Cy-Fair Edition - March 2020

CYFAIR EDITION

VOLUME 11, ISSUE 7  MARCH 17APRIL 20, 2020

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Lone Star College prepares to debut 4-year degrees

Population growth has prompted Harris County ocials to study growing needs in unincorporated parts of Harris County, including Cy-Fair. Ocials study needs amid unincorporated population growth

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Lone Star College-Westway Park Technology Center will soon be home to a Bachelor of Applied Technology in cybersecurity program. (Danica Smithwick/Community Impact Newspaper)

Needs to invest in criminal investigation, trac enforcement

2019 stang analysis

NewCy-Fair program to support region’s cybersecurityworkforce

recommends hiring 319 deputies over next three years

BY ANNA LOTZ AND DANICA SMITHWICK

Legislature in 2017. Designed to bolster workforce programs for in-demand skills, the bill authorized community colleges to oer up to three bachelor’s degrees in applied science, applied technology and nursing with approval from the Texas Higher Edu- cation Coordinating Board. Valerie Jones, the associate vice chancellor of academic aairs for LSCS, said one requirement laid out in the bill was that tuition rates would align with standard community college rates. Students who have already earned an associate degree will be able to complete their bachelor’s degree for less than $10,000, according to Jones.

Four Lone Star College System campuses, including two in the Cy-Fair area, will begin oer- ing four-year degree programs for the rst time this fall following a nearly 15-year process to get state approval. LSCCyFair will oer a Bachelor of Applied Tech- nology in cybersecurity out of its Westway Park Technology Center o Beltway 8, and LSCUniver- sity Park will oer a Bachelor of Applied Science in energy, manufacturing and trades management at its Hwy. 249 campus. The new programs were made possible by the passing of Senate Bill 2118 through the Texas

H A R R I S COUN T Y PU B L I C H E A LTH I N I T I AT I V E S

Assessment ongoing on ways to improve health care access

2020 investments to boost chronic disease prevention, infectious diseases programs

SOURCES: U.S. CENSUS BUREAU, HARRIS COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH DEPARTMENT, HARRIS COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICECOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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