Classes begin for Lone Star College-Kingwood students today after flood damages

LSC-Kingwood science faculty took new microscopes and other equipment to the LSC-Atascocita Center so professors can successfully teach chemistry and biology classes.

LSC-Kingwood science faculty took new microscopes and other equipment to the LSC-Atascocita Center so professors can successfully teach chemistry and biology classes.

Classes at LSC-Kingwood started today after damage from Hurricane Harvey delayed the campus’ original Aug. 28 start date.

Sustaining the most damage of all Lone Star College System campuses, LSC-Kingwood took on water in six of its nine buildings, and officials have worked to convert nearly 600 face-to-face courses to online or hybrid formats.

“While the hurricane damaged our buildings, it did not shake our determination to get students educated,” said LSC-Kingwood President Katherine Persson. “Campus personnel pulled together to ensure that students were able to register, pay, and attend classes by Sept. 25.”

As of Sept. 22, LSC-Kingwood had a seven percent increase in student enrollment, according to a release from the college. More than 13,000 students are taking online classes and in-person and hybrid courses are being held in the Student Conference Center and the Music Instructional Building on campus.

The LSC-Atascocita Center, the East Montgomery County Improvement District, LSC-North Harris and LSC-Montgomery are also hosting classes for LSC-Kingwood students.

“We are very grateful to our sister colleges and community partnerships that have worked with us to provide vital classroom and lab spaces,” Persson said.
By Beth Marshall
Born and raised in Montgomery County, Beth Marshall graduated from The University of Texas at San Antonio in 2015 with a bachelor's degree in communication and a minor in business. Originally hired as a reporter for The Woodlands edition in 2016, she became editor of the Sugar Land/Missouri City edition in October 2017.