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New NCCER Construction Trades Courses Offered at Lone Star College-North Harris

Lone Star College-North Harris is offering the National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) courses in welding, ironworking, pipefitting and HVAC-R. NCCER is recognized as the training, assessment, certification and career development standard for the construction and maintenance craft professions.

The organization develops standardized construction and maintenance curriculum and assessments with portable credentials. These credentials are tracked through NCCER’s registry and allows organizations and companies to track the qualifications of their professionals and/or check the qualifications of possible new hires. NCCER's registry also assists workers by maintaining their records in a secure database.

According to Donna Daughdrill with LSC-North Harris’ Continuing Education department, “True workforce development starts with educating our students, training them to be craft professionals and retaining them with the opportunity to upgrade their skills.”

Daughdrill added, “The Houston area is extremely fortunate to have this type of training being offered, especially with the construction boom in Houston and its surrounding areas.” Daughdrill cited the March 2016 edition of “The Economy At A Glance – Houston,” published by the Greater Houston Partnership, which reported that several employment sectors within the construction trades performed well in 2015. The chemicals construction boom continued unabated while heavy and civil construction added 7,100 jobs and specialty trades contractors (e.g., pipefitters, welders, and electricians) added another 5,700.

Students or employees interested in the construction trades courses should contact the LSC-North Harris Continuing Education department at 281.260.3157 or 281.618.5634 for information and admission requirements. Potential students need to register. Texas Public Education Grant (TPEG) funding may also be available for those who qualify. Daughdrill said that because these are hands-on courses, space is limited.

For more information, visit LoneStar.edu/continuing-ed.

NCCER is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) education foundation created in 1996 as The National Center for Construction Education and Research. It was developed with the support of more than 125 construction CEOs and various association and academic leaders who united to revolutionize training for the construction industry. Sharing the common goal of developing a safe and productive workforce, these companies created a standardized training and credentialing program for the industry. This progressive program has evolved into curricula for more than 70 craft areas and a complete series of more than 70 assessments offered in over 4,000 NCCER-accredited training and assessment locations across the United States.

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. The college, which opened its doors in 1973, serves the residents of Aldine and Spring ISDs. Currently, more than 17,000 students attend class on the 200-acre main campus in addition to its two satellite centers; LSC-Greenspoint Center and LSC-Victory Center.

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.