Lamar Institute of Technology

Jersey hairdresser trades in her scissors for welding torch

A young hairdresser from southern New Jersey leaves her family and home to follow her welder boyfriend to a job in Southeast Texas. The relationship doesn’t work out. Now alone, far from her Yankee upbringing, she realizes that a welder’s salary trumps her cosmetology degree. So what does she do? She trades in her scissors for a torch and enrolls in a welding program.
Sound like a pitch for a network sitcom? It could be a first-season hit, but this is real life for Michelle Dillon, a 31-year-old welding student at Lamar Institute of Technology.

Shared Vision for LIT unveiled at installation of new president

Photo by Brandon Gouthier

Lamar Institute of Technology (LIT) celebrated the installation of Dr. Lonnie L. Howard, the college’s new president at the Multi-Purpose Center on the LIT campus in Beaumont.
The ceremony was designed to formally acknowledge the change in leadership at the college’s highest level and brought together Texas State University College System (TSUS) board members, Chancellor Brian McCall, elected officials, industry and civic leaders, faculty, staff and students.