HCC VAST Academy

Vocational Advancement and Skills Training

HCC VAST Academy LogoVAST Academy provides post-secondary transition programs and comprehensive support services, which lead to meaningful credentials, employment and independence for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Opportunities include vocational certificates, pre-college and freshman success bridge courses, career readiness credentials, internships and employment assistance offered through an inclusive, relevant and affordable avenue.

About Us

Advisory Committee

VAST Academy Advisory Committee Members:

Dr. Adria Baker, Rice University/Parent advocate

Paul Bryan, Spring Branch Independent School District

Gabe Cazares, City of Houston-Mayor’s Office for People with Disabilities

Winston Chambers, Houston Independent School District

Dr. David Cross, HCC Office of Institutional Equity & Diversity

Dr. Jaishree Ellie, Greater Houston Disability Chamber of Commerce

Ellen Goudeau, Ex-Officio, Commissioner for People With Disabilities

Cheryl Guido, Texas Workforce Solutions-Vocational Rehabilitation

Andrew Hardwick, Social Security Administration

Charles Kerlegon, The Center for Pursuit

Claudia Magallan, Harris County Department of Education

Janniece Sleigh, The Arc of Greater Houston

Jan Stailey, The Rise School of Houston

Shelley Townsend, University of Houston-Parent Project-Families CAN

Robert Williams, Easter Seals Greater Houston

 

Community Partners

Community, Employer Partners and Donors:

Arena Energy, Donor

Assistance League of Houston, Scholarship Donor

Catholic Daughters, Scholarship Donor

Easter Seals, Community Partner and Scholarship Donor

Hampton Inn, Employer Partner

Houston ISD, Community Partner

Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center, Employer Partner

MD Anderson, Employer Partner

Shriner's Hospital, Employer Partner

Spring-Branch ISD, Community and Employer Partner

Texas Children's Hospital, Employer Partner

Texas Workforce Commission-Vocational Rehabilitation Services, Community Partner

The Rise School of Houston, Employer Partner

T.I.R.R., Employer Partner

Trustee Glaser Family Foundation Endowment, Scholarship Donor

The Center, Community Partner

Memorial Assistance Ministry (MAM), Community Employer Partner

UT Health LEND Program, Community Partner

 

 

Eagles Club

The VAST Academy Eagles Club remains one of the most active student organizations on campus, hosting numerous campus-wide events and community service projects each year.

Student leaders are recognized each year at annual college award ceremonies. Some have received "Student Leader of the Year," awards/scholarships and Eagles Club has been awarded "Student Organization oft he Year," numerous times.

 

Employment

Houston Community College’s VAST Academy would like to partner with your company to expand employment and internship opportunities for our students. The VAST Academy provides comprehensive certificate programs in Office Skills and Occupational Skills to individuals that prefer or benefit from a personalized training format. Our students are trained on software programs that are in demand in the business sector such as: Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. In addition to training in Microsoft Office, our students are trained in Customer Service, Records Management, Business Etiquette and Business Communication.

At the VAST Academy we value partnerships with the business community and community based organizations. Contact us at 713-718-2524 to discuss partnership opportunities or complete the VAST_Job_Posting_form.

 

Our Mission

Mission
VAST Academy provides post-secondary transition programs and comprehensive support services, which lead to meaningful credentials, employment and independence for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Opportunities include vocational certificates, precollege and freshman success bridge courses, career readiness credentials, internships and employment assistance offered through an inclusive, relevant and affordable avenue.

Vision
VAST Academy will be:

A post-secondary, “affordable” program of choice, for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities seeking workforce certificates and academic advancement, leading to professional careers, employment and independence.
Known for its innovative and “cutting-edge” programs, certificates and technology.
An integral part of the economic and educational life of the community through its collaborative partnerships.
A technical resource model, sharing best practices with community colleges and institutions seeking to develop similar model programs
Values

VAST Academy affirms these Values:

  • Integrity
  • Mutual Respect
  • Trust
  • Teamwork
  • Enthusiasm

 

Credentials offered

Occupational Skills/Career Readiness Certificate
The Occupational Skills Certificate Program is a two-year career readiness workforce credential, offering courses that enhance functional reading, math and writing. Students develop basic computer/financial literacy and
human relations skills for the workplace.

 

Support Services
Students receive assistance through a “person centered planning” approach with identifying realistic career goals by developing a vocational degree plan and participating in an internship following the completion of required coursework. Job placement assistance is offered upon successful completion The program’s successful supportive strategies include:

  • Peer mentoring and Tutoring
  • Career counseling and advising
  • Self-Advocacy Training
  • Transition and Employment Services

 

Contact Us

Sue Moraska
Program Director, VAST Academy
1301 Alabama 101b
Houston, Tx 77004
713.718.6833
sue.moraska@hccs.edu

Ana Calvo-Program Director
VAST Transition Services
1301 Alabama 101
Houston, TX 77004
713-718-6297
ana.calvo@hccs.edu

Sandra Pierce- Program Director
VAST Employment Services
1301 Alabama 101
Houston, TX 77004
713-718-2524
sandra.semienpierce@hccs.edu

Central Campus:
Barbara Fields- Program Director
VAST Admissions/Counseling Services
1301 Alabama, 101c
Houston, TX 77004
713-718-5194
barbara.fields@hccs.edu

SPRING-BRANCH CAMPUS
Sue Moraska, Program Director
1010 W. Sam Houston Parkway. North
Houston, TX 77043
713-718-5034
sue.moraska@hccs.edu

STAFFORD CAMPUS
Francine Melton-Bryant- Program Director
10041 Cash Rd.
Stafford TX, 77477
713-718-6002
francine.meltonbryant@hccs.edu