Lamar Institute of Technology traces its roots back to March 8, 1923, when the South Park School District in Beaumont authorized its superintendent to proceed with plans to open a “junior college of the first class.” Located on the third floor of the South Park High School building, the college shared the library and athletic facilities with the high school. Lamar was the first junior college in Texas to become a four-year, state-supported college. Uniquely, Lamar retained much of its traditional community college mission, particularly in vocational programs, while continuing to grow with strong programs in engineering, sciences, business, and education. In 1962, a graduate school was established, offering master’s degrees in several fields. The Doctorate in Engineering was established in 1971.
Lamar Institute of Technology offers more than 50 programs in fields that include allied health and sciences, business, industry, and public service and safety. Distance learning includes courses in which all or part of the course is offered “at a distance.” Courses could be online (web-based) courses or off-campus at selected locations.