Celebrating its centennial anniversary in 2009, Lamar State College – Port Arthur continues its tradition as a career-oriented, two-year college serving students in southeastern Texas. Though its original focus was on petrochemical studies, the school has expanded to cover many areas of the arts and sciences and today offers associate’s degrees and certificates. It is located at Procter Street and Lakeshore Drive in Port Arthur, Texas and has an annual enrollment of approximately 2,400.
John Gates, a founder of oil giant Texaco, was instrumental in getting the college off the ground in the early 1900s, as he saw the need for solid training in technical applications for the emerging oil business. Students who are hoping to complete a four-year degree can apply the coursework from LSC-PA and move on to Lamar University in nearby Beaumont.
For students hoping to obtain an Associate of Arts & Science Degree, LSC-PA offers programs in Business Administration, Music, Home Economics, Teaching and general academic studies. Continuing its tradition of technical-oriented programs, the Associate of Applied Science degree offerings at LSC-PA cover a wide range of subjects. Students at the college can study to become a Network Specialist, Software Developer, Cosmetology Instructor, Operator or Paralegal. AAS degrees are also offered in Office Administration, Accounting and Commercial Music. Allied Health Programs include Surgical Technology, Vocational Nursing and Upward Mobility Nursing.
Accreditation for the Lamar State College – Port Arthur is provided by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools’ Commission on Colleges. Further accreditation is provided by the Texas Cosmetology Commission, the American Bar Association and the Commission of Allied Health Programs.
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Due to the large number of programs offered at Lamar State Port Arthur, there are several different admissions requirements which will depend in the specific program a student elects. However, the general admissions requirements are standard for all Texas state colleges. The GED certificate or high school diploma must be in the hands of students to proceed with college coursework. In some cases, students may be able to enter LSC-PA before completing high school. A recommendation from the high school principal or the approval of the LSC-PA department head may allow a student to enter into certain courses of study.
The TASP requirements must be met by every student as well, meaning the test in reading, math and writing must be taken by all entering students. SAT or ACT test scores may be submitted in lieu of entrance tests.
To receive federal aid, students must complete the FAFSA, which will determine eligibility for a number of programs. Pell Grants and Stafford Loans, as well as PLUS loans for parents, may be available, along with supplementary grants. Texas residents have access to a number of awards under the TEXAS Grant Program. In addition, more than 300 scholarships are awarded annually by LSC-PA, varying between need-based scholarships and those based on academic excellence.
Students may also have access to work-study programs if they qualify under the FAFSA, allowing them to work on campus to help pay for living expenses.
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While student residence halls are not an option for Lamar State students, a visit to the Student Activities Office on campus will reveal a number of extracurricular activities on the table. The Student Government Association is located in the same building. Other clubs include the Allied Health Sciences Society, the History Club, the Professional Cosmetology Association, the Baptist Student Ministry, the Diversity Club, the International Association of Administration Professionals, the LSC-PA Speech and Debate Team and Legal Assistant Student and School Organization, or LASSO.
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Lamar State students can take part in the school’s athletic program which began in 2004. The Seahawks compete on the intercollegiate level in men’s basketball and women’s softball. The basketball team makes their home at the Carl Parker Center, while the softball team plays at nearby Martin Field. Partial scholarships are awarded every year to student athletes. Interested applicants can fill out the form on the school website.
LSC-PA took to using the nickname ‘the Seahawks’ in tribute to a Gulf Coast League baseball team that played out of Port Arthur in the 1950s.