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LSCO Unveils Lumberton Satellite Location

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Lamar State College Orange (LSCO) unveiled its first satellite location in Lumberton with a grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday, October 18, 2023. The newly renovated, 3,000 square foot site located at 344 S. Main Street houses two multi-purpose classrooms, a reception area, a conference area, and office space for support staff.

LSCO has seen record growth recently, with an impressive 11.73% enrollment increase from Fall 2021 to Fall 2022, making the college the second fastest-growing institution out of the 53 two-year colleges in Texas. Currently, LSCO is home to more than 550 students from Hardin County, accounting for nearly 20% of total enrollment.

“Lumberton and Hardin County have seen some incredible expansion over the past decade,” said Dr. Tom Johnson, President of Lamar State College Orange. “We believe that this building represents just the beginning of a growing relationship between LSCO and the Lumberton and Hardin County communities.”

LSCO’s dual credit partnership with Lumberton ISD is vibrant and expanding, with more than 450 students currently enrolled in dual credit courses. Students have the opportunity as early as their 10th-grade year to earn college credit in programs like nursing, criminal justice, welding, business, and more.

“Our dual credit partnership with Lumberton ISD gives students an amazing opportunity to earn college credit while still in high school in high-demand programs that are critical to the continued growth of Lumberton and Hardin County,” said Dr. Wendy Elmore, Provost and Executive Vice President of LSCO.

The building previously served as a medical clinic for Lumberton area residents before it was purchased by LSCO in 2022. Renovations began in January 2023, and classes are slated to begin in Spring 2024.

“Our mission at LSCO is simply transforming lives and communities. This new facility is in the right place at the right time for students and the Lumberton community,” said President Johnson.

For information on how to become a student at LSCO’s Lumberton site, visit or contact

Lamar State College Orange 2024 Ambassador Scholarship Program Applications Available

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Lamar State College Orange is proud to offer exceptional students the prestigious Ambassador Scholarship. Ambassador scholars receive full tuition for one year, up to 15 hours per semester, worth up to $4,000 for one year.

They also have access to networking opportunities on campus and in the community and leadership and skills development.

Three are up to 10 Ambassador Scholarships awarded per year.

Ambassador Scholarship Application Timeline:

  • Application Opens October 1, 2023
  • Application Deadline February 28, 2024
  • Interviews March 2024
  • Ambassadors Selected and Notified by April 15, 2024


  • Graduate in top 25% of high school class of 2022
  • Demonstrate service performed at high school or community
  • Demonstrate leadership in high school and/or community activities
  • Recommendation letter from high school instructor, counselor or principal
  • Ability to communicate effectively with large groups
  • Available for evening and weekend events
  • Interview with Ambassador Committee
  • Application Essay
  • Texas or Louisiana resident
  • Fill out the FAFSA & complete the LSCO Financial Aid Process


  • Enroll & maintain full-time at LSCO with a 3.0 overall GPA
  • Attend training session and required meetings (monthly)
  • Serve the college an average of 4 hours a week throughout the semester
  • Assist college Recruiter with community events, high school visits and college fairs
  • Campus Tours and Welcoming Groups to campus
  • Special Assignments
  • An opportunity to be the face of LSCO for advertising and marketing
  • Have transportation to off-campus events


  • Full-tuition and fees scholarship for one year (Fall & Spring) up to 15 semester hours per semester
  • LSCO Student Ambassador shirts and blazer
  • Networking opportunities with LSCO faculty, administrators, and community representatives
  • Opportunity to develop leadership skills and career
  • End-of-semester appreciation event
  • Certificate of Service Award

Click here to apply online.

LSCO Opens Electromechanical Technology Building

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Lamar State College Orange celebrated the grand opening of the Electromechanical Technology Buildings with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday, September 27, 2023.

Classes officially began in August of 2023. The two buildings combined provide more than 12,000 square feet of space for instruction in areas such as hydraulics, pneumatics, electrical, machining and equipment installation to name a few. The buildings are also home to an innovative makerspace, laser and 3d printing equipment for students.

“We are incredibly grateful for the support of the Texas State University System and the state of Texas for funding the remodeling of these two buildings” Dr. Tom Johnson, President of LSCO, said. “It is with deep appreciation to Cloeren Incorporated for helping us equip these state-of-the-art facilities and for providing scholarships for our students right here in Orange, Texas. It’s because of their tremendous support that we were able to make this a reality.”

Located on the corner of Green and 1st Street, the property was previously home to the headquarters of the Procell Brothers Performance Center and Procell Machine and Parts Shop. The Procell Brothers Performance Center was known for building high-quality racecar engines responsible for earning 23 National Hot Rod Association world records. With the standard set high for developing champions, LSCO purchased the property in 2021 with the intent to carry on the tradition of excellence set by the Procell brothers.

“We’re excited to continue offering high-quality education in these high-demand industries” said Dr. Keith Jones, Associate Dean of Technical Studies. “These newly renovated buildings offer the space and tools necessary to train the next generation of industry leaders.”

Electromechanical Technology is a high-demand career field where students are exposed to multiple facets of machinery and equipment while building a foundation that enables them to pursue further education or entry-level employment in distribution, manufacturing, refinery businesses and more. Students can enroll in a stackable credential program leading to an Associate of Applied Science in Electromechanical Technology. Visit to learn more about the program and how to become a student.

WestRock Donates Rotating Equipment to LSCO

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Shae Low of WestRock delivering the equipment to Howard Bailey of LSCO

With the influx of high-paying trade jobs on the upper Texas coast, Lamar State College Orange (LCSO) is seeing unprecedented growth in its technical training programs. With the rapid growth comes a need for industry-relevant hands-on learning opportunities. By providing equipment for students to work on, industry partners can help bridge the current generational skills gap while ensuring that the training is specific to the equipment our students will encounter on the job site once they are hired.

LSCO would like to thank WestRock for donating rotating equipment to the Electromechanical Technology program. Their contribution will enrich the learning experience for LSCO students, several of whom will likely work for the company.
Pictured below: Shae Low of WestRock delivering the equipment to Howard Bailey of LSCO.

Texas Workforce Commission Grants Over $400,000 in Job Training Funds

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The Texas Workforce Commission presented checks to seven local schools on September 14, 2023, including Lamar State College Orange. Lamar State College Orange President Dr. Thomas Johnson spoke about the programs these grants totaling $434,591 helped to fund.

The first grant of $159,780 was used for the purchase of a construction crane and heavy equipment simulator to provide training on complex, expensive, and hazardous equipment needed in the commercial and industrial construction industry.

The second grant of $274,811 was used for the purchase of virtual reality fire suppression equipment, continuous and batch distillation unit, and lockout tagout training system to provide relevant training opportunities to students enrolled in our Process Technology; Instrumentation; and Safety, Health, and Environment programs.

The Jobs & Education for Texans (JET) Grant Program provides funding for eligible entities to purchase and install equipment necessary for the development of career and technical education (CTE) courses or programs that lead to a license, certificate, or post-secondary degree in a high-demand occupation.

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