Accelerate your career with FastTrack programs at LSC

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LoneStar_accelerate_your_careerJoining the workforce as soon as possible can be critical. That’s why Lone Star College helps put students on a FastTrack to a new career in as little as six weeks!

LSC offers lots of exciting FastTrack career training programs such as automotive technician, computer technology, drilling, HVAC-R, machining technology, medical coding, professional truck driving, welding, electrical technology, industrial diesel technician and ironworking.

“Many students and military veterans may be eligible to get assistance to pay for their training thanks to the Accelerate Texas program that is funded by grants from the Texas Workforce Commission, Workforce Solutions and the Texas Department of Transportation,” said Elizabeth Thompson, LSC executive director, resource development and administration. “These careers offer good salaries and continue to be in high demand.”

The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board created Accelerate TEXAS in response to the growing demand for adult basic education services at a time when Texas needs more of these students to transition to college level degree and certificate programs. LSC is among 14 community colleges that now participate in Accelerate TEXAS via grant funding from THECB.

The Accelerate Lone Star program combines intensive advising, college and career readiness, contextualized support skill classes, and selected workforce certificates that move students through education to employment in just a few months. This program is funded and supported by THECB and The Workforce Commission, and was recently awarded $500,000 by JP Morgan Chase & Co. to train underemployed adults.

“We focus on transitioning students not only into jobs, which may need them right away, but also to other college-level classes that will give them an even greater advantage when trying to increase their employability,” said Martha Neely, LSC system program director for the Accelerate Texas program. “We also work closely with Jobs for the Future (a national entity) and area employers to increase the success rates for students moving into the workforce upon completion.

“Now, with the fund that JP Morgan Chase awarded to us, we will be able to train more people in the manufacturing sector,” said Neely.

Neely noted that these careers offer good starting salaries. A student could earn more than $40,000 a year as a diesel technician, more than $43,000 as an electrician and $35,000 as a welder after they complete their training.

Whether you are interested in a new career in a high-demand industry or want to update your skills to advance your current career, Lone Star College has a wide variety of exciting, in-demand career training programs with some being completed in as little as six weeks.

Visit LoneStar.edu/Accelerate to learn more about these pathways to a new career.

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