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Lone Star College System
Established 1973
Type Community College system
Chancellor Richard Carpenter, Ed.D
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 (Spring 2010)
Former names North Harris County College (NHCC)
North Harris Montgomery Community College District (NHMCCD)
Nickname LSC (or LSCS)
Website Lone Star College 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 51,000 students in credit classes last fall, LSCS is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area and third largest community college system in Texas. [1]

As defined by the Texas Legislature, the official service area of LSCS includes territory within the following school districts:[2]

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

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History and name changes

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 [1]; 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.

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.[3][4]

On May 1, 2009, Lone Star College System has purchased the core of the Hewlett Packard 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 1.2 million square feet 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. [5]

Locations

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Campuses

Lone Star College-Fairbanks Center
Lone Star College–CyFair (uninc. Harris County) 
Lone Star College–CyFair, opened 2003, serves more than 11,000 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.
  • Satellite Campus: Fairbanks Center.
Lone Star College–Kingwood (Houston) 
Kingwood College, opened 1984, serves more than 7,200 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 8,000 students and is the only Lone Star College System campus to offer biotechnology and physical therapist assistant degrees. A new full-service LSC-Conroe Center will be built and is expected to be completed in time for the spring 2011 semester. [6]
  • Satellite Campus: Conroe Center
Lone Star College–North Harris (uninc. Harris County) 
North Harris College, opened 1973, serves more than 13,000 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. [7]
  • Satellite Campuses: Greenspoint Center, Carver Center and Victory Center (2011; replacing Carver Center). | High School Campus: MacArthur High School
Lone Star College–Tomball (Tomball) 
Tomball College, opened 1988, serves more than 7,800 students and is home to the district’s only veterinary technology and wireless telecommunications tech prep programs. The Tomball College and Community Library is a joint project between LSCS and the Harris County Public Library.

University centers

Lone Star College–University Center (The Woodlands, uninc. Montgomery County) 
The University Center is a partnership between LSCS and six 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.[8] 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) and University of Houston–Downtown (UHD), both of which are distinct and separate universities. The campus includes a conference center, which will be used for Lone Star Corporate College training and community meetings, a 900-seat, fully-equipped cafeteria, and a fitness center.[9]

Bond election

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. [10][11]

May 10, 2008 Bond Election Results: [12]

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

By the numbers

  • $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

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