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College and Career Institutes

Project GRAD's College and Career Insitutes, with the funding and support of JP Morgan Chase, Workforce Solutions, and local community colleges, provides rising juniors and seniors with the opportunity to explore what college is like and what training and edcuation is necessary for various careers. 

In 2016 more than 40 volunteers from small, medium and large businesses in the region participated in the CCI project. Nine institutes were held at Lone Star College (North Harris, Cy Fair, and University Park), Houston Community College (Southeast, Stafford, Northeast and Coleman),  San Jacinto College (South and Central), and Lee College (Liberty) serving 800 students entering grades 9-12 from 18 school districts and 6 charter or private schools.

Each student received college preparation instruction from Project GRAD and Workforce Preparation and Labor Market instruction from Workforce Solutions including identification of skills, interests, and values, job search skills such as interviewing, resume writing, networking, and application completion, and the utilization of current and relevant labor market information in college and career decision making and life planning.

The participating employers were a necessary component of the institutes also. They provided in-depth knowledge about specific careers and a perspective that students would not otherwise receive throughout their career decision-making process.

Students were also given instruction in at least 3 of the following industry/occupation tracks:





3D Modeling

Lean Manufacturing


Petroleum Field Services


Drilling Simulation

HVAC Technology

Logisitcs and Supply Chain

Design Engineering

Electrical Technology


Maritime Logistics

Fluid Mechanics

Manufacturing Technology

Construction Technology

Click Here to watch participating students and staff discuss the 2016 College and Career Institutes!

Other Media

  1. Houston Chronicle - Students Learn About Range of Career Opportunities (2014 Institutes)
  2. Solutions Magazine - Texas Workforce Solutions (2014 Institutes)