Photo: Up to 63 percent of all jobs will require post-secondary training by 2018. Ten local community groups have issued resolutions in support of the Lone Star College bond referendum to enable it to create more learning space to accommodate the region’s growth and provide training to fill the middle skill jobs gap.
Ten local community and business organizations have issued resolutions supporting the Lone Star College bond referendum to help it keep up with the unprecedented growth in its service area.
The resolutions note LSC is the primary provider of local higher education opportunities, workforce training and career skills development in the north Harris and Montgomery County areas.
Currently LSC enrolls almost 83,000 students in credit classes with a total enrollment of more than 95,000 students.
The Greater Houston Partnership, The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce, CyFair Houston Chamber of Commerce, Greater Conroe/Lake Conroe Area Chamber of Commerce, Greater East Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce, Greater Tomball Area Chamber of Commerce, Houston Northwest Chamber of Commerce, Lake Houston Area Chamber of Commerce, Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and North Houston Association have all passed resolutions in support of LSC.
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“The Greater Tomball Area Chamber of Commerce supports the bond referendum primarily because Lone Star College is good for business,” said Bruce Hillegeist, GTACC president. “It supports industries in our area, especially oil and gas, health care and technology. Lone Star College is doing what a community college should be doing, especially when it comes to Workforce Development.”
LSC is asking voters to decide on a $485 million bond which will be used to build more learning space to accommodate the extraordinary growth being seen in the LSC service area. The bond plan also calls for funding construction of new Advanced Technology Centers to help address the need to fill the middle skills job gap.
The LSC service area has added 176,000 new residents since 2010, which is more than 39 of the 50 U.S. states added in that same time period. An additional 242,000 people are expected to move into the LSC service area, increasing the region’s population to 2.55 million by 2019. Currently, LSC services an area of more than 1,400 square miles with a population of 2.1 million residents.
Lone Star College has been opening doors to a better community for more than 40 years. Founded in 1973, LSC remains steadfast in its commitment to student success and credential completion. Today, with almost 83,000 students in credit classes, and a total enrollment of more than 95,000, Lone Star College is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area and one of the fastest-growing community colleges in the nation. Stephen C. Head, Ph.D., is the chancellor of LSC, which consists of six colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, LSC-Tomball and LSC-University Park, seven centers, LSC-University Center at Montgomery, LSC-University Center at University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.