Spirits were high among the standing-room only crowd on Friday, Jan. 15, as Lone Star College-Tomball (LSC-Tomball) hosted the ribbon cutting for its new satellite center, Lone Star College-Creekside (LSC-Creekside).
The 85,000 square foot facility, located at 8747 West New Harmony Trail, officially opened in December and has been welcoming area students on campus to register for spring classes. The ribbon cutting was the ceremonial culmination of the 15-month long building scheduled for the state-of-the-art facility. Lone Star College chancellor Dr. Stephen Head praised the facility during his opening remarks, referring to Creekside’s environmentally-conscientious design and innovative student-centric features such as multiple study nooks and furniture with build-in charging stations for mobile devices.
State Rep. Debbie Riddle provided special remarks both as a public figure – stating that the Texas flag flying over the state capitol on Jan. 15 did so in honor of LSC-Creekside’s opening – and as a mother. She explained that both of her sons began their higher education career attending Tomball College, as LSC-Tomball was formerly known.
Lone Star College System Board of Trustees chair Linda Good provided the program’s opening welcome and two special presentations were made. Wendy Lojo from State Sen. Paul Bettencourt’s office presented LSC-Tomball president Dr. Lee Ann Nutt with a Texas flag to fly at LSC-Creekside. Additionally, Cory Holder, representing Harris County commissioner Jack Cagle, read a special proclamation.
Dr. Nutt, in her closing remarks, expressed excitement at being able to steward LSC-Creekside through its opening process. The facility, she said, will provide opportunity to the quickly growing Creekside Village in The Woodlands. She introduced the first two students to register for classes at LSC-Creekside, Alicia and Alexanne Rodrigues, and the two sisters held the ends of the ribbon as the present dignitaries along with the facility’s architects, PBK Architecture, and general contractors, Durotech, joined in the fun of cutting the ribbon.
Featuring courses in Petroleum Data Technology, Alternative Energy Certification, and Cisco certification, LSC-Creekside will serve an important role for the surrounding area, training students in fields relevant to the Houston area. The center will also hold core-complete transfer classes as well as pre-requisites for all health occupation certifications. Advisors are available on-site to assist students through application and registration process. LSC-Creekside is currently open as follows: 8 am to 6 pm, Monday through Thursday; and 8 am to noon on Friday.