Lone Star College Doing Its Part to Bridge the Skills Gap in Manufacturing

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Lone Star Corporate College partners with global corporations to provide personalized training, open enrollment courses and professional seminars. Energy, computer technology and advanced manufacturing sectors are the primary workforce sectors, but LSCC also provides training for retail, hospitality, school districts, health care organizations, nonprofits and many other industries.

Lone Star Corporate College trains tomorrow’s workforce by working directly with industry leaders to identify their goals and developing training programs to advance a business’s most important asset: human capital. This training can take place at a worksite, a Lone Star College campus or online.

Students and employees interested in a new career, changing careers or updating their current skills, use these programs to help them earn the credentials needed to meet their short and long-term goals.

Lone Star Corporate College students learn the concentrated, workforce-specific skills they need to advance their career in Texas’ growing industries.

People entering the workforce, as well as seasoned workers who want to upgrade their skills, receive hands-on training using state-of-the-art equipment.

The Lone Star College Workforce Council, in conjunction with the Office of Workforce Development, analyzes the local job market to ensure that LSC is developing programs to meet current industry needs and standards.

Many Lone Star College courses and certification programs can be customized for employers and their employees through Lone Star Corporate College.

Sandvik Coromant, a leading supplier of tools and tooling solutions to the metalworking industry, is one such partner to Lone Star College, offering industry-based education resources, student presentations, sharing and transferring industry knowledge, and providing display materials for exhibits.

“They (Lone Star College) have the ability to clearly articulate their mission and values. Lone Star College has been very effective in their efforts to engage Sandvik Coromant as a partner,” said Dave Conger, Sandvik Coromant senior regional manager. “You can feel the passion they have for education.”

The partnership also included a $5,000 tooling certificate presented to Tom Woodard, associate professor of LSC’s Machining Technology department. “Sandvik Coromant finds Lone Star College engaging and motivating,” added Conger.

“We suggest looking at the student’s hobbies, talents, and passion to see what they like to do,” said Woodard when asked how to help students determine a career path. “We show the students a wide range of different industries. Our goal is to get students to have what we call an ‘aha moment’ where we spark something in them by helping them explore different career paths. It’s like a light bulb switching on where they see a path they can pursue.”

Find out more on how Lone Star College is taking an active role in training tomorrow’s workforce and producing a highly skilled labor force for the manufacturing industry by visiting LoneStar.edu/corporatecollege.

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