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Lone Star College System named as top associate degree producer

August 15, 2011

HOUSTON  – Lone Star College System was ranked eighth in community colleges nationwide, and one of the top in Texas, in the 2011 list of Top 100 Associate Degree Producers published recently by Community College Week magazine.

“If the sheer quantity of students attaining degrees and other formal awards is any measure of success … then this year’s data on associate degree and other pre-baccalaureate certificates is good news,” wrote Victor M.H. Borden, in a report about the analysis and resulting lists.

“Many traditional community colleges have expanded their offerings to include some bachelor’s degrees,” Borden said. He is an associate vice chancellor and professor at Indiana University.

The Top 100 Associate Degree Producers list is compiled by the magazine each year from data collected through the National Center for Education Statistics and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data Set survey.

“It is an honor to be nationally recognized for the work we are doing here in our local community”, said Dr. Richard Carpernter, chancellor of the Lone Star College System.  “We are also proud of our partnerships with a number of our four-year institutions to help students move beyond their associate degrees and continue to pursue their education further.”

According to the Community College Week analysis, LSCS awarded 3,036 associate degrees to students for all disciplines for the 2009-2010 school year, which placed it in the 19th spot nationwide among all colleges and eighth among community colleges.

In subsequent “sub-lists” as part of the analysis, LSCS was also ranked as second nationwide in the Top 50 Associate Degrees in the category of Nursing with 406 associate degrees awarded in the 2009-2010 school year, and fourth in the category of Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences with 613 associate degrees awarded last year as well.

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Lone Star College-Montgomery Kicks off Fall Semester August 29

August 4, 2011

A Variety of Courses, Times, and Locations Available

Registration is underway for the fall semester at Lone Star College-Montgomery, and now is the time to register for the best selection of courses!

The fall semester, which begins Monday, August 29, offers a variety of courses online, in the evenings, or on the weekends through the college’s Weekend College. Plus, the full range of classes offered at the new Lone Star College-Conroe Center ensures plenty of flexible and convenient course options.

LSC-Montgomery even offers ‘Second Start’ courses, a convenient alternative for students who can’t begin the traditional semester
in the typical fashion or need flexibility in their class schedule.

Second Start courses have start dates beginning in late September all the way through late October and last anywhere from three to 14 weeks in length. Plus, students can register up to the first day of each class.

Just like the traditional 16-week courses, Second Start offerings are designed to help students achieve academic goals set toward workforce certificates, associate’s degrees, or university transfer.

For a complete list of classes offered this fall at LSC-Montgomery or LSC-Conroe Center or to register online, visit www.LoneStar.edu/registration. New students can apply for admission online at www.LoneStar.edu/admissions.

Through Thursday, August 11, on-campus registration and advising is available Monday-Thursday, from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Then, beginning Monday, August 15, on-campus registration and advising will be available Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. and Friday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

For more information about registration, contact the office of student services at (936) 273-7236.

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Explore Spring Texas is a locally owned and operated online city guide and business directory for Spring TX. There you can find all kinds of services – from restaurants and automobiles to shopping and home services. A online community resource for Spring & Klein TX, providing local news, real estate, jobs, calendar & events, free press releases, free classified ads, free garage sale ads, monthly photo contests, affordable advertising and more. ExploreSpring.com provides a central online location 24 hours a day to find information relevant to the Spring TX Community. The web site is located at http://www.explorespring.com.

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Lights, Camera, Degree! Spotlight on Lone Star College-Montgomery’s Live Entertainment Technology Program

July 15, 2011

LSC-M Entertainment Technology ProgramFor the tech-savvy student who prefers ‘shining the spotlight’ to ‘being in the spotlight,’ Lone Star College-Montgomery offers the live entertainment technology program, which focuses on the technical needs of the entertainment industry.

Formerly known as the audio visual systems specialist program, the live entertainment technology program trains students to design, set-up, and operate lighting, video, and audio equipment. This includes microphones, sound speakers, projectors, recording equipment, sound and mixing boards, and more—everything needed for an elaborate production.

“It’s more than just plugging in some lights and having a player for music,” said Rob Kreps, program director and associate professor of theatre at LSC-Montgomery. “We are talking about some very intricate and highly technical computerized systems that work together to provide the best sound and lighting experience.”

LSC-Montgomery is the only college in the state and one of only a few nationwide that offers the live entertainment technology program. Three levels of training are available—a Level I Certificate, which can be completed in one year; a Level II Certificate, which can be completed in a year-and-a-half; and an associate of applied science degree, which can be completed in two years. All levels include internship experience for the students. Courses for the certificates apply to the associate of applied science degree, and many courses will transfer to other colleges as a springboard for a degree in other fields including technical theatre, lighting design, and computer information systems.

According to Kreps, specialists trained in this field can work in just about any industry including theatre and concert hall management, corporations, churches, hotels or sporting venues.

“Right now, there are so many different directions I want to go,” said Darien Kearney, a student on the associate degree track. “This degree will open up many avenues for me. The program allows me to be artistic while challenging me to be better every time I do a show.”

Kearney, along with other live entertainment technology students, is provided hands-on instruction in the college’s state-of-the-art audio video lighting lab, as well as information and guidance from top industry professionals. During their internships, students work with professional companies like Bright Star Productions or The Woodlands Church to gain experience in the field.

“The internships definitely prepare you for the real world,” said Kearney. “I become more comfortable each time I work for a company and learn what to say and what to do in real life situations.”

Another student, Keenan Brooks, has gained real world experience by working with the audio visual portion of the college’s theatre department.

“I’ve even been able to work on the road, traveling to the American College Theatre Festival with the theatre show,” said Brooks. “This program helped me find my goal in life and unlocked my passion for arts in theatre. I plan to continue my education all the way to a master of fine arts degree in lighting design.”

According to the America’s Career InfoNet Occupation Report, employment in this field is expected to grow faster than average through 2016. In Texas, technicians average $13.51 an hour and can earn more than $24.48 an hour.

“This program is best suited for students who are self-starters and self-disciplined, enjoy projects, and are interested in hands-on, practical training,” said Chase Waites, lead faculty member for theprogram at LSC-Montgomery. “It’s a very well rounded experience for students, from the training to the internship and then hopefully, right into employment, which shouldn’t be a difficult transition given today’s needs.”

For more information about the live entertainment technology program, contact Rob Kreps at Robert.P.Kreps@lonestar.eduor (936) 271-7000.

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Explore Spring Texas is a locally owned and operated online city guide and business directory for Spring TX. There you can find all kinds of services – from restaurants and automobiles to shopping and home services. A online community resource for Spring & Klein TX, providing local news, real estate, jobs, calendar & events, free press releases, free classified ads, free garage sale ads, monthly photo contests, affordable advertising and more. ExploreSpring.com provides a central online location 24 hours a day to find information relevant to the Spring TX Community. The web site is located at http://www.explorespring.com.