Lone Star College-University Park partner programs welcome visitors of all ages

Lone Star College-University Park brought together the young and the young-at-heart for two events on Feb. 6 that demonstrated the wide-range of programs available on the campus for every member of the community, from toddlers to seniors.

In the morning hours, LSC-University Park president Shah Ardalan was on hand to help dedicate the YMCA Children's Academy at University Park. The highlight of the event was a special performance from a chorus of children singing in several languages. The facility, serving students, faculty and staff along with employees from Noble Energy and other University Park partners, offers affordable access to quality childcare with a creative curriculum.

“While our missions are different, what brought together our campus, the YMCA, and Noble Energy is our shared vision and passion for community service,” said Ardalan.

Across campus in West Dining, more than 200 people attending Harris County Precinct 4's Fun4Seniors took in a concert by Opry Circuit musician Moses Rangel who performed country-music favorites from a variety of artists, including Conway Twitty, Merle Haggard and Ray Price. Precinct 4’s Senior Adult Programs partners with organizations like LSC-University Park to offer a variety of Fun4Seniors activities, including festivals, concerts, sporting events and day trip destinations.

Seniors attending the event received a warm welcome from Ardalan, who invited them to access learning opportunities available to anyone, no matter where they are on their life journeys. Both Fun4Seniors and the YMCA Children’s Academy exemplify the kind of innovative partnership at LSC-University Park that provides opportunities to many in one location.

“Lone Star College-University Park is one of those rare places where you can start off as a six-month old, get your diploma with iSchool High, receive your associate degree from Lone Star College, finish your bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree with one of our partner institutions, and go on to work with one of our businesses on our campus, and never change your parking place,” said Ardalan.

For more information about YMCA Children’s Academy at University Park, call 281.517.3728 or visit http://ymcachildrensacademy.org/. For more information about Precinct 4’s Senior Adult Programs, call 281.893.3726 or visit  http://hcp4.net/senioradult.

LSC-University Park is the sixth LSCS campus located in the former Compaq Computer’s world headquarters complex. The 71-acre campus houses four university partners, a charter high school, several business partners, Lone Star Corporate College and the LSC Energy and Manufacturing Institute. Under the first President, Shah Ardalan, LSC-University Park’s vision is to be nationally recognized as the model for the innovative college of the 21st century. In just two years, LSC-University Park’s Invitation-2-Innovate (i2i) has resulted in many local, national and global recognitions, including one patent for the Education and Career Positioning System. The campus is located at the corner of State Highway 249 and Louetta Road across from Vintage Park. For more information about LSC-University Park, call 281.290.2600 or visit LoneStar.edu/UP.

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.