Lone Star College-North Harris held a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate construction of a 55,000 square foot Construction and Skilled Trades Technology Center.
“It’s about economic prosperity,” said Dr. Stephen C. Head, LSC chancellor. “We want to be the premiere workforce training center in the area.”
The Construction and Skilled Trades Technology Center, which will be located at LSC-North Harris, will feature six classrooms, training labs for Electrical Technology, Field Service Technology, Pipefitting and HVAC-R programs. The center will also house a conference center and office space.
“Lone Star College provides workforce training at an incredible value,” said Linda Good, LSCS Board of Trustees chair. “We need to train construction workers to prepare for the future.”
The state of the art facility has already earned accolades including receiving the first National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3) Certification Center of Excellence in the greater Houston area and the Manufacturing Institute M-List designation.
“We are fortunate to work with such great partners,” said Dr. Gerald Napoles, LSC-North Harris president. “We also appreciate the support from our elected officials.”
Martha Hernandez, representing U.S. Rep. Shelia Jackson Lee, presented a congressional proclamation certificate to the college which read in part; “I take great pride in recognizing Lone Star College-North Harris and all its supporters. Thank you for investing time and resources into our community. Indeed, your dedication and commitment to continue strengthening and educating the Houston community is deserving of the respect, admiration and commendation of the United States Congress.”
Also in attendance was the office of State Rep. Armando Walle, represented by Michelle Leon and Celeste Carpio; along with LSC partners Greater Houston Partnership; PBK Architects; Tellepsen; National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3); Construction and Maintenance Education Foundation; LSC-North Harris Advisory Committee; Johnstone Supply; ECOLAB; Goodman Manufacturing Co. and Stewart and Stevenson.
“This new center will allow Lone Star College-North Harris to enhance the teaching and training of career and technical skills that are needed by today’s employers,” said Head.
LSC currently offers associate degrees and certifications in Pipefitting, Welding, HVAC-R and Construction Supervision. Students can also obtain certifications for Forklift, Crane Operations and OSHA safety preparation. Visit LoneStar.edu/CorporateCollege to learn more about the many education and training opportunities available.
Taking part in the LSC-North Harris Construction and Skilled Trades Technology Centergroundbreaking ceremony (pictured left to right) are Tadd Tellepsen, president Tellepsen Corporation; Roger Tadajewski, executive director NC3; Linda Head, LSC associate vice chancellor workforce education & corporate development; Steve Kolar, LSC-North Harris vice president Instruction; Dr. Stephen C. Head, Lone Star College chancellor; Linda Good, LSCS Board of Trustees chair, Dr. Gerald Napoles, LSC-North Harris president; Michelle Leon and Celeste Carpio,representing State Rep. Armando Walle; Martha Hernandez, representing U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee; Cliff Whittingstall, PBK director of higher education; Peter Beard, Regional Workforce Development-Greater Houston Partnership senior vice president; and Michael Burns, LSC-North Harris dean of Applied Technology.
Known for its leadership, innovation and steadfast commitment to student success, Lone Star College provides high-quality academic transfer and workforce education / career training programs to more than 83,000 credit students each semester, and a total enrollment of 95,000 students. LSC is training tomorrow’s workforce today and redefining the community college experience to promote student success and economic prosperity. Stephen C. Head, Ph.D., is the chancellor of LSC, the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area, which consists of six colleges, eight centers, two university centers, Lone Star Corporate College and LSC-Online. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.