Lamar Institute of Technology

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Lamar Institute of Technology
The official seal of Lamar Institute of Technology
Motto Get a degree that puts you to work.
Type Public State College
Established 1995
President Lonnie L. Howard[1]
Academic staff
179 (Fall 2010)
Students 3,253 (Fall 2010)[2]
Location Beaumont, Texas, United States
30°2′53.9″N 94°4′39.2″W / 30.048306°N 94.077556°W / 30.048306; -94.077556Coordinates: 30°2′53.9″N 94°4′39.2″W / 30.048306°N 94.077556°W / 30.048306; -94.077556
Colors Blue and Red[3]
The official logo of Lamar Institute of Technology

Lamar Institute of Technology (LIT) is a public technical school in Beaumont, Texas. LIT was formerly a part of Lamar University, but became a separate institution when the university joined the Texas State University System in 1995.


Lamar Institute of Technology was chartered in 1949 when the Lamar College Bill was passed. The bill was sponsored in the Texas Legislature by State Representative Jack Brooks and Senator W.R. Cousins, Jr. of Beaumont.[4] LIT began as the Division of Vocations within Lamar College. The division became the Lamar School of Vocations in 1955. In 1971, the division began awarding associate's degrees.

In 1972 it expanded its offerings and was renamed as the College of Technical Arts within Lamar University, which had achieved full university status.

In 1990, all of Lamar University's two-year programs were combined into the Lamar University Institute of Technology. When Lamar University was absorbed into the Texas State University System in 1995, the Institute of Technology became independent. In 1999, the school was renamed the Lamar Institute of Technology by the Texas Legislature.


A board of nine regents, appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the State Senate for terms of six years, governs The Texas State University System. The Board of Regents delegates the direction of affairs to the president, campus administrative officers, and faculty.


Lamar Institute of Technology is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges to award degrees at the associate level. The Dental Hygiene Program is accredited by the American Dental Association Commission on Dental Accreditation. The Respiratory Therapy Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care. The Diagnostic Medical Sonography Programs are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs. The Medical Radiologic Technology Program is accredited by the Joint Review Committee for Education in Radiologic Technology. The Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management accredits the Health Information Technology Program.

Student body[edit]

LIT graduated almost 400 students in its Spring 2011 commencement ceremony on May 12.[5] Candidates were awarded Associates of Applied Science degrees as well as Certificates in various fields.

Demographics of LIT student body
(Fall 2010)[6]
Race/Ethnicity Fall 2010  % Total
African American 1,169 36.0%
Asian/Pacific Isl. 73 2.3%
Hispanic 277 8.5%
International 0 0%
Multi-Racial Afr Am 0 0%
Other & Unknown 233 6.9%
White 1,501 46.3%


Lamar Institute of Technology offers more than 50 programs in allied health, business, industry, and public service and safety. Two-year programs provide training prior to entry into a career. Programs are offered on the campus in Beaumont and some classes are offered in other locations throughout the service area.

Associate of Applied Science degrees[edit]

Allied Health and Sciences[edit]

Business Technologies[edit]

Public Service and Safety[edit]


Certificate programs[edit]

In addition to the degree programs, Lamar Institute of Technology offers the following Certificates:

Allied Health and Sciences[edit]

Business Technologies[edit]

  • Accounting Technology
  • Computer Networking Technology
  • Computer Troubleshooting Technology
  • Network Administration
  • Office Technology-Clerical
  • Office Technology-Medical Records
  • Real Estate
  • Software Support Specialist

Public Service and Safety[edit]

  • Criminal Justice Security Threat Groups
  • Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Paramedic
  • Homeland Security (available online)
  • Regional Fire Academy
  • Regional Police Academy


  • Air Conditioning
  • Construction Technology
  • Diesel Mechanics
  • Electronic Instrumentation
  • Food Service
  • Industrial Mechanics
  • Utility Line Technician
  • Welding

Workforce Training[edit]

  • Professional Truck Driving
  • Clinical Medical Assistant
  • Pharmacy Technician


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