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Lone Star Corporate College celebrates graduation

(March 3,  2011) –  Through its partnership with a national manufacturing organization, Lone Star Corporate College recently celebrated the achievements of 79 Gulf States Toyota Inc. employees who participated in an English language proficiency program.

The interactive training began last year when LSCC partnered with the Manufacturing Institute, an affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers, to produce a program that would bring together LSCC, local employers, the Manufacturing Institute and workforce investment boards to train 350 Hispanic workers in the English language for advanced manufacturing or skilled trades careers. Similar programs are also underway in Laredo and San Antonio.

Gulf States Toyota Inc. employees were the first in the United States to pilot the program that aims to boost literacy, educational attainment and career advancement among Texas' Hispanic workforce. The program was funded in part by a grant from the Texas Workforce Commission.

The program, “Sed de Saber” consists of an interactive technology-based curriculum derived from an innovative language-learning program that was created with guidance from manufacturing industry representatives.

Participants in the program learn vital workplace skills such as understanding directions and health and safety measures, using proper manufacturing vocabulary, and reading and interpreting administrative forms.

"We are pleased that Lone Star Corporate College was chosen to provide this vital training to workers in the manufacturing industry,” said Linda Head, associate vice chancellor for workforce development. "Foundational skills such as English language communication and applied math and science are necessary for all careers in automated and energy related manufacturing and service repair manufacturing."

For more information, contact corporatecollege@lonestar.edu or call 281-290-2831.

Lone Star Corporate College, which is located at LSC-University Park on SH 249 and Louetta Road, strategically partners with organizations to assist with innovation and productivity, thereby adding profitability through investment in employee training and education.

The Manufacturing Institute is the 501 (c) (3) affiliate of the National Association of Manufacturers.  As a non-partisan organization, the Institute is committed to delivering leading-edge information and services to the nation's manufacturers. LSCS Chancellor Dr. Richard Carpenter is a charter member of the Institute's Education Council.

With more than 69,000 students in credit classes for spring 2011, and a total enrollment of more than 85,000, Lone Star College System is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area, and the fastest-growing community college system in Texas. Dr. Richard Carpenter is the chancellor of LSCS, which 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 at Montgomery, LSC-University Center at University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.