Stronger Houston: Lone Star College program accelerating Latino student success

Lone Star College program accelerating Latino student success
Lone Star College program accelerating Latino student success

Milton Moody grabbed a ring box sized battery and secured it to the back of a camera in a supply room no larger than a closet.  A full charge confirmed, Moody marched into a studio, and straight toward a tripod.

“I can get a lot of experience with cameras, editing,” Moody, 19, declared, using his hand to swipe wayward curls from his brow.

Moody might make movies someday.  He fancied himself an amateur producer during his high school days in Georgia.  However, these days amateur is a prefix no more to describe Moody’s bearings.  He’s enrolled as a student at Lone Star College North Harris and his campus job doubles as an internship.  Moody edits video lectures, designs vivid graphics to make them more visually appealing to students, and he records various events on campus through the Multimedia Studio.  He’s found home amidst the big lights of big production.

“I’m happy here and I kinda, sorta, want to do this in the future, but more advanced, of course,” Moody said.

Moody’s internship, the videos he records and edits, along with all the equipment he uses for production are part of a program administrators at Lone Star College North Harris developed to fix a problem.

It’s called Mi Casa Es Su Casa and three years in, the school says it’s working.

“It promotes that sense of belong here and we all have value that we’re bringing to the classroom and that made the difference; so, you’re still taking the same classes but the approach is different,” said Dr. Laura Yannuzzi, vice president of instruction, Lone Star College North Harris.

Mi Casa Es Su Casa began in 2017 through a conversation of ideas over how to improve graduation and retention rates among the college’s Hispanic students.


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