Published on: August 04, 2008Lone Star College-Kingwood will offer four ROTC courses taught by University of Houston (UH) military science faculty members this fall. The courses, offered on the LSC-Kingwood campus, are offered through an agreement between LSC-Kingwood and the UH Main Campus and do not require any military commitment.
According to Captain Richard Selvera, UH military science faculty member, the goal of the U.S. Army ROTC program is to develop competent and confident leaders. "The leadership skills ROTC teaches are a valuable asset to students throughout their academic, military, or civilian careers."
Major Ginger Norris is the ROTC coordinator for LSC-Kingwood and Master Sergeant Timothy McGregor will teach the military science transfer courses. Each has had a long career with the military.
For those thinking ROTC classes aren't for them Norris explains that by taking these courses it's really a win-win situation, involving no commitment to the military. "The intent of this program is to offer students the opportunity to see if ROTC is something they may be interested in. We emphasize that by taking the class you're not making any different commitment than you would if you take any other academic class."
She adds, "Because we focus on leadership and the program is really designed for a student to discover what they have within themselves and their ability to lead; even if a student takes the class and decides they don't want to do this as a career, we know that they're going to take skills away that they'll carry through life."
"But for those students who already know from the outset that they have a desire to pursue a career in the military or perhaps they're already in the reserves or the National Guard, it's a great opportunity for them to concurrently pursue their bachelor's degree while getting the training necessary to become a commissioned officer. Upon graduation and commissioning it just opens up so many opportunities for a brand new lieutenant in the army," Norris adds.
"Students who take the courses will be eligible for numerous scholarships and monetary benefits," commented Selvera. "If students wish to transfer to the UH military science program upon completion at LSC-Kingwood the transition should be seamless." Lone Star College-Kingwood students can also use the courses as transferable electives to other universities.
Register today fall 2008 (August 25-December 14) credit classes online, by telephone and on-site. Classes are offered days, evenings, or weekends in traditional, Internet, video, TV and independent study formats. Current students can register by telephone at 281-519-6625. Former and current students can register at Kingwood.LoneStar.edu/registration.
For general information about Lone Star College-Kingwood, call 281-312-1600 or visit our Web site at Kingwood.LoneStar.edu.
Lone Star College System consists of five colleges, including Cy-Fair, Kingwood, Montgomery, North Harris, and Tomball, six centers and the Lone Star College-University Center. With 49,250 students, it is the largest college system in the Houston area, and third largest community college district in Texas. To learn more, visit LoneStar.edu.