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Community Services Minority Access Committees Since 1986, two volunteer organizations, the Hispanic and the Black Educational Access Committees (HEAC and BEAC), have worked under the leadership of Lee College to coordinate programs designed to encourage Hispanics, AfricanAmericans, and other under-represented groups pursue an education. These nationally-recognized committees are dedicated to providing services and activities that encourage educational access to anyone and conduct programs which preserve the heritage of each culture. Events and programs have included bilingual college planning seminars, financial aid workshops, receptions honoring educators, graduation programs for Hispanic and AfricanAmerican high school seniors, cooperative programs with other service area organizations and churches, fundraising and scholarship activities, elementary and junior high school tutoring and motivational programs, writing and poster contests, and observance and celebrations of respective holidays. Wellness Center The Lee College Wellness Center is located in the Wellness Center and Sports Arena on the Lee College campus. Eddie V. Gray Wetlands Education and Recreation Center Located on the banks of Goose Creek across from Robert E. Lee High School on Market Street in Baytown, the Eddie V. Gray Wetlands Education and Recreation Center is operated by the City of Baytown, Lee College, and the Goose Creek School District. The center features 5,000 square feet of meeting rooms and laboratory space, as well as 9,000 square feet of open space for the growing of fish and plants and the building of environmental projects. Meeting rooms and the laboratory feature an eight-station computer lab and a teachers' library. Canoeing, water and boat safety, fly-fishing, and country western line and jitterbug dance classes are examples of the many short-term Lee College Community Education courses offered at the Center. Lee College at the Mcnair Center on I-10 Lee College offers cosmetology, non-credit health care, and other non-credit classes at the McNair Center located at 210 3555 I-10 in Baytown. Student services such as counseling, registration, and financial aid are offered on a posted schedule. For a list of classes being offered at the Center, refer to the credit and community education class schedules. For information and schedules for student services offered at the Center, call 281.425.6384. Student Career and Employment Services Student employment services are offered to current and former students. See page 37 for more information. performing Arts Center Constructed over a two-year period, the $2 million, 57,900square-foot Lee College Performing Arts Center continues to provide for the cultural enrichment of the local community. The only facility of its kind in East Harris County, the Performing Arts Center is equipped with industry-standard theatrical light and sound systems, drapery systems, an orchestra shell, and other state-of-the-art equipment. The building features the Lisa H. Urban Grand Foyer, the Melva Johnson Black Box Theatre, a 700-seat main theatre with proscenium stage, and various practice and performance halls. About Lee College In 1931, the Board of Trustees of the Goose Creek Independent School District identified the need to establish a junior college dedicated to providing educational opportunities to students who could otherwise not afford it. In 1934, they established the Lee Junior College of Goose Creek, Texas. One hundred seventy-seven students enrolled in the inaugural session. By 1935, enrollment increased 33 percent, bringing the total student population to 236. That same year, the college held its first commencement exercises. Four women, Juanita Barrington (Mrs. David Holm), Byrtis Avey (Mrs. Elmer Brinkley), La Del Payne (Mrs. Barney Hillard), and Hudnall Spence (Mrs. Robert Southwick) received diplomas. Recognizing the need for both a strong academic curriculum and a comprehensive technical/vocational curriculum, the founders of the college established the Robert E. Lee Vocational Institute, Vocational Division of Lee Junior College. No college credit was given for work in the institute until 1941 and it did not become an integral part of the college until 1945, following a two-year period when no technical/vocational courses were offered. By the mid-1940s, the administration and faculty of the college had become increasingly aware that the college needed its own governing board. In 1945, Walter Rundell,

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