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New GRADcafé Expands Career And College Support To Baytown Youth

The Baytown GRADcafé will serve an estimated 2,800 young people each year

Students gather at GRADcafé at Lee College in Baytown.

Project GRAD Houston is expanding college support services to Baytown. The opening of a new GRADcafé at Lee College aims to help low-income youth pursue higher education and advance their careers.

The GRADcafé, open Tuesday through Saturday, offers a wide range of career services, including help with financial aid, college admissions and resume writing. Services are offered both in English and Spanish.

The Baytown GradCafé is open to the public and is designed to serve Houston’s ‘opportunity youth’, young people who aren't enrolled in college or have full-time jobs.

"Roughly 14% of Houston-area youth and young adults are identified as opportunity youth,” said Ann Stiles, CEO of Project GRAD Houston.

“That's a significant number of individuals who can be reconnected with information about high-demand, high-growth careers and the education that is needed in order to be ready for those careers.”


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Stiles said the new career service center will be especially useful for students who are the first in their family to go to college, offering information about financial aid options and how to navigate the college application process.

"I think it's a unique fit for individuals who are not yet well-versed in the application process and it is a comfortable fit for people who aren't familiar with the education system," said Stiles.

Working with Lee College and local high schools, Stiles said the Baytown GRADcafé can also connect young people with the middle-skills energy sector jobs nearby.

Stiles said she expects the Baytown center to serve around 2,800 young people each year.



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