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LSCO to Offer New Court Reporting Training Program

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Lamar State College Orange Tuition Capped by TSUS Board of Regents

Lamar State College Orange has partnered with Mark Kislingbury, a world-renowned professional court reporter and captioner to offer an 18-month court reporting program. The Mark Kislingbury Academy was developed to, unlike most court reporting schools, teach writing that uses as few strokes as possible versus writing out every word phonetically. This program will fully prepare students to pass the state and national tests that may be required in certain venues, such as Certified Shorthand Reporter (CSR) and Registered Professional Reporter (RPR).

This program will teach students how to become a professional court reporter. The principal occupational skills will be taught using machine shorthand to write literary dictation at speeds up to 180 words per minute, jury charge dictation at speeds up to 200 words per minute, and question-and-answer testimony in legal settings at speeds up to 225 words per minute, all at a minimum of 95% accuracy.

Students will learn how to transcribe dictation using CAT software (computer-assisted translation), create and format official court transcripts, mark, and index exhibits, create mini-transcripts and ASCII disks, connect to other computers for providing real-time and other technologies related to court reporting. They will receive advanced schooling in English vocabulary and usage, punctuation, proofreading and editing skills, current events, as well as law, legal and medical terminology. Students will receive instruction on court reporting procedures and will complete a practical internship. Graduates of the program will be thoroughly prepared to immediately obtain employment in both official and freelance court reporting positions.

For more information, visit the LSCO website.


DOW Offers Paid Apprenticeship Program for Those 18 and Older

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DOW Offers Paid Apprenticeship Program for Those 18 and Older

DOW is offering an apprenticeship program for those 18 and older for Summer 2021. The minimum wage is $15/hour and the job location is in Orange.

High School diploma required or currently enrolled in a high school program with West Orange-Stark High School. Must be 18 years and up at the time of program start date in June.

As part of the U.S. Apprentice Program, Apprentices participate in a 3-4 year program offering hands-on work experience in our chemical plants while attending community college to earn a company-paid Associate’s degree. During the program, Apprentices will be offered paid tuition, wages, and some benefits.

Upon successful completion of the program, Apprentices will have earned an Associate’s Degree in one of several technical disciplines. Apprentices will report to an Apprenticeship Program Leader who will support the Apprentice throughout the apprenticeship program. Apprentices who successfully complete the program will also be highly considered for a job within the company.

We are seeking Apprentices for the following roles: Process Technician, Instrumentation Technician, and Millwright/Mechanical Technician. Please read on for more information about each role.

Individuals selected to fill an available Apprentice opening will be required to sign an offer letter that will commit them to work for Dow for 2 years upon being offered a full-time position.

To apply, visit visit this page.

LCMCISD Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Randy Crouch to Retire

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LCMCISD Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Randy Crouch to Retire

Little Cypress-Mauriceville Athletic Director and Head Football Coach Randy Crouch has announced his intentions to retire at the end of the 2020-2021 school year. According to Crouch, “After playing or coaching for 55 years, it’s time. I want to thank Little Cypress-Mauriceville for the opportunity to be the AD and Head Coach for the past twelve years and for the four years I spent as an Assistant Coach. The support here is wonderful.” He also thanked LCM Superintendent Stacey Brister for the leadership that she has provided and is also appreciative of Dr. Pauline Hargrove, who is the retired Superintendent who hired him. Crouch also wants to recognize his wife, Dewanna, who has been so supportive through the years.

Coach Crouch was an Assistant Coach with LCM from 1994-1998, prior to going to WOS as Offensive Line Coach with the Mustangs. He returned to LCM in 2008 as Athletic Director and Head Football Coach for the Battlin’ Bears. “The older you get, you realize how important it is to impact students in the right way, and LCM is great at that,” he said. “I do hope that I am leaving the program better than it was when I got here.” Bears have made the playoffs six of those twelve years under the leadership of Coach Crouch.

Randy Crouch has had numerous awards and recognitions through the years, including being named Coach of the Year by the Southeast Texas Coaches Association. He was also named to the Bulldog Football All-Century Team in August of 2001, honoring the 50 greatest players from the first 100 years of Louisiana Tech football and the 50th Anniversary team along with Terry Bradshaw, Roger Carr, John Causey, and other notable standouts.

Superintendent Stacey Brister had this to say about him. “Coach Crouch has made a tremendous impact on our students, staff, and the community throughout the years. I appreciate all that he has given to our District to better our athletic programs. He has been an outstanding role model for our students and coaching staff. We will miss him and wish him the very best in his retirement.”

Lamar State College Orange Master Plan Approved by the Texas State University System Board of Regents

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Lamar State College Orange Tuition Capped by TSUS Board of Regents

Lamar State College Orange’s Campus Master Plan was approved by the Texas State University System Board of Regents.

The plan includes a new Industrial Technology Building behind the Shahan Center, a new Welcome Center that will serve as a one-stop enrollment center for Testing, Advising, Financial Aid, etc. between the Shahan Center and the Student Center, a new 58,000 square foot state of the art Academic Building, a new Transportation/Logistics facility next to the Stark Nursing building and finally a repurposing of the current Academic Center with a rear second-floor balcony to view the river.

Also, there will be additional parking lots as well as many green spaces and plazas on campus so that our campus remains beautiful with easy access for our entire community.

See the video below to see the master plan in action.

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