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Valuable Leadership Skills Are Taught in Army ROTC Classes

HOUSTON (July 1, 2009) – Lone Star College-Kingwood will once again offer Army ROTC courses taught by University of Houston (UH) Military Science faculty members during the 2009 fall semester.  The courses, taught on the LSC-Kingwood campus, are offered through an agreement between LSC-Kingwood and the UH Main Campus.  There are no prerequisites to enroll in the classes and students incur no military commitment by taking them.

Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) Steve Lopez and Sergeant Major (SGM) Timothy McGregor are the Senior Military Science Instructors for ROTC classes at LSC-Kingwood.  Each has had a long career with the military. 

For those thinking ROTC classes aren’t for them Lopez explains that by taking these courses it’s really a win-win situation, involving no commitment to the military.  “The intent of this program is to provide students an academic foundation of leadership styles and behaviors using the Army’s Leadership Development Program’s Leadership Model as well as providing them practical experience while leading their peers during the Lab and field training periods.  The knowledge and skills they acquire will serve them well in any future endeavor, whether in the armed forces or in a civilian career.  ROTC also provides them sufficient exposure to the Army to make an informed decision on whether they want to serve in the military as an officer after transferring to a four-year institution and completing the requirements for a Baccalaureatedegree.”

McGregor adds, “Because we focus on leadership and the program is really designed for a student to discover what they have within themselves and their ability to lead; even if a student takes the class and decides they don’t want to do this as a career, they are all the better for having taken the class for the life-long skills that they’re going to take away and they’ll carry through life.”

“But for those students who already know from the outset that they have a desire to pursue a career in the military or perhaps they’re already in the Army Reserve or the National Guard, it’s a great opportunity for them to concurrently pursue their bachelor’s degree while getting the training necessary to become a commissioned officer.  Upon graduation and commissioning it just opens up so many opportunities for a brand new Second Lieutenant in the Army,” he adds.

“Students who take the courses will be eligible for 2- and 3-year scholarships and monetary benefits,” commented Lopez.  “If students wish to transfer to the UH Military Science program upon completion at LSC-Kingwood the transition should be seamless because they are already receiving dual-credit for ROTC at both schools.  However, a student can transfer to any senior college or university that has an Army ROTC Program, which will allow them to continue on the path leading to commissioning as a Second Lieutenant upon graduation.”  Lone Star College-Kingwood students can also use the courses as transferable electives to other universities.

Register for fall credit classes (Aug. 24-Dec. 13) in one of three ways: phone, online or on campus.  Classes are offered days, evenings, or weekends in traditional, Internet, video, TV and independent study formats. Current students can register by telephone at 281-519-6625. Former and current students can register online at Kingwood.LoneStar.edu/registration.