This Week's Headlines

SJC, Pasadena ISD to offer free tuition

Civic clubs to host constable forum

Garcia named impeachment manager

CCISD to hold board election

Clennis Tyer to retire from HFD

Leader continues 2019 year in review

Roberts Middle: Texas School to Watch

Allegiant Air adds nonstop flights from Hobby Airport

HLS&R recognizes CCISD students, possible scholarships

HAS supports Human Traffic Awareness Day

South Belt announces 2nd nine-weeks awards

Beverly Hills Intermediate announces honor roll

Area airports celebrate Rodeo Houston with art in the terminals

Stuchbery Elementary names second 2019-2020 honor roll list

J. Frank Dobie High announces third honor roll

CCISD recognizes top music students

Brook FB hires former Duncanville DC as head coach

Defending league champions get opening soccer win

Dobie basketball teams solidify playoff positioning

Thompson, BHI prominent among Pasadena ISD basketball winners

Dobie recognizes 2019 football season award winners

Delgado paces Dobie netters at Alvin

JFD track and field nears start

1993 Dobie softball to be honored

LSA swimmers make state bids

Clear Brook wrestling off to quick start

 

SJC, Pasadena ISD to offer free tuition

At its December meeting, the San Jacinto College Board of Trustees agreed to participate in the Harris County Promise program, a collaboration between SJC and Pasadena ISD that allows many local students to attend the school at no charge.

Also sponsored by Good Reason Houston, the program will begin next fall and is open to all current graduating seniors from Dobie, South Houston and Rayburn high schools. The college kicked off the new campaign this past week with pep rallies at all of the three participating campuses.

“Our goal with Promise is to increase the number of students in our communities who pursue education past high school and to teach families of potential first-generation students about the value of a college education,” said San Jacinto College Chancellor Brenda Hellyer. “With Promise, we plan to increase number of completers, reduce their time to degree, and ensure the economic viability of the families in our community.”

The Harris County Promise program is available to all resident seniors, regardless of high school GPA or income. Eligible seniors who become Promise Scholars receive up to three years of guaranteed tuition and fees, assistance with books and additional support to help them complete their degrees.

“All means all,” said SJC Vice Chancellor Dr. Allatia Harris, emphasizing the program’s inclusiveness.

Promise is a last-dollar scholarship program, meaning it kicks in only after all other grant and scholarship funding has been applied. Once all other funding sources have been applied, the remaining balance, if any, will be picked up by local donors, Harris said.

To keep the scholarship, students must attend full-time (12 hours) during fall and spring semesters, continue to complete FAFSA or TASFA applications, and earn at least a 2.0 GPA. Students in the program have up to three years to complete an associate degree or other recognized credential.

Officials are hoping to later expand the Promise program to the remaining Pasadena ISD high school campuses.

“In the future as we analyze the data and the impact of the program, we hope to expand this to other high schools in our taxing area,” said Hellyer.

Students wishing to participate in the Promise program must pledge to do so by Friday, Feb. 7; apply to the college by Friday, March 6; submit the FAFSA or TASFA by Friday, April 3; and complete all enrollment steps by Wednesday, July 15.

For additional information about the Harris County Promise program, visit www.sanjac.edu/harris-county-promise-program.

 

Civic clubs to host constable forum

Several local civic clubs and HOAs are sponsoring a candidate forum Wednesday, Feb. 12, at The Gardens, located at 12001 Beamer, to familiarize voters with those running for the position of Harris County Precinct 2 constable. A meet and greet will begin at 6:30 p.m., with the forum starting promptly at 7 p.m.

Participating subdivisions include Sagemont, Ashley Pointe, Glenbrook Valley, Gulf Freeway Oaks, Kirkwood, Meadowbrook Freeway, Rainbow Valley, Riverstone Ranch, Sagemeadow, Sagemont Park, Skyscraper Shadows, Park Place, Park Place Reveille and Scarsdale.

The event is free and open to the public. While the forum was organized to educate residents of the South belt community, all Precinct 2 are welcome to attend.

All five candidates running for the position have been invited to the event.
“We need all candidates to participate to provide voters the opportunity to evaluate all of the contenders answering the same questions,” said Sagemont Civic Club President Kay Barbour.

At press time, all had confirmed to participate in the function except incumbent Chris Diaz, who claimed to have a scheduling conflict. Organizers offered to reschedule the event to accommodate Diaz’s schedule but did not hear back from the current constable.

Democratic challengers for the position include Jerry Garcia, George Goffney Jr. and Alberto “Bert” Rivera. Daniel Vela is the lone Republican candidate in the race.

Some organizers have expressed disappointment in Diaz’s failure to respond, as they were hoping he might address the current legal allegations against him. (Diaz is currently being sued by 11 former employees who allege the constable illegally required them to support his 2020 re-election campaign.)

“In light of the allegations facing Chris Diaz, I am disappointed he is not participating in the forum but not surprised,” said Kirkwood Civic Club President Ericka McCrutcheon. “I guess the South Belt is not important enough to Diaz. If he cared about the state of the South Belt, then he would be there.”

This sentiment is shared by local business owner and Sagemont Civic Club Treasurer Jeff Turnipseed.

“Declining an opportunity to discuss the issues that matter the most to voters is a disservice to those voters,” Turnipseed said.

Candidate questions are to be submitted in advance to Sagemontcc@gmail.com.

Primary Election Day is scheduled for Tuesday, March 3, with early voting beginning Tuesday, Feb. 18. The general election will take place Tuesday, Nov. 3.


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