Lee College In the News

Clippings from Lee’s 2012-13 record-setting basketball season | March 27, 2013


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Here are newspaper clippings from the Baytown Sun. They appeared during the playoffs of the inspiring 2012-13 season in which the Runnin’ Rebels reached Round 2 of the nationals.

Project LeeWay helps one woman break the cycle | Nov. 5, 2012

When she first enrolled in Project LeeWay, 22-year-old Hilda Trujillo could not bring herself to look her classmates or teachers in the eye. Ten years later, she held her head high and delivered the keynote address at the program’s 20th Anniversary Banquet.

“I am a survivor of domestic abuse,” she said. “I was in an abusive relationship for 10 years. I was a child-bride at 13 and had my first child four days after my fifteenth birthday.  My husband never called me by my name, he called me ‘inepta,’ which in Spanish, means inept. I still don’t know how, but one day, by the grace of God, I found the strength to leave.”

Alone for the first time in her life, and with two sons to support, Trujillo struggled to make ends meet. “I applied for a job at a grocery store, but I only had a sixth grade education and no work experience, so they wouldn’t hire me. I never planned to go to college. I just wanted to get a GED so I could go to work.”

Though it had been 10 years since she had last seen a classroom, Trujillo completed a GED program in three short months. The accomplishment caught the attention of then GED instructor Karen Smithson, who encouraged her to pursue post-secondary education.

Lee College gives student hope for a new life | June 7, 2012 (Houston Community Newspapers)

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The day Carissa Jackson withdrew from high school felt like a life sentence.
“I was in public school until tenth grade, when I was forced to withdraw because of a medical condition,” she explained.
Eventually Jackson decided to get her GED. She started with the Lee College Educational Opportunity Center.

Veterans Specialist Ehab Mustafa | May 25, 2012 (Community College Times)
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“Though Lee College provides tutors, many of the veterans have taken to tutoring each other, and are offering help to civilian classmates.”

Alysah and Kailah EnsleyNever too young to learn — or earn a degree | May 22, 2012 (Community College Times)
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“At a time during which most young women are fraught with junior-high angst, 14-year-old Alysah Ensley and her 13-year-old sister, Kailah, were facing a new challenge: their first day of college. Two years and two degrees later, the sisters are earning their place in local history as two of the youngest students to enroll and graduate from Lee College.”

VIDEO: Lee College filling employment gap | May 10, 2012 (Fox 26 TV)
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“Baby boomers are retiring, leaving one industry with a huge gap of skilled workers. Lee College in Baytown is perfectly positioned to fill the void.”

Honor student’s project evolves into historical marker | March 24, 2012

As an honor student at Lee College, Celeste Butler wrote the paper that would later earn the school a historical marker.

Here is a video clip that features Butler on KTRK-TV, ABC 13.