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New Resource Center ‘CafeCollege’ Opens In Houston

It’s a one-stop shop for teenager and adults looking for advice to find the right college, financial aid, vocational programs and much more.

Tucked inside the Carnegie Neighborhood Library, there’s a new brightly decorated lounge. It’s decked out with a red sofa, funky colored armchairs and dozens of college pennants.

“We are at CaféCollege Houston, right here in the middle of the Northside,” said Ann Stiles.

It’s a one-stop shop for teenagers and adults looking to find the right college and much more.

“Getting ready for, getting into, getting through college, career opportunities available,” Stiles said. “It’s here for young students in high school, elementary students, middle school, parents, everybody.”

The new resource center borrows a model that’s been successful in San Antonio to open the doors to higher education to many more people.

The Houston version is a partnership between the city, several of its departments, Mayor Pro-Tem Ed Gonzalez and the nonprofit Project GRAD, which Stiles directs. 

“We were very excited about the opportunity of creating an open door for anybody to be able to come and receive information whenever they want it,” she said.

That’s why CaféCollege has flexible hours during the week and is open on Saturdays. Visitors will most likely meet counselor Adrian Siller, who splits his time between the center and the next-door Davis High School.

“A lot of students are intimidated by the whole college process and sometimes it does take one-on-one assistance to get things started,” he said.

Another counselor Gabrielle Thomas, who also works at HCC, said that their advice depends on what people need.

“Well, me, I’m more of a conversation person,” she said. “So I would try to get to know you, why are you here, what are your thoughts and what would you like to accomplish today.”

There’s one last question, CaféCollege: Does it have coffee?

“We will have coffee,” said Stiles. “We’re planning on having coffee service. That will be the café part of CaféCollege. And really we want that just to communicate to the neighborhood, come in, you can get information and it will be a very friendly, welcoming environment.”

Holiday Hours: Tuesday, Dec. 29 and Wednesday, Dec. 30 from 8:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. It’s located at 1050 Quitman. No appointment is necessary.

 

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Laura Isensee

Laura Isensee

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Laura Isensee covers education for Houston Public Media, including K-12 and higher education. Previously, she was a staff reporter at The Miami Herald and contributed to South Florida’s NPR affiliate. Her work has also appeared in The Dallas Morning News, Reuters and Clarín in Argentina. Laura has won awards for...

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