Lone Star College - CyFair's Cy the Falcon, in Cypress, Texas. (LSC courtesy photo)
Lone Star College - CyFair's Cy the Falcon, in Cypress, Texas. (LSC courtesy photo)

CYPRESS — Lone Star College-CyFair kicks off the Fall 2020 semester as the largest single campus provider of Dual Credit in Texas with more than 6,000 Dual Credit students enrolled in more than 12,000 courses.

“Our Dual Credit program is one of the many ways our campus serves the community by offering an affordable jump start to a college education,” said LSC-CyFair President Dr. Seelpa Keshvala. “It is through our collaborative partnerships that we are impacting the lives of thousands of students who choose to start their higher education journey with us.”Dr. Michel Rodriguez-Zuch, LSC-CyFair’s Dean of Academic Affairs, said the Dual Credit program partnership with Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District (CFISD) enrolled approximately 1,700 students in Fall 2011. The program now includes the CFISD College Academy, which is organized in a cohort fashion, and more recently the addition of Lamar Consolidated ISD in the Richmond/Rosenberg area.

Hollander Thompson, Director of Educational Services and Partnerships, said Dual Credit is approximately 14% of all enrollment in higher education in Texas. The number of students has increased across all demographics. Part of the growth is due to changes in state laws, which in turn, have removed barriers allowing LSC-CyFair to work with partner ISDs and further build the Dual Credit program providing more access to, and benefits for, students.

“There are many benefits in choosing Dual Credit classes. The cost benefit is the eye opener at $78 for a 3 credit hours Dual Credit course. After high school graduation, that same course would cost $270 for in-district students at LSC versus $1,400 at Texas A&M University in addition to the purchase of books,” said Rodriguez-Zuch.

For some students $78 is still too expensive, so LSC-CyFair partners with CFISD to help students who qualify for free and reduced lunch pay for half the cost. This Dual Credit scholarship has been provided by CFISD, the Cy-Fair Educational Foundation or Cy-Hope.

Another benefit of the Dual Credit program is that it provides high school students an opportunity to get a year ahead on their college path. Students who qualify for the College Academy Program can earn an associate degree by the time they graduate from high school. Students apply at the end of their 8th-grade year and can begin taking courses in the summer after their freshman year. They can choose from academic or workforce program courses.

“There are a lot of different choices for parents and students to consider and decide what works best for the student’s future college and career goals,” Thompson said. “We want to do everything we can to help partner with families and the ISDs to help students be successful. This is our whole motivation behind working in a community college.”

For detailed information on the Dual Credit program, students should see their high school Dual Credit counselor. ​
Helping more than 23,000 students reach their academic and career goals, Lone Star College-CyFair is the 5th comprehensive college in the Lone Star College System, located at 9191 Barker Cypress Road just three miles south of U.S. Highway 290. Start close and go far at LSC-CyFair as well as at LSC-Cypress Center, located at 19710 Clay Road and LSC-Westway Park Technology Center, located at 5060 Westway Park Boulevard. For more information about LSC-CyFair and its programs, call 281.290.3200 or visit LoneStar.edu/cyfair.
Lone Star College offers high-quality, low-cost academic transfer and career training education to 93,000+ students each semester. LSC is training tomorrow’s workforce today and redefining the community college experience to support student success. Stephen C. Head, Ph.D., serves as chancellor of LSC, the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area with an annual economic impact of nearly $3 billion. LSC consists of seven colleges, 10 centers, two university centers, Lone Star Corporate College and LSC-Online. To learn more, visit www.LoneStar.edu.
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