Houston is basking in a booming economy – and Lone Star College System is feeling that growth with its expanding student enrollment.
LSCS has added 30,000 students in the past five years and now has 78,000 students enrolled in credit classes, and a total of 90,000 students including non-credit and continuing education.
In addition to preparing students for specific careers, LSCS also helps grow the local economy by contributing $1.1 billion annually through higher earnings of its students and increased workforce productivity, and by training area workers in a number of high-demand industries.
Studies reveal that by 2016, 63 percent of all jobs will require education or training beyond high school training, and LSCS is working to keep up with the demand by students to get training and education that lead to jobs.
Currently, LSCS helps more than 7,500 high school students enrolled in dual credit at Lone Star College each year earn both simultaneous high school and college credits.
And more than one in four students graduating from the 52 area high schools attends Lone Star College.
Because of this kind of demand, members of the LSCS Board of Trustees responded to a committee of citizen leaders in February and voted unanimously to put a $497.7 million bond referendum in front of area voters for approval on May 11.
The citizens’ committee, representing area business, education, government and civic sectors, had recommended to the board that the college system build new learning facilities and infrastructure to accommodate the system’s historical growth.
The projects included in the bond referendum will enable LSCS to keep up with the student demand and growth.