Continuing Education Frequently Asked Questions

What is Continuing Education?

LIT’s Continuing Education provides quality instruction in non-degree and non-diploma educational activities for adult learners. Continuing Education courses do not earn academic credit that is transferrable for other degreed coursework. These courses are designed to provide specific knowledge and/or upgrade skills. A variety of courses are offered to meet vocational, cultural, intellectual, social, and recreational interests. Other programs are designed to provide occupational training for existing, new, and expanding industries and individuals at all levels of employment.

Who can enroll in a Continuing Education class?

Enrollment to all public continuing education, corporate college, and life-long learning programs are open to adults 18 years and older on a first-come basis with an exception for courses that require specific enrollment requirements to be met. Exceptions for the age requirement of 18 may not apply to all courses; contact the Workforce Education office at 409-880-8114. 

Do I have to be admitted to Lamar Institute of Technology as a student to take a Continuing Education Course?

No. You do not have to be admitted to LIT Continuing Education student to take continuing education courses.

Does Continuing Education award any type of credit?

Continuing Education courses do not earn academic credit; however, some courses award continuing education units (CEUs).

What is a Continuing Education Unit (CEU)?

One CEU is defined as “10 contact hours of participation in an organized continuing education program under responsible sponsorship, capable direction and qualified instruction.”  CEUs are documented on a printed Workforce Education Transcript in addition to the issued certificate of completion. CEUs are vastly recognized as a form of professional development in the requirement of meeting continued educational training. 

What if I have questions about a class or program?

If you have questions about a specific course or program; please, contact the Department of Continuing Education at (409) 880-8114.

Who teaches continuing education courses and/or workshops?

Classes are taught by qualified experts in the area of instruction. Instructors may be Lamar Institute of Technology faculty members, professionals, or someone with advanced experience in the topic of instruction. In some cases the college partners with regional and national training providers.

Is there a fee for continuing education courses?

Current course fees are listed in the corresponding course schedule and fliers printed with LIT’s seal of approval for each individual course offering.  All tuition fees must be paid in full before a registration is complete.  Courses may have additional charges for supplies, testing, or other necessary expenses, which will be noted in either the course syllabus or with the course description.

Can I repeat a course more than once?

The State of Texas does not currently have a policy placing a limit on the number of times a course can be repeated for Continuing Education courses. 

What are Life Long Learning Courses?

The Life Long learning courses offered through LIT’s Workforce Education are personal growth courses designed for self-enrichment. These courses are not allowable for state funding and the fees for individual courses will vary. Age limits will vary from course to course.

Do I have to pay for parking?

No. Students enrolled in Continuing Education Courses will be issued a temporary parking permit from the WORKFORCE EDUCATION office for all classes meeting Monday through Friday between the hours of 8 am – 5 pm. The temporary parking permit should be clearly displayed inside the car on the left front windshield, visible for campus police. The parking permit only allows for parking lots marked “A” for all parking. Parking in spots marked “Reserved” will result in a ticket being issued.

How do I register?

Pre-registration is required for all classes. Payment of registration fees must be paid in full to complete the enrollment and registration process. See the Workforce Education course schedule for current registration fees.  A social security number must be included on the enrollment form. All courses require a minimum enrollment depending on the type of course.  In order to ensure your place in any course, please register at least 5-days in advanced and make certain that fees are paid at the time of your registration. No registrations will be taken in the classroom. LIT’s Workforce Education office offers the options below for completing the registration process:

                    Online:         www.workforce.lit.edu

In person:      Visit 855 East Lavaca, Technical Center Building, Room 110, between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.  Fill out enrollment form.  Enrollment form will be processed and you will be sent to the Cashier’s Office 1st floor of the Beeson Building to make your payment.

By mail:          Complete and send the enrollment form with your payment (money order) at least one week before the class begins to: 

                        LIT—Workforce Training Department

                        P.O. Box 10043

                        Beaumont, TX  77710

                    Third Party:      The student must complete and submit a course enrollment form to the office of Workforce Education by the means of mail, fax, or in                              person. It is then the student’s responsibility to ensure that the entity providing payment of their tuition fees, provide the Workforce Education office with a   &nbs