LSC-CyFair celebrates new center for excellence designed for IT and Visual Communication students
CYPRESS, Texas (Jan. 24, 2019) Lone Star College-CyFair started the new year celebrating the new LSC-Westway Park Technology Center, which opened this semester for students interested in the Information Technology (IT) and Visual Communication (VisCom) programs.
“This Center of Excellence was designed very intentionally to help IT and VisCom students graduate with the innate ability to work in any business as a skilled professional in their respective industry,” said Dr. Seelpa Keshvala, LSC-CyFair president.
Among the program highlights available are cybersecurity, mobile app development and various Cisco and Microsoft networking, motion graphics, web design and 3d animation, to name a few.
In addition to the IT and VisCom certificate and degree programs offered, college administrators are in the process of securing approval to offer a Bachelor of Applied Technology (BAT) degree in cybersecurity.
Renovating 60,000 square feet of this 133,000-square-foot facility began in April 2018. In addition to classrooms and simulated work environments, this advanced technology center includes:
- An instructional data center
- An interactive board showcasing student projects and programs
- A fabrication lab for students to collaborate on projects
- A learning theater available for LSC-CyFair staff, community members and business partners to use for events
“The flexibility of this nontraditional, state-of-the-art, training facility will allow us to provide specialized training to ensure our students are properly prepared for the ever-evolving industry demands for skilled workers,” said Dr. Keshvala.
Among the speakers at the Jan. 11 ribbon-cutting celebration were LSC Chancellor Dr. Stephen C. Head, Ph.D., LSC Board Chair Dr. Alton Smith, Ed.D, industry partners Neal Tilley, manager of higher education with Cisco, and Dr. Stephanie Franklin-Thomas, senior director with Baker Hughes and Cy-Fair Houston Chamber of Commerce President Leslie Martone.
In addition, Dr. Keshvala extended gratitude to the many community partners, design and construction partners, and LSC system and college employees working closely with the LSC-CyFair team of administrators, faculty and staff. Their dedication and teamwork brought the LSC-Westway Park Technology Center from conception to completion, and in time for the start of the spring semester.
This center is located at 5060 Westway Park Boulevard, Houston, TX 77041. For information, go to LoneStar.edu/Westway-Center.
Helping more than 22,000 students reach their academic and career goals, Lone Star College-CyFair is the fifth comprehensive college in the Lone Star College System, located at 9191 Barker Cypress Road just 3 miles south of U.S. Highway 290. Tomorrow also starts today at the LSC-Fairbanks Center, located at 14955 Northwest Freeway and LSC-Cypress Center, located at 19710 Clay Road. For more information about LSC-CyFair and its programs, call 281.290.3200 or visit LoneStar.edu/cyfair.
Lone Star College offers high-quality, low-cost academic transfer and career training education to 99,000 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 nearly $3 billion. LSC consists of six colleges, 10 centers, two university centers, Lone Star Corporate College and LSC-Online. To learn more, visit LoneStar.edu.