UH-Katy news

UH System Universities to Launch Higher Ed Programs in Katy this Fall
UH Cullen College of Engineering and UH-Victoria to Offer Classes

The University of Houston will offer classes beginning with the Fall 2016 semester at the Houston Community College (HCC) Northwest-Katy Campus, about a mile north of Interstate 10 at 1550 Foxlake Drive. UH-Victoria (UHV) will offer face-to-face classes at a new leased facility about a mile north of I-10 at 2002 W. Grand Parkway N., Building 2. The arrangement will allow UH and UHV to continue serving the higher education needs of the region while a new UH System campus is built near I-10 and the Grand Parkway.

Courses begin Aug. 22, offered at 2 locations

According to that article, UH-Sugar Land will be combined into the new Katy campus. Can that be right? I thought UHSL was a growing school with a campus.

Just the UH-Victoria classes will be moved to Katy. The main campus will be expanding their offerings at Sugarland. The only campus that will be going away is the Cinco Ranch location.

First courses being offered in the Katy area:

University of Houston offering energy-focused engineering courses in Katy

A new UH branch campus in Katy will offer degrees most relevant to current industry demands, including engineering, business and education. A grand opening of the UH Katy facilities located near I-10 and Grand Parkway is tentatively scheduled for 2018.

Joseph W. Tedesco, Elizabeth D. Rockwell dean of the Cullen College, said the college’s administrators didn’t want to wait that long to begin offering engineering courses in Katy.

“Katy is one of the fastest-growing areas in the Houston region, and the demand for energy and engineering talent in Katy has never been greater. We want those who live in the area to have access to a world-class engineering education in their own backyard,” Tedesco said.

UH buys land for new Katy campus

Houston-based Parkside Capital will develop the infrastructure, such as streets, lighting and landscaping, for the newly branded University Center on 125 acres, Parkside Capital CEO John S. Moody said in an announcement.

The UH System plans to break ground on an 80,000-square-foot building at University Center in August and open it in fall 2019. The campus will initially accommodate 2,000 students, but it could eventually serve up to 10,000 students in additional buildings.


According to the Houston Business Journal, UH’s 46 acres will be part of the 125 acres of the new campus, which is expected to serve 2,000 students initially. With the systems’ master plan of 500,000 square feet of space, it will eventually be able to accommodate 8,000 to 10,000 students.

He said another big reason for the development is the 46-acre future University of Houston campus here, which is expected to break ground next year. UH and UH-Victoria will offer undergraduate and master’s level classes there.

University of Houston’s Katy groundbreaking delayed until spring

Land acquisition has slowed the University of Houston’s construction timeline for a new Katy campus. The site is now expected to be break ground in the spring rather than in August as originally projected.

“However, the facility remains on track for the scheduled opening in 2019,” Mike Rosen, executive director of media relations for the UH system, said in an email. “The land acquisition took longer than expected.”

University of Houston—Katy campus set to open for 2019-20 school year

The University of Houston purchased land at University Center to build a $32 million campus. The site’s 80,000-square-foot location is at the northeast corner of the intersection of the Grand Parkway and I-10.

The facility will host about 2,000 students once it opens, and it may expand up to 10,000 students in time.

The latest
SmithGroupJJR was selected to design the new Katy facility, said Chris Stipes, UH director of media relations. Stipes said the university will break ground later this spring.

What’s next
UH expects to begin holding classes at the Katy campus by fall 2019, Stipes said. Once the campus opens, students who currently attend classes at the university’s main and Victoria campuses will be moved to the Katy facility.

New University of Houston campus to bring tier one education to the Katy area

The Katy campus will offer programs from the colleges of engineering and nursing at the flagship UH campus. Undergraduate engineering degrees that will be offered at the campus include computer engineering, construction engineering and systems engineering; graduate degrees will be offered in the subsea program, petroleum engineering, environmental engineering, power systems and corrosion programs.

Neal said officials are working to bring a more traditional bachelor of science for the nursing program to the Katy campus as well.

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Katy ISD increases police presence, UH Katy breaks ground: 5 things to know in Katy this week, May 21-25

Groundbreakings held for UH, Texana

The University of Houston will host a groundbreaking ceremony and reception for its new Katy facility 1 p.m. May 23 at Partnership Way, off the Grand Parkway north of I-10.

As part of a collaborative effort to make it easier for students to achieve their academic goals, specifically in engineering and nursing; and for the Houston Community College to tap into the growing population that the Katy Independent School District and surrounding districts have experienced, the college system is moving its existing Katy campus to be closer in proximity to the future site of the University of Houston at Katy campus.

Houston Community College Chancellor Dr. Cesar Maldonado said that while the college system has not selected a piece of property, the board of trustees on Sept. 5 approved the concept of moving the college system’s existing facility at Foxlake to the Grand Parkway area where the UH-Katy facility construction is underway and scheduled for completion in fall 2019.

“We got a good partnership with the University of Houston and they shared with us what they were doing in that area,” Maldonado said. “It was advantageous to HCC, to UH and primarily to the students in terms of tuition if they could rely on HCC to provide the first two years of a four-year degree. From that was born the concept of us being the first two years of the degree.”

After years of planning and anticipation, the University of Houston broke ground on its new campus in Katy on Wednesday, May 23. The UH Katy Campus, located at the northeast corner of the Grand Parkway and Interstate 10, will offer programs in high demand throughout the region – engineering and nursing.

“If you’re going to be University of Houston, you have to own Houston and the Greater Houston area,” said Renu Khator, Chancellor and President of the University of Houston System

The 80,000 sq. ft. building is slated to open its doors in fall 2019 as a direct extension of the UH main campus, but sporting its own modern look and feel. The flagship campus will offer undergraduate programs in computer engineering, construction engineering and systems engineering as well as graduate degrees in subsea, petroleum, environmental, power systems and corrosion engineering.

Roughly 600 undergraduate and 480 graduate engineering students are expected to enroll at the Katy campus this fall. The UH Cullen College is planning to increase its program offerings at the Katy campus in direct response to industry and workforce needs across the region.

“Given the demand for engineering talent across the Greater Houston area, the expansion of UH Engineering programs in Katy is both imperative and inevitable. 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,” said Joseph W. Tedesco, Elizabeth D. Rockwell Dean of the UH Cullen College of Engineering. “That’s precisely what brings us here.”

Due to overwhelming demand for engineering programs in the area, the UH Cullen College began offering courses at the Houston Community College (HCC) Northwest campus in 2016. More than 15 graduate-level courses in subsea, petroleum, electrical, environmental and mechanical engineering are currently offered at HCC in Katy.

“The Cullen College has continued to grow in the Katy area thanks to the support of our partners at the Houston Community College-Northwest Campus,” said Tedesco. “We are continuing to develop a relationship with HCC, because they will be important to us in being successful in offering courses that this community truly needs.”

Want to engineer YOUR future? The demand for engineering talent is higher in the city of Houston than any other major U.S. city. Starting salaries for engineers with bachelor’s degrees typically range from $60,000 to over $80,000; however, average starting salaries for alumni of the Cullen College are considerably higher. According to PayScale.com, University of Houston engineering students rank 15th in the U.S. for salary earning potential. Learn more and apply today at www.egr.uh.edu/students

Always great to see my peeps over at the Cullen CoE doing good things. Congrats to Dean Tedesco and Go Coogs.

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