Lone Star College System

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Lone Star College System
Lone Star College System logo.jpg
Established 1973
Type Community College system
Chancellor Richard Carpenter, Ed.D
Students 90,000
Location Houston
uninc. Harris Co
uninc. Montgomery Co
Conroe
Tomball
, Texas, United States
Campus LSC-CyFair
LSC-Kingwood
LSC-Montgomery
LSC-North Harris
LSC-Tomball
LSC-University Center
LSC-University Park
Former names North Harris Montgomery Community College District (NHMCCD)
North Harris County College (NHCC)
Nickname LSC (or LSCS)
Website Lone Star College System
Lone Star College Central Services and Training Center HARC Mitchell Campus
Lone Star College-North Harris Greenspoint Center, the former headquarters of the system

Lone Star College System (LSCS) is a publicly funded, two-year, United States community college system serving the northern portions of the Greater Houston, Texas, area. With more than 78,000 students in credit classes, and a total enrollment of more than 90,000, Lone Star College System is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area, and the fastest-growing community college system in the United States.[1] The headquarters of the Lone Star College System are located in The Woodlands and in unincorporated Montgomery County, Texas. In 2010 the district was the largest higher education institution in Greater Houston in terms of student enrollment.[2]

As defined by the Texas Legislature, the service area of LSCS includes territory within the following school districts:[3]

(*) District included in service area by state law, but is not part of the tax base.

History and name changes[edit]

The voters of the Aldine, Spring, and Humble school districts created North Harris County College in 1972 and opened the college for classes in 1973.

The district expanded in 1991 to cover neighboring Montgomery County and adopted the new name of North Harris Montgomery Community College District.

As the district expanded to include areas outside north Harris and Montgomery Counties, the Board of Trustees decided the District's current name did not adequately define the service area, plus it was hard to remember and was quite lengthy. During the first semester of the 2007 - 2008 school year, trustees initiated a name-change process using an online voting system;[4] among the options was the name Lone Star College System which was offered as 1) two of the colleges (Lone Star College–North Harris and Lone Star College–Montgomery) already included the name and 2) the 75th Texas Legislature adopted HR1123, recognizing Montgomery County as the birthplace of the Flag of Texas, known for its lone star which serves as the state motto.[citation needed]

The name Lone Star College System was selected by those voting, and on November 1, 2007, the Board of Trustees officially approved Lone Star College System as the District's new name. The Lone Star College logo, known as "The Star of Tomorrow," was designed by Houston advertising agency Richards/Carlberg.[5][6]

On May 1, 2009, Lone Star College System has purchased the core of the Hewlett Packard (part of Compaq's former headquarters) North Campus on State Highway 249 at Louetta Road in Northwest Harris County. According to Chancellor Richard Carpenter, the facility will serve multiple purposes, including a new university center for north Harris County, an instructional satellite campus, a Corporate College conference and training facility, and System administration and support space. The purchase gives LSCS 1,200,000 square feet (110,000 m2) of additional space in eight major buildings, as well as parking garages and other support infrastructure, making this one of the largest such acquisitions in higher education history.[7]

Locations[edit]

Campuses[edit]

Lone Star College-Fairbanks Center
Lone Star College–CyFair (uninc. Harris County) 
Lone Star College–CyFair, opened 2003, serves more than 18,000 students with unique programs in fire science technology, logistics management and sonography. The library is a joint project between LSCS and the Harris County Public Library.
  • Campus Centers: Fairbanks Center and Cypress Center (2013)
Lone Star College–Kingwood (Houston) 
Kingwood College, opened 1984, serves more than 10,200 students and has distinct offerings in interior design, respiratory care and dental hygiene.
Lone Star College–Montgomery (uninc. Montgomery County) 
Montgomery College, opened 1992, serves more than 12,000 students and is the only Lone Star College System campus to offer biotechnology and physical therapist assistant degrees.
  • Campus Center: Conroe Center
Lone Star College–North Harris (uninc. Harris County) 
North Harris College, opened 1973, serves more than 18,000 students and is the district’s only source for automotive technology, health information technology, child development and family studies, paralegal studies,and pharmacy technology programs. A new multi-use Educational and Community Development Center is to be built. This center will replace Carver Center, owned by Aldine ISD.[8]
  • Campus Centers: Greenspoint Center, Health Professions Building and Victory Center
  • High School Campus: MacArthur High School
Lone Star College–Tomball (Tomball) 
Tomball College, opened 1988, serves more than 11,000 students and is home to the district’s only veterinary technology and wireless telecommunications tech prep programs. The Lone Star College-Tomball Community Library is a joint project between LSCS and the Harris County Public Library.

University centers[edit]

Lone Star College–University Center (The Woodlands, uninc. Montgomery County) 
The University Center is a partnership among LSCS and five Texas universities through which district students can pursue bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees as well as post-baccalaureate teacher certifications.
Lone Star College–University Park (uninc. Harris County) 
The second LSCS multi-institution teaching center serving northwest Harris County will begin offering instructional classes in spring 2010.[9] The multi-institution teaching center will open its doors in January 2010 with limited degree programs and courses offered by the University of Houston (UH), the University of Houston–Downtown (UHD), Sam Houston State University (SHSU), and Texas Southern University (TSU). The campus includes a conference center, which will be used for Lone Star Corporate College training and community meetings, a 900-seat, fully equipped Luby's, etc. cafeteria, and a fitness center.[10]

Incidents[edit]

Campus shooting[edit]

On January 22, 2013, the north Harris County campus was put on lockdown for a shooting where at least three people were shot. All were taken to a local hospital with gunshot wounds. The shooting occurred outside the library and learning lab. A Harris County deputy sheriff said, "We found that the incident was not an active shooter incident, but was an altercation between two individuals."[11][12]

Campus stabbing[edit]

On April 9, 2013, the Cy-Fair campus and seven other schools in the area were put on lock down when a student named Dylan Quick started stabbing outside of the science lab and soon went through other buildings. Authorities were notified of the incident at 11:12 p.m., but the campus wasn't notified until just a minute after. As authorities arrived, Quick had already been chased down and subdued in the parking lot by four fellow students and was soon taken away. A total of fourteen people were injured, two of them critically and four of them seriously, but all victims are expected to survive. Quick has been charged with fourteen counts of aggravated assault and is still awaiting trial. The investigation into the stabbings is still ongoing.

Bond election[edit]

Bond election 2013[edit]

Members of the Lone Star College System Board of Trustees responded to a committee of citizen leaders in February when they voted unanimously to put a bond referendum in front of area voters for approval on May 11. The citizens’ committee, representing area business, education, government and civic sectors, recommended to the board that the college system build new learning facilities and infrastructure to accommodate the system’s historical growth.

The $497.7 million bond referendum includes financing for learning facilities at each campus – projects that were prioritized and outlined by the group of citizen leaders as part of their recommendation to the board. The May 11 election will also include for consideration three trustee seats on the LSCS Board.

The 2013 bond referendum expands capacity to meet unprecedented student population growth. In the five short years since the last bond referendum in 2008, LSCS has added 30,000 students, which is equivalent to adding the combined total enrollment of five medium-sized colleges like Alvin Community College, Lee College, Galveston College, Temple College and Victoria College.

May 11, 2013 bond election results:[13][14]

Trustee Proposition Total Votes
Position 1-David Hosely 8,257 52.6%
Position 1-Elizabeth "Liz" Jensen 7,437 47.4%
Position 2-Janie Branham 4,320 26.6%
Position 2-Kyle A. Scott 7,750 47.8%
Position 2-Tom Forestier 4,145 25.6%
Position 8-Bill Morris 2,850 18.0%
Position 8-Randy Bates 5,768 36.4%
Position 8-Ron Trowbridge 7,217 45.6%
Bond Proposition Total Votes
For 8,303 44.4%
Against 10,410 55.6%
TOTAL 18,713 100.0%

Project overview[edit]

  • New instructional and support buildings – 996,000 sf
  • Renovations to existing facilities – 252,000 sf
  • Increase parking – 5,630 spaces
  • Improve campus safety and security
  • Expand and upgrade technology infrastructure
  • Improve traffic flow and campus access

Bond election 2008[edit]

On March 7, 2008 LSCS called and approved $420 million bond election for May 10. The board upheld its promise not to increase property taxes by cutting $41.7 million from the original bond proposal, which totaled more than $460 million. The system plans to concentrate on health and science facilities due to a critical shortage of healthcare workers and emergency medical technicians, most of whom are trained at community colleges, prompting the inclusion of a new health professions building at Lone Star College–North Harris and a science and health building at the Montgomery campus. LSCS last attempt to pass more than $200 million in the bond election of November 2006 failed.[15][16]

May 10, 2008 bond election results:[17]

Proposition Total Votes
For 13,574 62.25%
Against 8,232 37.75%
TOTAL 21,806 100.0%

Statistics[edit]

  • $263.4 million: Instructional facilities
  • $44.2 million: Student services facilities
  • $38.3 million: Traffic and safety
  • $25.9 million: Technology infrastructure
  • $20.1 million: Five percent bond costs/inflation/contingencies
  • $15.3 million: Academic support facilities
  • $8.7 million: Plant system replacements
  • $4.1 million: Administrative support facilities

Headquarters[edit]

The headquarters of the Lone Star College System are located in The Woodlands and in unincorporated Montgomery County, Texas.[18] The district moved to its current location on March 17, 2003.[19] The administrative headquarters of the district were previously located in the Greenspoint district and in Houston in a building now known as the Lone Star College-North Harris Greenspoint Center.[20][21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.lonestar.edu/18206.htm
  2. ^ LSCS ranks as largest Houston-area college. The Courier of Montgomery County. April 4, 2010. Retrieved on April 5, 2010.
  3. ^ Texas Education Code, Section 130.191, "North Harris Montgomery Community College System District Service Area"
  4. ^ http://wwwappsdstc.nhmccd.edu/newbrand/index.html
  5. ^ http://www.lonestar.edu/departments/alumni/alumni_taajan08.pdf
  6. ^ http://www.richardscarlberg.com/
  7. ^ http://www.lonestar.edu/10669.htm
  8. ^ http://www.lonestar.edu/12707.htm
  9. ^ LSCS purchases center core of HP north campus, lonestar.edu
  10. ^ New LSC-University Center features, lonestar.edu
  11. ^ "Harris County Deputy Sheriff: Not an active shooter incident". Click2Houston. Retrieved Jan 23, 2013. 
  12. ^ Breaking News, KRIV TV Channel 26, Houston. Retrieved Jan. 23, 2013.
  13. ^ Lone Star College bond issue fails
  14. ^ Election Results
  15. ^ $420 million bond election, Chron.com
  16. ^ LSCS Bond Proposal, lonestar.edu
  17. ^ Election Results
  18. ^ "Contact Directory." Lone Star College System. Retrieved on April 5, 2010. "5000 Research Forest Drive, The Woodlands, TX 77381-4356"
  19. ^ Home. North Harris Montgomery Community College District. March 23, 2003. Retrieved on April 5, 2010.
  20. ^ "Designation of Agent to Receive Notification of Claimed Infringement." North Harris Montgomery Community College District. January 20, 2000. Retrieved on April 5, 2010.
  21. ^ "Addresses & Phone Numbers." North Harris Montgomery Community College District. December 15, 2002. Retrieved on April 5, 2010.

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