EDUCATIONOrange County EDC
Educating our future leaders is one of the most important drivers of economic development. Orange County is committed to educating the next generation and contributing to the growth of our existing workforce.
BRIDGE CITY INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT
LITTLE CYPRESS MAURICEVILLE INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT
ORANGEFIELD INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT
VIDOR INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT
President: Dr. Kenneth Evans
Location: Beaumont, Texas
Home to 15,000 students, Lamar University is among the fastest growing Texas colleges and universities, and is a member of The Texas State University System. LU offers more than 100 programs of study leading to bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. The 292-acre campus in Beaumont is about 20 miles west of Orange.
The university has been nationally recognized for the quality of its core curriculum and the diversity of its student body. Lamar’s small class sizes and a low student-to-faculty ratio allow students to build meaningful relationships with expert faculty who truly care about their success.
LU stresses academic achievement by emphasizing hands-on learning at all levels, providing ample opportunities for undergraduate research and supporting an excellent Honors Program. The university is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Lamar University it nationally recognized as one of the leading institutions in the fields of chemical engineering and deaf studies.
LAMAR STATE COLLEGE - ORANGE
President: Dr. Michael Shahan
Location: Orange, Texas
For more than 40 years, LSC-O has provided an affordable, quality education in an environment that emphasizes friendly service and personal attention. Lamar State College-Orange is a great campus to start your education or develop professionally. Caring and competent instructors, beautiful facilities, and great student activities make it an unsurpassed choice for students.
For students interested in a four-year degree, LSC-O offer freshman and sophomore academic courses that transfer to senior institutions and fulfill the core curriculum requirements for most degrees. Students interested in quick entries into career fields can choose from a number of vocational/technical programs that are geared to the local job market. Lamar State College-Orange also welcomes students who want to take specific courses for personal enrichment and/or skills enhancement. The College also partners with local industry to develop specialized training for unique business needs.
LAMAR STATE COLLEGE - PORT ARTHUR
President: Dr. Betty Reynard
Location: Port Arthur, Texas
Lamar State College Port Arthur scholars are an economic catalyst for the economy. They nurture their aspirations with faculty mentors who know real-world success and apply deep career expertise to more than 30 academic and technical programs.
Many LSCPA students are creating a pipeline for seamless transfer pathways to four-year institutions. Others participate in renowned Continuing Education or workforce training programs to sharpen their skills and boost lifetime earning power.
Lamar State College-Port Arthur offers general academic courses leading to Associate of Arts and Associate Arts in Teaching degrees. The courses in these degrees are designed to transfer to four-year institutions. The Technical Programs Division offers thirty-four (34) technical education programs designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills necessary for employment in business and industry. Lamar State College-Port Arthur offers technical programs in fields that include allied health, business, industry, music, nursing, and art.
LAMAR INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
President: Dr. Lonnie Howard
Location: Beaumont, Texas
LIT is a proud member of the Texas State University System. Its sole certain purpose is to provide technical skills/training that help to transform lives and drive the economic vitality in the communities served. Lamar Institute of Technology offers more than 50 programs in fields that include allied health and sciences, business, industry, and public service and safety. Each program is designed to give students the knowledge and skills necessary for meaningful employment. Lamar Institute of Technology also offers several general education courses that support programs within four departments.
According to the US Department of Education (DoE), of all two-year public colleges, LIT was No. 1 in Texas and tied No. 3 in the nation for having the highest student median salary 10-years after graduation. And in terms of economic impact, LIT graduates are responsible for $144.2 million in additional income to Southeast Texas (2014 EMSI study).
MCNEESE STATE UNIVERSITY
President: Dr. Philip C. Williams
Location: Lake Charles, Louisiana
For the fifth consecutive year, McNeese has received national recognition as one of the best regional universities and one of the top public universities by U.S. News and World Report, widely considered to be the foremost authority on college rankings.
McNeese State University offers degrees from six colleges including engineering, business, science and agriculture, arts, nursing and health, and education. Post-graduate degrees are also available through the school of graduate studies.