Published on: March 09, 2012
People seeking a career in law enforcement or fire management are invited to attend several information sessions this spring at Lone Star College-Kingwood.
The Public Services Department’s Criminal Justice and Fire Science Information Sessions are on March 28, April 11 and April 25 from 4-5 p.m. in CLA 212.
“These information sessions are designed to give potential students information about how to sign up for the programs, learn about financial aid opportunities, and ask questions that they might have about our programs,” said Dr. Franklin Emeka, chair of the Public Services department at LSC-Kingwood. “We encourage anyone who is interested in these programs to attend the information sessions.”
Those interested in Criminal Justice can pre register for admission to the Lone Star College System (LSCS). If eligible, participants interested in Fire Science will be able to register for the program.
Starting this spring, students can now earn their associate of arts degree in Criminal Justice completely online. To earn an AA degree at LSC-Kingwood, students must successfully complete 61 credit hours. Depending on the number of hours taken during a semester, this degree can be earned in as little as one and half to two years. In order to apply, students must first be admitted to LSCS.
“This program differs from other Lone Star College System Criminal Justice programs as it allows both traditional and nontraditional students to earn an AA degree through online courses or through conventional classroom setting on a two-year degree plan,”Emeka said.
Students who earn their associate’s degree in Criminal Justice can transfer to either LSC-University Center or a four-year college or university to earn their bachelor’s degree. With their baccalaureate degree in Criminal Justice, graduates can work for local, state or federal government, private organizations and of course law enforcement agencies.
Fire Science is the newest program in the Public Services Department. To work as a professional firefighter in Texas, students are required to complete the emergency medical services training (EMT). The Public Services Department also offers EMT training every semester.Upon completion of this class, students are then eligible to take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technician (NREMT) test to become nationally certified. To earn the Basic Structural Firefighter certification, students must enroll in the Fire Academy and complete two semesters (32 hours) at LSC-Kingwood.
“The job market for firefighters has a constant demand. The market has continuous openings with Texas Forest Service as well as the major metropolitan cities such as Houston, Dallas, San Antonio and Austin. The smaller, faster-growing suburban cities have a rising demand for skilled, certified firefighters to fill their staff,” he said. “The market in these suburbs has a high demand for entry level firefighters.”
Certification earned in the college’s Fire Science program will transfer to anywhere in Texas or in other states as a career firefighter. In addition to the certification, students can also earn their Associate of Applied Science degree in Fire Science Technology at LSC-CyFair or LSC-Montgomery.
For more information, contact Emeka at 281-312-1706 or at Franklin.C.Emeka@LoneStar.edu. Visit http://www.lonestar.edu/criminal-justice.htmfor more information on the Criminal Justice Program or http://www.lonestar.edu/fire-science-dept-kingwood.htmfor information on the Fire Science Program.
Register now for credit classes online through myLoneStar. Classes are offered days, evenings, and weekends in traditional format or online. For more information on how to register online, visit www.lonestar.edu/registration.
For general information about Lone Star College-Kingwood, call 281.312.1600 or visit http://lonestar.edu/kingwood.htm
With 75,000 students in credit classes and a total enrollment of more than 90,000, 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 six colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, LSC-Tomball and LSC-University Park, five centers, LSC-University Center at Montgomery, LSC-University Center at University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.