HOUSTON, TX – Lone Star College received a $324,792 Texas Workforce Investment Council grant from the Governor’s Office of Economic Development and Tourism. The funding will be used to expand the LSC Strategic Engagement Initiative for Student Career Planning that will serve Harris and Montgomery counties.
“Texas continues to lead the nation as the best state for business thanks to our young, growing, skilled and diverse workforce,” Governor Greg Abbott said in a prepared statement. “Meeting the changing needs of Texas businesses by providing a continuous pipeline of workers with in-demand skills is paramount to ensuring the expansion of economic opportunity in communities across the state.”
The grant will provide workforce planning and job readiness to first-generation students in manufacturing, information technology, business, visual communications, and healthcare .
“The primary goal of this initiative is to connect our students with employers who need them,” said Linda Leto Head, LSC Senior Associate Vice-Chancellor, External and Employer Relations. “Online recruiting tools often filter students out of the interview process and have become even more difficult since the pandemic with recruiters and sources who are not in their office. The project will target first-generation students who typically represent a historically underrepresented and economically disadvantaged population who require these services and activities.
LSC welcomed more than 9,000 first-time college students in fall 2021, representing 11% of the total population.
“A unique aspect of this program is the workshops and training that will be offered to consider starting their own business,” said Carlecia Wright, LSC’s Diversity Manager. “Students will have access to networking skills, business plan advice, orientation on Houston’s economy, and funding opportunities.”
Fall registration is currently underway. Learn more about the many opportunities available by visiting LoneStar.edu.
Lone Star College provides high-quality, low-cost academic transfer and vocational training to more than 93,000 students each semester. LSC is training tomorrow’s workforce today and redefining the community college experience to drive student success. Stephen C. Head, Ph.D., is Chancellor of LSC, the Houston area’s largest institution of higher learning and was named a 2021 Great Colleges to Work For® by the Chronicle of Higher Education and ranked 35th in Texas in the Forbes list of America’s Top Employers by State. LSC includes eight colleges, seven centers, eight workforce centers of excellence, and the Lone Star Corporate College. To learn more, visit LoneStar.edu.