According to LSC-Houston North President Quentin Wright, the $13 million project was funded through a partnership with Fallbrook Church, where the facility is located. As Fallbrook Church is already home to its own preschool program and Fallbrook Academy—a charter school for kindergarten through eighth-grade students with plans of expanding to the high school level—senior pastor Michael Pender said students will soon be able to attend preschool through college in one location.
"Our expertise isn't educating students, so we've built partnerships and we couldn't ask for a better partner than Lone Star [College]," Pender said. "This is the final piece of the puzzle for us to be able to focus on education and jobs; that's our community commitment."
LSC-Houston North Fallbrook is one of four campuses that make up LSC-Houston North, the newest college of the LSC system. LSC-Houston North also includes LSC-Houston North Fairbanks, LSC-Houston North Greenspoint and LSC-Houston North Victory.
The 51,000-square-foot facility will be able to accommodate 3,500 students and features nine traditional classrooms each with the capacity for 24 students; four computer classrooms; two science labs; one collaboration-based classroom; a warehouse lab, which will serve as a central food distribution hub for all LSC-Houston North campuses; and a student services area. The campus also features counseling services, a food pantry, mobile tutoring, several open study areas and a testing center.
Programs offered at the campus include associate degrees in the following areas: arts; science; arts in teaching, or education; applied science and certificate I in logistics management; applied science in mobile app design; applied science and certificate II in game design; and applied science in esports. Wright said the new campus will likely draw from neighboring school districts including Aldine and Spring ISDs.
"This is the first location in which every classroom is WebEx-enabled, meaning that we can do virtual conferences of classes from every classroom [so] every classroom has streaming ability," Wright said.
Construction began on the project in November 2019, and while the new campus was previously anticipated to open for the fall 2020 semester, Wright said the ongoing coronavirus pandemic pushed that timeline back a few months. However, the campus is now on track to open for the spring semester, and campus officials plan to host several registration events throughout December as well as an informational town hall Nov. 19 at 6 p.m. While the event will have limited in-person guests due to COVID-19, it will also be livestreamed.
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