When LSC-Kingwood passed the 8,000 mark in student enrollments this fall, the two-year school surpassed yet another significant milestone in its 24-year history. With start of classes Aug. 25, enrollment is up more than four percent over last year in contact hours and continues to climb as students may still register for 8-week fast-track, Continuing Education and December mini-term courses.
Administrators attribute the healthy growth to several factors, among them the ability for the college to continue to offer a wide-range of courses in a variety of formats to meet community needs. Classes are offered on the main campus and at several satellite locations as well as online, providing students with options when and where to take a class.
"Students are responding to our flexible scheduling," said Dr. Katherine Persson, LSC-Kingwood president. "The college is offering an array of evening and weekend classes, LSC-Online options and fast-track credit formats like the three week mini-term classes offered in December and May. Additionally, many certificates and two-year programs can now be completed entirely online or in the evenings."
"Reaching the milestone of 8,000 enrolled for fall 2008 is evidence of LSC-Kingwood's reputation for excellence," said Bill Coppola, Vice President of Instruction. "Our superb faculty continue to attract students by reputation. We work hard to be a service to our community."
Along with its flexibility, LSC-Kingwood is moving swiftly to stay ahead of changing job demand by expanding its nursing, dental hygiene and teaching certificate programs. For those seeking a career change, the college has added jump-start degrees in business logistics, computer engineering, cosmetology and facial services, to name a few.
LSC-Kingwood has also seen an increase in the number students enrolled in dual credit courses allowing students to take high school and college courses at the same time. More than 1,200 high school students are in enrolled in courses offered in Humble ISD, New Caney and Splendora with this year being the first year that LSC-Kingwood faculty members are teaching dual credit courses at Splendora High School.
"Students are eager to take advantage of the opportunity to earn college credits in high school so they can enter a senior institution as a sophomore or junior," says Dr. Rose Austin, Dean for Institutional Effectiveness and Dual Credit Administrator at the college.
One of five campuses, LSC-Kingwood's growth matches a trend system-wide. As one of the largest and fastest-growing community college districts in Texas, the Lone Star College System serves over 51,000 students and continues to outpace other state schools with double-digit growth.
Register for second start classes beginning the week of Sept. 8 in one of three ways: phone, online or on campus. 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 online 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.