Endorsement Received for Lamar State College - Orange Process Technology Program

The Process Technology program at Lamar State College - Orange (LSC-O) has been endorsed by the North American Process Technology Alliance (NAPTA). This endorsement is the product of a body of work started in 2009 by Eddie Burns, former program director, and the program's advisory committee. The advisory committee, headed by Chairperson David Mumback, set into motion a plan to meet the requirements of the Gulf Coast Process Technology Alliance (GCPTA) - the predecessor of NAPTA.

The requirements were threefold. First, the institution's program must incorporate an approved curriculum that meets, at a minimum, the education and skill development requirements of the NAPTA organization. Second, the program's advisory committee must be active, as defined by having a minimum of four meetings per year. Third, the institution's program must complete a formal program audit on a minimum three-year frequency. The audit format is dictated as are the forms to be used and the audit team membership.

Eddie Burns retired in 2011 and Earl Geis replaced him as program director. The effort didn't lose emphasis as chairperson Mumback and a fully energized advisory committee provided the continuity necessary to fulfill the requirements. Late in 2012, the initial formal audit was completed and the document set was forwarded to NAPTA. The complete audit document met with the approval of the NAPTA board and on April 26. 2013, the LSC-O Process Technology Program was presented with the endorsement plaque at the NAPTA's quarterly meeting in Lake Charles, LA.

More information concerning NAPTA can be found at www.naptaonline.org.   Information about the program at LSC-O can be obtained by contacting Jackie Spears at (409) 882-3018 or emailing Jackie.spears@lsco.edu.