The Woodlands Edition - March 2020

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Lone Star College System has been preparing to launch bachelor’s programs for over a decade. LONG TIME COMING







Lone Star College begins its pursuit of bachelor’s degrees.

Texas Legis- lature allows bachelor’s de- grees in commu- nity colleges.

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The Woodlands area is gaining a new and cost-ef- fective source of medical education designed with the growth of the health care industry in mind. This fall, area registered nurses will be able to obtain bachelor’s degrees at Lone Star College-Mont- gomery following the passage of Senate Bill 2118 by the Texas Legislature in 2017 and approval from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Among those excited about the nursing program is Kerrie Guerrero, the chief nursing ocer and vice president of Houston Methodist The Woodlands Hos- pital. Guerrero said around 14%, or 50, of the nurses at the hospital are working toward or could benet from obtaining a bachelor’s degree. “We want to constantly provide professional devel- opment opportunities for our sta,”Guerrero said. “The Lone Star programdoes that. It is close to home. ... This is an incredible opportunity for nurses across Mont- gomery County and especially in TheWoodlands.” CONTINUED ON 50 Lone Star College adds rst local bachelor’s programs BY ANDREW CHRISTMAN AND ANNA LOTZ

RANDALLS CLOSINGS 1 College Park: Closed in 2018. The site will become a Star Cinema Grill in late 2020. 2 Panther Creek: Closed Feb. 15 3 Grogan's Mill: Closed Feb. 15

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2 village centers lose grocery anchors Two of The Woodlands’ eight village shopping centers lost anchor grocery stores after Randalls closed its Panther Creek and Grogan’s Mill locations Feb. 15, leaving the community scrambling to ensure the vacancies do not cause the centers to deterio- rate, according to local residents and businesses. Located in populated residential areas where township ocials said village grocery stores were part of The Woodlands’ plan, the possibility of an extended vacancy has caused both merchants and nearby residents to raise alarms. “The reality of it is we aren’t going to have something for quite some time, years realistically,” said Rebecca Schner, owner of jewelry store New- LotusMoon in the Grogan’s Mill Village Center, which opened in 2019. Schner is leading a merchant’s association that sprang up in the center in the wake of the announced closing. Residents in neighboring villages are also aected. Carol Stromatt, a former township direc- tor and current member of the Indian Springs Village Association, said the Panther Creek cen- ter’s proximity to that village and particularly CONTINUED ON 56 BY ANDREW CHRISTMAN AND VANESSA HOLT SPRING

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