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Lone Star College-North Harris announces new vice president of centers

Lone Star College-North Harris has recently named Dr. Valschkia Dabney as vice president of centers at Lone Star College-North Harris. In this position, Dr. Dabney will oversee faculty, staff and student success initiatives, as well as all operations at the LSC-Greenspoint and LSC-Victory Centers.

“I appreciate the opportunity that my colleagues and President Napoles have given me to serve LSC-North Harris in this capacity,” said Dabney. “The incredible quality of the faculty, staff and students, their collaborative spirit and commitment to equity and access assure me that together we will be able to build workforce development and academic transfer programs that will make a difference in the Greenspoint, Victory and East Aldine communities.”

Dr. Dabney brings more than 25 years of experience in higher education to LSC-North Harris. She previously served as the associate dean of the college-to-careers program at the City Colleges of Chicago. Prior to relocating to Illinois, Dr. Dabney dedicated more than 20 years of her career to supporting students enrolled in academic and workforce education programs in the Greater Houston area, including five years of service at Lone Star College. She was also the former director of training and professional development for the San Jacinto College District and director of P-16 Initiatives at Blinn College. 

During her tenure at Lone Star College, Dr. Dabney served on several leadership teams assigned to build workforce education partnerships to support Career and Technology Education programs offered through Aldine, Klein and Spring ISDs. She also spent four years teaching online and face-to-face courses at both the LSC-Tomball and LSC-North Harris campuses.

“I believe in the vision for LSC-North Harris, LSC-Greenspoint Center and LSC-Victory Center. I am looking forward to collaborating with our faculty, staff and community members to identify innovative strategies, tools, and resources to positively impact student learning from the moment students enter the college until they complete their workforce education certification program or transfer to a four-year university,” added Dabney.

The LSC-Greenspoint Center and LSC-Victory Center play key roles in the Houston area. These centers help provide an additional resource for students, not only for educational purposes, but geographically as well.

“Our centers have made such a positive impact within the community, affording more students the opportunity to get a quality education close to home,” said LSC-North Harris President, Dr. Gerald Napoles. “Dr. Dabney’s educational background, work experiences and community service will be a welcome addition to LSC-North Harris, as we expand our educational efforts to reach more students.”

LSC-North Harris will be adding a third center, allowing an underserved population within the Aldine area additional educational opportunities. Groundbreaking on the East Aldine Center, located on Aldine Mail Route is slated for this spring. Courses at the new facility will range from HVAC to Phlebotomy.

Dr. Dabney holds a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin, a M.B.A. from the University of Phoenix-Houston Northwest Campus, a B.A. in communication from the University of Houston Clear Lake and an A.A. in social science from San Jacinto College.

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.