College Meeting Job Demands of Information-Driven Economy

Published on: August 14, 2008

As the universal language of today's high-tech world, Information Technology (IT) is here to stay. Our economy is information driven. Companies today need people to keep their technology systems running smoothly and efficiently. Digital designers are needed to create effective communication media. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, eight of the ten fastest-growing occupations through 2010 will be in IT-related fields. Workers are needed in virtually every industry. Will you be ready?

"It's an exciting time to be involved in the field of visual communication. With the evolution of video and the web, the influence of the iPod and our cell phones, even print is being seen like it has never been seen before," said Donna Monteferante, lead faculty and visual communication professor.

LSC-Kingwood offers programs that specialize in training computer professionals in computer information and graphic arts technology. Certifications and two-year degrees include:  Mid-range computing, networking, application support, e-business web developer, database administration, programming, PC desktop, visual communication, graphic design, digital publishing, motion graphics, multimedia designer, 3D animation, web design and video post production.

"Students in our program are learning the latest skills in graphic design, video, 3D animation, and the web using the latest software in state-of-the-art labs; preparing them for exciting careers in visual communication," Monteferante added.

Do you like video games? The Fundamentals of Gaming class may be for you. Learn the aspects of game design including documentation and play testing. Study the function of games and develop interactive works that address the technical challenges of software development from design to the ways games are funded, marketed and sold. For more information on this class, call 281-312-1427 or email Jason Ford at Jason.G.Ford@lonestar.edu.

If you have a knack for design, give one of our programs in Visual Communications a try. Visual Communication, formally graphic arts technology, trains today's digital designers in the communication media of the future. This program provides students with skills needed for careers in commercial art and design, desktop publishing, web design, 3-D animation, multimedia development, video and post-production.

The demand for these skills comes from a variety of industries including advertising, education, entertainment, government, legal, manufacturing, medical, petroleum, publishing, transportation, and video production. For more information on classes, call 281-312-1426 or email Donna Monteferante at Donna.Monteferante@lonestar.edu.

Register today for fall (Aug. 25-Dec. 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 281-312-1545 or visit 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.