Lone Star College-Kingwood offers a variety of programs that can assist community members to further their educational goals or enter the workforce.
The Continuing Education (CE) Department is structured to help students acquire new knowledge or redevelop their skills to help them either get gainful employment or grow within their current field. Upon completion, they will receive continuing education credits (different from traditional credits) and a certificate.
“Continuing Education courses focus on teaching students just the skills they need to enter a new career quickly and comprehensively. Students learn current job skills that employers need today in courses led by current or recently retired industry professionals,” said Natalie Abundiz, Adult Education and Literacy Program director. “Students are always encouraged to continue pursuing a degree or other transfer credit. But for those who can’t spare two years or more out of the workforce, a CE certificate allows them to begin earning a better living in their target field as soon as possible.”
In spring 2022, beginning Jan. 18, the LSC-Kingwood CE program will provide free GED and ESOL classes in person and online in both English and Spanish. Additional courses available include clinical medical assisting, medical billing and coding, dental assisting, bookkeeping (English and bilingual) and phlebotomy. These classes are not free; however, students could receive financial assistance.
“Low-income students who complete the federal application for student aid (FAFSA) can qualify for up to a 75 percent discount for tuition to include those that lead to careers in health care, business and information technology,” Abundiz said. “Scholarships of up to $2,500 are also available for Kingwood courses in certified medical assisting and medical billing and coding.”