from 12:30 – 1:30 throughout the summer. In June 32 students attended iMall classes and 34 students attended Makerspace activities. They a
lso hosted a Yoga Class that will be in for individual use for an assignment later this summer. Several purchases for the Makerspace have been made that will increase the use of technology by students including a large format 3D printer, a desktop 3D printer, a 3D scanner, a laptop, and an Oculus Rift.
May 2017 - LEGO Mindstorms were purchased with Title V funds. These materials are designed to support different learning styles and provide the basis for teaching STEM subjects and computer science in the 21st century classroom. LEGO Mindstorms enables students to build, program, and test their models using LEGO bricks and real-life robotics technology.The end of the semester saw students wrapping up projects in the Makerspace. Students used the 3D Printer to complete assignments and finalized presentations in the One Button Studio. The One Button Studio allows students to video presentations practice public speaking and practice interviewing. Two EDUC 1300 classes experienced the Makerspace and learned to use the equipment. The students made videos of themselves in the One Button Studio sending messages of encouragement and perseverance to their “future” selves. The professor will send these videos to the students in the next semester designed to remind them of the experiences they had in the class and how the Makerspace can help them in their future academic success. The ninth grade librarians from one of the local high schools visited the Makerspace to learn about how the college uses it to engage students and integrate it into classes. Moreover, LSC-North Harris librarians hosted a pop up Makerspace at the high school so students could get hands on experience with emerging technologies and connect with the Lone Star North Harris Library as a place to find Makerspace equipment, hands on workshops, and information to help them succeed now and in the future. During May, there were 6 scheduled appointments in the One Button Studio and 11 in the Makerspace. Forty-one students from two EDUC 1300 and a drafting course attended Makerspace classes. In addition, nine high school students attended the Pop-Up Makerspace event at MacArthur High School.
April 2017 - The project lead has established vendors in iStar to purchase equipment for the iMall. During April, there were 6 iMall classes with 100 students attending and 9 Makerspace events with 190 participants. Topics included Make Mini Books, Library Game Day, Silhouette Studio and Cameo, and Virtual Reality. Moreover, 22 students attended Soft Skills Workshops on Resume and Job Search Skills, How to Start a Non Profit and Amazing Presentations.
January 2017 - The Library 2.0 iMALL provides a new way to learn in the library through hands-on discovery. It is an active learning place with equipment, emerging technology, and arts-and-craft supplies where students work together in small groups, observe and discuss others’ projects, offer one another encouragement and support, and write about their experiences. During the fall 2016 semester, 65 EDUC 1300 First-Year Experience students attended Makerspace courses with their professors. Makerspace is and creative space that allows students to create, design, experiment and create prototypes. The success over completion rate for these students was 88.7% and success over enrollment 72.3% compared to 79.4% and 72.6% respectively for the control group. In addition, 20 students in ENGL 0306 Developmental Writing I participated in a Makerspace course. The success over completion for these students was 93.3% and the success over enrollment 70.0% compared to 68.2% and 54.8% respectively for the control group. Moreover, 1,397 students participated in 30 Makerspace workshops and 146 attended Smart Boards workshops. Some of the topics of the Makerspace workshops included Wood Burning, Glass Etching, 3D Printing and Scanning, Knitting, and Crocheting. Topics for the Smart Boards workshops consisted of Emotional Intelligence, Leadership, Resume Writing, How to Make Amazing Presentations, and Start Your Own Nonprofit. Of the students who answered the Perceptions Survey, 82% responded that their skills had improved as a result of the workshops.
Hispanic Parent Academy
Ensures success in Hispanic students by educating parents on the importance of higher education; engages Hispanic students, families and the community to help feel at home in a college atmosphere; and reaches out to parents so that they may better help their child navigate the complex college process.
February 2019 - On February 5, 2019, the Consulate of Mexico hosted, “Ventanilla de Orientacion Educativa Houston (VOE).” VOE is a monthly educational forum to engage members of our community in educational goals. The Parent Navigator discussed an array of subjects including accounting certificates and ESOL classes with forty individuals. On February 6, 2019, the Parent Navigator attended a community fair in BakerRipley-East Aldine where information about Lone Star College programs was presented and how attending a Parent Academy helps demystify the academic process was discussed. BakerRipley-East Aldine is non-profit organization that engages members in various sectors. The Parent Navigator interacted with over thirty-five community members from all ages and many expressed an interest in the opportunities Lone Star College offers. Several community members signed up for future Parent Academy sessions. On February 8, Aldine and Spring Independent School district met with Pact Movil founder to discuss a collaboration by demonstrating a free educational application. Pact Movil helps anyone with a smartphone learn something new in less than ten minutes. Lone Star College-North Harris participates by explaining the road to college in a simplified approach. As a result of the meeting, Spring Independent School District invited the Parent Navigator to a form a partnership. Spring Independent School District has an initiative named Smart Start Program, a small parent-child groups at a variety of locations through the community to discuss topics such as parenting, nutrition, and education. The Parent Navigator conducted a pilot workshop on February 25, 2019 where twelve members participated. A future workshop is schedule on April 29, 2019 to discuss dual credit in a broader spectrum. The annual Houston Hispanic Forum was held on February 16, 2019. Different colleges inform students about their educational programs. Lone Star College (LSC) was an exhibitor and LCS programs were demonstrated to students. The Hispanic Parent Academy was able to interact with fifty students and family members and explain about our diverse services that are available in our community.
January 2019 - Parent Academy aims to demystify myths about the educational process and guide the community member towards achieving their educational goals. At the Consulate of Mexico educational program called, “Ventanilla de Orientacion Educativa Houston”, the Parent Navigator engaged in conversations with thirty individuals about careers such as HVAC, Associates of Arts degrees, and dual credit for high school students. BakerRipley is non-profit organization that highly engages members in programs such as nutrition, education, financial literacy and entrepreneurship skills. The Parent Navigator was invited to attend and present to the members of the community the different opportunities available for all ages. Over thirty-five community members had an interest in the opportunities Lone Star College offers. Members were also invited to attend the next Parent Academy to learn more in detail the process of enrolling and applying for financial aid. A meeting with 400 voices was scheduled in order to collaborate with school districts. The Independent School districts were present during the presentation, demonstrating PACT Movil. Pact Movil helps anyone with a smartphone learn something new in less than ten minutes. The approach is based on fifteen years of experience offering education to low-income Hispanic parents at schools in collaboration with Title I coordinators and parent liaisons.
November 2018 - he objective for Parent Academy is to build a more robust community of educational avenues by providing resources and educational keynotes. The key is promoting innovation and start-up culture at higher education. This is the response to the developmental society and demographic growth of Hispanic population. Equity, diversity and inclusion are the heart of Parent Academy. On November 5, 2018, Parent Academy attended “Ventanilla de Educacion” (Educational Fair), to promote educational programs available at Lone Star College and invite the community to the upcoming workshop. The event is hosted the first of the month at the Consulate of Mexico where approximately 150 people attended. The Parent Navigator effectively interacted with twenty people and was able to clarify the educational process for higher education. There was especially a great deal of interest in obtaining information on certificate programs. On November 7, Parent Academy attended the BakerRipley-East Aldine fair where Lone Star College was able to participate and share information to approximately 250 people. Community members attended the fair and learned about the diverse programs and certificates that are currently available at North Harris College. The main goal of the Parent Academy workshop was to expose students to community colleges and career opportunities. Understanding the financial aid eligibility that can help make college affordable and a reality was also addressed. Members reached out to the Parent Academy Navigator for information on GED and associate degrees that are available at Lone Star College.
On November 29, the North Harris County Education Alliance (NHCEA) hosted a meeting with various districts and members of the Lone Star College system to emphasis the importance of Title V and the different initiatives that are currently taking place. Future NHCEA meetings will discuss the implementation of the program, collecting and documenting information.
October 2018 - On October 1, 2018, Parent Academy attended “Ventanilla de Educacion” (Educational Fair), to promote educational programs available at Lone Star College and invite the community to the upcoming workshop. Approximately 125 people attended the event. The Parent Navigator provided information to thirty people concerning the educational process in higher education. On October 3, 2018, Parent Academy attended a BakerRipley-East Aldine fair where Lone Star College was able to participate and share information to approximately 250 people. Community members attended a fair and learned about the diverse programs and certificates that are currently available at Lone Star-North Harris College. In addition, information on financial aid eligibility was provided. On October 11, 2018, the Parent Navigator attended Aldine College Night. The Academic Fair hosted more than 100 Colleges, Universities, Trade Schools, and Military Academies. Hundreds of high school students across Aldine ISD were able to meet representatives from institutions of higher education. The Parent Navigator assisted by providing information on Lone Star college-North Harris as well as answering questions and inviting them to a future workshop. On October 20, 2018, Parent Academy hosted a workshop at Lone Star College-Greenspoint Center. In addition to college information, information was provided by The Source, a non-profit organization, which provides a holistic health center for women about services that are at no cost. The Parent Navigator discussed the diverse programs that are available including the shorter, fast track career certificates. On October 31, 2018, staff met with 400 voices, an organization that provides a free portal that helps the Spanish speaking community with an array of information including “The Road to College.”
September 2018 - On September 6, 2018, Parent Academy presented a workshop at Horizon Outreach, a local agency dedicated to families in need. The workshop goal was to provide information about higher education opportunities including a presentation and providing materials about educational opportunities for various trades. The event included a career fair where about 75 community members learned about the different opportunities available at Lone Star College. The Parent Academy Navigator met again with the chairperson of 400 Voices to help them provide information on higher education. The group plans to target area middle schools and high schools to pilot the program and provide information on opportunities at Lone Star College. On September 10, 2018, the Parent Navigator attended “Ventanilla de Educacion” (Educational Fair), to promote educational programs available at Lone Star College to the Hispanic community. The program is hosted by Instituto de Los Mexicanos en el Exterior. The objective is to reduce the stress of educational gaps and to strengthen ties within educational systems. The event is held the first of every month at the Consulate of Mexico where approximately 75 individuals attended. The Parent Navigator successfully interacted with twenty-five participants and provided information to all participants. On September 19, 2018, 35 community members attended an educational workshop at BakerRipley. The Parent Navigator explained the process of higher education. The Title V Parent Navigator attended the Student Success Institute Convocation where mentors and students gathered for their first meeting. This is a new program at Lone Star College designed to help students connect to the campus, reach key academic milestones, and support students as they pursue their academic goals.
August 2018 - On August 6, 2018, the Parent Academy attended “Ventanilla de Educacion” (Educational Fair), to promote educational programs available at Lone Star College to the Hispanic community. The program is presented by Instituto de Los Mexicanos en el Exterior. The goal of the Hispanic Educational Fair is to promote educational opportunities that exist in the United States. The objective is to reduce the stress of educational gaps and to strengthen ties within educational systems. The event is hosted the first of every month at the Consulate of Mexico where approximately 100 individuals attended. The Parent Navigator successfully interacted with twenty people and provided information to all participants. On August 7, 2018, the Parent Navigator was invited to BakerRipley-East Aldine Campus to host a Parent Academy. BakerRipley is a non-profit organization, which targets improving financial well-being and increasing educational attainment in every community. BakerRipley fundamentals are built on the importance of a good education. Currently, the organization offers Early Childhood Education, Charter Schools, and Adult Education to help people achieve their personal and professional goals. The Parent Navigator conducted a workshop of educational gaps and the transitional options that are available at Lone Star College. During the Parent Academy presentation, nine people attended and interacted with the Parent Navigator. The Parent Navigator will continue to present workshops in continuous periods when new classes are open. On August 17, 2018, Parent Academy and 400 Voices collaborated on Pact Movil, a free mobile application that will help the community obtain information on education, health, higher education, and other resources. The mission is to create a college going culture within low-income Hispanic population involving parents and children together (PACT). The goal is to help them graduate from high school, and enroll in a two-year community college, or technical school with the potential to transfer to a four-year university. The Parent Academy navigator is collaborating in arranging the framework and facilitating the process in an electronic version. The student or community member is encouraged to learn something new in ten minutes or less.
July 2018 - On July 2, 2018, the Parent Academy attended “Ventanilla de Educacion” (Educational Fair), to promote educational programs available at Lone Star College to the Hispanic community. The goal of the Hispanic Educational Fair is to promote educational opportunities that exist in the United States. The objective is to reduce the stress of educational gaps and to strengthen ties within educational systems. The event was hosted at the Consulate of Mexico where approximately 125 individuals attended. The Parent Navigator personally interacted with twenty-five people and provided information to all participants. On July 9 and July 30, 2018 Parent Academy and 400 Voices collaborated on Pact Movil, a free mobile application that will help the community obtain information on education, health, higher education, and other resources. The mission is to create a college going culture within low-income Hispanic population involving parents and children together (PACT). The goal is to help them graduate from high school, and enroll in a two-year community college, or technical school with the potential to transfer to a four-year university. The Parent Academy navigator is collaborating in arranging the framework and facilitating the process in an electronic version. The student or community member is encouraged to learn something new in ten minutes or less. On July 23, 2018, the Parent Navigator was invited to BakerRipley-East Aldine Campus. BakerRipley is a non-profit organization that targets improving financial well-being and increasing educational attainment in every community. BakerRipley fundamentals are built on the importance of a good education. Currently, the organization offers Early Childhood Education, Charter Schools, and Adult Education to help people achieve their personal and professional goals. The Parent Navigator will be conducting a Parent Academy on the campus to inform students in Adult Education the options that are available at a community college. The Lone Start College Student Success Initiative is collaborating with Parent Academy. Parent academy will help with the academic mission that is to create academic, work ready and transfer pathway opportunities that will prepare students to persist, complete, and maximize their contributions to society.
June 2018 - On June 4, the Parent Academy coordinator hosted a table at “Ventanilla de Educacion” (Educational Fair), to promote educational programs available at Lone Star College to the Hispanic community. The goal of the Hispanic Educational Fair objective is to promote educational opportunities that exist in the United States. The goal is to reduce the stress of educational gaps and to strengthen ties within educational systems. The event was hosted at the Consulate of Mexico where approximately 250 attended. The Parent Navigator successfully interacted with twenty-five people and provided information to 100 participants. Horizon Outreach invited Parent Academy to present a workshop on higher education and technical trades in college. Horizon Outreach specializes in providing services that stabilize the family unit through healthy relationship education and job readiness training. Members of Horizon Outreach Eagle program expressed interest in attending Lone Star College and obtaining training for jobs. The nine members that were present asked specific questions about the educational process and the different associate degrees Lone Star College offered. The Parent Academy and 400 Voices will be collaborating on Pact Movil, a free mobile application that will help the community obtain information on education, health, higher education, and other resources. The mission is to create a college-going culture within the low-income Hispanic population involving parents and children together (PACT). The goal is to help them graduate from high school, and enroll in a two-year community college, or technical school with the potential to transfer to a four-year university.
May 2018 - Horizon Outreach has extended an opportunity for Parent Academy to provide educational sessions to parents about higher education. Horizon Outreach is a non-profit organization that provides programs to increase self-sufficiency, employability in career positions, workforce development/certification, access to permanent affordable housing and overall health and wellness of the family. Parent Academy provided a series of training sessions of school protocol, resources available to families and exposure and access to different education programs and technical training degrees. On May 2, 2018, Parent Academy provided parents and community members’ techniques to help merge their knowledge in a college atmosphere. On May 9, 2018, Parent Academy focused on, “Building Basic College Readiness Skills,” by inspiring students to identify goals and objectives. The focus of the presentation was to determine strategies and take action steps to reach their individual goals. On May 30, 2019, Parent Academy focused the session on resources in the community and fostered options that are available to the community. Horizon Outreach has regular scheduled seminars.
April 2018 - On April 2, 2018, Parent Academy attended “Ventanilla de Educacion” (Educational Fair) to help the Hispanic community become aware of educational programs available at Lone Star College. The event was hosted at the Consulate of Mexico. Representatives from Teach for America, Region 4, Texas Teachers of Tomorrow, Houston Area Women Center and other avenues for the community participated. The Region 4- Out of School Youth Recruiter invited Parent Academy to host a presentation with Migrant Education Programs, ESL/Multilingual Directors and Federal Directors and Coordinators. The date for the event has been tentative due to testing in school districts. Lone Star College- Greenspoint center had two resource fairs on campus where Parent Academy was invited to present information to student and parents about Parent Academy. The resource event helped to promote Parent Academy informational sessions. Many of the resources such as U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, AVDA, St. Hope Foundation, LNESC, Baker Ripley and Texas Star attended the event and showed an interest in providing information to Parent Academy for future sessions.
Parent Academy attended the Nimitz/Wunsche Enrollment Night at Lone Star College-North Harris where high school students and parents were invited to learn more about the educational process and the services that are available to students. The event was a success. Forty-five students attended, with a combined total of 78 students and family members/guests. Preliminary feedback results from students are very positive. On April 14, Lone Star College- North Harris hosted their Open House for students and the community. Students and community members were guided through the campus with the opportunity to meet the campus and programs that North Harris offered. Parent Academy was able to provide information about our program and invited members to participate in the next workshop.
March 2018 - Parent Academy staff was invited to the Mexican Consulate to attend “Ventanilla de Educacion”, (Educational Fair) to help the Hispanic community become aware of educational opportunities that are available. The Parent Academy representative was able to explain to members of our community different opportunities that are available for students. Parents showed interest in the college’s diverse programs and continuing education certificates. The differences between community colleges and four-year universities and related costs were explained. The Consulate of Mexico extended an invitation for Parent Academy to participate in the Educational Fair again on April 2, 2018. Parent Academy sponsored a workshop at the Lone Star College-Greenspoint Center on March 21 explaining the process of higher education to the community There was a lot of interest in financial aid and several questions on how to apply for FAFSA and TASFA.
February 2018 - Parent Academy will be regularly participating in Educational Fairs with the Consulate General of Mexico. The educational fairs will include Parent Academy sessions with informative speeches about the process of higher education. Brochures will be provided in English and Spanish to provide information on Lone Star College-North Harris Title V’s initiatives and the mission of Parent Academy.
On February 10, 2018 staff attended the Houston Hispanic Forum. Representatives from LSC-North Harris and LSC-Tomball Title V Grant promoted the services offered under the grant. The welcoming booth had 2,216 visitors. Flyers and Brochures were distributed to parents and students invited them to attend upcoming Parent Academy sessions. A College and Financial Aid Night with Congressmen Gene Green was informative for parents and students. At that event, Parent Academy staff helped promote the workshops and future events that are on the calendar. On February 12, 2018, a workshop was presented at the Lone Star College-Greenspoint center in cooperation with a Hispanic organization called 400voices. During the workshop, higher education information and other helpful information was provided to encourage students and parents to consider higher education.
Parent Academy collaborated with North Harris County Education Alliance with the Funders’ Team Meeting to collaborative on planning the Bridge to your Pathways: College and Conference on March 24, 2018 for Aldine and Spring High School Students. Parent Academy will present a workshop during the event.
January 2018 - In addition, the Parent Academy had a meeting with Horizon Outreach, an organization that focuses on fathers, to learn more about their initiatives for our community. During Hurricane Harvey, Horizon Outreach was able to help males get employment and provided housing assistance to members of our community. The organization would like to provide fathers information about educational opportunities and financial resources available to assist students on the road to higher education. Horizon Outreach will attend our next Parent Academy and looks forward to helping them proceed towards an educational goal.
Another area non-profit, 400voices met with the Parent Academy. The organization is implementing a learning solution for smartphones to provide information in Spanish that can be understood by parents of students in Title 1 schools to meet the requirements of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (EASA). Parent Academy will be assisting 400voices with information about the educational transition towards higher education.
Parent Academy will be attending the 2018 Houston Hispanic Forum Education and Career Day and promote college readiness for Hispanic students. A Parent Academy brochure was designed for this event and is being translated into Spanish. The next Parent Academy Workshop will be held on February 21 at Greenspoint Center. In addition, Parent Academy will be represented at the Aldine ISD Scholarship Event with Congressman Gene Green on February 12.
December 2017 - On December 1, 2017, Communities in Schools hosted a Parent Academy at Mac Arthur High School for 19 pregnant teenagers. The Parent Academy navigator spoke to the girls about higher education opportunities. Topics included information on utilizing the FASFA and TASFA, scholarship opportunities and how to develop a relationship with the Financial Aid department, as well as the importance of enrolling early and providing the necessary documentation. The Parent Navigator provided information on various degree programs and fast track courses that are available through Lone Star College. The 400 Voices program approached Parent Academy to collaborate on enhancing the potential that low-income Hispanics have and providing effective solutions to mitigate the risk factors that may affect them including: English proficiency, parental engagement, educational attainment, civic engagement, quality care, and economic growth. Parent Academy will meet with 400 Voices in January to discuss “Camino a la Universidad” Pathway to Education, and ways to help students and families meet the educational goals. The Horizon Outreach program will collaborate on providing a concurrent Parent Academy session.
November 2017 - On November 3, 2017, Parent Academy navigator attended North Harris CAT-5 Preview to promote the Parent Academy and the different pathways that students can take for a successful transition from High School to community college. Over 505 prospective high school students were invited to explore the Lone Star Experience. Greenspoint Center staff was invited, as well as Parent Academy representatives to promote various programs.
Two workshop were hosted on November 7, 2017 at Greenspoint Center and another on November 15, 2017 at Aldine Family Hope Center. On November 15, 2017, the Parent Academy invited a non-profit organization, H.O.P.E. Haven, which is focused on helping the homeless community, to discuss services that would benefit our community such as transportation, temporary shelters, aid in procuring identification, and life skills training. The Parent Navigator presented a PowerPoint presentation about how to navigate the college process and the different options Lone Star College offers for all types of workforce related needs. A pre-assessment and post assessment was done to test member’s knowledge of the educational process. Members showed a 73% improvement in the pre-and post-testing after the presentation. The attendees were invited to visit a Lone Star College campus for further information on educational services. All information was presented in Spanish and English. On November 7, 2017, the Parent Academy was invited to participate in a job-training panel. The panel provided an opportunity for the Parent Navigator and other participants to share pathways towards academic goals. The Parent navigator provided contact information for obtaining FAFSA, Scholarships, Lone Star College enrollment information, and guidance on how to begin the process. General information about GED and ESL classes was also provided to attendees.
On November 27, 2017, Parent Academy representatives met with the Transition Coordinator at Klein ISD to provide information on Title V initiatives and the Parent Academy. Klein Independent District is one of the four service areas for Lone Star College-North Harris. The Transition Coordinator provided information of their L.I.F.E. Readiness Community-Based Programs. L.I.F.E. is a community-based program that utilizes the community’s natural environmental supports to facilitate young adult student’s transition to adult life and assists in the college experience of the adult student.
- LSC-Greenspoint will attend a community event with Communities in School at MacArthur High School.
- Pine Trace Parent Academy on December 6, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
- Pine Trace Parent Academy on December 13, 2017 from 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
October 2017 - The Title V Parent Academy coordinator presented information on the Parent Academy and the different avenues that a student can initiate towards a successful alternative transition at the Houston Center for Independent Living Conference. The coordinator talked about on-line education if transportation or challenges occur during transitional academic paths. She presented on financial aid, explained the process of enrolling, and informed students about the different career choices that are available for all types of learning styles. She explained the various levels of programs available at Lone Star College. Community members were given information on upcoming FAFSA workshops, and brochures of different Programs of Study and Continuing Education offerings were provided. GED and ESL options were explained to the members. The community was invited to visit a Lone Star College campus for further information. Information on the Parent Academy was also provided at the Community Night Out and Aldine YMCA Fall Festivals where parents and students were invited to attend our future workshops. Parent Academy representatives met with a representative of the North Harris County Education Alliance. They will be collaborating in providing Parent Academy workshops for Parents (English/Spanish) and students who are graduating from High School.
September 2017 - The Hispanic Parent Academy coordinator was invited to Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute in Washington D.C. paid by a scholarship from the World Institute of Disabilities. On Tuesday Sept 12, 2017, the coordinator participated with the Latino Leaders Summit Series:
- Putting the Student First: Best Practices in Higher Education Attainment and Student Debt
- The U.S Census and Redistricting: The Impact on Student Populations
- Managing Mental Health in Today’s Workforce: Designing Healthy Habits for Career Success
- Increasing College Degree and Certificate Attainment: Ms. Rodriguez was able to talk about what LSC-Title V Initiatives have done to make how our community fundamentally rethinks the way higher education is delivered more effectively through individual members and their unique needs. Mr. Candelario Cervantez- National Senior Manager Director for Teach for America and James Douglas Dean of the Thurgood Marshall School of Law from Texas Southern University were the panelists during the meeting.
Due to hurricane Harvey, most of the non-profit organizations this project works with were tied up with hurricane relief. However, a National Night Out Event meeting to Promote Parent Academy was held on September 29, 2017. Plans include working with Bonding Against Diversity to collaborate on a workshop and Horizon Outreach will host a Parent Academy workshop after helping Harvey victims.
August 2017 - The Title V project director and the program manager met with the coordinator of the Hispanic Parent Academy and the director of Horizon Outreach to discuss a possible collaboration. Horizon Outreach is a non-profit organization providing services that stabilize the family unit through healthy relationships, education, and job readiness training. Discussion centered round offering a workshop at LSC-Greenspoint Center to educate fathers regarding opportunities available for a postsecondary education. Topics will include researching careers, paying for college, and using college resources. The workshop will coincide with Horizon Outreach’s Job Readiness program with the Hispanic Parent’s Academy providing the curriculum and presenters for the event, which will be scheduled for the fall semester.
July 2017 - The Parent Academy coordinator conducted a workshop on July 12, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. - 1: p.m. at the Buckner Family Hope Center. The dean of the Lone Star College-North Harris Centers opened the event followed by the weekend and evening manager. The focus of the workshop was on engaging the community and Hispanic families to feel comfortable in a college atmosphere. The coordinator provided parents with information regarding financial aid, degree options and ESL/GED programs as well as a list of resources that are available to the East Aldine community. Questions or stigmas that were associated with FAFSA were addressed and the process clarified.
A pre and posttest were administered to the 12 participants not including adolescents that were present. After the session, the posttest demonstrated significant improvement of an 85% increased knowledge of the college process.
The LSC-North Harris faculty sponsor of the Latin American Student Organization (L.A.S.O.) gave a motivating talk about promoting higher education. He engaged the community in learning more on how to navigate a system that might seem complicated in the beginning but highly encouraged them to always strive for greater growth. Finally, the representative from the Santa Maria Hostel informed the attendees about different services they are able to provide to our community.
The Parent Academy has contacted Horizon Eagle Program to plan a workshop for the end of August or Early September. The Horizon Eagle Program is a non-profit organization that offers comprehensive care for parents from start to finish. Their mission is to provide services that stabilize the family unit through healthy relationships and training. The Parent Academy also participated in an Open House at the Greenspoint Center on July 27th from 4 p.m.-7 p.m. where flyers and information were given to students about the Academy. The coordinator was able to gather tentative community member’s information for future workshops.
June 2017 – The Parent Academy coordinator contacted the faculty advisor of the Latin American Student Organization (L.A.S.O.), who agreed to speak in collaboration with the Parent Academy on July 12, 2017 at Buckner Family Hope Center. The coordinator has contacted Santa Maria Hostel community outreach program and they are willing to give a short ten to twenty-minute presentation on what services they are offering the community. Communities in Schools is also contributing to the workshop with a description of the services they offer for our Lone Star College-North Harris students.
The coordinator has developed and compiled a list of PowerPoint presentations to educate parents by providing them with information on higher education and information about how to finish their own high school equivalency, search for jobs, and access the College’s Career and Community environment. In addition, she has created and gathered worksheets of resources to reach out to parents so that they may better help their child navigate through the complicated multipart college process. The focus is on higher education including information on scholarships, degree options, student resources, and support from non-profit agencies.
The first official session for the Parent Academy will take place on July 12, 2017 at 11 a.m. at the Buckner Family Hope Center to be followed by a three to four week series providing information on the importance of higher education. The session will include parents as well as high school age students who are currently attending activities at the center, but will be open to the community at large. Information will be provided on how to apply to college, how to access financial aid, available support services and other opportunities such as ESOL classes at the college for both parents and students. Materials will be available in both English and Spanish.
May 2017 - Interviews for the part-time Hispanic Parent Academy coordinator took place during the first week of May with two candidates selected as finalists for the position. After completing a second round of interviews, Idalia Rodriguez was selected and will begin working for the grant on May 30. Idalia brings with her a wealth of non-profit experience within the surrounding community. She is a strong proponent for reaching and impacting the Hispanic communities, has experience in counseling (conducting therapy sessions; is a licensed drug counselor), and is qualified to develop effective marketing/outreach strategies to efficiently promote the Parent Academy within the community. On May 23, 2017, an additional meeting was held to discuss the possibility of using the Center as a site for the academy and how collaboration with the agency can maximize resources for families. The first official session/informational for the Parent Academy will take place on July 12, 2017 at 11 a.m. at the Buckner Family Hope Center to be followed up by a three to four week series providing information on the importance of higher education. The session will include parents as well as high school age students who are currently attending activities at the center, but will be open to the community at large. Information will be provided on how to apply to college, how to access financial aid, available support services and other opportunities such as ESOL classes at the college for both parents and students. Materials will be available in both English and Spanish. Communities in Schools, a campus-based, nonprofit organization providing direct services and resources to under-served children with unmet needs, will also serve as a partner in the Parent Academy. Their role will be to provide refreshments and assist with program activities for small children as childcare is often an issue preventing families from participating.
March 2017 - The Parent Academy hosted a training on the college admissions and financial aid processes on March 30, 2017 for eight high school seniors at the Buckner Family Hope Center. The program is collaborating with BakerRipley and Aldine ISD to host a High School Empowerment Fair on April 6, 2017 to cover a variety of topics such as teen engagement, leadership, and college and career preparation. Students participating will be tenth to twelfth graders at MacArthur High School who are on a Career and Technical Education track. A flyer is being developed and information about the Parent Academy will be disseminated at this event. Additional sessions for the Parent Academy are being scheduled this summer in collaboration with BakerRipley and Communities in Schools (CIS). CIS will focus on the social aspects of parenting and will have activities for children while parents are attending the Parent Academy. CIS will provide food for the workshops while the grant will fund programmatic needs such as print material and software. On March 28, 2017, the project lead met with students and parents at Buckner Family Hope Center, a non-profit organization that provides critical services to strengthen families and helps them find support through family coaching, education, financial empowerment, and youth development. This meeting served as a focus group for the Parent Academy to ensure that program curriculum is aligned with the needs of the community. The part-time coordinator’s position has been posted and currently there were 14 applicants. Interviews were scheduled the week of April 10 with the intent of hiring the position by the end of April.
January 2017 - The LSC-NH Title V Parent Academy also known as Mi Familia, Mi Futuro is a comprehensive 6-week training that focuses on providing insight to Hispanic families about the education system from high school to college. Families may include parents, mothers, fathers, aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents, children and any other extended member. Since for Hispanic families, the decision to attend college or the university is often a “family” decision it would be good to include all individuals that are part of the “family” to attend. All family members need to be aware and familiar with the concept of being a “student” to ensure support once a family member attends, whether it is for an English as a Second Language (ESL), GED, high school, college or university course. Representatives from Aldine Independent School District, Lone Star College, and Neighborhood Centers Inc. serve as the training facilitators. Training sessions include understanding school protocols, what resources are available to families, meeting school officials, increasing exposure and access to college, and most importantly, developing a positive attitude towards education. We bring workshops with themes relevant to all the adults and their children. Workshops that can be presented with both groups together will be done accordingly. All of these workshops may be conducted in Spanish if that is preferred by the participants. The target market are Hispanic families, residing in the East Aldine community, with children attending 8th through 12th grade in a school within Aldine Independent School District. The desired outcomes of the Academy are to:
- Educate parents by providing them with information around the importance of higher education and information about how to finish their own high school equivalency, search for jobs and access the College’s Career and Community Education classes, and more;
- Engage Hispanic students and families at LSCH-NH and the community to help feel at home in a college atmosphere; and
- Reach out to parents so that they may better help their child navigate the complex college process.
The Curriculum has been developed and consists of two sets of topics – student and parent:
- Session 1: Academy Kick-Off / Goal-setting
- Session 2: Advanced Academics
- Session 3: Researching colleges
- Campus Tour: Lone Star College
- Session 4: How to pay for college
- Session 5: Building Basic College Readiness Skills
- Session 6: I’m Accepted – Now What? / Degrees, Workforce Programs & Certificates
- Campus Tour: University of Houston-Downtown
- Session 7: Post-High School Life Skills
- Session 8: Closing Ceremony
- Session 1: Academy Kick-Off / Requirements for graduation (new HB5 standards explained)
- Session 2: Options for YOU!
- Session 3: Advanced Academics
- Session 4: Researching colleges
- Campus Tour: Lone Star College
- Session 5: How to pay for college
- Session 6: Resources in the Community
- Session 7: Who to talk to when you need help
- Campus Tour: University of Houston-Downtown
- Session 8: Closing Ceremony
December 2016 - The program manager and project director met with the lead of the Parent Academy initiative on December 13, 2016. It was discussed that this activity is a promotional one and would greatly benefit if it were able to provide refreshments for the workshops. The program manager will research this possibility. The initiative lead will develop a job description for the part-time specialist position. It was noted that supplies could include portable tablets and software as there is an excellent online application that would be appropriate for this project.