Houston, Texas, is often recognized as one of the most diverse cities in America. Located in the northern part of this city is Lone Star College (LSC), one of the fastest-growing community colleges in the country. Founded in 1972, LSC provides more than 170 study programs to over 99,000 students.
“We are proud to welcome all students. Having students from around the world exposes them, as well as the students who live here, to different cultures and beliefs,” said LSC Chancellor Stephen Head.
Reflecting that diversity, the school welcomed more than 3,200 international students from over 100 countries last fall.
Simultaneously, LSC offers its students the opportunity to study abroad through scholarships at the Honors College. Through this program, high-achieving students are able to experience a unique and challenging curriculum with international exposure outside LSC. This year, several students were given a chance to study in various countries, including Italy, Greece and Ireland.
Well-known for its exemplary on-the-job training, LSC has been ranked among the top colleges for its associate degree programs. Its students receive certifications for work in specialized industries, such as health care and drilling.
In 2016, it became the first community college in the nation to gain gateway accreditation for its Oil & Gas Drilling Floorhand-Roustabout program by the International Association of Drilling Contractors, which has represented the global oil and gas industry since 1940.
“Receiving this gateway program accreditation is only one validation that Lone Star College students have industry-developed, competency-based instruction with the most up-to-date and complete training possible,” Head said.
LSC remains committed to the success of its students and the growth of Houston’s workforce.