Lone Star College offers fast-track Field Service Tech program for veterans

(May 24, 2013) – Lone Star College System is offering a new program beginning June 3 that will train students who are veterans to be an oil and gas field service technician in just 12 weeks. 

The fast-track training is offered through the Texas College Credit for Heroes program and interested applicants need to apply and be granted access. The program, to be taught at LSC-University Park and LSC-North Harris, consists of four classes and when completed, students will receive a field service marketable skills award.

The program is designed specifically for U.S. veterans. The cost for the 12-week training is $921 plus textbooks and materials.

“This program is a great opportunity for potential students interested in the oil and gas industry,” said Linda Head, associate vice chancellor of workforce development. “It will provide training in hydraulics, petroleum instrumentation and will allow our veteran students to enter the industry as a technician in support of electromechanical, petroleum and manufacturing technologies.”

This program is part of the Lone Star Energy & Manufacturing Institute curriculum, which teaches a combination of skills that prepare students to perform many different jobs in industries including petroleum-field services and automated manufacturing.

Completion of the field service technician program also provides students with four credit course hours that can be applied to an associate of science degree from LSCS. Because it is a credit program, veterans are able to use their G.I. Bill educational benefits.

Once students complete the 12-week program, LSCS offers the assistance of a job placement coordinator who will help the students with resume preparation, interviewing skills and finding a position in the fast-paced energy field.

For more information about the program call Tina Dealy at 281.290.2897 or go to LoneStar.edu/veteranfasttrack.

Administered by the Texas Workforce Commission, the College Credit for Heroes program is a workforce development initiative designed to recognize the knowledge and skills gained by military service members and award them college credits for their military experience, allowing these veterans to more easily re-enter the workforce. Lone Star College System is one of six community colleges across the state that are working together to assist veterans to more easily re-enter the Texas workforce through this initiative. The focus of this second phase of the program is industry.

Lone Star College System has been opening doors to a better community for 40 years. Founded in 1973, LSCS remains steadfast in its commitment to student success and credential completion. Today, 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 LoneStar.edu.

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