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Ella is a proud Class of 2020 graduate of HCC's VAST Academy who crossed the virtual stage for graduation in May and is on her way to a brighter future.

HCC's Academy for Vocational Advancement and Skill Training (VAST) has been transforming the lives of students by giving them a chance to receive affordable college career-readiness training leading to meaningful credentials, employment, and independence since 1990.

VAST Academy provides post-secondary transition programs and comprehensive support services, which lead to meaningful credentials, employment and independence for differently-abled individuals. 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.

VAST is a nationally-recognized program that empowers young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities to transition into independent living and employment through comprehensive training and support.

Make a gift today to help students like Ellie on their path to independent living and a brighter future!

About the charity

The Houston Community College Foundation supports HCC in its efforts to attract and educate Houston-area students with the desire and the dedication to learn - including many non-traditional students and those facing barriers to higher education.

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