On June 27, Lone Star College System hosted a groundbreaking for the long-awaited Magnolia Center, which is slated to welcome students in the spring of 2026.

How we got here

Planning for the Magnolia Center—which will be a satellite campus for LSC-Montgomery—has been ongoing since 2014, and the project’s design was completed in late 2022, as previously reported by Community Impact. The project is expected to cost about $34 million and is part of LSCS’s $485 million bond, which was approved by voters in 2014.

The details

According to informational materials from the groundbreaking and from LSCS leaders, the Magnolia Center will:
  • Measure about 51,900 square feet
  • Offer academic transfer courses; heating, ventilation, and air conditioning programs; and Emergency Medical Services Professions programs
  • Include seven classrooms, seven labs and five computer classrooms
  • House amenities such as a library, testing center and a meeting space that can be reserved by community members
  • Be completed by December 2025
  • Be located at 1280 Escondido Drive, Magnolia
Quotes of note

Multiple LSCS leaders spoke at the June 27 groundbreaking, including Chancellor Mario Castillo.

“Thank you so much for your patience,” Castillo said. “We are going to build this thing on time. ... [In] 513 days, this thing will open one way or another. ... We're here to celebrate that we're finally on the way, but the real celebration will be when these first Magnolia Center students walk across that stage.”

LSC-Montgomery President De' Reese Reid-Hart said she will be following the project closely.

“We're going to all make sure this project stays on track. ... At any time, if anyone in the community has a question about the center, please feel free to reach out to me directly, and I will respond immediately to whatever questions you may have,” Reid-Hart said.