College Offers Degree In Facilities Management

Ever wonder what it takes to operate a large building, such as a high-rise, a sports arena or a college campus? Facilities managers are the ones that help ensure buildings function well. Behind the scenes, they wear many hats and make all facility-related decisions.

Lone Star College-Kingwood offers a two-year, AAS degree program in this highly-regarded and rapidly growing industry. While housed within the college's interior design department, curriculum for this program contains both design and business-related classes.

Facilities managers get involved in everything from operational details to big-picture strategic planning. Because of their job diversity, facilities managers must be creative problem solvers, have excellent people and supervisory skills, and knowledge of the materials and processes that make a building safe and functional.

Job responsibilities may include arranging employee moves, overseeing renovations, designing or organizing office space, and developing evacuation plans. Facility managers are a corporation's problem solver.

Even though facilities management is a fairly new field, the International Facilities Managers Association (IFMA) has developed a support network of more than 18,000 members world-wide. Jobs are posted through the association's Web site. Jobs are especially plentiful in the new field of automation technology.

There are core competencies that all facility managers must have. They must be skilled in customer relations, operations and maintenance. But a new core competency is technology. As our world becomes more automated, facility managers must also become more knowledgeable about automated building systems.

Facility management is a well-paying career that offers rapid professional advancement. Entry-level salaries generally start in the mid-$40's with an average salary of $85,000.

Check out the Facilities Management Program at Lone Star College-Kingwood today! Included in the curriculum is the college's new specialty course in sustainable design, where students learn about ways modern design is embracing nature and the host of new building materials we are cultivating from the earth with minimum impact to our environment.

For more information about this program call Susan Ouren at 281-312-1639 or email Susan.M.Ouren@lonestar.edu or Linda Holcombe at 281-312-1567, or email Linda.Holcombe@lonestar.edu.

Choose from daytime, evening, weekend or online classes at our main campus or EMCID Center or credit evening classes at Atascocita or Cleveland High Schools. Lone Star College-Kingwood has a full lineup of exciting courses ready when you are. Whether your future includes training for a new career, updating job skills or transferring to a four-year university, we can help guide you on the road to success.

Register now for best course selection. Fall credit registration continues through Saturday, Aug. 25 with classes beginning Aug. 27. For more information on Lone Star College-Kingwood, visit kingwood.lonestar.edu or call 281-312-1600. 

The Lone Star College System is among the largest and fastest growing community college districts in Texas. It comprises Lone Star College-North Harris, Lone Star College-Kingwood, Lone Star College–Tomball, Lone Star College–Montgomery, Lone Star College–CyFair, six satellite centers and The University Center. For more information about Lone Star College System and its programs, visit www.lonestar.edu or call 832-813-6500.