Lone Star College System and Virtual Intelligence Providers partnership to benefit local global corporations

Published on: February 28, 2013

Lone Star College System (LSCS) and Virtual Intelligence Providers, LLC (VIP) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to establish an innovative educational and commercial partnership to align corporate training needs with higher education programs.

Houston-based VIP provides project support, customized solutions, tools and resources in technology, organizational development and professional services on a global level. The company has received more than 20 awards of excellence, including state and national recognition. Most recently, VIP was named a FAST 100 Corporation and ranked the eighth Fastest-Growing Woman-Owned Businesses in Texas. As a minority business enterprise leader, VIP President Sonia Clayton has based her business model on “quality, performance excellence and customer satisfaction.”

Lone Star Corporate College will lead LSCS’s efforts in this partnership. Headquartered at LSC-University Park, Corporate College works with Houston based multinational corporations to provide customized training, open enrollment courses and professional development seminars. With annual revenues of $5 million, Lone Star Corporate College has assisted Fortune 500 companies in workforce planning and leadership succession, creation and retention of jobs, and increasing productivity and profitability.  Lone Star Corporate College specializes in the energy, computer technology and advanced manufacturing sectors, and has been increasingly called upon to assist its partners close the growing “skills gap” for workers in today’s knowledge based, high-tech economy.  As technology and innovations continue to create rapidly changing employer needs, LSCC can quickly deploy customized training and education anywhere, anytime and in any way including online, providing high-quality, results-oriented, relevant solutions.

Lone Star Corporate College local alliances with several of Houston’s leading corporations such as Anadarko, Baker Hughes, Halliburton, Hewlett Packard and National Oilwell Varco, along with VIP’s global alliances in the oil and gas industry, will allow companies to meet and exceed international work standards and the ever-changing demands of economic development. “Together, VIP and Lone Star College will be able to provide comprehensive, customized and cost-effective services and programs to more than 90 VIP global customers and hundreds of existing LSCS customers,” said Shah Ardalan, president, LSC-University Park. 

Both LSCS and VIP have defined areas of common interest including: training, organizational change management and professional development. This partnership allows both to expand their offerings and provide more services to meet the ever-changing demands of industries such as energy, advanced manufacturing and computer technology. The combined partnership provides specialized training and services related to project management, organizational change management (OCM), software-related services, enterprise software and applications such as Oracle and SAP.

For more information on this alliance or to schedule an interview, please contact Lone Star College-Corporate College at 281.296.7827 or e-mail at CorporateCollege@LoneStar.edu.

LSC-University Park is the newest LSCS campus and includes one of the two LSCS university centers. The campus is located at the corner of State Highway 249 and Louetta Road across from Vintage Park. For more information about LSC-University Park, call 281.290.2600 or visit LoneStar.edu/UP.

Lone Star College System has been opening doors to a better community for 40 years. Founded in 1973, LSCS remains steadfast in its commitment to student success and credential completion. Today, with 78,000 students in credit classes, and a total enrollment of more than 90,000, Lone Star College System is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area and the fastest-growing community college system in the nation. Dr. Richard Carpenter is the chancellor of LSCS, which consists of six colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, LSC-Tomball and LSC-University Park, five centers, LSC-University Center at Montgomery, LSC-University Center at University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.