Established in 1962, Lake-Sumter Community College maintains three campus locations including Leesburg, South Lake, and Sumter. Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Lake-Sumter Community College offers more than 30 degree, certificate, and diploma programs.
The college offers several associate degrees, including associate in arts (AA), associate in science (AS), and associate in applied science (AAS). The AA degree is designed to prepare students for transfer to four-year institutions where they pursue a bachelor’s degree. The AS degree provides students with a strong knowledge base which they may use to enter the workforce; or, they may use to transfer to a four-year college or university. The AAS, on the other hand, prepares students for immediate entry into the workforce. As part of the AS or AAS degree program, students can also earn technical certificates in specific fields through short-term career education which prepares students for entry into the workforce within two years.
Other programs available include distance learning, as well as computer institute and continuing education. Lake-Sumter Community College also offers dual enrollment for academically challenged high school students seeking both high school and college credits simultaneously. In addition, the Sumter campus has a new fire station which is used for hands-on training for students pursuing a degree in Fire Science Technology.