ALL to Host Open Houses, Programs in 2013

Lone Star College-Kingwood's Academy for Lifelong Learning (ALL) is inviting community members to its spring Open House on Jan. 28 at the LSC-Atascocita Center and on Feb. 5 at the East Montgomery County Improvement District (EMCID) in New Caney.

The open house is an opportunity for individuals age 50 and older to meet other ALL members, get to know the instructors and to register classes. Both events are from 2-4 p.m.

“The open houses give potential members an opportunity to get acquainted with the programs and services,” said Pat Chandler, ALL program coordinator. “We offer non-credit courses, lectures and social activities for continued intellectual and personal growth.”

The courses offer a range of instruction from Conversational Spanish to Yoga to Digital Photography. Some of the popular programs are history classes and day trips on Harris County precinct one buses and the METRO Bus and Rail. In spring 2013, more than 200 classes will be offered. Current members will receive the schedule in the mail the first week of January.

ALL will offer the AARP Tax-Aide Service from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays from Feb. 5-April 11 at EMCID. This service helps people prepare their federal income tax returns for free. Anyone interested is asked to bring their social security card and a blank check for refunds to be deposited directly in their bank account. The tax-aide service is not available March 12 and 14 due to spring break. In addition, ALL will host an Adult Literacy Tutor Training Workshop on Jan. 16 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at EMCID. This program will teach adults how to be effective tutors of non-reading or non-English speaking adults in both a one-on-one or in a small group environment. This workshop is open to all community members; ALL membership is not required.

The ALL program began in February 2004 at EMCID and in just nine years, the program has grown to more than 1,000 active members.  In fall 2012, ALL began offering classes, such as arts, culinary, fitness, healthcare, history, legal, and politics, at the LSC-Atascocita Center.

“These ALL classes will give adults in Summerwood, Lakeshore, Waters Edge, Summer Lake Ranch, etc. an educational setting to make more friendships and help us connect as a whole new Northeast community-not just a subdivision, section or street,” said Barbara Murdock, Waters Edge resident and ALL member.

ALL is a volunteer program and courses are taught by members, LSC-Kingwood employees, and area residents.  Additional volunteers are needed to work in the office answering phones, greet and assist members and help set up for classes.

Annual membership is $20 from Sept. 1-Aug. 31 and all courses offered are free and taught by volunteers.  There are no educational requirements.

LSC-Atascocita Center is located at 15903 West Lake Houston Parkway. EMCID is located at 21575 Highway 59 North in New Caney.   For more information about the ALL program call 281-312-1750, http://www.lonestar.edu/all-kingwood.htm or email kwall@lonestar.edu.

Register now for credit classes online through myLoneStar.  Classes are offered days, evenings, or weekends in traditional, Internet, video, TV and independent study formats. For more information on how to register online, visit www.lonestar.edu/registration.

For general information about Lone Star College-Kingwood, call 281.312.1600 or visit http://lonestar.edu/kingwood.htm.

With 75,000 students in credit classes and a total enrollment of more than 90,000, Lone Star College System is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area, and the fastest-growing community college system in Texas. Dr. Richard Carpenter is the chancellor of LSCS, which consists of six colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, LSC-Tomball and LSC-University Park, five centers, LSC-University Center at Montgomery, LSC-University Center at University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.