LSC Receives $100,000 Grant from Johnson Controls for Skilled Trades Training

HOUSTON, TX — Lone Star College (LSC) has received $100,000 as part of the Johnson Controls Community College Partnership program, which aims to equip students with in-demand knowledge and skills that will enable employment and a path for a lifetime of careers. will support their graduation. In addition to funding, Johnson Controls employees will support LSC through volunteerism and mentorships, providing students with hands-on experience, internship opportunities and professional networking connections.

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PHOTO: Lone Star College Foundation received a $100,000 grant from Johnson Controls to increase the number of students graduating with a two-year degree in HVAC-R or electrical engineering. Pictured (left to right) are Nicole Robinson Gauthier, CFRE, Executive Director of the LSC Foundation; Candice Ann Palacios, JCI Lead Systems Specialist II; Britt Willows, general manager of JCI Houston; William Pepperman, JCI senior engineer; Charis Prejean, LSC grants developer; Beth Thompson, Executive Director of LSC Resource Development and Osvaldo Caballero, Director of LSC Construction Technologies.

“As we enter another hot summer, we are reminded of the important role HVAC-R technicians play in our lives,” said Nicole Robinson Gauthier, CFRE, executive director of the LSC Foundation. “This generous award from Johnson Controls will help educate the next generation of skilled workers.”

LSC is one of 10 community colleges to receive grants for the 2021-2022 academic year. The grant is being provided by Johnson Controls in an effort to expand associate degree and certificate programs in heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC), fire and security, and digital building automation systems, all areas where the U.S. Bureau of Labor has a increase in the need for expertise in the coming years. In general, the funding will support the purchase and development of teaching materials, learning technologies and scholarships.


The scholarship funds will be used to increase enrollment and completion of students completing all three certifications and to increase the number of students graduating with an AAS degree in HVAC/R or Electrical Engineering. Increasing student enrollment, retention, and graduation will eventually lead to an increase in the number of “job-ready” skilled technicians in the Houston area.

The Electrical Occupational Entry Certificate provides students with a foundation of AC/DC circuitry, electrical safety, basic printout reading, NEC 2, and residential/commercial entry-level skills. The Level II certificate gives students motor control skills such as AC/DC motors, sensors, relays, motor starters and control circuits, as well as PLC skills.

The funds will also go towards increasing student retention for sophomores to earn an AAS degree by providing scholarships to those who obtain three stackable credentials and participate in the AAS degree programs.


“Johnson Controls is proud to build on our significant presence in the city by partnering with Lone Star College on the Community College Partnership Program. We believe the program will empower people to build lifelong careers that will change their lives and the city,” said Grady Crosby, VP of Public Affairs and Chief Diversity Officer at Johnson Controls. “Just as smart, healthy buildings are crucial to our well-being, well-trained and trained technicians are crucial to keep our environments working safely and efficiently. As a leader in the construction industry for more than a century, Johnson Controls is honored to share our expertise with the nation’s leading community colleges.”

The full list of subsidy recipients can be found here.

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At Johnson Controls (NYSE:JCI), we transform the environments where people live, work, learn and play. As a global leader in smart, healthy and sustainable buildings, our mission is to reshape building performance to serve people, places and the planet. With a history spanning more than 135 years of innovation, Johnson Controls delivers the blueprint of the future for industries such as healthcare, schools, data centers, airports, stadiums, manufacturing and beyond through its comprehensive digital offering, OpenBlue. With a global team of 100,000 experts in more than 150 countries, Johnson Controls offers the world’s largest portfolio of building technology, software and service solutions from some of the most trusted names in the industry. For more information visit or follow us @johnsoncontrols on Twitter.

Founded in 1991, the Foundation has expanded its initial investment of $20,000 to a comprehensive portfolio of over $30 million, and has provided more than $15 million in scholarships to nearly 16,000 students, as well as more than $7 million since inception. to program support. In 2019-2020, the Foundation provided $2.1 million in scholarships to 2,242 students plus $507,000 in program support and $185,000 in emergency aid to Lone Star College. Visit learn more.

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Lone Star College offers high-quality, low-cost academic transfer and career training to more than 93,000 students each semester. LSC educates tomorrow’s workforce today and redefines the community college experience to support student success. Stephen C. Head, Ph.D., is Chancellor of LSC, the largest higher education institution in the Houston area with an annual economic impact of nearly $3 billion. Lone Star College consists of seven colleges, eight centers, eight Workforce Centers of Excellence, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. For more information, visit


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