2017-2018 Fall Publication 
    May 18, 2024  
2017-2018 Fall Publication [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Workforce Degrees & Certificates

Non-Credit Programs of Study

Information about non-credit programs of study is available at LoneStar.edu/programs-classes. Non-credit programs of study are designed for students who want to obtain career training for immediate employment in specific occupations and generally do not include transferable college credits.

Credit Programs of Study

Each workforce degree and certificate plan shows a recommended sequence of coursework based on a student’s interest and career goal. Credit programs of study are designed for students who want to join the workforce and may also provide transfer credits to some degree programs at four-year universities for students planning to continue their education to obtain a bachelor’s degree.

General Education Requirements for the Associate of Applied Science Degree

See individual programs for specific information.

Gainful Employment

The U.S. Department of Education (DOE) requires that institutions of higher education must provide current and prospective students with information about each of its programs that “prepares students for gainful employment (GE) in a recognized occupation.”  Lone Star College certificate programs not designed to be fully transferable to a bachelor’s degree program are considered GE programs. 

The intent of this requirement is to enable students to make an informed choice about a gainful employment program.  In order to disclose information in a consistent, clear, and comparable format, the DOE requires colleges to provide this information on a designated webpage using the Gainful Employment Disclosure Template. 

These disclosures will assist students and their families to make determinations about the amount of student indebtedness incurred by students who completed the gainful employment program, the average costs of attending the program, rates of normal completion time, and job placement rates.  Additional information related to the GE regulations are available at https://www2.ed.gov/policy/highered/reg/hearulemaking/2009/negreg-summerfall.html.

For information about the estimated value and jobs related to LSC programs, please visit Gainful Employment