Domestic violence and college students: These Houston-area universities, schools provide resources for victims
KPRC 2 reached out to several Houston-area colleges and universities to find out the resources they provide to students who are experiencing domestic violence and abuse in their relationships.
New “resiliency center” at Houston Community College aims to prepare Texas’ largest city for disasters
After back-to-back major flooding events devastated Houston, the community college is launching a new program to ensure that citizens, businesses and emergency responders are better equipped to respond to catastrophic events.
Houston Community College, Texas Southern University partner with Apple to promote racial equity, justice
As part of its Racial Equity and Justice Initiative, Apple announced Tuesday it is partnering with Houston Community College and Texas Southern University to support its students, innovators, and advocacy organizations.
LIST: Food and water distribution sites in the Houston area
HOUSTON – Many local businesses and organizations have opened food and water distribution sites in the Houston area in the wake of the recent winter storms. Various distribution sites pop up daily, so please keep checking this list if you’re in need. Houston Community College-North Forest CampusTexas State Representative Senfronia Thompson, NACC Disaster Services, Teamsters Union, Houston Community College (HCC)- North Forest campus, HCC Trustee Rhonda Skillern-Jones, Peoples United Summit, and other volunteer groups host water and food distribution in northeast Houston. The organizers will provide food and water for about 1,000 vehicles. Pet owners will receive free pet food, supplies, and information on additional resources such as the Houston Humane Society’s free spay/neuter program.
Watch HCC’s Black History Scholarship celebration
HOUSTON – The Black History Committee at Houston Community College held its 16th annual Black History Scholarship fundraising event online Thursday to provide scholarships for deserving students at Houston Community College. “It is extremely tough to be a college student these days,” says Donnell Cooper, co-chair of the HCC Black History Committee. That is why the HCC Black History Committee and our sponsors are especially determined to raise money to help students go to college and change their lives.”The fundraising event, a Black History Month tradition in Houston, featured KPRC 2′s long-time meteorologist and newsman Khambrel Marshall as the keynote speaker. Ad“We are thrilled to have an individual as highly regarded as Khambrel Marshall to speak to our scholarship students and supporters,” says Fheryl Prestage, co-chair of the HCC Black History Committee. His history of working with the HCC Black History Committee also is legendary.
COVID-19 testing site opening at HCC’s Midtown location Saturday
HOUSTON – A coronavirus testing site is opening at the Midtown location of Houston Community College on Saturday. According to U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Houston), the site, located at 3000 Main St., will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and will provide both drive-thru and walkup testing. No pre-registration is required. Masks will also be distributed at the site.
Ask 2 Live: Everything students and parents need to know about preparing for college during the pandemic
HOUSTON – As the school year progresses, high school students and parents will soon begin to look at colleges and universities. Whether it’s a local community college or a university out of state, this year the road to a future career is looking a bit different in the midst of COVID-19. Watch: Raising ‘good digital citizens’ and more from our Zoom conversation on cyberbullyingOn Thursday, local experts from Project GRAD Houston, College Readiness for the YMCA of Greater Houston, Lee College, Houston Community College and Houston ISD joined KPRC'2 Ask 2 Live for a discussion about college preparedness. Contact our PanelistsVeronica Lawrence, Program Manager, Project GRAD Houston, firstname.lastname@example.orgCarl Husband, Ed.D . - Assistant Registrar & Director of Admissions, Lee College, email@example.comAlyska Malveaux - Association Director of College Readiness, YMCA of Greater Houston, Alyska.firstname.lastname@example.orgVanessa Grover - Program Director, Outreach & Recruitment, Houston Community College, Vanessa.email@example.comMichael Love - Executive Director of Career Readiness, Houston ISD, firstname.lastname@example.orgResources:Finding a CollegeBigFuture CollegeBoardCollegeXpressCollege GreenlightScholarshipsCollege Scholarships.orgNicheScholarships.comFastwebAdditional ResourcesMake an appointment with a GRAD advisorYMCA HoustonGRADcafe
HCC Chancellor Dr. Maldonado on reopening plans amid the pandemic
Dr. Cesar Maldonado, Chancellor, Houston Community College (KPRC)Houston Community College has 22 campuses and 97 thousand students but this Fall there will be none on campus when school starts August 24th. HCC Chancellor Dr. Cesar Maldonado says HCC will follow the direction of County Judge Hidalgo and will not have in-person classes until October at the earliest. Classes will start on August 24th using what HCC calls its Flex Campus which means starting all classes remotely but adjusting as conditions change. We can slide that scale, the number of students that go to class face to face while keeping the entire class together with remote learning at a specific time, said Dr. Maldonado. See more of his interview on Houston Newsmakers with Khambrel Marshall Sunday at 9:30 a.m. View an additional 10 minutes of Khambrels conversation with HCC Chancellor Dr. Maldonado here.
Houston Health Department, partners announce free COVID-19 testing sites for week of July 20
HOUSTON – The Houston Health Department and partners announced the schedule for sites offering free COVID-19 tests the week of July 20. TDEM sites require appointments by calling 844-778-255 or visiting txcovidtest.org. The sites require appointments by calling 832-426-3760 and will run through Sept. 30. Houston Health Department/FEMAThe department operates two free drive-thru COVID-19 community-based testing sites open to anyone, regardless of symptoms. Houstonians can visit HoustonEmergency.org/covid19 for current Houston test sites and information about stopping the spread of the virus.
Community colleges announce changes due to COVID-19
HOUSTON KPRC 2 is giving students a clearer picture of the changes that are happening at local community colleges this semester amid the coronavirus pandemic. Lone Star CollegeLSC officials said they are moving forward with their plans to host students and faculty for the fall semester. When classes begin Aug. 25, about 25% will be face-to-face instruction and 50% will be online and 25% will be hybrid. Alvin Community CollegeAlvin Community College will also kick off its fall semester on Aug. 24. The reopening plans for the remaining local community colleges are still being hammered out.
COVID-19 testing site opening at HCC Southeast College to help Hispanic communities
HOUSTON – A new free COVID-19 testing site in the East End is opening up Monday at Houston Community College's Felix Fraga Campus. Houston has partnered with United Memorial Medical Center to open the site that Mayor Turner said will be used to specifically help the Hispanic communities in Houston. The site is also supposed to alleviate the testing demand at the HCC Southeast College. Since early March, more than 4,800 Hispanic people tested positive for COVID-19 in Houston, according to the Houston Health Department. Hispanic people make up more than 40% of those who tested positive, according to the Harris County Public Health Department.
Houston Community College faces $100M alleged racial discrimination lawsuit
HOUSTON Houston Community College is facing a $100 million lawsuit which alleges racial discrimination. The lawsuit alleges that, under the leadership of Chancellor Cesar Maldonado and the Human Resources director Janet May, Hispanics received preferential treatment. The suit also claims while 90% of tenured and experienced black employees have been displaced, only 10% of similarly tenured white employees have been displaced. The news release says the lawsuit also alleges Maldonado and May used a variety of tactics to get rid of black employees. In the lawsuit, she claims she reported that the grant funds had been misused or taken to the federal government.
Here are some of the changes coming to HCC for the fall semester
HOUSTON Houston Community College is gearing up for the fall semester by implementing some changes to help keep students safe and comfortable as they head back to class. Online anytimeThese are the traditional online classes that are available regularly. HCC is working to add more lab-based courses since space is more limited than usual. When signing up for classes, students will now see online scheduled and flex campus courses instead of face-to-face or hybrid. Traditional online will be labeled as online anytime and labs will be labeled as lab-based courses.