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LSCS announces partnership with University of Phoenix

Lone Star College System officials have announced that a partnership has been formed with the University of Phoenix to provide additional opportunities for students to earn their advanced degrees.

Through this new partnership, students from LSCS, the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area and second largest community college system in Texas, will be able to apply their credits toward a bachelor’s degree from University of Phoenix.

All college level credits awarded by LSCS, including all vocational degrees, with a grade level of “C” or higher, will seamlessly transfer to university credit hours.

In addition, students from LSCS who are within 12 months of completing their degree may pre-apply to the university and they will be granted access to its online resources. The University of Phoenix’s extensive digital library contains more than 27,000 periodicals, 20 million full-text articles, encyclopedias, dictionaries, dissertations and other reference materials that can be accessed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

“Our partnership with University of Phoenix provides another option for our students to transfer and obtain their four-year degree,” said Rand Key, LSCS senior vice chancellor/chief operating officer. “University of Phoenix is a quality institution and we are pleased to be in partnership with them for the benefit of our students.”

Students can attend classes online or at one of the 17 University of Phoenix campuses, learning centers and resource center locations in Austin, Dallas, El Paso, Houston and San Antonio.

“After earning their associate’s degree with the Lone Star College System, many students would like to continue advancing their education,” said Christina Robinson Grochett, south Texas state vice president/director for University of Phoenix. “University of Phoenix is happy to offer those students a seamless transition to another learning environment to achieve their education goals.”

University of Phoenix, the largest private university in North America that provides working students the opportunity to earn their associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees without putting their lives on hold, has served the Texas area since opening campuses simultaneously in Dallas and Houston in 2001. Since then, the university has helped thousands of residents earn their advanced degrees. As of Nov. 30, 2009, 455,600 students were enrolled at University of Phoenix.

For more information, visit www.phoenix.edu/lonestar.

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 Park, LSC-University Center @ Montgomery, LSC-University Center @ University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. With more than 62,000 students in credit classes this spring, LSCS is the second largest and the fastest-growing community college system in Texas and the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.