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Lamar State College–Port Arthur

Lamar State College–Port Arthur is a community college located in Port Arthur, Texas, United States. The college has 1,802 students.[2]

Lamar State College–Port Arthur
Lamar State College-Port Arthur seal.svg
Former names
Port Arthur Business College, Port Arthur Collegiate Institute, Port Arthur College, Lamar University Center at Port Arthur, Lamar University-Port Arthur[1]
TypeState-operated community college
Established1909 (1909)[1]
AffiliationTexas State University System
ChancellorBrian McCall
PresidentBetty J. Reynard
Students1,802 (Fall 2015)[2]
1500 Procter St.
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29°52′41.8″N 93°55′33.0″W / 29.878278°N 93.925833°W / 29.878278; -93.925833Coordinates: 29°52′41.8″N 93°55′33.0″W / 29.878278°N 93.925833°W / 29.878278; -93.925833
ColorsNavy Blue and Columbia Blue[3]
Sporting affiliations
Southwest JCC, NJCAA Div. I
SportsMen's basketball, women's softball, cheerleading
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The historical origins of LSC-PA date back to 1909 when John W. Gates, the founder of what would become Texaco organized the Port Arthur Business College. Initially a private institution, the college became affiliated with the Methodist Episcopal Church in 1911 and was renamed to the Port Arthur Collegiate Institute. After further name changes the college merged with Lamar University in 1974 and became the Lamar University Extension Center at Port Arthur. In two years, the school was once again renamed to Lamar University at Port Arthur. In 1985, the Texas Senate passed a bill to grant the institution more autonomy, but it would take ten years for the campus to be granted recognition as a constituent school of the Texas State University System. With this recognition, the school was designated as Lamar State College–Port Arthur.


Lamar State College–Port Arthur is a Member of The Texas State University System. The two-year institution offers freshman and sophomore level courses in about 50 academic and technical fields of study. Students who complete academic core curriculum courses at the college can transfer those credits to a public four-year institution in Texas. Lamar State's campus is located on 40 acres of property with 24 buildings, including the Carl Parker Multipurpose Center, the Gates Memorial Library and the Small Business Development Center. The college also operates the Museum of the Gulf Coast along with the City of Port Arthur and Port Arthur Historical Society. The $5.9 million Performing Arts Center, which houses a 400-seat theater, a "black box" theater, musical rehearsal rooms, an art studio, a recording studio, classrooms, rehearsal rooms and faculty offices was completed in 2004. The latest addition to the campus is the $2.1 million Student Success Center, a 7,500 sq. ft. building completed in late 2011. The college's Department of Music oversees associate degree programs in music, commercial music - studio musician performance, sound engineering technology, plus one-year certificates in sound engineering technology and live sound/sound reinforcement. Lamar State students can join a wide variety of student organizations.


LSC-PA sports teams are known as the Seahawks and their colors are Navy Blue and Columbia Blue. Sports teams include Men's Basketball and Women's Softball.


Associate of Arts: Emphasis in Academic Studies, Emphasis in Business Administration, Emphasis in Criminal Justice, Emphasis in Drama, Emphasis in Kinesiology, Emphasis in Studio Art, Emphasis in Teaching (EC-8), Emphasis in Teaching Art Specialty, Emphasis in Teaching Theater Arts Specialty, Emphasis in Teaching Music Specialty, Emphasis in Teaching Physical Education Specialty.

Associate of Applied Science: Administrative Assistant, Commercial Music - Sound Engineer, Commercial Music -Performance Session Musician, Computer Information Systems Network Specialist, Cosmetology Instructor, Cosmetology Operator, Instrumentation Technology, Medical Office Administration, Paralegal, Process Technology, Upward Mobility Nursing (LVN to RN), Software Developer, Surgical Technology.

One-year certificates: Administrative Assistant, Accounting, Automotive Service Technician, Automotive Technology, Network Specialist, Computer Programmer, Cosmetology Instructor, Cosmetology Operator, Entertainment Business, Esthetician, Medical Office Assistant, Multi-Media & Design (*Senior 55+ Program), Process Technology, Receptionist, Surgical Technology, Licensed Vocational Nursing.


President Betty Reynard, 409-984-6100 Vice President for Academic Affairs Gary Stretcher, 409-984-6209 Vice President for Student Services Tom Neal, 409-984-6156 Vice President for Finance Mary Wickland, 409-984-6125 Dean of Academic and Continuing Education Programs Charles Gongre, 409-984-6229 Dean of Technical Programs Ben Stafford, 409-984-6354 Registrar Connie Nicholas, 409-984-6165 Financial Aid Director Connie Riley, 409-984-6200 Admission Advising Director Aubry Boone, 409-984-6183 Dean of Library Services Peter Kaatrude, 409-984-6216 Director of The Museum of the Gulf Coast David Beard, 409-984-6444


  1. ^ a b "History". Lamar State College-Port Arthur. Retrieved June 8, 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Enrollment". Texas State University System. Archived from the original on 2014-04-18. Retrieved June 8, 2016.
  3. ^ a b c "History of Arthur the Seahawk and the LSC-PA Mascot". Lamar State College-Port Arthur. Retrieved June 8, 2016.

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