Community College Initiative
Communities In Schools of Houston (CIS) is addressing the need for continued social and emotional support for students on community college campuses and is addressing the national problem of low college completion rates. CIS works to increase the retention and completion rates of community college students by removing some of the social, emotional and emergency needs barriers for these students.
Young adults who have financial, family and academic challenges do not lose their “at-risk” status when they receive their high school diploma. Recognizing the need for continued social and emotional supports, Communities In Schools of Houston (CIS) piloted the Community College Initiative. The Community College Initiative is addressing the national problem of low college completion rates, and is in line with our mission to empower students to stay in school and achieve in life.
CIS extended services to 5 community colleges during the 2013-2014 school year in order to increase the retention and completion rates of community college students by removing some of the social, emotional and emergency needs barriers for these students.
- Lone Star College – Victory,
- Lone Star College – Greenspoint
- Lone Star College – Kingwood
- Lone Star College – Thorne
- Houston Community College at Spring Branch
What our college students are saying about us…
“The CIS worker at the college was a gift from God. I don’t know what I would have done without her support.” – Bruce Lawson, CIS student at Lone Star College Victory Center.
“I was going through a very hard time in life a couple of months ago and I decided to find someone to help me and Ms. Carpenter was that person. For several months she was willing to sit down with me once a week and discuss any issues that I was facing at the time, I really thank her for all she did because due to her listening to me I was able to be in better spirits. She is wonderful.” – Carmen Vallecilla, CIS student at HCC Spring Branch