Situated on the banks of the Sabine River in downtown Orange, Lamar State College-Orange has been providing educational opportunities to the citizens of southeast Texas for more than 40 years. From humble beginnings in an abandoned elementary school building, LSC-O has developed into a dynamic institution that serves more than 2,600 students, emphasizing quality instruction and personal attention.
The campus occupies 14 landscaped acres, adjacent to the riverfront, and features seven academic buildings. The Ron E. Lewis Library, completed in 2001, is the campus focal point. It houses both the library collection and the college’s administrative offices. The library utilizes the latest information technology to maximize student access to scholarly resources. The other academic buildings have been recently renovated and provide an excellent learning environment. Laboratories are modern and utilize “state of the art” equipment.
Lamar State College-Orange is a two-year institution that offers both academic transfer and career-oriented programs of instruction. The academic transfer curriculum is designed for students who ultimately want to earn a bachelor’s degree. Students can earn an associate’s degree while taking freshman and sophomore-level courses that transfer to any public four-year institution in Texas. Students who want immediate entry into the job market can choose from a variety of technical programs that are geared to the needs of the local workforce. LSC-O offers more than 20 different career-oriented degree and certificate programs, including outstanding and recognized programs in nursing, dental assisting, industrial technology and information technology.
The college also provides an array of non-credit learning opportunities that range from hobby and personal enrichment courses to customized workforce training. The workforce offerings address specific needs identified by industry and can be delivered on campus or at the workplace. Some topics can be covered in one-day seminars, while others require extended study. Among the college’s most successful non-credit programs is Accelerated Certification for Educators (ACE), a program of study that offers students who already have a bachelor’s degree an avenue for earning state certification as a classroom teacher.