LSC-Montgomery’s New Transfer, Recruitment, and Career Center Keeps Students on ‘TRAC’ With Their Goals

Published on: February 05, 2013

Lone Star College-Montgomery’s new Maverick TRAC Center allows representatives like these from Texas Tech University to meet with LSC-Montgomery students and staff on transfer opportunities and transitioning to a university. LSC-Montgomery’s TRAC Center is hosting several university presentations each week throughout the semester. (Pictured above on far left is Emily Whitehead, admissions counselor with Texas Tech, and Megan Walker, academic advisor with Texas Tech.)
Lone Star College-Montgomery’s new Maverick TRAC Center allows representatives like these from Texas Tech University to meet with LSC-Montgomery students and staff on transfer opportunities and transitioning to a university. LSC-Montgomery’s TRAC Center is hosting several university presentations each week throughout the semester. (Pictured above on far left is Emily Whitehead, admissions counselor with Texas Tech, and Megan Walker, academic advisor with Texas Tech.)
Lone Star College-Montgomery is making it easier for students to continue on to a four-year university or transition into the workforce through the newly created Maverick Transfer, Recruitment, & Career (TRAC) Center.

The Maverick TRAC Center offers one-on-one appointments with students, transfer preparedness workshops, university connections and pre-visit preparation, and presentations from university representatives. The overarching goal is to equip students with the information they’ll need to go beyond LSC-Montgomery.

“In essence, we’re spurring our students toward their ultimate goals,” said Dr. Austin A. Lane, president of LSC-Montgomery. “We want them to succeed at our campus, but in their next step—career- or education-wise, as well. The information, resources, and support from the Maverick TRAC Center will help ensure a successful transition to life outside of LSC-Montgomery.”

Almost daily throughout the semester, various university representatives will share the details on their university’s application process, scholarship opportunities, employment opportunities upon graduation and more. Some universities will even offer one-on-one advising sessions for LSC-Montgomery students.

“We want to better define for students how to transition to a university,” said Matthew Samford, faculty counselor at LSC-Montgomery. “Whether the student knows the specific university they want to transfer to or not, we can help solidify their path.”

Samford has been key in making the Maverick TRAC Center become a reality. The concept evolved from a 2010 faculty, staff, and student Foundations of Excellence survey that found “transfer” to be a key area of focus for upcoming years.

To support the TRAC Center’s goals and disseminate information across campus, LSC-Montgomery has also created a Transfer Student Organization.

“These students will take a lead role in highlighting the potential of pursuing transitions beyond the two-year focus to their peers,” said Samford. “Hearing directly from other students, incoming freshman will be oriented toward the culture of transfer right from the start.”

In addition to assisting with university transfers, the TRAC Center offer students help in potential career opportunities through career assessments and interpretations, professional success workshops, and job search guidance.  

The Maverick TRAC Center is located in the Student Services Center (Building C), Room 227. Group presentations from university representatives are held Monday through Thursday, at 1 p.m. on most days; however, advisors are available throughout the day for individual appointments.

Below is a list of all the university/college representatives that will offer group presentations between now and LSC-Montgomery’s Spring Holiday, when the campus is closed March 11-17.
 
Feb. 7 – University of Houston-Downtown, College of Business
Feb. 11 – Texas A&M University, College of Architecture (Department of Construction Science)
Feb. 12 – University of Houston, Hilton College of Hotel & Restaurant Management
Feb. 13 – Texas A&M University, College of Liberal Arts
Feb. 14 – University of Houston-Downtown, College of Sciences & Technology Scholars Academy
Feb. 18 – University of Houston-Downtown, College of Humanities & Social Sciences
Feb.19 – University of Houston, College of Liberal Arts
Feb. 20 – University of Texas at Austin, College of Liberal Arts
Feb. 21 – University of Texas at San Antonio, College of Liberal Arts
Feb. 25 – Texas State University, College of Sciences and Engineering
Feb. 26 – Texas State University, College of Sciences and Engineering (Computer Science)
Feb. 27 – Texas State University, McCoy College of Business
Feb. 28  – Texas State University, College of Sciences and Engineering
March 4 – Baylor University, College of Engineering and Computer Science
March 6 – Texas Tech University, College of Engineering
March 7 – Lamar University, College of Engineering

For more information on the Maverick TRAC Center or to meet with a faculty counselor in the TRAC Center, contact Matthew Samford at (936) 273-7341 or MSamford@LoneStar.edu; or Erin Anderholm, a transfer advisor at LSC-Montgomery, at (936) 271-6163 or Erin.Anderholm@LoneStar.edu.

LSC-Montgomery is located at 3200 College Park Drive, one-half mile west of Interstate 45, between Conroe and The Woodlands. For more information about the college, call 936.273.7000, or visit www.LoneStar.edu/montgomery.

With 78,000 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 the nation. 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 www.LoneStar.edu.