North Houston Bike Park to Host 2020 BMX World Championships

Union Cyclist International recently announced that the North Houston Bike Park, currently under construction adjacent to the North Houston Skate Park, will host the competition.

Several organizations including the Harris County-Houston Sports Authority, United States Olympic Committee, USA Cycling, USA BMX and the Greater Greenspoint Redevelopment Authority (GGRA) all worked together to submit the winning bid for the competition scheduled to take place May 26-31, 2020.

When completed the North Houston Bike Park will be part of a 30-acre extreme sports complex including a world-class BMX race track, concrete vert features, street course, pump tracks, tot track, bike trails and an outdoor sports center that will be able to seat approximately 3,500 guests.

Janis Burke, CEO of the Harris County-Houston Sports Authority is excited about the potential tourist activity this new park will bring to Houston and the surrounding area. “Houston’s brand-new North Houston Bike Park is truly impressive with great offerings and appealing fan fest areas that can be utilized in the green spaces surrounding the park. We are looking forward to building our cycling community with these facilities,” she told USA BMX magazine. Sally Bradford, executive director of the GGRA, echoed this sentiment, “We are excited to host this incredible event and invite the world to enjoy this wonderful complex,” she said.

BMX cycling has seen a surge in popularity in the last few years and debuted as an Olympic sport at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. The UCI World Championships will be the final stop for the athletes before heading to Tokyo for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games.

Lone Star College Picked As Training Site for Automotive Giant

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles recently enlisted Lone Star College (LSC) – North Harris to serve as a service training site. The program, known as Mopar CAP (Career Automotive Program) Local, is sponsored in partnership with the National Coalition of Certification Centers (NC3) to train approximately 1,000 students annually. The program officially launched at LSC-North Harris on Oct. 27.

“Together with our partner, NC3, we are making great progress in expanding our geographic footprint of training sites by identifying and certifying colleges nationwide, such as LSC-North Harris, that have a highly-qualified automotive program,” said John Fox, director of dealer training at FCA US LLC. LSC-North Harris is currently the only college in the greater Houston area participating in the program.

LSC-North Harris President Dr. Gerald Napoles said, “This new partnership is exciting for students enrolled in our successful automotive program. The automotive industry is always looking for qualified technicians to fill current positions because of the ever-changing technology and now our students will have a competitive advantage and be able to earn an excellent salary right out of college.”

According to Tom Robertson, director, career and applied technology at LSC-North Harris, “With Mopar CAP Local, our students will learn specific technologies used exclusively on Chysler, Jeep®, Dodge, Ram and Fiat products.”

The program will enable students to go to college and begin working at a Chysler, Jeep®, Dodge or Ram dealership. Chrysler also supplies each Mopar CAP college with training aids including the latest production vehicles, components, diagnostic equipment, service information and Chrysler-specific training materials. “FCA US LLC is the seventh-largest automaker in the world based on total annual sales, so there will be incredible employment opportunities for our students in the future,” Robertson added.

LSC-North Harris offers Level I or Level II stackable certificates and an Associate of Applied Science degree in automotive technology. The college’s program is accredited by the National Automotive Technician Education Foundation (NATEF).

LSC-North Harris is located at 2700 W.W. Thorne Drive, one-half mile south of FM 1960 East, between Aldine-Westfield and Hardy Roads. The college, which opened its doors in 1973, serves the residents of Aldine and Spring ISDs. Currently, more than 17,000 students attend class on the 200-acre main campus in addition to its two satellite centers, LSC-Greenspoint Center and LSC-Victory Center.

North Houston District Parks and Recreation Manager Among This Year’s “Women of Excellence”

The North Houston District’s Parks and Recreation Manager, Treena Dockery, was recently honored with a “Woman of Excellence” award by the Federation of Houston Professional Women. She was this year’s honoree from the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) – Greenspoint Chapter.

 Dockery currently serves as Vice President of the ABWA Board and has previously served as secretary and president of the organization. “Although it is an individual award, I truly believe that it is my chapter’s award,” she said. “My chapter has had a big hand in motivating and supporting me in obtaining professional development. It has helped me in my career and I am truly honored.”

ABWA – Greenspoint Chapter President Keisha Beasley has been proud to witness Dockery’s professional growth over the years. “She has blossomed from her beginning as an employee, having worked all the way up to being in charge of Greenspoint’s parks, We are overjoyed to have her as our nominee.” Beasley added that Dockery is truly deserving of the recognition. “You would probably see her picture next to excellence in the dictionary. She is always doing whatever she can on behalf of our organization and she is a role model to others.”

The Federation of Houston Professional Women in an alliance of diverse women’s professional organizations. Its Women of Excellence annual event honors outstanding business women from the member organizations and raises scholarship funds for women in the Houston area. Dr. Melanie Brown is President of the group and further explained, “Each organization acknowledges a woman from their group and we spotlight their achievements throughout the year. One of the main purposes of our gala is to have a number of sponsorships to raise funds for educational opportunities and help women in need in their own academic journeys.”

As the parks and recreation manager for the North Houston District, Dockery oversees the operations of the area’s parks including North Houston Skate Park, the largest skate park in North America. Prior to her current role, Dockery supported the District’s Operations, Planning and Infrastructure department as project administrator, where she was responsible for the coordination of various code enforcement, field services, and facilities activities.

She also currently serves as the Vice Chair of the organization’s Houston Area Council. Previous positions with ABWA also include” co-chair for the Fundraising Committee for the Business Associate Event as well as member of the hospitality, membership and nominating committees. She is affiliated with several other organizations that promote leadership and community involvement.

Dockery is a graduate of both the Harris County Citizen’s Police Academy and Leadership North Houston. An avid sports advocate since college, she uses her passion for youth sports by volunteering with the Aldine-Greenspoint YMCA, which also utilizes the North Houston Skate Park as a venue for its Teen Achievers program, and the Southwest Juniors Volleyball Club. Dockery studied physical education at Eastern New Mexico University.

To view pictures of the 2016 Women of Excellence Gala, check out the District’s Facebook page.