Area high school students can earn college credit along with their high school hours this year through the Co-Enrollment Program at Lamar State College-Port Arthur.

The college offers two co-enrollment options. The first is a partnership with the Nederland and Port Arthur independent school districts in which high school students who are recommended by their school principal can take college freshman-level composition, economics or government classes during regular school hours.
The second option is for students from any area high school, said Tom Neal, vice president for Student Services at Lamar State.

“Students earn both high school and college credit from the courses, which are taught by LSC-PA instructors or by high school teachers who hold a master’s degree in their field. Any high school student who has passed the Texas Higher Education Assessment Test and can meet the college admissions requirements can enroll to take evening classes during long semesters and day classes during the two summer terms at the college,” Neal said.

“This program really is beginning to catch on because it gives high school students a head-start on college. More students are enrolling every year.”

Students who have not completed their junior year of high school can be admitted to the program based on ACT or SAT scores, current grade-point-average or other assessment indicators.

“Many students are able to complete their entire college requirements for freshman composition and American government courses in one year,” Neal said.

The deadline for Fall Semester enrollment is August 22. Classes begin August 25.

For information on the Co-enrollment Program, call an academic counselor at Nederland or Memorial high schools, or call the LSC-PAAdmission Advising Office at 984-6186, 984-6183, 984-6184 or 984-6185.