Maximize the Middle: Take a Shorter Path to a Good Job

Maximize the Middle Take a shorter path to a good job [1] What is a Middle Job? Middle Skills (more than high school, less than bachelor’s degree) + Middle Class Income (over $35,000 a year) [2] Half of all Jobs paying middle-class wages are middle jobs. [3] Where Are the Middle Jobs?* Blue collar – 32% Office, managerial and professional – 25% Sales and office support –...

Microsoft 2012 certification helps computer technicians advance to administrators

By Steve Lestarjette The HCC Windows Server 2012 certification is an affordable, fast-track program created to help technical support technicians advance to computer systems administrators. Earning Microsoft Solution Associate (MCSA: Windows Server 2012) certification qualifies a person as a network or computer systems administrator or a computer support specialist. The credential...

HCC made this dream come true

By Steve Lestarjette Haidar Altaiar came to the United States in 2008 as a refugee from Iraq. He took English classes at HCC to get better acclimated to life in a new country, then enrolled in A+, and earned his first certificate as a computer technician. “I stated working as computer technician, then decided to move on to bigger things,” Haidar says. “I took at step into a...

ESL class helps Dynamo star thrive in a new hometown

By Steve Lestarjette Agustín Garcia Íñiguez, 31, is experiencing a severe case of “culture immersion.” He is a star defender for the Houston Dynamo, recruited this season from Madrid, Spain. While performing with excellence on the field, Agus faces challenges off it. Imagine resettling in a new community—a new country—and not speaking the language. To make...
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Why take online classes from HCC?

By Steve Lestarjette Todd Bermont is an author, public speaker, and successful business owner. As the founder of TCC Learning LLC in League City, he has been interviewed by CNN, ABC, CBS and Fox News as a “content expert” on a subject of his passion—helping people navigate the complicated job search process to find the careers they really want. Still, with so much going on in...

VAST Academy Community Partners

These are among a growing list of companies and organizations that provide internships and employment to Academy students and graduates. Arena Energy Hilton Laredo Energy MD Anderson Phoenicia Deli Rise School Shriners Spring Branch Independent School District TIRR Texas Children’s Hospital...

VAST Academy Heroes

VAST Academy students are successful outside the classroom, too! Here’s a short list of accomplishments from the Academy’s 2016 graduating class: Aryn Romera serves as secretary of the VAST Academy Eagles Club. She is described by program faculty as being “a role model example of a community college student: academics, service, and and an active member of society.” Christina...

Passion for public service is rewarded with steady, well-paying jobs

By Steve Lestarjette There is a direct correlation between HCC’s Public Safety programs and stable, well-paying jobs. Records show that nearly every student that successfully completes the college’s highly regarded Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Fire Technology and Robert Garner Fire Academy, or Law Enforcement/Police Academy programs has found work in the profession of...

A homeless vet finds new life “on the road,” thanks to HCC truck driving program

By Steve Lestarjette Kenneth Wilson is 59 years old, and has an amazing story to tell. In his long journey, he has served a tour in the Navy and been a “big-rig” truck driver. Then things got hard. At age 16, he began a long-term relationship with alcohol, which left him addicted and, eventually, homeless. He made his way from east Texas to Houston, and “survived” by...
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VAST Academy improves the life quality for students with a variety of abilities

By Steve Lestarjette HCC has an acclaimed program that helps nearly 200 individuals a year with intellectual and developmental disabilities find meaningful employment and independence. The VAST Academy, acronym for Vocational Advancement and Skills Training, provides post-secondary transition programs and comprehensive support services which lead to meaningful credentials, employment...