Lone Star College-Montgomery Provides “Free Ride” to Texas A&M

transfer students in front of the bus
Lone Star College-Montgomery recently sponsored a "free ride" for students interested in a daylong tour and information session at Texas A&M University. More than 30 students interested in transferring to Texas A&M accepted the "free ride." The event was part of the college's efforts to promote a culture of transfer among students.
When Lone Star College-Montgomery advertised a "free ride" for selected students who wanted to transfer to Texas A&M, it didn't take long for Matthew Samford's phone to start ringing. Samford, an academic counselor and one of the coordinators of the college's newly-formed Transfer, Recruitment and Career (TRAC) Center, knew students would be interested. The only catch was that it was a bus ride to College Station – part of an effort to promote a culture of transfer among the students at LSC-Montgomery. Indeed, more than 30 students accepted the "free ride," which included round trip transportation, an exclusive tour of the Texas A&M campus, meetings with university admissions advisors, and a lunch with Texas A&M officials.

Several of the students had recently been notified that they'd been accepted to Texas A&M; others were on a scouting trip to see if Aggieland was the right fit.

"It was a really awesome thing," said Ruben Balli, an LSC-Montgomery student interested in pursuing a bachelor's degree in business when he finishes at the community college. "I learned a lot – specifically, what it's like at Texas A&M, but also generally, what it's like to attend a university. It was definitely worth my time."

Samford said that all the students on the trip agreed with Balli's assessment.

students out in front of Texas A&M
Lone Star College-Montgomery recently sponsored a "free ride" for students interested in a daylong tour and information session at Texas A&M University. More than 30 students interested in transferring to Texas A&M accepted the "free ride." The event was part of the college's efforts to promote a culture of transfer among students.
"Our goal is to do this several times throughout each semester – visiting a variety of area universities," said Samford. "Texas A&M is ideal, though, because it can easily be done in one day. The students who went on the trip universally enjoyed themselves. It was a great inaugural event."

The LSC-Montgomery TRAC Center was created in early 2013 to, among other things, "create a culture of transfer among students," according to Samford. "Through the TRAC Center, students can get all kinds of transfer-related resources, as well as find out about careers that interest them. It's become a very popular spot for students who are looking for the next step in their educational journey."

The TRAC Center also sponsors regular recruiting sessions with dozens of universities, transfer and career workshops, and one-on-one career and transfer-oriented advising for students.

For more information on the LSC-Montgomery TRAC Center, contact Samford via e-mail at msamford@lonestar.edu or visit http://www.lonestar.edu/transfer-montgomery.

LSC-Montgomery is located at 3200 College Park Drive, one-half mile west of Interstate 45, between Conroe and The Woodlands. For more information about the college, call (936) 273.7000, or visit www.LoneStar.edu/montgomery.

 

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 one of the fastest-growing community college systems 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, seven 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.