By Mike Snyder, Houston Chronicle

In a community where half the adults lack a high school degree or its equivalent, the need to improve access to education is obvious and compelling.

With this in mind, the board of the East Aldine Management District instructed its staff in 2011 to find a location where the Lone Star community college system could establish a workforce training program. It would provide an affordable way for the children of immigrants and blue-collar workers to learn a marketable skill after graduating from high school. Forty percent of the households in East Aldine earn $25,000 a year or less, putting a four-year university out of reach for all but the most gifted students who might earn full scholarships…

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