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Lone Star College receives grant to create workforce programs

HOUSTON (Sept. 8, 2011) – The Lone Star College Office of Workforce Development has received $500,000 through the Wagner-Peyser grant program to provide workforce pre-apprentice training programs in engineering technology, welding inspection and machining design, and rapid prototyping.

The LSC Energy and Manufacturing Institute will use the money to develop three fast-track programs that will aim at getting students in and out of certificate programs in 16 weeks.

“Lone Star College understands that workforce development at the local level is critical to the economic growth of our area,” said Linda Head, associate vice chancellor of workforce development and Lone Star Corporate College. “We want to build programs that strengthen the workforce and promote jobs in highly-sought-after positions in industries that benefit the Gulf Coast area.”

The grant will also allow for the development of customized curriculum and purchase of necessary, cutting edge equipment to support the new programs.

Wagner-Peyser grants are administered by the Texas Workforce Commission for work force training projects leading to job placement, increased wages and job retention. Grants may also support exemplary projects delivering work force services in more efficient and innovative ways to groups with special needs. Grants are given to non-profits, universities, community colleges and community based organizations.

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 http://www.lonestar.edu/.