The Woodlands Edition | February 2021

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Montgomery County pursues newcourt to reduce caseloads

SOURCES: LONE STAR GROUNDWATER CON SERVATION DISTRICT, SAN JACINTO RIVER AU THORITY, HARRISGALVESTON SUBSIDENCE DISTRICTCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER from natural or human activity. Long-term subsidence eects • Damage to buildings and infrastructure • Increased ooding risk • Elevation changes • Compacting of aquifers Subsidence, or the sinking of land due to movement beneath the earth’s surface, has been recorded over several decades in The Wood- lands area. Subsidence can result Spotting subsidence

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Montgomery County Commissioners Court approved pursuing the addition of a new county court at law in late January to lower the average case- load per judge and prevent the court system from becoming overwhelmed. The proposal for adding two courts was originally presented to the county commissioners Jan. 12. At the meeting, Court Administration Director Chad CONTINUED ON 46

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Prior to excessive groundwater use, clay and silt layers are loosely packed.

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Montgomery County has not added a court at law since 2007, and each of its ve courts now sees nearly 3,500 cases annually.

Subsidence key to county groundwater debate A series of decisions this year facing the entities that control water resources inMontgomeryCounty could not only aect local water bills in The Wood- lands area, but some experts say they could also have long-lasting environmental repercussions. These entities are examining the future of groundwater usage ahead of a regional decision on new long-term groundwater usage rules that must be adopted in early 2022. However, ocials and experts disagree on how much groundwater Mont- gomery County should be allowed to pump and how much subsidence—the gradual sinking of the land that can be caused by groundwater overuse—is acceptable as a result. Hydrologists widely agree excessive ground- water pumpage can result in subsidence, which can lead to ooding and infrastructure damage as well as exacerbating the activity of fault lines— cracks in the earth’s crust. Subsidence is more heavily concentrated in southern Montgomery County, with some areas in The Woodlands record- ing a subsidence rate of just over 1 centimeter per year, according to data from the Harris-Galveston Subsidence District. CONTINUED ON 44 BY BEN THOMPSON & VANESSA HOLT

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“MYCOURTHADOVER4,000CASE FILINGS LASTYEAR.WEAREATTHE FLOODINGPOINT.” CLAUDIA LAIRD, COURT AT LAW 2 JUDGE

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north of The Woodlands. Located at 3600 FM 1488, Ste. 105, Conroe, the store oers signature or customizable pizzas and calzones made with premi- um ingredients alongside salads and desserts. Delivery service is also avail- able from several food-ordering apps. 936-271-0557. www.iconicpizza.com 4 National Mexican chain Chipotle ocially opened its newest loca- tion in The Woodlands area Jan. 18 at 760 Sawdust Road, Spring. According to spokesperson Erin Wolford, the new location is open for takeout, mobile pickup and contactless delivery. The new location also features a Chipotlane, a drive-thru pickup lane that allows cus- tomers to pick up orders without leaving their cars. www.chipotle.com 5 The franchise Shipley Do-Nuts opened a new location at 24345 Gosling Road, Ste. 240, Spring, in mid-January. The store serves a range of doughnut varieties alongside items such as kolaches and coee. Both carryout and drive-thru ordering is available. The Houston com- pany was acquired by an aliate of Aus- tin-based Peak Rock Capital in January. 832-698-1542. www.shipleydonuts.com 6 Houston Wellness Center opened at 1111 Medical Plaza Drive, Ste. 110, The Woodlands, in early February. The center oers vitamin boosters, IV infusions and aesthetic treatments as well as membership packages for various services. 281-465-8630. www.houstonwellnesscenter.org 7 The Howard Hughes Corp. announced an extension of a temporary retail location from The Brookwood Community at Hughes Landing began

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NOWOPEN 1 Killen’s Restaurant Group marked the opening of its second restaurant in The Woodlands area with the launch of a Killen’s Barbecue location in Shenando- ah on Jan. 16. The barbecue restaurant, located in an approximately 4,250-square- foot space at 8800 Six Pines Drive, Shenandoah, is the second venture from founder and chef Ronnie Killen to open in the city following the arrival of Killen’s

Steakhouse in 2019. Alongside a selection of side dishes and desserts, Killen’s Bar- becue serves brisket, pulled pork, sausage and turkey available by the pound or on plates and sandwiches. 281-485-2272. www.killensbarbecue.com 2 Following a soft opening Jan. 23, Island Fin Poke Co. celebrated the grand opening of its new location in The Shops on Gosling at 24345 Gosling Road, Ste. 120, Spring, on Jan. 30. According to

franchise co-owner Matt Gustafson, this is the rst of three franchise locations planned to open over the next two years in the north Houston area. The Hawai- ian-style restaurant allows patrons to cre- ate their own poke bowl by choosing from eight proteins, more than 25 toppings, housemade sauces and specialty mix-ins. 832-310-0261. www.islandnpoke.com 3 A new bake-at-home pizzeria, Iconic Pizza , opened in early December

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Jan. 26. Brookwood, a Brookshire- based nonprot vocational and residential community for adults with disabilities, is oering locally made crafts and gifts from its storefront at 2025 Hughes Landing Blvd., Ste. 900, The Woodlands, through April 24. www.thewoodlands.com www.brookwoodcommunity.org 8 The inaugural Sterling Ridge Village Artisans and Farmers Market was held Feb. 7 at The Colonnade of The Woodlands shopping center. The new market at 30420 FM 2978, Magnolia, is hosted by the Sterling Ridge Village Association and features several area food vendors, artists and crafters. The market is set to continue on a semimonthly basis, with conrmed dates this spring including Feb. 21, March7andMarch21.www.facebook.com/ srvaartisansandfarmersmarket 9 The 24-hour infrared tness brand Hotworx will hold a grand opening for its new Augusta Woods studio Feb. 26 following the location’s soft launch in November. The studio, located at 25640 Kuykendahl Road, Ste. D, Tomball, features several saunas available for hot, virtually instructed isometric and high-intensity interval training workouts including cycle, yoga, Pilates and barre. Free workouts are available for new customers. 832-776-0099. www.hotworx.net/ studio/tomball-augustawood 10 Nexus Health Systems launched its new inpatient rehabilitation unit at 123 Vision Park Blvd., Shenandoah, with a virtual grand opening Jan. 28. The new unit will provide continuity of care for Nexus patients and for individuals

seeking care and rehabilitation in the community, according to a news release from Nexus. 281-364-0317. www.nexuscontinuum.com COMING SOON 11 Market Street in The Woodlands has announced athletic apparel store Fabletics has plans to open this summer at 9595 Six Pines Drive, The Woodlands. According to Noemi Gonzalez, Market Street marketing director, the new store is among new several announcements of new businesses coming to the mixed-use center for 2021. Fabletics oers clothing and accessories for both men and women. www.fabletics.com TWFG Insurance marked its 20th year in business in January, and it plans to celebrate the anniversary in July with a national convention at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel & Convention Center. TWFG oers individual, family, small-business and commercial insurance products from hundreds of locations nationwide. Its corporate oces are located at 1201 Lake Woodlands Drive, Ste. 4020, The Woodlands. 281-367-3424. www.twfg.com 13 The Woodlands-based Crust Pizza Co. marked its 10th year in business in January. The company was established in 2011 when friends and co- founders Clint Price and Mark Rasberry launched their inaugural pizzeria at 4775 W. Panther Creek Drive, Ste. 530, The Woodlands. The company said it ANNIVERSARIES 12 The Woodlands-based

The oil and gas company has relocated its headquarters fromMidland to Hughes Landing.

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FEATURED IMPACT RELOCATION Midland-based oil and gas company Ring Energy Inc. has announced eective Jan. 19 its headquarters has been relocated to 1725 Hughes Landing Blvd., The Woodlands. According to a press release from NAI Partners, which represents Ring Energy, the relocation serves the company’s goal for increasing its accessibility to the Greater Houston area. “We are implementing a new strategic vision for Ring, and relocating our headquarters to The Woodlands plans to launch eight additional eateries in 2021, including a new location in Spring. Crust Pizza Co.’s menu features several varieties of its signature tavern- style thin-crust pizza as well as salads, subs, pasta and desserts. 281-298-8844. www.crustpizzaco.com NEWOWNERSHIP 14 Terre and Amy Albert acquired Ace Handyman Services The Woodlands on Jan. 8. Located at 32618 Tamina Road, Ste. C, Magnolia, the business oers home repair and remodeling services, such as kitchen backsplash installation, furniture assembly, and shower and tub repair. It also oers online booking. 936-235-4124. www.acehandymanservices.com

is one of the key rst steps in this process,” CEO Paul D. McKinney said in the release. Ring Energy Inc. has drilled 1,400 wells to date. www.ringenergy.com

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RENOVATIONS 15 A renovation of The Woodlands United Methodist Church completed in December was centered on the church’s 5,000-square-foot facility for adults with disabilities. The church announced a partnership on Feb. 2 with Brookwood Community to establish a full-day work program for adults with disabilities. The new initiative will be set in the renovated church center, located at 2200 Lake Woodlands Drive, The Woodlands, which now includes three classrooms, oce space, a learning lab and a children’s worship room. Up to 20 participants will join Brookwood Woodlands when it reaches full capacity, church ocials said. 281-297-5900. www.thewoodlandsumc.org

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and sandwiches to smoked chicken and pulled pork, chicken-fried steak and fried catsh. Beer bread has also made its return and is available in half and full loaves. Southern sides, such as mac and cheese and squash casserole, are available, as well as desserts. 281-350-1902. www.facebook.com/ wunsche-brothers-127827977291970

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After undergoing renovations, Wunsche Brothers Cafe & Saloon reopened its doors Feb. 1 at 103 Midway St., Spring. The Old Town Spring staple has been closed for renovations for nearly six years following a re in 2015. The building was purchased by the Kosh family in March 2017. The Kosh family also owns and operates Amerigo’s Grille in The Woodlands. Donna Wick PR owner Donna Wick said the restaurant is still in a soft opening phase and is continuing to work out its operations. According to its menu, the eatery serves American fare ranging from burgers

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DISCOVERY CREEK BLVD. Ste. 102, Spring, oers nonsurgical, laser- based cosmetic treatments including hair, vein and tattoo removal, skin tightening, chemical peels and microneedling procedures individually and through monthly membership packages. Skin care products are also available for purchase. 281-214-7777. www.myeliteskin.com 3 Beauty salon Bellacio Nails & Spa opened in the Harper’s Preserve plaza Dec. 19. The salon provides a variety of services such as manicure, pedicure, articial nail, waxing, eyelash and eyebrow services, and a wide selection of nail polishes. The owners of the location also own the salons in Spring and Humble named Bellagio Nails & Spa, which oer similar services for nails. The new salon is located at 10160 Hwy. 242, Ste. 1100, Conroe. 832-334-6464. www.bellacionailsspa.com

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4 Tenants for Rayford Oce Park , located at 1310 Rayford Park Road, Ste. 302, Spring, have been announced, including medical oces and several other rms. Sequoia Medical Prac- tice and Sequoid Telehealth-Remote Patient Monitoring have oces at the facility as well as WRC Roong and Construction, Down Blue LLC and Insight Environmental. 832-271-7751. www.rayfordocepark.com

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The Woodlands Marathon, a qualifying event for the Boston Marathon, is held along the streets of Town Center and The Woodlands Waterway. Participants can run for charities as well in the Charity Challenge. 7 a.m. $35-$140. The Woodlands Waterway, The Woodlands. www.thewoodlandsmarathon.com (Courtesy The Woodlands Township)

Attendees can bring lawn chairs to enjoy live performances at this year’s event, which features original artwork, children’s activities and live entertainment. 2-6 p.m. Free. Northshore Park, 2505 Lake Woodlands Drive, The Woodlands. 281-210-3800. www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov (Courtesy The Woodlands Township)

Vendors oer a variety of market items monthly. (Courtesy The Woodlands Farmer’s Market at Grogan’s Mill) FARMERSMARKET Buy from local produce vendors The Woodlands Farmer’s Market is open on Saturdays. Visitors can shop from a variety of vendors who grow or produce their products. Prots from the market are returned to the Grogan’s Mill Village Association’s programs, including scholarships and community awards. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free (to attend). Grogan’s Mill Village Center 7 Switchbud Place, The Woodlands 713-419-3388 www.woodlandsfarmermarket.com

FEBRUARY 16 CELEBRATEMARDI GRAS AT THE CHILDREN’SMUSEUM Guests can celebrate Fat Tuesday in traditional Louisiana style at The Woodlands Children’s Museum. Attendees can create their own masks and noisemakers. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. $7. The Woodlands Children’s Museum, 4775 W. Panther Creek Drive, Ste. 280, The Woodlands. 281-465-0955. www.woodlandschildrensmuseum.org 20 LEARNABOUT ORGANIC GARDENING ONLINE Joe Masabni, Texas A&M Extension vegetable specialist, will share his vegetable research and lifelong gardening expertise. Attendees for the virtual session will learn strategies for managing soil, companion planting, organic pest management, and selecting and rotating plants. Registration is required to attend. 9 a.m.-noon. Free. Online. 281-210-3800. www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov 25 LEARNABOUT THE BAY The Woodlands Green holds a monthly lecture series via Zoom

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meetings. The February topic is “State of the Bay: A Report Card.” Erin Kinney of the Houston Advanced Research Center discusses the annual Galveston Bay Report and the eect waterways such as Spring Creek and the San Jacinto River have on the bay. 7 p.m. Free. Online event. 713-540-1964. www.thewoodlandsgreen.org 26 DONATE BLOOD TO THE YMCA The Woodlands Family YMCA is hosting a blood drive in support of the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center. Donors will also receive a free COVID-19 antibody test for their participation. Registration prior to the event is encouraged, but walk-ups will be welcome. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Free. The Woodlands Family YMCA, 8100 Ashlane Way, The Woodlands. 281-367-9622. www.ymcahouston.org 27 RUNA 5K RACE The Woodlands Marathon’s 5K Fun Run will allow participants to run or walk a course that will go through the streets of Town Center and return to the nish line on the Woodlands Waterway. Awards will be given based on age group. 7:30 a.m. $40. Trolley Path, 2099 Lake Robbins Drive, The Woodlands. www.thewoodlandsmarathon.com

SEE ANOUTDOOR CONCERT The Concert in the Park series returns to The Woodlands this spring at Northshore Park. Attendees are welcome to bring blankets, coolers and lawn chairs and practice social distancing while abiding by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines for public spaces. Bulbo is the performer March 7, and Sound Warehouse will perform March 14. The series will continue in April. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Free. Northshore Park, 2505 Lake Woodlands Drive, The Woodlands. 281-210-3950. www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov 13 FATHERSON CHALLENGE Fathers and sons can work together to complete challenges around the Recreation Center at Rob Fleming Park, including kayaking, puzzles and races. Prizes will be awarded for team accomplishments. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. $37.50, $15 for each additional sibling. The Recreation Center at Rob Fleming Park, 6464 Creekside Forest Drive, The Woodlands. 281-516-7348. www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov

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LIVEMUSIC CALENDAR

Live music in and around The Woodlands area

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20 Duane Dulane, 6 p.m. 21 Justin LeBlanc, 11 a.m. 24 Anthony Pitt & Justin Peña, 6 p.m. 25 Pete Scadi, 6 p.m. MARCH 03 Anthony Pitt & Justin Peña, 6 p.m. 04 Pete Scadi, 6 p.m. GLADE CULTURAL CENTER 2000 Woodlands Parkway, The Woodlands 832-557-8781 www.gladeculturalcenter.com FEBRUARY 19 Dueling Pianos, 8 p.m. 23 A Song to Remember, Frédéric François Chopin chamber concert, 7 p.m. MAHONEY’S TEXISH RESTAURANT AND BAR 24 Waterway Ave., Ste. 100,

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The Texas native brings his blues- and soul-infused country music to Dosey Doe’s Big Barn. (Courtesy Charley Crockett) 24 Steve Garcia, 6 p.m. 25 Brian Carrion, 8 p.m. 26 Not the Rachels, 8:30 p.m. 27 Vertigo, 8:30 p.m. MARCH 03 Paige Lewis, 6 p.m. 04 Anthony Pitt, 8 p.m. 05 The Rikkis, 8:30 p.m. 06 Diamond Jack, 8:30 p.m. 10 JB Barnett, 6 p.m. 11 Kelley Peters Trio, 8 p.m. 12 Sick Duck, 8:30 p.m. 13 Not the Rachels, 8:30 a.m.

The rock trio Nervous Rex will perform at Mahoney’s Texish Restaurant and Bar in February. (Courtesy Nervous Rex) WATERWAY NIGHTS 31 Waterway Square Place, The Woodlands 281-210-3800 www.thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov FEBRUARY 20 The Goods, 6:30 p.m. 27 Loophole, 6:30 p.m. MARCH 06 A Tribute to Johnny Cash, 6:30 p.m.

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TRANSPORTATIONUPDATES

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2 Kuykendahl Road widening A project to widen Kuykendahl Road from two to four lanes from Lake Woodlands Drive to Research Forest Drive began construction Jan. 11, according to Precinct 3 ocials. A new bridge will be constructed over Bear Branch to accommodate the northbound lanes, and the existing two lanes will become southbound lanes. The contractor started placing construction signage and excavating during the rst week of work. Timeline: early 2021-early 2022 Cost: $3.57 million Funding source: Montgomery County Precinct 3 3 Rayford Road improvements A project will widen Rayford Road to four lanes between an area 40 feet east of Waterbend Cove and approximately 400 feet east of Birnham Woods Drive. It includes creating two new eastbound travel lanes from Waterbend to Rayford’s intersection with Birnham Woods and using the existing road for the westbound lanes. The project also includes constructing a trac signal at the Rayford-Birnham Woods intersection and widening Birnham Woods by 600 feet

north and south of Rayford. As of mid- January, most of the Rayford excavation was completed, and several pours on new lanes were completed. Timeline: October 2020-fall 2021 Cost: $2.88 million Funding source: Montgomery County Precinct 3 4 FM 2978 widening The Texas Department of Transportation will widen FM 2978 from two to four lanes with a center turn lane from FM 1488 to south of Dry Creek in Phase 1 and from south of Dry Creek to Conroe- Hufsmith Road in Phase 2. The bridge over Spring Creek will also be widened. As of early February, the rst phase of the project was 62% complete; the second phase was 98% complete; and the bridge was 99% complete. Timeline: September 2018-second quarter 2021 (Phase 1), January 2018-rst quarter 2021 (Phase 2), October 2018-rst quarter 2021 (bridge) Cost: $21.47 million (Phase 1), $13.7 million (Phase 2), $7.56 million (bridge) Funding sources: TxDOT, federal funds

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1 Flashing light installation Flashing yellow arrows will be installed at three locations as part of an eort to update the Northstar Network in The Woodlands Town Center, according to Montgomery County Precinct 3 ocials. Precinct 3 Commissioner James Noack said the upgrade will help decrease wait times at the intersections and eliminate congestion. The signals will be installed at Lake Robbins and Six Pines drives; Six Pines and Market Street; and Timber- loch and Six Pines drives. Timeline: January-March Cost: N/A (cost is part of regular trac operations budget) Funding source: Montgomery County Precinct 3

Hwy. 242 overpass at FM 1314 The project will construct a grade separation along Hwy. 242 from west to east of FM 1314. This is the rst of four projects to construct an overpass at Hwy. 242 and FM 1314. The project was 79% complete as of Feb. 8. Timeline: July 2018-fourth quarter 2021 Cost: $24.26 million Funding sources: federal funds, TxDOT

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RAYFORD ROADOFFICE A new medical and retail oce is opening at Rayford Road and Wild Rose Drive. According to Sage Klement Cuenod, leasing agent for Streetwise Retail Advisors, the building features a Heartland Dental. It began construction in the summer, and the building exterior concluded construction in late January. Space: 6,000 square feet Timeline: summer 2020-January

COPENDERO GUN RANGE Work has commenced on the Copendero Gun Range coming to Robinson Road in Oak Ridge North. The indoor archery, pistol and rie range is anticipated to be around 32,000 square feet upon completion, according to the Facebook page for the business. It will be completed this winter, according to the company. Space: 32,000 square feet Timeline: winter 2021 completion

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EDUCATION Lone Star College seeks newbaccalaureate programs in ongoing Legislative session

IN THEWORKS The Lone Star College System currently offers three bachelor’s degree programs in nursing, cybersecurity and applied sciences.

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“We thought that we would be able to scale these programs over a few years, but we found that we’re going to need to add additional cohorts and open them to even more students to accommodate the demand,” Scott said. LSC-Montgomery’s Bachelor of Science in nursing program will expand to two cohorts of 30 students each in fall 2022, Media Relations Director Bill Van Rysdam said. Additionally, he said LSC- Montgomery, which is located off College Park Drive, will offer a hybrid learning environment, and LSC-Tomball will offer an online program for the four-year nursing degree. According to Scott, student interest in the nursing program has increased due to demand for health care professionals during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. “Just speaking directly of the nursing program, there’s probably not ... a campus within our service area that’s not seeing increased need for nurses and health care professionals,” Scott said. “We’re seeing a really elevated demand for health care workers, so we could probably expand that into any number of campuses and find it.” Although a legislative timeline is unclear, Scott said, legislative approval is required for the LSCS to offer additional baccalaureate programs, Community Impact Newspaper previously reported. Senate Bill 2118—passed by the 85th Legislature in 2017—authorized community colleges to offer up to

After nearly a year of adapting to the coronavirus pandemic, expansions are on the horizon for the Lone Star College System. Legislation has been drafted for the LSCS to offer two new bachelor’s degree programs in health care infor- mation technology and emergency management, said Kyle Scott, the LSCS vice chancellor for strategic pri- orities, although Scott said he could not share which state legislators the college system is working with. Although legislation has yet to be filed as of press time, the four-year degree programs are slated to be offered in 2022 if approved during the Texas legislative session, he said. “Once we do a canvass of the market and figure out where the demand is going to be—that’s the first step to developing these programs,” Scott said. “Then, because these are going to be bachelor’s programs, ... we have to make sure that ... the design of the curriculum and that the [campus] placement that these graduates will go into will not be in competition with our four-year degree [college] partners.” Programexpansions Expansions are also underway for LSCS’ current four-year degree program in nursing, which launched last fall. The LSCS debuted its Bachelor of Applied Technology in cybersecurity and Bachelor of Applied Science in energy, manufacturing and trades management programs as well last fall at select campuses.

Campus : LSC-Montgomery

Fall cohort : 30 students

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BACHELOR OF APPLIED TECHNOLOGY IN CYBERSECURITY

Campus : LSC-Westway Park Technology Center

Fall cohort : 48 students Spring cohort : 24 students

BACHELOR OF APPLIED SCIENCE IN ENERGY, MANUFACTURING AND TRADESMANAGEMENT

Campuses : LSC-North Harris, LSC-University Park

Fall cohort : 60 students Spring cohort : 60 students

Legislation has been drafted for the college to offer baccalaureate programs in health care information technology and emergency management , although a legislative timeline has yet to be finalized. SOURCE: LONE STAR COLLEGE SYSTEM/COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

three bachelor’s degrees in applied science, applied technology and nursing upon approval from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. LSC-Magnolia Center update While the LSCS prepares to add programs, plans for the LSC-Magnolia Center, a satellite campus of LSC- Montgomery, are still in the works. LSCS Chief Financial Officer Jennifer Mott said in late January a land purchase deal for a new site location in Magnolia is in the process following previous complications. As previously reported, the LSCS’ plans to build near FM 1488 and FM 1774 were challenged by the Texas Department of Transportation’s proposed Magnolia Relief Route—a loop on the north side of Magnolia— cutting through the property.

“Lone Star College has wanted this center built and completed years ago, and honestly, the holdup this entire time has been just the challenges we’ve encountered in getting a site,” Mott said. Mott said a decision on the new site located near the previously proposed location is expected to be finalized in the next three months. The Magnolia Center is a remaining project from the LSCS’ $485 million bond referendum voters approved in 2014. Following the land purchase, design and construction on the $27.7 million project is slated to take two years to complete, setting the center’s projected opening date to fall 2023—a two-year delay from the original date of fall 2021. Anna Lotz contributed to this report.

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