Lone Star receives grant for students pursuing construction careers

The Texas Workforce Commission has awarded Lone Star College $359,996 to train and prepare Texans for employment in high-demand careers in the building construction trades.

“Lone Star College works very hard at helping students succeed,” said Stephen C. Head, Ph.D., LSC chancellor. “This grant will allow us to provide the funding for 120 students to be trained to move straight into the workforce in well-paying jobs.’

The grant offers tuition, fees, and program supplies to train Texas individuals 18 years of age and older in the non-credit Ironworking, the credit HVAC&R (Commercial Servicing Certificate) and Electrical Technology (Occupational Certificate) programs located at LSC-North Harris. The grant will provide training to 120 students and includes $269,415 for tuition and fees.

“Lone Star College is currently building the premiere workforce training center in the area,” said Head. “This new center will allow Lone Star College-North Harris to enhance the teaching and training of career and technical skills that are needed by today’s employers.”

The LSC-Construction and Skilled Trades Technology Center, which will be located at LSC-North Harris, is near completion and will feature six classrooms, training labs for Electrical Technology, Field Service Technology, Pipefitting and HVAC-R programs. The center, which is expected to open in fall 2017, will also house a conference center and office space.

LSC has also partnered with NextOp Veterans to make veterans aware of this opportunity. NextOp Veterans provides companies with world-class, skilled candidates and coaches them on how to be effective employees.

“The construction industry has a high demand for workers with the exact skills veterans learned during their military service,” said Steven L. Hall, LSC Veterans Affairs, Military-Affiliated Student Services system director. “Lone Star College has engaged with NextOp Veterans in this initiative to offer this opportunity.”

Interested students can email [email protected] for additional information.