Sep 24, 2023  
2023-2024 Catalog 
2023-2024 Catalog

Academic and Technical Program Description and Coordination

Degrees, Certificates, and Institutional Awards

Lamar State College Orange has degree-granting authority from the appropriate government agencies. LSCO is authorized as a coeducational lower-division Texas “Public state college” by Texas Education Code (TEC), Title 3, Subtitle E, Chapter 96, “Institutions of the Texas State University System,” Section 96.704. This statute authorizes the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) to adopt policies, enact regulations, and establish rules for carrying out the duties with respect to public state colleges as set by the legislature.

Pursuant to the provisions of the 2012 Edition of the U.S. Code, Title 20-Education, on request, Lamar State College Orange has provided the stipulated documentation to the Secretary of the Department of Education regarding instruction offered to Distance Education students living outside of Texas. As such, LSCO is a member of the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (NC-SARA). NC-SARA is a voluntary nationwide reciprocity agreement for the provision of distance education courses and programs to students in other SARA-participating states without seeking state authorization.

Lamar State College Orange offers courses that are equivalent in content and quality to freshman and sophomore courses at all Texas four-year colleges and universities. Students can complete programs of study, preparing them to transfer to four-year institutions or to seek immediate employment. Those students seeking personal enrichment, new, or updated job skills will also find what they need at Lamar State College Orange.

Lamar State College Orange is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award the associate of arts, associate of science, associate of applied science degrees, and certificates of completion. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, by telephone 404-679-4500, or by visiting the website for questions regarding the accreditation of Lamar State College Orange. Normal inquiries about the institution such as admission requirements, financial aid, education programs, etc., should be addressed directly to Lamar State College Orange and not to the Commission’s office. The Commission should be contacted only if there is evidence that appears to support the institution’s significant non-compliance with a requirement or standard of The Principles of Accreditation: Foundations for Quality Enhancement.

The college is approved by the Texas Veteran’s Commission for the training of veterans under all classifications. In addition, the Vocational Nursing and Transition RN Nursing Programs are accredited by the Texas Board of Nursing. The Pharmacy Technology Program is accredited by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. The Emergency Medical Services Program is certified by the Texas Department of State Health Services. The Process Operating Technology Program is accredited by the North American Process Technology Alliance.

Associate of Arts (AA) and Associate of Science (AS) Degrees

AA and AS degrees are designed for transfer to four-year institutions and form the basis for several career options and majors. Students must select courses which provide the best preparation for transfer in a particular major field at the specific institution planned for transfer.

The AA and AS curricula include electives as well as required courses for particular concentrations of study. It is imperative that a transferring student work closely with an advisor to plan a successful program for the selected senior institution. Students pursuing Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degrees must meet the testing requirements of Texas Success Initiative (TSI).

In accordance with Senate Bill 1189, passed by the 84th Legislative Session, LSCO has designated the AA in Liberal Arts as the multidisciplinary studies associate degree.

Associate of Applied Science (AAS) Degrees

Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degrees are intense programs of study designed to prepare students for employment after graduation. All programs are developed to ensure that students achieve competencies in job skills. Some courses may transfer to four-year institutions, but students planning to pursue bachelor’s degrees should work closely with advisors to plan for successful transfer of coursework.

Requirements for the AAS degree include general education courses, specified courses in the chosen area of study, and verification of workplace competencies (capstone course, credentialing exam, or work-based learning experience). Students pursuing Associate of Applied Science degrees must meet the testing requirements of the Texas Success Initiative (TSI). 

Many BAAS programs are available statewide to allow students who complete an AAS with LSCO to transfer opportunities to complete a baccalaureate degree.

Certificate of Completion (CC)

Certificate programs are traditionally designed to transition into an Associate of Applied Science degree upon completion within one to three semesters. They provide specialized technical career training. Successful students develop essential skills and gain technical background that prepares them to enter the workforce. All technical certificate programs with 42 credit hours or less offered at Lamar State College Orange are waived from the testing requirements of the Texas Success Initiative (TSI).

Institutional Awards (IA)

The college may offer Institutional Awards reflecting a course or series of courses that represent the achievement of marketable skills or meet a student’s self-defined educational objective.

Assessment of Student Outcomes

In order to provide for the continuing program and operational development and evaluation and meet Texas Higher Education Coordinating (THECB) and accreditation requirements, Lamar State College Orange will assess all programs, both academic and occupational/technical, on the basis of students’ learning outcomes. To assess such outcomes, students may be required to take additional examinations, participate in surveys and/or provide samples of their work at LSCO.

Lamar State College Orange has identified seven educational goals to specify the knowledge and skills that students should gain from completing academic and technical programs with the College. These goals are:

  1. Critical thinking (General Education, Technical) – Students will be able to demonstrate creative thinking, innovation, inquiry, analysis, evaluation, and synthesis of information.
  2. Communication (General Education, Technical) – Students will be able to effectively develop, interpret and express of ideas through written, oral and visual communication.
  3. Empirical and quantitative skills (General Education, Technical) – Students will be able to manipulate and analyze numerical data or observable facts and create informed conclusions.
  4. Teamwork (General Education, Technical) – Students will be able to consider different points of view and to work effectively with others to support a shared purpose or goal.
  5. Social responsibility (General Education, Technical) – Students will be able to recognize and acquire a sense of intercultural competence, knowledge of civic responsibility, and the ability to engage effectively in regional, national and global communities.
  6. Personal responsibility (General Education, Technical) – Students will be able to connect choices, actions, and consequences to ethical decision-making.
  7. Professional competency (Technical) – Students will be able to recognize or demonstrate skills and that depict professional values and employability.  If the career has licensure or certification requirements, students may prepare for the licensure and certification in a capstone course and sit for the licensure or certificate at the end of the program.

Academic Education

The academic education division provides course offerings for the student seeking an Associate of Arts or Associate of Science or Associate of Teaching degree. At Lamar State College Orange, a student may earn an AA, AS, or AAT degree by successfully completing a planned curriculum of freshman and sophomore academic courses comprised of a 42-semester credit hour general education core and 18 additional semester credit hours of appropriate electives. These courses are approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and are transferable to public senior colleges and universities in Texas. Lamar State College Orange maintains contact with senior institutions in the state to ensure that university transfer courses offered at LSCO are equivalent in quality and content to those of the senior institutions.

Academic Education Coordination

  • Kristin Walker, Dean of Academic, Technical, and Workforce Studies

Academic Transfer

TBD, Division Director



Curriculum Coordination


Communication, Speech

Kevin Doss

Criminal Justice

Corrections, Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement

Hallie Gates

Environmental Science

Environmental Science

Matthew McClure

General Studies, Liberal Arts Core Curriculum Communication Kevin Doss (Communication), Jessica Williams English
Core curriculum Mathematics Elias Jureidini, George Scarborough
Core Curriculum Life and Physical Science Matthew McClure
Core Curriculum Language, Philosophy, and Culture Jessica Williams (Literature), Audrey Ewer (Humanities and Philosophy)
Core Curriculum Creative Arts TBD (Art), Kevin Doss (Drama), Don Ball (Music)
Core Curriculum American History Eric Owens
Core Curriculum Government/Political Science Richard Lindsey
Core Curriculum Social and Behavioral Sciences Jennifer Bryant (Economics), Dallas Moreau (Psychology), Audrey Ewer (Sociology)
Natural Science Biology, Chemistry, Geology Matthew McClure
Pre-Engineering Engineering, Mathematics, Physics Elias Jureidini, George Scarborough
Pre-Professional Health Science Anatomy and Physiology, Chemistry Jerry Sanford
Sociology Sociology Audrey Ewer

College Prepartory, Teaching, and Off-Site Dual Credit

TBD, Division Director



Curriculum Coordination

Developmental Education

Developmental Math, Integrated Reading and Writing, Non-Course Based Mathematics

George Scarborough


Education, Learning Framework

Kimberly Moyers

Dual Credit Teaching Site

Bridge City


Little Cypress Mauriceville
West-Orange Stark
Out of District
Off Campus Teaching Site LSCO-Lumberton TBD

Technical, Health Profession, and Nursing Education

Technical, health profession, and nursing educaiton is designed to provide the educational competencies and skills required for employment in business, industry, technical fields and health services. In addition, many students enhance and upgrade their job skills for career advancements and/or “up-skilling.”

Lamar State College Orange provides quality technical and health profession programs specifically designed to meet the needs of employers located in the geographic areas served by the College. Each program has an advisory committee consisting of individuals from business and industry that provide input into the curriculum, courses, equipment needs and overall evaluation of the effectiveness of the program, specifically as it relates to preparing students with relevant skills, licensures, and credentials to enter today’s workforce.

The technical, health profession, and nursing education programs are designed to meet industry and business employment needs for a skilled workforce while meeting a broad spectrum of student interest, needs and abilities. Students may enroll in the Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree program, Certificate of Completion (CC) program, or Institutional Award (IA) program. Each program has been approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board and students must complete all courses specified in the degree plan. Substitutions for any course in the AAS degree or certificate requires prior approval of the Dean of Academic, Technical, and Workforce Programs.

The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) degree provides a two-year curriculum, consisting of core program courses, related courses, and general studies courses. The Certificate of Completion (CC) is designed to provide core courses in a technical or allied health program that specifically and directly relate to competencies needed for employment and potential advancement in a career field. In Institutional Award (IA) enables students to receive recognition (not designated on transcripts) for entry level employment or industry recognized certifications and/or licensures.

LSCO has implemented stackable credentials that allow students to enroll in a Certificate of Completion that then leads to an Associate of Applied Science. Many technical and allied health programs also transfer into a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Science (BAAS) degree at public Texas four-year institutions. Please see your program director or an academic advisor for more information on pursuing a BAAS with a partnering university after completing an AAS with Lamar State College Orange.

Technical Education Coordination

  • Kristin Walker, Dean of Academic, Technical, and Workforce Studies 
  • Keith Jones, Associate Dean of Technical Studies

Business Management and Technology

TBD, Division Director



Program Director

Business Management

Accounting, Business, Management, Marketing

MaryKate Flanagan

Computer Science and Information Technology

CISCO, Computer Engineering Technology, Computer Installation and Repair Technology, Computer Science, Networking, Web Programming

Diane Dotson

Construction Management

Construction, Business, Management

Joseph Peters, MaryKate Flanagan

Cosmetology Management

Cosmetology, Business, Management

Kimberly Moyers

Court Reporting

Court Reporting

Cristy Smith

Logistics Management

Logistics, Business, Management

Keith Jones

Real Estate Management

Real Estate, Business, Management

Martha Morian, MaryKate Flanagan

Industry and Manufacturing

TBD, Division Director



Program Director

Automotive Technology

Automotive, Business, Management


Electromechanical Technology

Hydraulics, Industrial Manufacturing, Machining, Robotics

Howard Bailey

Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Technology

HVAC, Business, Management




Cheryl January

Maritime/Ordinary Seaman


James Chatlosh

Process Operating Technology

Applied Science, Chemical Technology, Process Technology

Cheryl January

Safety, Health, and Environment

Environment Regulations, Safety/Health/Environment

Cheryl January

Welding Technology Welding Keith Jones

Nursing and Health Professions Education Coordination

  • Mandee Tucker, Dean of Nursing and Health Profession Programs 

Health Professions

Mandee Tucker, Dean



Curriculum Coordinator

Dental Assisting

Dental Assisting, Business, Management

Colleen Baker

Emergency Medical Servicees

Electrocardiography, Emergency Medical Services

Richard Land

Massage Therapy

Massage Therapy, Business, Management

Erin Peters

Pharmacy Technology Pharmacy, Business, Management Jennifer Fabriguze


TBD, Division Director



Program Director

Medical Assisting

Medical Assisting, Medical Terminology, Nutrition, Phlebotomy

Jessica Montgomery

Registered Nursing

Registered Nursing (Transition)

Jennifer Trotter

Registered Nursing Stand-Alone TBD
Vocational Nursing Vocational Nursing Sherri Foreman

Continuing and Workforce Education

Lamar State College Orange (LSCO) offers customized training programs for upgrading employment skills and/or for those pursuing areas of personal interest through its continuing education programs. These classes provide opportunities for individuals to continue their education in the academic and technical/occupational areas.  A number of classes are offered for persons interested in pursuing creative activities, cultural endeavors, and/or recreational programs.  Additional class offerings include personal development, computer skill enhancement, and professional development along with free community service learning opportunities. 

Non-credit courses are open to interested adults without regard to eligibility for admission to college-credit programs. LSCO can award continuing education units (CEUs) to those who complete continuing education courses administered by LSCO. In no instance should the award of CEUs be equated with college credit toward a degree.

Continuing & Workforce Education (C&WE) offers customized business and industrial training. These programs are designed to fit the needs of local employers. Training can take place on the Lamar State College Orange campus, a local plant, or office location. C&WE has worked with local businesses and industry leaders to deliver courses in computer technology, leadership training, business communication, maintenance technology, and more.  Courses vary in length from one hour, to one-day, to multi-faceted, long-term training.

Workforce Education Coordination

  • Kristin Walker, Dean of Academic, Technical, and Workforce Studies
  • Thera Celestine, Director of Workforce Programs