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Visual Communication Program at LSC-North Harris Receives Award

In the ever changing world of digital media, LSC-North Harris has seen the importance in keeping pace and teaching the latest technology to its students. Recently, the Visual Communication-Multimedia Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree at LSC-North Harris received program recognition from the Texas Skill Standards Board (TSSB).  The new program was recognized as being integrated with the national, industry-defined Digital Media Skill Standards.


The skill standards enhancement program will benefit both employers and graduates. Graduates will gain the work competencies—skills, knowledge, and abilities—that employers have agreed are required for success in digital media specialist positions. Employers in turn will gain a more qualified workforce.


The faculty of LSC-North Harris is constantly working to meet the workforce standards set by companies. 


“This award is the confirmation that our students are graduating from the visual communications program in multimedia and graphic design with the skills and knowledge needed not only by local businesses but also by companies throughout Texas.”  Said Katherine Pallavicini, professor of

Interactive media at LSC-North Harris.


The Digital Media Skill Standards define the knowledge and skills that are required for entry-level to more experienced employees in this information technology (IT) specialty area.  The standards were developed nationwide through expert panels of IT workers representing 40 organizations, conducted in geographically diverse locations of the country with high concentrations of these workers.  The draft standards were then validated by a random sample of 748 companies.


The National Workforce Center for Emerging Technologies (NWCET) facilitated the skill standards development and validation process with funding from the National Science Foundation and the American Electronics Association. The NWCET is located at Bellevue Community College in Washington State.


For more information about any of the college’s visual and communications program, call Professor Pallavicini at 281.618.5733.


Lone Star College-North Harris is located at 2700 W.W. Thorne Drive, one-half mile south of FM 1960 East, between Aldine-Westfield and Hardy Roads. For more information about the college, call 281.618.5400 or visit: NorthHarris.LoneStar.edu.


Lone Star College System consists of five colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, and LSC-Tomball, six centers, LSC-University Center, LSC-University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. With more than 51,000 students in credit classes last fall, LSCS is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area and second largest community college system in Texas. To learn more, visit LoneStar.edu.              




Oct. 30, 2009


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