The Lone Star College System board of trustees approved the expansion of the LifePATH program at a regularly scheduled board meeting March 2. According to a LSC news release March 28, the LifePATH program is a four-year class that provides academic, social and career skills to students with cognitive disabilities. Trustees approved an expansion of the program to provide students with more internship opportunities.

LSC-Tomball LifePATH Director Anne Ginnett said the new opportunities will open doors for students to intern in areas that are career interests for them.

“These experiences allow students to gain soft and hard skills necessary for their chosen industry,” she said in the release.

The expansion of the program will allow students to work at community organizations such as Sam Houston State Memorial Museum, Harris County Precinct 4 Parks, the city of Tomball's IT and tourism departments, and Harris County Library.

Partnerships for students enrolled at LSC-Montgomery include Family Promise, Margaritaville on Lake Conroe, Adventure Begins, Interfaith of the Woodlands, The Repair Mob and the Spring Creek Nature Preserve.

LSC-Montgomery LifePATH Director Montisha Hines Goosby said student interns at Spring Creek Nature Preserve will learn how to maintain wildlife enclosures, assist with trail maintenance and develop outdoor curriculum as well as engaging with community members.

"Our students interested in forestry will collaborate with the Spring Creek Nature Preserve to develop an energetic outdoor experience that will enrich their knowledge and skills," she said in the release. "This is a perfect opportunity to pair Spring Creek Nature Preserve with our students who are passionate about conservation."

Students who complete the LifePATH program receive an occupational and life skills associate degree and a Business Operations Certificate. The application deadline to enroll in the LifePATH program for the fall is May 12. Information sessions are scheduled March 30-May 10 for various dates and locations. The LifePATH program is available at LSC-Tomball and LSC-Montgomery.