HOUSTON, TX – Lone Star College-Houston North is starting its third year with a focus on stocks.
“There are significant differences between equality and justice,” said Quentin Wright, Ed.D., president of LSC-Houston North. “Equality ensures that all students have access to the same resources, services and processes. Justice is about recognizing the circumstances under which students enter college and helping them find ways to overcome related obstacles. ”
This is exactly what the college is doing by expanding several existing wraparound services and adding a few new ones for the upcoming fall semester.
LSC-Houston North recently expanded its partnership with Comcast’s Internet Essentials program. This initiative enables students with certain postal codes to use an Internet service at home for six months at the expense of the university. Thanks to a donation from the Taipei City of Houston Economic and Cultural Bureau, several students can receive free laptops if they can demonstrate a need for the technology.
Food insecurity continues to be a problem for both students and the college’s coverage areas. However, according to Professor Brandi Ford, President of the Senate Faculty at LSC-Houston North, the college is leveraging a new important partnership to address this issue.
“In the fall, we’re going to partner with the Houston Food Bank to expand the food options for our students, many of whom have families of their own,” said Ford. “Twice a month, students get about 60 pounds of fresh meat and fruit and vegetables. This will be a great addition to our current pantries. ”
Homelessness is a growing problem among community college students across the country. While this is a tough problem for any institution, LSC-Houston North is taking steps to help students with housing insecurity. Recently, over 40 faculty and staff at LSC-Houston North participated in the United Way 211 training course to learn about the resources available to students.
“We’re now better able to connect students with the resources they need when they don’t have stable housing,” said Ford, who coordinated the training.
LSC-Houston North consists of LSC-Houston North Fairbanks, LSC-Houston North Greenspoint, LSC-Houston North Victory and LSC-Houston North Fallbrook, which opened their doors this spring through a partnership with Fallbrook Church. The college is the most diverse within the system and over 40% of its students are eligible for financial support.
The college also takes several steps to prepare students for working life. As part of the Panther Prep program, students receive application clothing and CV support. In addition, the college has entered into a new partnership with Workforce Solutions, offering students trial interviews, resumption of work, and the opportunity to subscribe to a database that connects students with employers in workforce programs.
“While I am happy with the services we offer, we still have more to do,” said Wright. “For the next year, we will focus on finding ways to help students with childcare, as well as finding partnerships that will help them connect them with low-cost healthcare providers. We are convinced that the students can and will be successful if we offer them the right structure and the right support. ”
Lone Star College provides high quality, affordable academic transfer and professional education to over 93,000 students each semester. LSC trains tomorrow’s workforce today and redefines the community college experience to support student success. Stephen C. Head, Ph.D., is Chancellor of LSC, the largest college in the Houston area with an annual economic impact of nearly $ 3 billion. The Lone Star College consists of seven colleges, eight centers, eight Workforce Centers of Excellence, the Lone Star Corporate College and LSC-Online. To learn more, visit LoneStar.edu.