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Lone Star College-Conroe Center officially opened its new, state-of-the-art workforce training expansion facility to continue its mission in serving the needs of those in the community seeking to enter a new career, expand withing an existing one or simply learn something new.

With the 11,055 square feet expansion, the workforce training facility is now 26,377 square feet, nearly doubling its capacity.  This expansion allows 1,000 students each semester to obtain skills needed in the workforce, including automotive, machining and welding technologies.

“Expanding capacity for workforce training helps more people prepare for rewarding careers,” said Dr. Rebecca Riley, president at LSC-Montgomery.  “Our ongoing goal is to meet the needs of Montgomery County residents who want good jobs, as well as serve businesses demanding workers with the right skills and credentials.”

More space means more advanced equipment and hands-on training for the machining, welding and automotive technology programs.  The Machining Technology Program added high tech equipment, including FANUC Controls to go along with its HAAS Controls.  The introduction of new equipment will provide more opportunities for applied training and better prepare students for the workforce.  The Welding Technology Program added 20 new booths equipped with Lincoln 350 Multi-Process Welders for advanced welding processes.  The program also added a water cooled TIG machine, a plasma cutting machine and a large MIG machine capable of running large wires for flux core operations.

The Automotive Technology Program added three additional lifts for a total of seven lifts in the shop, a new classroom and a separate laboratory with equipment for transmission and engine courses, as well as a covered outside work area.

“We have partnered with many of the area’s manufacturing and service companies to provide ongoing support,” said Riley.  “We are continuously scanning the employment needs of local businesses, making sure to offer the most up-to-date learning environment.  This new facility is no exception.”

Lone Star College-Conroe Center brings affordable, accessible higher education to north Montgomery County.  The center is a modern, comprehensive campus that provides a mix of academic transfer courses and corporate and workforce training programs.  Whether it’s a jump start toward a four-year degree or gaining the skills to land a real job in a meaningful career, LSC-Conroe Center is here for the community.