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LSC-Kingwood's partnership brightens futures

LSC-Kingwood's partnership brightens futures
LSC-Kingwood students, Loretta Collins and Donna Weathers, celebrate accomplishments at The Mission Northeast’s annual luncheon.

Lone Star College-Kingwood and The Mission Northeast’s partnership aims to brighten the future for area women.

The entities have worked together for the last decade to provide resources and quality education to local community members. While the Mission provides food and other services, LSC-Kingwood offers general education development (GED) and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) courses. Students who elect not to attend a four-year college, can take workforce training courses such as certified nurse aid (CNA) phlebotomy, dental assisting and accounting assistant through the college.

“This partnership has helped hundreds of adult students attain their educational goals, which will greatly improve their futures,” said Devon Alexander, executive director of Continuing Education at LSC-Kingwood.

At the Mission’s annual luncheon, clients and college students Loretta Collins and Donna Weathers were honored for their accomplishments and impending successful futures. Both women found themselves at the Mission with little work experience and seemingly impossible obstacles to overcome. To help, the non-profit organization provided free child care services while Collins and Weathers took college classes.

Collins is a single mother of five and a high school drop-out.  Realizing that education is the key to a strong and successful future, she enrolled in the GED course. Students interested in earning their GED are required to attend an orientation and take a placement test. Grant funded and tuition-based courses are available.

“I am encouraging all five of my children to get their high school diploma. I thank everyone for encouraging me to get an education,” Collins said.

Through the partnership, Weathers earned her CNA license and is employed at Cleveland Health Care in Cleveland. “I thank the Mission for giving me this chance to prove my knowledge,” Weathers said. “I do not believe in failure and I never have. I thank everyone for their support.”

In today’s knowledge-based economy, continuous learning is not an option but a necessity. Continuing education responds to community needs by opening its doors to all who are motivated to learn and enrich their lives. Lone Star College provides opportunities to change lives, improve skills and develop talents leading to better jobs and a stronger community. All classes are offered in a variety of formats.

The Mission is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization and all donations are tax deductible.

For more information on Continuing Education, the grant funded GED/ESL classes or other workforce training options, visit  or call 281-312-1660.

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.

Lone Star College System has been opening doors to a better community for 40 years. Founded in 1973, LSCS remains steadfast in its commitment to student success and credential completion. Today, with 78,000 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 the nation. Dr. Stephen C. Head 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.