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St. Thomas Opens a Micro-Campus in Miracle City, Conroe, Texas

Ribbon cutting ceremony to open USTMAX Center in Conroe, TXUniversity of St. Thomas Houston cut the ribbon, opening a micro-campus in the heart of Conroe, Texas, on Tuesday, Oct. 20. The storefront USTMAX Center is located on the downtown square at 336 N. Main Street.

This innovative facility, named after Patron Saint of Innovation Maximillian Kolbe will serve the higher education needs of the residents of Montgomery County.

UST and Conroe Celebrate UST’s Arrival

The festive event included music, food, dignitaries, donors, business people from Conroe and The Woodlands, the media, balloons and Lenny, the UST spirited lion mascot, arriving in a horse-drawn carriage to interrupt the festivities. Guests received tours, and the building was blessed by the UST Chaplain Fr. Paul English.

Also on hand was Carla E. Alsandor, Ph.D, who serves as the USTMAX Center interim director. With her was recruiting coordinator and Conroe resident Brenda Banegas.

“University of St. Thomas is proud to be Montgomery County’s only private, four-year university,” UST President Richard Ludwick said. “Conroe is the fasting growing city in Texas. We want to be a part of that growth and support further expansion of the region’s economic base. By providing educational opportunities, UST will help community members and businesses to grow and thrive.

“We listened and heard that there is demand for nursing and cybersecurity education, as well as a growing interest in business-related programs. We offer all of these and more at USTMAX Center. At present, we make available 14 degree programs and three certificate programs. We will continue to add online opportunities and, by listening to community members, develop custom academic options to suit their needs.”

UST Offers Free Spring 2021 Tuition for Technology Associate Degrees

As a gift to the Montgomery county students and parents, Dr. Ludwick announced that the spring 2021 tuition for associate’s degrees in cybersecurity, network technology and electronic technology will be FREE to new students.

A Dream Come True

The dream of a campus in Conroe jumped to life when Conroe officials including the late mayor Toby Powell and City Councilman Jody Czajkoski invited UST to explore opening the Catholic college in their booming town dubbed miracle city. That invitation was the beginning of a journey to provide affordable and accessible education to prospective students in that area. A UST alumnus, Vince D’Amico ’52 donated Conroe land to UST for the endeavor.

Already off to a great start, UST offered its first degree, an Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree this summer at a state-of-the-art lab facility in Shenandoah, Texas.

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