Recently, State Rep. Ron Reynolds (Fort Bend County, District 27) filed HB 3659, which will extend the district service area of the Houston Community College System (HCC) to all areas of Fort Bend ISD high schools.
Representative Reynolds stated, “It is important to extend the district of HCC to those students of Willowridge High School in order for them to be considered as ‘in district’ for the HCC system. These students need access to the essential services and resources that HCC offers to high school students. Collaboration between high schools and community colleges helps prepare students academically and effectively for college, which leads to higher student achievement and success. As a courtesy, HCC has already been providing many services to the Willowridge students. This legislation will ensure that the collaboration will continue and students will be provided greater opportunities to succeed.”
A number of educational reform reports have stressed the need for increased cooperation among educational institutions to address such problems as high dropout rates, a workforce without the job skills needed by high-tech industries, and the absence of clearly defined career goals among high school and college students.