Part of this strategic plan looks at how the college must creatively deal with the tremendous growth it has experienced. Current projections shows that LSC-Montgomery's enrollment will reach close to 16,000 students by 2015.
In 2008, NHMCCD changed its name to Lone Star College System, and Montgomery College became Lone Star College-Montgomery.
As then-college president Dr. Tom Butler noted in his speech at the new logo unveiling, "In the end, it doesn't really matter what we're called. It matters more what we're called to do. And that is to help our students improve their lives through learning." That is -- and always will be -- the college's focus as it moves forward.
LSC-Montgomery is poised for the most significant campus expansion in its history during the next two years. The recent passage of a bond referendum for LSCS included construction of three new buildings on the main campus, as well as a new northside center in the Conroe/Willis area. The college will add a new 75,000-square-foot academic classroom building; a 60,000-square-foot health science center; a 20,000-square foot arts instructional building; and a 1,000-space parking garage to handle growth on the main campus. An 83,000-square-foot, full-service satellite facility in Conroe will allow the college to extend its reach to the north, where significant population growth is taking place. The new LSC-Conroe Center will offer a mix of academic transfer courses and programs, as well as workforce- and industrial-oriented programs. All told, by 2011, the college will have increased its total square footage by almost 60 percent.
The college was also honored recently as a "Hometown Hero" by The Woodlands Development Company, and received the prestigious "Drum Major Award" sponsored by the Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Celebration that is held annually in The Woodlands. Most recently, the college was named to the 2009 President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the hightest federal recognition a college can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning, and civic engagement. The college was also selected to participate in Foundations of Excellence, a prestigious program designed to evaluate and revitalize the campus' services for first-year services. Currently, the Lone Star College System is actively involved in Achieve the Dream, a multiyear national initiative to help more community college students succeed.
Dr. Austin Lane, formerly vice president for student affairs at Tyler Junior College, was recently hired as LSC-Montgomery's president following an extensive, nationwide search.
"Our continuous growth is a reflection of the commitment to excellence that our faculty and staff exhibit every day for our students," said Dr. Lane as the college celebrated its 15th anniversary recently. "I talk all the time about taking LSC-Montgomery to new heights. They are the ones making it happen."