Lamar State College-Port Arthur made two organizational changes this spring in response to student interest in college programs.

The Technical Division announced the merger of the Department of Industrial Technology and the Department of Business & Computer Information Systems.   

The newly-named Department of Business & Technology will be chaired by Michael Trahan, who formerly led the BCIS department.

The IT department offered degrees and certificates in Automotive Technology, Cosmetology, Esthetics, Instrumentation, Process Technology and Welding.

“The career programs offered by the Technical Division constantly change in relation to workforce needs,” said Dr. Gary Stretcher, vice president for Academic Affairs at the college.

As an example, Stretcher said, Lamar State previously offered welding. But enrollment slowly decreased and the program was closed several years ago. Now, local industries again need trained entry-level welders, so the college restarted the program last year and will offer four welding courses this fall.

In April, the college added a Department of Music in response to the growing number of students enrolled in music-related degree and certificate programs in the four years since Lamar State first added music courses to its catalog.

All music courses, degrees and certificates have been moved out of the Liberal Arts Department and into the new department, which is chaired by Michael Judy, who formerly was director of Music Programs.

“The growth of music programs has been very impressive,” Stretcher said. “What started in 2005 with one instructor teaching a few music courses, now is comprised of five instructors teaching from a catalog with more than 100 courses leading to three associate degrees and two certificates,” Stretcher said.

Lamar State’s associate degrees tracks in Music and in Teaching Music consist of courses that will transfer to any state-supported college or university in Texas.

The college also offers a two-year associate degree in Commercial Music – Studio Music Performance, plus a two-year associate degree and a one-year certificate in Sound Engineering Technology for future recording studio engineers.

This fall, the college will add a one-year certificate in Live Sound / Sound Reinforcement.

Lamar State is one of the few colleges in the nation offering multiple commercial music degrees.

“This spring, 80 students were majoring in either the Commercial Music – Studio Performance Program or the Sound Engineering Program,” Stretcher said. “To accommodate new students, we added an additional instructor and another instructor who will teach Live Sound.”

Lamar State College-Port Arthur is accepting student registration for the two summer terms and the 2009 fall semester.

The college offers a full range of academic and technical courses during its two summer terms. Summer I began Monday and runs thru July 9.

Summer II runs from July 12 – August 12. The fall semester begins August 24.

The Summer/Fall class schedule is available in the Admission Advising Office and the Admission and Records Office on the third floor of the LSC-PA Student Center, at the Help Desk in the Student Center lobby, or on-line at:

All students must be admitted to the college before registering for classes.

Students are encouraged to register early as lines could be long during the last days before classes start.

For information about admissions or registration, call 984-6186, 984-6183, 984-6184 or 984-6185.

For information about financial aid, call 984-6203 or 984-6205.