Educational Services

Lamar Institute of Technology has several services that are available to LIT students. Services such as internet access, tutoring, and mentoring are available in the Learning Lab. Students are required to present a current Student Identification Card prior to requesting services.

Learning Lab

Lamar Institute of Technology has a Learning Lab located in the Technology Center building. The goal of the Learning Lab is to provide computer-based assistance for the TSI Assessment or Texas Success Initiative (TSI) objectives of reading, writing, and mathematics. Personal tutoring is available for developmental classes as well as other subjects offered at the Institute. The Lab may be used for testing by the Developmental Math classes and also by students taking Web-based courses.

The Learning Lab provides computer access to Institute students. Computers are equipped with instructional software and standard commercial software packages, as well as Internet access.

The Learning Lab offers access through computers to the Mary and John Gray Library. Research may be done online, and if books or other materials are needed, they may be checked out through the Inter-Library Loan System.

The Learning Lab may also be used for study. Tables are set up for individuals or study groups. The hours of operation during the Fall and Spring semesters are 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday. The hours of operation for the summer semesters are 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Fridays.

Library

The Mary and John Gray Library serves as the principle library for Lamar Institute of Technology students. LIT students have full access to the entire range of services offered by the library. The library occupies seven floors of the eight-story building, with a fully computerized online system providing access to more than 1,000,000 volumes and 75 electronic indexes and full-text periodical databases. Seating accommodates 860 students and faculty, including 17 study rooms for large group study and a 'quiet' floor.

The first floor service areas include circulation, reference, and interlibrary loans. The second floor houses reserve reading, current periodicals and government documents, and a section of leisure reading. Three floors provide stacks for books and periodicals shelved in the Library of Congress classification sequence.

The seventh floor houses the library administrative offices, Special Collections, Media Services, and the PC lab. The 120-computer lab is open-access and offers students the opportunity to use word processing, database, and spreadsheet software as well as some software purchased to support specific classes.

The eighth floor currently serves as a Reception Center. This spacious and elegant floor, furnished by community donors, is available as a center for meetings, conferences, and social functions.

Expanding library collections support continuously evolving academic and technical programs. In addition to a strong collection of books and periodicals, the Library provides access to state and federal government documents and participates in the library networks that extend access to information resources. LIT students can access the library online system PCs located in the Learning Lab.

Testing Center

Lamar Institute of Technology provides a full service Testing Center for LIT students and the community.  Assessments, both in the electronic and paper/pencil format, are offered in a comfortable, secure testing environment.  Exams range from student placement exams, national licensures/certificates and state certifications.  LIT partners with ACT, Prometric, PearsonVUE, ESCO Group, NATE (North American Technician Excellence), Certiport, local industry and the State of Texas to offer exams such as A+, Microsoft, COMPASS, College Level Examination Program (CLEP), TSI Assessment, WorkKeys, Fire Academy and Police Officer exams. 

Information about exams, hours of operation, and test center location can be found at www.lit.edu or by contacting the Testing Center at 409-839-2027 or 409-880-8687 or testingcenter@lit.edu.

Tutoring

Instructors provide tutoring for students. Faculty are available during their office hours and by appointment. The Learning Lab (Room 112, Technology Center Building) provides other tutoring resources, both in person and online, in a variety of subject areas, on a first-come, first-served basis.

Individualized tutoring is available in writing, math, reading, computer science, and other subjects requested by students.

During the fall and spring semesters, the hours of operation for the Learning Lab are 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday. The summer hours of operation are from 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday.

Mentoring Program

LIT’s Mentoring Program helps students meet the challenges of college and take advantage of the Institute’s many resources. This program will serve to connect students with LIT by providing them with a role model with whom they can consult about campus decisions. The Mentoring Program will help promote students’ self-confidence by humanizing the campus and guiding them through college life, thereby making the always difficult first year less challenging. The mentor can listen to problems and offer solutions in regards to time management, study skills, curricular choices and the like.

Mentors are faculty members or staff volunteers who are willing to donate attention and guidance to an assigned student. Any currently enrolled LIT student is eligible to participate in the Mentoring program. To enhance the Mentoring Program’s effectiveness, students are required to agree to the rules and conditions of the program. For an application or more information, students can visit the LIT webpage, contact Leigh Smith at 839-2095, or email at mentoring@lit.edu.