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The Houston Community College (HCC) plays a role of growing importance in our education system. In fact, it is indispensable to a growing number of Houstonians.
Important as well to the West Houston Association, is that HCC is focusing significant attention on West Houston through expanded facilities and educational programs at its Northwest College campuses.
Their collaborative, bridge-building approach in higher education with the University of Houston and the University of Texas at Tyler brings significant benefit to both our business community and the public. These aggressive efforts by HCC are worthy of our continued support as they address critical areas of educational need within our community.
Alief Early College High School
HCC opened its Alief Early College High School in 2009—AECHS is one of five institutions providing a college experience, with credit up to an associate’s degree to those that would not normally have an opportunity to pursue a college degree
Improvements to Alief Hayes Road Campus
Improvements to Bissonnet Campus
· This fall, HCC will offer Certified Nurses Aid (CNA) workforce program for Alief ISD
· Exploring other programs such as HVAC and Construction technology programs with AISD and International Management District
· HCC is respecting Alief ISD’s request for us to implement workforce programs in a timely manner and at the school district’s pace, not HCC’s pace
· Increased Dual Credit Class offerings from 4 to 19
· HCC is building a campus on Eldridge to keep up with the significant growth in West Houston
Bonds To Be Supported by Tax Increase
In Greater West Houston, Houston Community College and UT Tyler announced October 23, 2012 that they have joined forces to offer upper division courses for associate degree graduates at the HCC Alief Campus in mechanical and electrical engineering.
HCC will provide facilities conducive for upper division engineering study for UT Tyler students. UT Tyler will provide upper division instruction, laboratory facilities and appropriate student and business office services for students enrolled in the UT Tyler completion programs.
Recognizing the need for skills in science, technology, engineering and math particularly in the rapidly growing Greater West Houston energy industry, the two higher-education institutions are developing a straightforward pathway to engineering and science baccalaureate degrees. They will address this need by providing local employers with the trained and skilled workforce necessary to compete in today’s marketplace.
Dr. Zachary Hodges, President of HCC Northwest, said, “Offering students a clear pathway to a four-year engineering degree is a crucial advancement in higher education. HCC’s partnership with UT Tyler has the potential to lead to the creation of hundreds of engineers, and many of them will be able to find employment locally.” UT Tyler’s Dean of the College of Engineering, Dr. James Nelson says, “With the associates degree offered by HCC and the upper division courses in engineering the UT Tyler will offer, students will have a much better opportunity to complete their four-year engineering degree.”
EDUCATION AND HEALTHCARE SYSTEMS ARE ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS OF THE EXCELLENT QUALITY OF LIFE IN GREATER WEST HOUSTON
Greater West Houston is renowned for high quality primary and secondary education. The best Independent School Systems in the country are found here. Quality public education has traditionally been a major magnet for growth of our area. The West Houston Association works to maintain this educational advantage even as we continue to add significant population.
The Methodist Hospital System's Texas Medical Center West Campus
first phase development includes a 478,500 square foot hospital with 193
patient beds, 15 operating suites and 26 labor and delivery suites, 28
emergency room beds, two radiation therapy facilities, and three cardiac
catheterization labs. It also includes a six story, 221,000 square foot
medical office building.
The Methodist Hospital System's Texas Medical Center West Campus first phase development includes a 478,500 square foot hospital with 193 patient beds, 15 operating suites and 26 labor and delivery suites, 28 emergency room beds, two radiation therapy facilities, and three cardiac catheterization labs. It also includes a six story, 221,000 square foot medical office building.