Lone Star College receives grant to enhance workforce development
HOUSTON – LSC-North Harris received $287,845 under the Wagner-Peyser Grant Program to implement a fast-track, non-credit Pipefitting program.
“Lone Star College established the Pipefitting program in response to strong industry demand,” said Stephen C. Head, Ph.D., LSC chancellor. “In addition to being trained in this dynamic industry, students will also be taught employment skills such as resume writing and receive career advising.”
The National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) developed the program curriculum.
LSC will use grant funds to purchase pipe-threading machines in order to train students with hands-on experience on industry standard equipment. The funds will also help mitigate student expenses by providing instructional supplies such as textbooks, safety glasses, goggles, respirators, earplug and welding caps.
Students will be trained to install, assemble, fabricate, maintain, repair and troubleshoot mechanical piping systems carrying fuel, chemicals, water, steam and air in heating, cooling, lubricating, and various other process piping systems.
The Wagner-Peyser Grants are federal funds allocated to the Texas Workforce Investment Council to support innovation in workforce development with a primary focus on supporting exemplary workforce training projects that lead to job placement, increased wages, and job retention.
“Students who successfully complete NCCER training are eligible for the NCCER Registry System which provides industry credentials to allow for easy verification of training for potential employers,” said Head.
For more information, contact Debra Vick at 281.618.1135 or Debra.Vick@lonestar.edu.
Lone Star College offers high-quality, low-cost academic transfer and career training education to 95,000 students each semester. LSC is training tomorrow’s workforce today and redefining the community college experience to support student success. Stephen C. Head, Ph.D., serves as chancellor of LSC, the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area with an annual economic impact of $3.1 billion. LSC consists of six colleges, eight centers, two university centers, Lone Star Corporate College and LSC-Online. To learn more, visit LoneStar.edu.