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East Aldine Management District chooses Lone Star College-North Harris as Education Partner of the Year

HOUSTON (March 4, 2010) –  Recently, at the Annual Partners Reception and Awards Dinner, the East Aldine Management District took time to honor some of its key partners and stakeholders. Among those receiving awards was Dr. Steve Head, president of Lone Star College-North Harris for the college’s outstanding and ongoing contributions to the community.
“This is the first year we’ve had the awards,” said Richard Cantu, director of community services for the East Aldine District, which encompasses 15 square miles of the northernmost portion of Harris County and serves more than 60,000 citizens and 10,000 or more families.
“Our program of work – our service plan,” Cantu explained, “focuses on mobility and transportation, water and sewer infrastructure, public safety and security, environmental and urban design, economic development and community leadership…and within each of these core areas of responsibility are programs and projects to benefit the East Aldine area and its residents.”
The Reception and Awards Dinner, held at the Greenspoint Club, attracted more than 125 people who began the evening by hearing a report of the previous year’s progress as well as an outline of plans for the upcoming year, presented by the District’s Executive Director David Hawes.
This report was followed by the presentation of awards for outstanding service to the East Aldine District by Clyde Bailey, chairman of the board.
Those receiving honors and their categories included LSC-North Harris for its educational contributions to the community; Harris County Public Health Veterinary Services, the district’s outstanding public health partner; outstanding governmental partner–John Blunt, director of the Architecture and Engineering Division of the Harris County Public Infrastructure Department;  and Captain Paul Cordova of the Harris County Sheriff’s Department, for outstanding contributions to public safety.
Recognized as the East Aldine District’s outstanding business partner of the year was North Houston Bank. Accepting the award for outstanding Community Youth Services was the Aldine Youth Community Center and outstanding volunteer of the year was Shirley Reed for her work with Aldine Communities Together and the Chairman’s Award was presented to Hawes Hill Calderon, LLD–the firm that manages and staffs the district.  
“We were extremely pleased to recognize Lone Star College-North Harris Campus as our first-ever education partner of the year,” Cantu said. “Without question, education is extremely important to progress in any sector, but we see our educational resources within the East Aldine District as some of our greatest assets.
“The future of this community depends on a well-trained, well-educated workforce,” Dr. Head explained, “and as we continue to achieve this important goal, it makes it possible for our community to move forward and prosper. Lone Star College-North Harris has its roots in the Aldine area. We realize it is vital not only to offer education but to maintain a presence throughout the community–providing not only education, but easy access to education.”
“The East Aldine Management District looks forward not only to continue working with the college, but working closely with the college through joint plans to build a multi-services complex,” Cantu pointed out.  “This complex will house the District’s offices as well as the sheriff’s department, governmental offices, perhaps a YMCA and a portion of the college’s academic programs.
“Dr. Head is representing the college district on that committee with us,” he continued, “and  we’re looking forward to building an area where we can bring many different services together.  In this undertaking, the college district plays an important role as a key partner as well as a partner in creating and realizing this unique concept.”
Sponsors for the East Aldine District’s 2010 Annual Partners Reception and Dinner included Case Contractors, Montgomery & Barnes, Inc., First Southwest, Hawes Hill Calderon, LLP, and Kudela & Weinheimer and Wilbur Smith Associates.
For more information about the East Aldine Management District, visit their new Web site at www.aldinedistrict.org <http://www.aldinedistrict.org> .
Lone Star College-North Harris is located at 2700 W.W. Thorne Drive, one-half mile south of FM 1960 E, between Aldine-Westfield and Hardy Roads. For more information about the college, call 281.618.5400 or visit: LoneStar.edu/NorthHarris.
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 62,000 students in credit classes this fall, LSCS is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area and third largest community college system in Texas. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.

C.C. Sutphen
Director of Public Relations and Special Events
Lone Star College-North Harris
2700 W.W. Thorne Drive
Houston, TX 77073
281.618.7105 fax
cece.sutphen@lonestar.edu <blocked::mailto:cece.sutphen@lonestar.edu>