The University of Houston will open two new buildings at instructional sites in Sugar Land and Katy with the start of the fall 2019 semester.
"The Tier One programs offered at the two instructional sites mirror the professional and career opportunities that will be available to graduates,â€ said Paula Myrick Short, UH senior vice president for academic affairs and provost.
The new buildings are the result of years of planning with the respective communities. Expanding higher education opportunities in Katy has long been a goal of UH, and the new building at Sugar Land is crucial to accommodate the broadening programs and growing number of students attending classes there.
"We worked with stakeholders in both communities and were very intentional in the programs we wanted to offer. We are pleased to bring their vision to fruition,"said Jay Neal, associate vice president for academic affairs and chief operating officer for UH at Sugar Land and UH at Katy.
The College of Technology building, located on the UH at Sugar Land site at U.S. 59 and University Blvd., is a 100,000-square foot facility with state-of-the-art classroom, training and research spaces. Students may pursue studies in biotechnology, construction management, digital media, human resource development, mechanical engineering, supply chain and logistics technology, and technology leadership and innovation management.
"The expansion of University of Houston at Sugar Land will offer greater opportunities to prepare career-ready students poised for leadership in technology," said Dean Anthony Ambler.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony and tour of the new building is planned for Sept. 12.
Additionally, UH will open an instructional site in the city of Katy. The building, located near the intersection of Interstate 10 and the Grand Parkway, will house programs from the UH College of Nursing and the UH Cullen College of Engineering.
"Given the demand for engineering talent across the Greater Houston area, the expansion of UH engineering programs in Katy is both imperative and inevitable,â€ said Joseph W. Tedesco, Elizabeth D. Rockwell Dean of the Cullen College. "The city of Houston needs a homegrown workforce trained to take on the engineering jobs of the future while filling in the skills gaps of today."
The College of Nursing will offer the traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing.
"The College of Nursing has been very successful, and we are honored to expand our nursing programs in Katy,â€ said Kathryn Tart, professor and founding dean of the college. "Katy will now have the benefit of training the next generation of nurses through the University of Houston."
UH at Katy will share the building with the University of Houstonâ€“Victoria at Katy. Programs from UHV Katy include business, education and liberal arts.
A combined enrollment of more than 600 students is expected when classes start in the fall at the Katy site.
A formal ribbon-cutting ceremony and tour of the Katy building is planned for Oct. 14.
UH at Sugar Land and UH at Katy are instructional sites of the University of Houston. The sites feature Tier One programs and classes taught by UH faculty and instructors.