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LSC-Kingwood opens new satellite center in Atascocita

Lone Star College-Kingwood’s increased enrollment along with growth in the community indicated a need for a satellite center in Atascocita.

The new LSC-Atascocita Center, located on West Lake Houston Parkway, will offer classes beginning fall 2011.

“Our objective with the satellite center is to help high school students, who can take Early College classes, and other traditional and nontraditional students become better prepared for their various educational goals. The new building will allow more classroom space and resources to better serve current and future students,” said Dr. Katherine Persson, college president.

The center will offer core college classes as well as be the new location for Humble Independent School District’s Quest Early College High School. On the college level, students will be able to take day, evening and hybrid classes. Courses available during the day are arts, introduction to computers, economics, English, government, history, humanities, math, psychology and sociology. Evening classes offered are biology, introduction to computers, EMT, English, government, history, math, psychology and speech. The only hybrid class available is introduction to computers.

“Most of the classes will be academic transfer classes. We will also have the capacity to offer all classes within our computer technology programs as well as gaming. In addition, we will offer prerequisites for our health science classes,” said Dr. Bill Coppola, executive director of Academic Partnerships and Initiatives.

LSC-Atascocita Center will provide a convenient way for students of all ages to attend an educational program for a variety of goals: initiating a higher education degree, training for a skill that is required by an employer, upgrading an employee ranking level, continuing education and leisure learning. High school students can earn college credits for courses completed at the center.

“This facility will mainly serve as an academic building for students who are seeking to transfer to four-year colleges and universities to improve their technology workforce skills,” said Dr. Rebecca Riley, vice president of Instruction. “The assistance and tutoring received at this center will strengthen students’ learning skills so they can successfully compete at the next level.”

In the center of the building, there are science labs, computer classrooms, standard classrooms, meeting spaces and administrative offices. In addition to classes, the center will have a wide variety of services for the community such as a library, tutoring center, bookstore, and registration center for college courses. In the future, there will be a community room for public use and the college’s Continuing Education department will offer classes.

LSC-Atascocita Center is located at 15903 West Lake Houston Parkway Houston, 77044. For more information on classes offered this fall, visit http://lonestar.edu/atascocita-center.htm.  

Lone Star College-Kingwood held a Dedication Ceremony for its new satellite center, LSC-Atascocita Center on June 14. Pictured behind the ribbon from left are Steve Thomas with Summit Builders; Barry Weiner, with Jones Lang LaSalle; Martin Needle with Perspectiva; Dr. Guy Sconzo, Humble ISD superintendent;  Stephanie Marquard, Lone Star College System (LSCS) board member; Dr. Richard Carpenter, LSCS chancellor; Dr. Katherine Persson, LSC-Kingwood president; Dr. Rebecca Riley, LSC-Kingwood vice president of Instruction; Dr. Darrin Rankin, LSC-Kingwood vice president of Student Services; Dr. John O’Malley, LSC-Kingwood vice president of Administrative Services; Kimberly Klepcyk, principal of Quest Early College High School; and Dr. Bill Coppola, LSC-Kingwood executive director of Academic Partnerships and Initiatives.

Photo courtesy of Jennifer Summer-The Observer Newspapers.