Lamar State College Orange will be expanding and opening a campus in Hardin County in Lumberton. The Orange campus has experienced a 12 percent increase in enrollment, and when they determined the location from which their students were enrolling, Hardin County kept popping up.
“Time and transportation are issues we hear about from students when it comes to attending college,” noted LSSO President Thomas Johnson. “If we can help those students who otherwise may not be able to attend a college, then it’s a win-win for both of us.”
LSCO has purchased a 3000-square-foot building on Main Street in Lumberton that was once a doctor’s office, and renovations have begun. General education classes and technical training will be offered, as well as online learning is an option for some classes, but this new campus ensures more students have access to in-person learning.
“So many of our students really crave face-to-face interaction. They enjoy the engagement with their classmates, with their instructors,” said LSCO Provost Wendy Elmore.
The Lumberton campus is expected to open in the Spring of 2024