Lone Star College-Kingwood students give back to the community

Photo of LSC-Kingwood students gathering donations for service project
Project Paws service project team

A Project Management class offered at LSC-Kingwood is offering more than just credit – it’s offering students a chance to give back to their community.

The class, Information & Project Management, involves a service project as part of the curriculum.

The students are randomly divided into groups, and each group must select a local charity to support in a project format. The students must use the concepts of project management that they are learning in class as they raise funds or collect items for the client organizations.

Professor Ron White says the students learn important, real-life concepts through the projects.

“The tools they apply are the same ones that project management companies use in projects throughout many phases of business,” White said. “While the tasks may seem daunting at the beginning of the semester, it is always amazing how well the students immerse themselves in their projects as they give back to the local community, representing Lone Star College-Kingwood.”

“The opportunity to start our own project and see it play out from beginning to end was amazing,” said Amanda Martinez, who was a student in the class. “My team and I worked on a project called Project Paws. We were receiving donations for a rehabilitation animal shelter and adoption center called Wags to Whiskers. We also had the opportunity to observe two other projects that were being done by our classmates.”

The other two projects in this class were a fundraising project for Magnificat Houses Houston and collecting hygiene products for Mission Northeast.

“If given the opportunity to take this course again I would gladly do so, just so that I can be given the opportunity to make a change,” Martinez shared. “Professor White gives you the constructive criticism you need to be successful, not just tells you where you were wrong, but helps guide you so that you learn from that mistake and become better.”

For more information on the Business Program at LSC-Kingwood, visit https://www.lonestar.edu/business-dept-kingwood.htm.


Lone Star College enrolls over 80,000 students each semester providing high-quality, low-cost academic transfer and career training education. LSC is training tomorrow’s workforce today and redefining the community college experience to support student success. Mario K. Castillo, J.D. serves as Chancellor of LSC, the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area. LSC has been named a 2023 Great Colleges to Work For® institution by the Chronicle of Higher Education and recognized by Fortune Magazine and Great Place To Work® as one of this year’s Best Workplaces in Texas™. LSC consists of eight colleges, seven centers, eight Workforce Centers of Excellence and Lone Star Corporate College. To learn more, visit Lonestar.edu.


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