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LSC-North Harris Department of Visual Communication receives high-tech tablet donation from ExxonMobil

The Lone Star College-North Harris Department of Visual Communication recently received a donation of Wacom Intuos and Cintiq tablets from ExxonMobil.

ExxonMobil is re-locating from their Greenspoint location to their new campus in The Woodlands-area, and needed to reduce their inventory before moving. Recognizing Lone Star College as one of the largest educational institutions in the Houston-area, ExxonMobil contacted the LSC Foundation to see if any of the campus departments would be interested in the tablets for instruction.

“When I received the information about the availability of these tablets, I jumped at the chance and replied right away,” said chair of visual communication at LSC-North Harris, Dr. Kendall Lawrence. “Most people do not know what a Wacom tablet is, or what it can do, so I was very grateful for this donation and excited about the opportunities that it will provide our students.”

Wacom Intuos tablets are digital input devices that are similar to other tablets or touch screen devices in that they react to the touch of a stylus pen. The difference is the ability in Wacom products to distinguish how hard the person is pressing. Wacom Intuos 5 tablets can sense 2,048 levels of pressure. This allows the artist to be able to "draw" a line that starts out thin and becomes thick, depending on the amount of pressure; much like an actual brush. The tablets connect to computers and the result is shown on the computer monitor.

Cintiq tablets are essentially a tablet overlayed on a computer monitor. This allows the artist to see results at the point where the pen is touching the screen, again more like a using an actual brush.

The LSC-North Harris visual communication department received 17 Wacom tablets and two Cintiq tablets that will be used to help assist students in designing logos, illustrations for articles, websites and 3D modelling.

“These screens will give our students hands-on experience with an industry standard device, allowing them to be more creative with their designs and therefore more employable,” added Lawrence.

Registration for classes in visual communication, and all LSC programs, is currently underway.

Lone Star College-North Harris is located at 2700 W.W. Thorne Drive, one-half mile south of FM 1960 East, between Aldine-Westfield and Hardy Roads. For more information about the college, call 281.618.5400 or visit LoneStar.edu/NorthHarris.

Lone Star College has been opening doors to a better community for more than 40 years. Founded in 1973, LSC remains steadfast in its commitment to student success and credential completion. Today, with almost 83,000 students in credit classes, and a total enrollment of more than 95,000, Lone Star College is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area and one of the fastest-growing community colleges in the nation. Stephen C. Head, Ph.D., is the chancellor of LSC, which consists of six colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, LSC-Tomball and LSC-University Park, seven 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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