In honor of National Transfer Week, Lone Star College-University Park (LSC-University Park) celebrates the success of transfer students like Tyler Hoskins, who have transitioned to four-year universities to continue their academic journey.
Hoskins grew up in Tomball, Texas, with aspirations to join the journalistic landscape he admired on Houston's local news broadcasts. LSC-University Park served as a launching pad for his journalist dreams. Today, Hoskins is employed as a multimedia journalist at KBTX, a local TV station in Bryan-College Station, Texas.
"For many students like Tyler seeking quality education near home, choosing Lone Star College-University Park is pivotal," said Virginia M. Fraire, Ph.D., president of Lone Star College-University Park. "Our campus embodies the spirit of 'Start Close, Go Far.' We are committed to providing the educational foundation necessary for academic and professional success, effectively training tomorrow's workforce today."
Hoskins credits LSC-University Park for helping pave his path to success. "I couldn't have done it without them,” said Hoskins. “Choosing Lone Star College was the perfect steppingstone for me to achieve my dream of becoming a TV journalist."
While enrolled at LSC-University Park, Hoskins excelled academically and developed a robust network with both faculty and peers. "The faculty and staff at LSC-University Park were very supportive, and they helped me get the credits I needed to transfer to Texas A&M University," he stated.
In 2021, Hoskins graduated from Texas A&M with a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and minors in communication and sports management. He worked as a freelance reporter for the Bryan-College Station newspaper, The Eagle, before securing a position at CBS affiliate KBTX-TV 3. “I'm passionate about journalism, and I'm excited to use my skills to help people,” Hoskins said. He now covers a variety of topics in the Brazos Valley and serves as the station's weekend producer."
Hoskins encourages other students to consider attending a community college and taking dual credit classes in high school. “I am grateful for the opportunities that Lone Star College-University Park gave me, along with the support of my family and friends, who helped me through my journey,” he affirmed.
LSC-University Park offers more than 70 programs of study, including credit and non-credit courses, workforce training, and continuing education classes. Classes can be taken during the day, evenings, and weekends in traditional, online, and hybrid formats. For information on taking mini-mester or spring classes at LSC-University Park, visit LoneStar.edu/StartUP, call 281.290.2600 or email UPAdvising@LoneStar.edu. Academic advisers are available to assist students with questions about course selection, degree plans or the registration process.
Established in 2012, Lone Star College-University Park has been recognized as one of the fastest-growing and most innovative higher education institutions in the country. The college, led by President Virginia M. Fraire, Ph.D., is devoted to impacting the community's prosperity and upward mobility through student success. LSC-University Park's expert and compassionate faculty and staff provide students with holistic and immersive education and training in disciplines and industries that meet current and future workforce needs.
Located on the grounds of the former Compaq Computer Corporation and Hewlett Packard's world headquarters, LSC-University Park's facilities include the Center for Science & Innovation, the Energy & Manufacturing Institute, Learning Innovation Labs, and the Geology Rock Wall. It is also home to the University of Houston-NW Downtown, Lone Star Corporate College, iSchool, and YMCA Children's Academy.
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.