Career Training Centers of Excellence

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LoneStar_Career_TrainingLSC responds to workforce needs of the community

There are 74,000 middle skills job openings projected every year through 2017. And nearly  19,000 of those jobs are expected in the petrochemical, and commercial and industrial construction industries in the greater Houston region, according to a recent study conducted by JP Morgan Chase.

To help meet those demands, Lone Star College is planning for the future by building new career-training Centers of Excellence throughout the college service area to help prepare tomorrow’s workforce.

Voters overwhelmingly approved the $485 million LSC bond referendum in November 2014 that included these new centers, along with upgrades to a number of existing facilities.

Lone Star College students will have access to drilling equipment at the Oil & Gas Training Center, like the working oil rig picture here, one of the planned Centers of Excellence.

Lone Star College students will have access to drilling equipment at the Oil & Gas Training Center, like the working oil rig picture here, one of the planned Centers of Excellence.

Oil & Gas Training Center

Thanks to this vote of confidence by the LSC community, LSC students will be able to receive training on an actual working oil rig at the Oil & Gas Training Center, without having to leave the area.

The Oil & Gas Training Center, one of the planned Centers of Excellence related to the bond referendum, is being built on 18 acres in the LSC-Tomball area at Humble Road and State Highway 249.

The center will offer a number of expanded workforce programs and give students access to drilling equipment to simulate real-life experience – all designed to quickly prepare students for the workforce.  Other related offerings will include electrical technology, pipefitting, welding technology, drafting, industrial diesel and logistics management to name a few in both credit programs and FastTrack non-credit programs. LSC currently offers these programs and more – the center will offer expanded access to these programs.

The Oil & Gas Training Center is slated to open in spring 2017.

A Process Technology Center is planned that will prepare students for a career in petrochemical plants and refineries as process technicians and operators, research technicians, or laboratory technicians.

A Process Technology Center is planned that will prepare students for a career in petrochemical plants and refineries as process technicians and operators, research technicians, or laboratory technicians.

Process Technology Center

A Process Technology Center is planned that will prepare students for a career in petrochemical plants and refineries as process technicians and operators, research technicians, or laboratory technicians.

LSC currently offers related programs – an Automated Manufacturing Technician AAS degree and certificate, and a SolidWorks Designer certificate for example – and plans to offer a Process Technology AAS degree and certificate. These programs will be expanded as part of this center, which will include large lab equipment for operating with fluids, pumps, and high pressure pipelines and controls.

The center will be built on property in Generation Park, a master planned enterprise park, located in the LSC-Kingwood area near Beltway 8. Work is slated to begin by 2017.

The Computer Information & Visual Communications Technology Center will include high-level computing infrastructure and will house Cisco Networking high-end labs.

The Computer Information & Visual Communications Technology Center will include high-level computing infrastructure and will house Cisco Networking high-end labs.

Computer Information & Visual Communications Technology Center

A Computer Information & Visual Communications Technology Centerwill be constructed in the LSC-CyFair area. The center will include expanded programs in both credit and FastTrack non-credit in computer applications, integrated technology, networking, computer engineering, visual communications and more.

The center plans include high-level computing infrastructure and will house computer labs and Cisco Networking high-end labs. The visual communications portion will offer training in 3-D animation, multi-media development, and video and post production.

Projections for 2012-2022 by the Texas Workforce Commission are that many IT-related careers will continue to grow by 25 percent and more. (See related story on the inside back cover of this publication.)

The site for the Computer Information & Visual Communications Technology Center has not been determined but the center is included in Phase 1 of the LSC bond projects that should begin work by the end of 2017.

Construction & Skilled Trades Technology Center

A new 50,000 square foot Skilled Trades Technology Center  is planned for the campus of LSC-North Harris. This center will create even more learning space for those interested in careers such as diesel technology, and heating, ventilation, air-conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC-R).

The new center will feature a high-bay area to place students in a real-world working environment to gain experience that employers are seeking.

The center but will be constructed on the LSC-North Harris campus. It is included in the first round of LSC bond construction to begin by the end of 2017.

Transportation and Logistics Center

The need for trained logistics personnel and truck drivers continues to climb and LSC is responding with an additional Center of Excellence to address this need – a 15,000 square foot Transportation and Logistics Institute.

The Transportation and Logistics Institute will offer logistics management training as well as truck-driver programs.

The Transportation and Logistics Institute will offer logistics management training as well as truck-driver programs.

This center will create additional FastTrack training for students interested in becoming a professional truck driver. (See related story on Page 14.) In addition, the center will offer logistics management training preparing graduates for careers in supply chain management, inventory control, materials management and distribution.

The center is included in Phase 1 construction plans and will be constructed off campus in the LSC-North Harris area.

Workforce Certification Assessment Center

The Workforce Certification Assessment Center is a 25,000 square foot build-out of a current space at LSC-University Park that will provide even greater service to students and members of the community who are exploring a variety of career paths and working to complete licensing or certification in a number of high-demand areas of study.

The center will allow students and community members to take certification tests for their Real Estate licenses, for licenses in the area of Certified Financial Planning (CFP), and others. The center, which will also offer GED testing, is included in the first wave of construction slated to begin by 2017.

In all, LSC will be adding 686,000 square feet of new instructional and support buildings related to the $495 million bond approved by LSC voters, as well 362,000 square feet of renovations to existing buildings over the next few years – ensuring students are getting state of the art training to help them launch that new career. Lone Star College helps students prepare for careers, not just jobs.

Developing Centers

In addition to the Career Training Centers of Excellence that were part of the bond program, LSC also has two academic and workforce centers that are currently being developed.

LSC-Creekside Center

The LSC-Creekside Center, located on a 15-acre site near the southwest corner of Kuykendahl road and West New Harmony Trail, will encompass 85,000 square foot facility able to accommodate 3,500 students.

With an emphasis of workforce education and training, students can earn Associate of Arts, Associate of Science degrees, Electrical Technology Level I Certificate, Electrical Technology Level II Certificate, Electrical Technology Associate of Applied Science, Petroleum Data Technology Level I Certificate, Network Administrator Level I Certificate – CCNA (CISCO), Network Engineering Level II Certificate – CCNP (Cisco), Computer Networking Specialist – Associate of Applied Science (CISCO Track).

LSC-Creekside Center classes will be open for enrollment and registration in November 2015 for the 2016 Spring Semester, which begins January 2016.

LSC-East Aldine Center

Lone Star College is also working with the East Aldine community to develop the LSC-East Aldine Center, which will provide cutting-edge training and equipment along with dedicated classrooms for workforce programs. The workforce programs under consideration include high demand and high paying career fields such as Machining, Welding, Pipe-Fitting, Electrician and Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration (HVAC-R) to better serve students and residents, closer to home. The center is currently scheduled to open in fall 2017.

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