Instructors Key to Success

Published on: March 03, 2009

Students in LSC-Kingwood's Business Program have the opportunity to learn from professors who are not only knowledgeable, but also highly skilled and highly regarded in their fields.

One outstanding example of this type of instructor is Dan Fagerstrom.  Fagerstrom has taught export, import and transportation courses at LSC-Kingwood for the past six years.  He is a licensed customs broker, Certified Customs Specialist, and a certified practitioner before the Federal Maritime Commission and the Interstate Commerce Commission (now the Surface Transportation Board).  He has over 30 years management experience in domestic and international transportation and logistics and continues to work in the industry.

Linda Holcomb, Chair of the Business and Professional Office at LSC-Kingwood, says "Licensed customs brokers are very knowledgeable, well paid, highly respected and rare!  Of those who take the exam, only 5 percent nationwide ever pass it.  We are very lucky to have an instructor of this caliber working with our students."

Fagerstrom will teach Import Customs Regulations (IBUS 2345) on seven Saturdays from March 21 through May 9 (except for April 11) from 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. each day.  The class is one of eight that make up the International Business Certificate.  The class will deal with customs laws and regulations, as well as import problem-solving and strategy alternatives in real world situations.

He recommends the class not only for those working toward their International Business Certificate, but also for any students working toward an associate degree in general business and students preparing for careers in manufacturing, international transportation, logistics, freight forwarding, customs brokerage, or with exporters and importers.

"As the nation's largest port in tonnage and in the top 10 world-wide, the nation's eighth largest cargo airport, a major international business and banking center, and the world's energy capitol, Houston provides a multitude of career opportunities with international businesses and service providers," says Fagerstrom.

He goes on to add, "Individuals with training in freight forwarding, customs brokerage, and export/import procedures can expect to have a significant advantage over untrained applicants for job openings."

Fagerstrom says this is a career with a future.  "In the post-911 environment there is currently a high demand for individuals in industry with import and/or export compliance training and experience."

And in terms of pay, "Individuals prepared for career in the field, with an Associates degree or certifications and who possesses drive, organizational skills and a willingness to learn can expect to start in the high $20K to low $30K range and rise to supervisory responsibilities usually within one to three years, depending on the company and the individual."

Students in the Business Department at LSC-Kingwood can pursue one of the department's five areas of specialization; General Business Certificate, Human Resource Certificate, International Business Certificate, Marketing Certificate, and Small Business Management Certificate.  These certificates can be used as specialization in the AAS Management Degree.

Holcomb sites a recent statement by Susan Combs, Texas State Comptroller, who stated that 80 percent of the jobs in Texas require postsecondary education, but not a four-year degree.

"The AAS Management Degree is a great way to prepare for the workplace."

For more information on this class or the Business Department, contact Linda Holcomb at 281-312-1567.

Register today for May Mini-term (May 11-29), Summer Term I (June 1-July 7) and Summer Term II (July 9-Aug. 13). Students can register in one of three ways: phone, online or on campus.  Classes are offered days, evenings, or weekends in traditional, Internet, video, TV and independent study formats. Current students can register by telephone at 281-519-6625. Former and current students can register online at Kingwood.LoneStar.edu/registration.

For general information about Lone Star College-Kingwood, call 281-312-1600 or visit our Web site at Kingwood.LoneStar.edu.

Lone Star College System consists of five colleges, including Cy-Fair, Kingwood, Montgomery, North Harris, and Tomball, six centers and the Lone Star College-University Center. With over 50,000 students, it is the largest college system in the Houston area, and third largest community college district in Texas.