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HCC offering $650,000 in scholarship money for low income students

HOUSTON (January 2012) – Houston Community College (HCC), in partnership with the Gulf Coast Community Services Association (GCCSA), is proud to present an outstanding scholarship opportunity for low income students wishing to purse continuing education certifications. The Ascension II Skills Program is a part of GCCSA’s Ascension Series that focuses on the development of assets for low income clientele (educational credentials, business, employment, etc.).

GCCSA is a Community Action Agency commissioned to service low income clientele in the Harris County area and is the largest Community Action Agency in the state of Texas. GCCSA exists to strengthen the educational social and economic well-being of individuals and families as they move towards independence and self-sufficiency.

HCC’s School of Continuing Education currently offers more than 30 short-term certificates in some of the fastest growing employment fields in the Houston area. HCC offers training in business, construction, health, information technology, languages, public safety and transportation. The goal of HCC’s School of Continuing Education department is to get people from the classroom and into the work force quickly with the skills they need to get a good paying job. The average salary for someone with an HCC certificate ranges from the high 20s to 60 thousand dollars a year, depending on the program.

The Ascension to Skills Program is a scholarship program that completely funds the tuition and other ancillary fees (uniforms, books, etc.) associated with the completion of an HCC Continuing Education Program. In this packet you will be informed about the eligibility, process, and procedures pertaining to this exciting opportunity.

Gandhi once said that “poverty is the worst form of violence.” In that same vein, GCCSA aspires to equip people with resources to enable themselves to become self-sufficient and contributors to the community as well as the economy. In the words of our departed colleague Clarence Brooks, “make it happen!

Eligibility and Screening Process

To qualify for the Ascension to Skills Scholarship Program you need to:

· Ensure you meet the poverty income guidelines of 125%, which are below:

Federal Income Guidelines (125%)
125% of Poverty Line

FAMILY UNIT SIZE | 48 CONTIGUOUS STATES & D.C. | ALASKA | HAWAII
1 $13,612 $17,000 $15,675
2 18,387 22,975 21,162
3 23,162 28,950 26,650
4 27,937 34,925 32,137
5 32,712 40,900 37,625
6 37,487 46,875 43,112
7 42,262 52,850 48,600
8 47,037 58,825 54,087

For each additional family member, add
4,775 5,975 5,487

· Must be at least 18 years of age or older

· Must be a resident of Harris County

· Must be a GCCSA client prior to submitting an application with HCC

This scholarship opportunity is for prospective students in low income households interested in pursuing an HCC Continuing Education Program that leads to a certification upon completion of the course. Interested clients need to contact one of the GCCSA Representatives listed below to determine eligibility for this exciting opportunity and to set up a screening interview:

· Leona Baker – bakerl@gccsa.org or 713.393.4727 (Program Administrator)

· David Moya – moyad@gccsa.org or 713.393.4700 x845

Please note: e-mail is the BEST referral method for this program!

About HCC
HCC is one of the country’s largest singly-accredited, open-admission, community colleges offering associate degrees, certificates, workforce training and lifelong learning opportunities for 75,000 students each semester. HCC is composed of six colleges that serve the Greater Houston Area’s diverse communities by preparing individuals to live and work in today’s increasingly international and technological society. To learn more go to hccs.edu

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