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WOCCISD $72M Bond Approved During May Elections

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West Orange-Cove CISD voters approved the $72M bond proposition on the May ballot.

“The Board of Trustees and I are humbled by the trust placed in us by the voters of West Orange-Cove CISD,” stated Dr. Rickie Harris, Superintendent of West Orange-Cove CISD. “Your endorsement not only validates our efforts but also your dedication to the well-being and education of our children.”

With the approval of the bond proposition, the district pledges to uphold its commitment to fiscal responsibility and transparency. Every dollar will be meticulously managed to ensure the successful execution of construction projects aimed at enhancing the learning environment for students.

As the district embarks on this transformative journey, it looks forward to continued collaboration with the community to shape a brighter future for generations to come.

LSCO Recognizes Employees at Annual Employee Awards Luncheon

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Lamar State College Orange held its Annual Employee Awards Luncheon on April 30, 2024. LSCO is grateful for every member of its faculty and staff who work tirelessly to ensure that each student achieves academic, professional, and personal excellence. With their hard work and dedication, LSCO is truly a place where hope meets opportunity.

Award Recipients include:

๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ’ ๐“๐ž๐š๐œ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐  ๐„๐ฑ๐œ๐ž๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ž๐ง๐œ๐ž ๐€๐ฐ๐š๐ซ๐

  • Cristy Smith

๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ’ ๐๐ซ๐จ๐Ÿ๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ๐ข๐จ๐ง๐š๐ฅ ๐„๐ฑ๐œ๐ž๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ž๐ง๐œ๐ž ๐€๐ฐ๐š๐ซ๐

  • Audrey Ewer

๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ’ ๐๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ๐ข๐๐ž๐ง๐ญโ€™๐ฌ ๐…๐š๐œ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ญ๐ฒ ๐Œ๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐ญ ๐€๐ฐ๐š๐ซ๐

  • Hank Ramsey

๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ’ ๐๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ๐ข๐๐ž๐ง๐ญโ€™๐ฌ ๐’๐ญ๐š๐Ÿ๐Ÿ ๐€๐ฐ๐š๐ซ๐ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐‚๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ญ๐จ๐ฆ๐ž๐ซ ๐’๐ž๐ซ๐ฏ๐ข๐œ๐ž

  • Stephanie Jones

๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ’ ๐๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ๐ข๐๐ž๐ง๐ญโ€™๐ฌ ๐’๐ญ๐š๐Ÿ๐Ÿ ๐€๐ฐ๐š๐ซ๐ ๐Ÿ๐จ๐ซ ๐‚๐š๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ฎ๐ฌ & ๐‚๐จ๐ฆ๐ฆ๐ฎ๐ง๐ข๐ญ๐ฒ ๐’๐ž๐ซ๐ฏ๐ข๐œ๐ž

  • Misty Dominguez

๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ’ ๐ƒ๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐š๐ง๐œ๐ž ๐„๐๐ฎ๐œ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐จ๐ง ๐€๐ฐ๐š๐ซ๐

  • George Scarborough

๐’๐†๐€ ๐ฉ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ž๐ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ฎ๐๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐›๐จ๐๐ฒ’๐ฌ ๐…๐š๐ฏ๐จ๐ซ๐ข๐ญ๐ž ๐…๐š๐œ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ญ๐ฒ ๐€๐ฐ๐š๐ซ๐ ๐ญ๐จ:

  • Jacqueline Singleton

๐’๐†๐€ ๐ฉ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ž๐ ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ฎ๐๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐›๐จ๐๐ฒ’๐ฌ ๐…๐š๐ฏ๐จ๐ซ๐ข๐ญ๐ž ๐’๐ญ๐š๐Ÿ๐Ÿ ๐€๐ฐ๐š๐ซ๐ ๐ญ๐จ:

  • Kendra De La Fuente

๐Ÿ“-๐˜๐ž๐š๐ซ ๐’๐ž๐ซ๐ฏ๐ข๐œ๐ž ๐€๐ฐ๐š๐ซ๐ ๐‘๐ž๐œ๐ข๐ฉ๐ข๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ฌ:

  • Charlotte Barker
  • Conswella โ€œConnieโ€ Brock
  • Audrey Ewer
  • Joseph โ€œJoeyโ€ Hargrave
  • Brian Hull
  • Jessica Jaeger
  • Byron Lumpkin

๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ-๐˜๐ž๐š๐ซ ๐’๐ž๐ซ๐ฏ๐ข๐œ๐ž ๐€๐ฐ๐š๐ซ๐ ๐‘๐ž๐œ๐ข๐ฉ๐ข๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ฌ:

  • Tim Hanson
  • Amy Moore
  • Carissa Saenz
  • David Simar
  • Samantha Smith

๐Ÿ๐Ÿ“-๐˜๐ž๐š๐ซ ๐’๐ž๐ซ๐ฏ๐ข๐œ๐ž ๐€๐ฐ๐š๐ซ๐ ๐‘๐ž๐œ๐ข๐ฉ๐ข๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ฌ:

  • Geneva Adams
  • Jessica Montgomery
  • Jennifer Trotter
  • Mandee Tucker

๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ-๐˜๐ž๐š๐ซ ๐’๐ž๐ซ๐ฏ๐ข๐œ๐ž ๐€๐ฐ๐š๐ซ๐ ๐‘๐ž๐œ๐ข๐ฉ๐ข๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ฌ:

  • Suzanne Baker
  • Diane Dotson

๐Ÿ‘๐ŸŽ-๐˜๐ž๐š๐ซ ๐’๐ž๐ซ๐ฏ๐ข๐œ๐ž ๐€๐ฐ๐š๐ซ๐ ๐‘๐ž๐œ๐ข๐ฉ๐ข๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ฌ:

  • Matthew McClure

๐Ÿ’๐ŸŽ-๐˜๐ž๐š๐ซ ๐’๐ž๐ซ๐ฏ๐ข๐œ๐ž ๐€๐ฐ๐š๐ซ๐ ๐‘๐ž๐œ๐ข๐ฉ๐ข๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ฌ:

  • Andrew โ€œAndyโ€ Preslar

๐‘๐ž๐ญ๐ข๐ซ๐ž๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐€๐ง๐ง๐จ๐ฎ๐ง๐œ๐ž๐ฆ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ฌ:

  • Dr. Kim Jongchul (17 years of Service)
  • Andy Preslar (40 years of Service)
  • Vicki Norville (23 years of Service)




Lamar State College Orange Launches State-of-the-Art Training Facility

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Lamar State College Orange (LSCO) has taken a significant stride in bolstering job readiness skills for its processing technology students with the inauguration of a cutting-edge Hands-on-Training (H.O.T.) Unit.

The unveiling ceremony on Wednesday, May 1, 2024, marked a pivotal moment for LSCO as it showcased a facility designed to equip students with practical experience, ensuring they are prepared for the workforce upon graduation.

College President Thomas Johnson emphasized the initiative’s local impact, highlighting its alignment with Chevron Phillips Chemicals’ “Local First” ethos. This sentiment resonates particularly with the collaboration between Chevron Phillips Chemicals and Qatar Energy to establish Golden Triangles Polymers, a venture currently underway in Orange.

Golden Triangle Polymers generously donated $1.3 million to make the acquisition of the Polaris EPC-built unit and the Scallon Controls system, essential components of the H.O.T. Unit, possible. Johnson underscored the significance of this investment, stating, “Today is not just about a ribbon cutting; itโ€™s about empowering our students, shaping the next generation of professionals, and making a bright Orange future.”

Spanning 24-feet in length, 35-feet in height, and 11-feet in width, the facility represents a substantial commitment to the future of both students and industries served by LSCO.

Moreover, the impact extends beyond LSCO’s campus. Students across the Lamar schools system studying processing will have access to the facility, fostering collaboration and shared resources among educational institutions.

Dean of Health, Workforce, and Technical Programs at Lamar Orange, Kristin Walker, emphasized the collaborative nature of the initiative, highlighting plans for joint training programs with other Lamar campuses.

The realization of the H.O.T. Unit in Orange owes much to the dedication of Cheryl January, Industrial Systems Program Director. January’s resourcefulness and determination culminated in a successful fundraising effort, which caught the attention of then-CP Chem President and CEO Bruce Chinn. A partnership between the company and Lamar Orange was swiftly formed, leading to the substantial contribution for the H.O.T. Unit.

The significance of this addition to the training program was underscored by Chevron Phillips Chemicals’ current President and CEO, Steve Prusak, who emphasized the critical need for skilled workers in local plants and the importance of retaining talent within the community.

The inauguration of the H.O.T. Unit at Lamar State College Orange signifies a collaborative effort dedicated to preparing students for success in the workforce and contributing to the economic vitality of the community.

Bridge City ISD Appoints Shally Watts as Director of Special Programs

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Bridge City ISD announces the appointment of Shally Watts to the position of Director of Special Programs within Bridge City ISD. With a rich background in education and a deep commitment to student success, Watts brings over 15 years of invaluable experience to the district.

Watts has been an integral part of the BCISD educational community, serving as an Educational Diagnostician for the past 15 years. Her dedication and expertise have positively impacted students, parents, and staff across all campuses. Prior to her role as a Diagnostician, Watts spent eight years teaching 4th grade in Orangefield ISD, further enriching her understanding of the educational landscape.

In her new role as Director of Special Programs, Watts will continue her dedicated service to the district, ensuring exceptional support and resources for all students with diverse needs. Her passion for education, coupled with her wealth of experience, makes her an invaluable addition to the BCISD leadership team.

LSCO Announces 2024-25 Student Ambassadors

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Lamar State College Orange is excited to announce their 2024-25 LSCO Student Ambassadors.

To become an Ambassador, students must exhibit excellent leadership skills and excel both inside and outside of the classroom.

Students must be recommended by a teacher, counselor, or principal and interview with the LSCO Ambassador Committee. Once selected, Ambassadors receive a scholarship covering a full year’s worth of tuition and fees, networking opportunities with LSCO faculty, staff, and administrators, as well as opportunities to develop their leadership skills even further on campus and in our community.

The 2024-2025 LSCO Student Ambassadors are:

  • Natalie Chavez- Bridge City High School
  • Valentin Chavez- Bridge City High School
  • Raygen Dunwoody- Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School
  • Abigayle Ernst- Bridge City High School
  • Dylan Loga- Orangefield High School
  • Zane Lopez- Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School
  • Kyle Michael- Orangefield High School
  • Lily Powell- Evadale High School
  • Judah Samuel- Community Christian High School
  • Roman Spears- Deweyville High School School
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