Published on: September 27, 2007Joanna Goss and Brandy Artall are proud women with the dream of becoming self-sufficient, productive citizens and role models for their children. Both found themselves at The Mission with little work experience and seemingly impossible obstacles to overcome. Fortunately, for them, The Mission has actively forged strong partnerships with area organizations to help their clients succeed.
The Mission and Lone Star College-Kingwood are proud of their partnership addressing job training needs in East Montgomery County. Dr. Ike Williams, Director of Business, Industry and Contract Training with Lone Star College-Kingwood, Lorie Young, Director of The Mission and Brenda Kirk, CEO of Vision Weavers Consulting brought to the forefront the need for workforce training and considered such courses as computer skills, car mechanics, secretarial and welding before deciding to offer Certified Nurses Aid (CNA) to pilot the program.
The Mission agreed to pay for fees, books, uniforms, state tests and certificates for six participants as well as provided childcare, while Lone Star College-Kingwood supplied General Education Development (GED) courses and the CNA instruction through a grant from Administaff.
In addition, Lori Wilson R.N., Lone Star Family Health Center in Conroe, very generously came to The Mission and administered the first of three Hepatitis B shots and did the TB PPD test all at a much reduced cost. "Community partnerships are extremely valuable," said Dr. Williams, "we are always looking for individuals and organizations to help."
Neither Goss nor Artall had earned a high school diploma. Realizing that education is the key to a strong and successful future, they both enrolled and attended the GED course. Goss not only earned her GED, but attained the highest score.
Why stop with certified nurse aide when you could take courses to become an LVN or an RN at Lone Star College-Kingwood? Artall says "I am forever grateful to everyone at the mission for being there for me when I was in college. They all believed in me and prayed for us while we were in school, and now I am applying to go back to be an LVN and then hopefully study to be an RN. Thanks to everyone."
Goss indicates that "I am now working night at Pine Shadows Retreat. My life would still be on pause, if it wasn't for the Mission Northeast. The Mission and its affiliates made it possible for me to look forward to life. I now feel good about my life. I feel like I'm a good role model for my babies now. I can hold my head up and look my babies in the eye when I tell them to take school seriously. I tell them that they can do and be anything. Now, I am an example of that."
The Mission and Lone Star College-Kingwood have enjoyed a successful working relationship for the past six years. Lone Star College-Kingwood and Region VI Adult Education Service Center provide GED courses at no charge at The Mission, helping hundreds of adult students get their GED. For students who choose not to attend a four-year college, workforce training courses are available through Lone Star College-Kingwood.
Donations and grants are welcome for future classes. The Mission is a 501(c) 3 non profit organization and all donations are tax deductible.
For more information on Lone Star College-Kingwood GED classes or other workforce training options visit kingwood.lonestar.edu/ce or call 281-312-1660 or 1661.
The Lone Star College System is among the largest and fastest growing community college districts in Texas. It comprises Lone Star College-North Harris, Lone Star College-Kingwood, Lone Star College–Tomball, Lone Star College–Montgomery, Lone Star College–CyFair, six satellite centers and The University Center. For more information about Lone Star College System and its programs, visit www.lonestar.edu or call 832-813-6500.