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Lamar State College - Port Arthur Why LSC-PA?

Why Choose Lamar Port Arthur?


There are many reasons to choose Lamar State College - Port Arthur. Few are listed below. But, our core mission is quite simple, educate the future leaders of our community and produce healthier and productive members of society.

The Most Direct Path to Your New Career

Start your 4 year degree at LSC-PA without sacrificing the quality education that students and employers demand. We constantly research the job market to make certain we are offering those career programs in which the greatest job growth is expected. Faculty that cares, programs that count and courses that transfer, quality education, great savings, close to home & close to work, state of the art technology, and a very beautiful campus. At LSC-PA, we proudly offer the most direct path to your new career!

Career Placement Assistance

Once you have the degree, do you know how to begin your new career? Maybe you're looking for a new profession, or just want to move ahead in the one that you already have. At LSC-PA, our Career Services associates stand ready to assist you in obtaining or enhancing your career wherever you are... and for the rest of your life!

Financial Aid Available for Those Who Qualify

One of the first questions many of our prospective students ask is, "How will I pay for college?" The answer is the right combination of financial aid programs that can help you manage the costs involved in obtaining your degree. The Financial Aid office at LSC-PA is prepared to discuss how a combination of scholarships, Pell grants, and student loans are available to those who require assistance and qualify. It can be a complicated process, but we are here, ready to help you make the best decisions.

Flexible Class Schedules

Do you have a busy schedule? You are NOT alone. Most of us these days struggle to find time to juggle our daily schedules. Sometimes it is very difficult to return to school, balancing job, family and other commitments in your busy life. That is why LSC-PA offers flexible day and night class scheduling. Many of your classes may be available online as well, so you can take them anytime, anywhere, so long as you have a reliable Internet connection.

Small Class Sizes

LSC-PA specializes in individual attention for our students. We have found the best learning environment includes smaller classes, taught by instructors with real-world experience. Many of them work in the fields in which they teach so they bring real-life situations to the classroom and lab. We know many of our students have had varying experiences with attending college in the past. We make sure you are not just a number, and take a personal interest in your success!

No Hidden Fees

You know exactly what your education will cost--up front and in detail! There are no hidden or unexpected add-on fees (some programs may require that you purchase specialized items or pay one-time fees, but you know about those from the start). Keep this in mind when comparing costs at LSC-PA to other schools!

Personalized Service Centered Around the Student

Personalized service and attention from professionals in academics, technology, financial planning and career services surround the students to help them achieve their specific goals.

A Variety of Career Choices

LSC-PA has degree offerings in areas that provide our graduates with skills that are highly valued by today's employers. Commercial Music, Business, Criminal Justice, Paralegal, Healthcare, Video Game Design, Automotive, and Technology to name a few. The following is a brief introduction to career offerings at LSC-PA:

Music

Major: Commercial Music Sound Engineer
Degree: Associate of Applied Science

This curriculum prepares students for audio production jobs in the music industry. Employment opportunities include recording engineer, audio producer, sound designer and MIDI programmer. Potential employers include advertising agencies, audio production companies, recording studios, record labels and publishing companies. Other opportunities will be available in the field when sufficient work experience is combined with academic preparation include record production, publishing, artist management, concert promotion, venue management and music merchandising.

Graduates will have a strong background in the appropriate core sub-disciplines of music theory; writing, orchestrating, arranging and composing music; audio recording; and the music industry. Laboratory training encompasses state-of-the-art instruments, materials and techniques employed in the commercial music industry.


Major: Commercial Music Performance – Session Musician
Degree: Associate of Applied Science

This curriculum is designed to prepare students for jobs as musicians in the entertainment industry. Employment opportunities include session musician, live venue musician, music arranger/orchestrator and song writer.

Potential employers include entertainment venues, audio production companies, recording studios, publishing companies and independent soundtrack producers. Other opportunities available in the field when sufficient work experience is combined with academic preparation includes record production, publishing, artist management, concert promotion, venue management, music merchandising and teaching.

Graduates have a strong background in appropriate core sub-disciplines of ensemble performance, music theory, writing, orchestration, arranging and composing music and music business training.

Laboratory training encompasses state-of-the-art instruments, materials and techniques employed in the commercial music industry, plus a dedicated Commercial Music performance hall.


Certificate: Entertainment Business (Level 1)

The Entertainment Business Certificate is designed for students who desire a more in-depth study of practical entertainment business practices, to prepare for self-employment or to enhance their employment potential. Subjects include entertainment law, management, marketing, and business principles.

An earned degree or concurrent enrollment in Commercial Music is strongly recommended. For admission to the Entertainment Business certificate, an interview is required as well as demonstration of college-level competency in reading, writing, and math through minimal Compass scores, or successful completion of collegelevel English and math courses.

For details about courses, requirements, and prerequisites, please visit the Department of Commercial Music section of the college catalog (PDF)


Business

Major: Business Administration
Degree: Associate of Arts

This curriculum is designed for students who plan to pursue a Bachelor of Business Administration degree. The curriculum parallels the first two years of study in business administration at state-supported colleges and universities in Texas and follows the field of study curriculum prescribed by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board


Major: Administration Assistant
Degree: Associate of Applied Science

The Administration Assistant Program incorporates the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to succeed in the business world. Topics cover time management, human relations, filing procedures, telephone and listening techniques, oral and written business communications. Computer skills include word processing and spreadsheets, database, presentation and telecommunication applications.


Law

Major: Criminal Justice
Degree: Associate of Arts

This curriculum is designed for students who plan to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. The curriculum requires coursework in basic criminal justice principles and concepts and allows students to


Major: Paralegal
Degree: Associate of Applied Science

The Paralegal Program provides students with the necessary knowledge and skills to function successfully as a paralegal in law offices, corporations, government offices and private industry. Legal assistants (paralegals) are not attorneys and are prohibited from practicing law. They work under the supervision of attorneys.

The Paralegal program at LSC-PA was granted re-approval by the House of Delegates of the American Bar Association on Feb. 14, 2007, after an extensive self-study and a site visit.


Theatre

Major: Drama
Degree: Associate of Arts

This curriculum is designed for students who plan to pursue a baccalaureate degree with a major in theater or a pre-professional degree in law. The degree plan provides a Core Curriculum that will transfer to any statesupported college or university in Texas. It includes the general education requirements for almost any baccalaureate degree. The electives beyond the Core Curriculum allow students to explore various aspects of the performing arts.

For details about courses, requirements, and prerequisites, please visit the Academic Studies section of the college catalog (PDF)


Sports

Major: Kinesiology
Degree: Associate of Arts

Kinesiology is the study of human movement across a range of tasks including exercise, daily living, play, sport, and work. Course work integrates biological and behavioral approaches using biomechanical, physiological, psychological, and sociological perspectives to study human movement. Kinesiology promotes an understanding of the necessity of movement activities for physical and psychological health.

For details about courses, requirements, and prerequisites, please visit the Health, Fitness, and Sport section of the college catalog (PDF)


Teaching

Upon completion of the Core Curriculum, Students interested in teaching as a career may choose to complete the Associate of Arts Degree in Teaching by selecting a teaching area of emphasis, such as EC-8, EC-12 Art, EC- 12 Theater Arts, EC-12 Music or EC-12 Physical Education.

Art

This curriculum is designed for students who plan to pursue a baccalaureate degree in education to be certified to teach art classes at some level from early childhood/kindergarten through grade 12.

Early Childhood - Grade 8

This degree curriculum is designed for students who plan to pursue a baccalaureate degree in education in order to become certified to teach at some level from early childhood/kindergarten through grade 8 (excluding Early Childhood specialization).

Music

This curriculum is the first two years of a track designed for students who plan to complete a bachelor’s degree and be certified to teach music in the public schools. The degree was developed by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and serves as a guide for colleges and universities in structuring the first two years of a curriculum for music education majors.

Physical Education

This curriculum parallels the first two years of study of baccalaureate programs at state colleges and universities in Texas for students who plan to become certified to teach physical education at levels from early childhood/kindergarten to grade 12.

Studio Art

The curriculum is designed for students who plan to work toward a traditional Bachelor of Arts degree or a professional Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.

It also is recommended for students who are undecided about majoring in art, but who would like to explore their artistic abilities.

Theater Arts

This curriculum is designed for students who plan to pursue a bachelor’s degree in education to be certified to teach drama classes at some level from early childhood/kindergarten to grade 12

For details about courses, requirements, and prerequisites, please visit the Teaching section of the college catalog (PDF)

Healthcare

Surgical Technology

The Surgical Technology Program provides instruction to prepare graduates for entry-level positions. Courses allow students to acquire the skills and demeanor necessary to function in the surgical suite and deliver competent care to patients.

Surgical technologists are responsible for preparing supplies and equipment for surgical procedures, for assisting surgeons during operative procedures by passing instruments, for ensuring that equipment functions properly and that the operative procedure is conducted under conditions that maximize patient safety.

The program provides students with the option of earning a one-year certificate or a two-year Associate of Applied Science Degree.

The program is fully accredited by the Accreditation Review Council on Education in Surgical Technology and Surgical Assisting (ARC/STSA), and the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP).

Successful completion of this program allows graduates to sit for the Surgical Technologist National Certifying Examination.

Upward Mobility Nursing Program

The Upward Mobility Nursing Program leads to the Associate of Applied Science degree and prepares graduates for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN) to become a Registered Nurse (RN).

The program provides an opportunity for the LVN/LPN to advance to the RN level with minimal duplication of basic education and skills courses.

Courses in the program encourage the acquisition of the knowledge, skills and values that enable graduates to succeed in the healthcare field.

Vocational Nursing Program

The Vocational Nursing Program provides instruction in courses which prepare graduates for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN/VN) to become a Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN). Program courses give students the opportunity to acquire the skills and demeanor necessary to provide nursing care to clients in structured health care settings.

The vocational nurse functions under the supervision of a registered nurse and/or licensed physician. The program provides students with the background necessary to enable them to succeed in the workforce or to seek additional nursing education.

For details about courses, requirements, and prerequisites, please visit the Allied Health section of the college catalog (PDF)


Technology

Instrumentation Technology

The degree is designed to prepare students who seek careers as instrument technicians. They will learn how to assist engineers as they develop methods of measuring and controlling processes in, for example, refineries, chemical and manufacturing plants, utility plants, etc.

Course work covers a range of topics including calibration (precision adjustment and measurement), the use of automated equipment, and report writing.

Process Technology

Process Technology Is the ability to understand, operate, shut down, analyze and troubleshoot industrial processes.

The Process Technology program at LSC-PA prepares students to become process technicians in the refining, petrochemical, power generation, oil and gas production, food, metals, minerals and other process industries. Technical knowledge and skills will be gained in areas such as operating equipment, instrumentation systems, process systems, process troubleshooting and computer applications.

Network Specialist

The CIS program prepares students to enter the field of information technology. Students completing degrees offered in this program are prepared for jobs supporting computer users in business and industry.

The degrees are targeted toward developing proficiency in computer networking, computer hardware troubleshooting and repair, software applications, operating systems, computer programming and solutions development, web design and Internet research.

LSC-PA is a Microsoft IT Academy and a Local Cisco Networking Academy. Microsoft and Cisco certifications mean program credibility, industry-wide recognition and current technological training in computer applications, operating systems, programming, hardware, and networking. The Internet and related technologies are pervasive throughout the CIS curriculum.

Software Developer

The Associate of Applied Science degree in Software Developer provides a separate degree alternative to CIS students interested in programming, database administration and introductory game development.

The degree emphasizes the two major programming languages: Visual Basic and C++, as well as the courses necessary to develop skills for designing effective web pages, designing and implementing databases and integrating multimedia, graphics and animation for introductory game design. Students who complete this course of study have the option of earning an associate degree in Software Developer or a Computer Programmer certificate.


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