For students in the Greater Lansing area that want to increase their employability by taking rigorous and relevant career courses, or for beginning college students who want to start their college experience in a nurturing, low-key environment, Lansing Community College is a good solution. The college has a mix of career technical and academic programs aimed at improving the local work force and preparing students for a four-year college.
Michigan is currently in the throes of an economic shift, as the automobile industry retools and jobs once available in the industry become more scarce. Community colleges like LCC are vital to the state’s interest in retraining the work force to adapt to a more diversified economy.
Lansing Community College offers about 100 degree programs and more than 90 career certificate programs. The career certificate programs give students a credential in a specific employment field they can use to demonstrate to employers they have a recognized skill in this field. Career certificate programs allow workers to quickly gain certification in career fields, allowing them to quickly find a new job if they’ve been displaced from an old one, or increase their value to their current organization.
The most popular majors at Lansing Community College are liberal arts, health professions, business marketing, computer and information sciences and visual and performing arts.
One interesting program the college offers is a sign language program. LCC has strong connections to the deaf community, and the offering of this program is a sign of this link.
The college’s health programs are also strong, and it is estimated that the college produces 75 percent of the area’s health care workers.
In addition to the traditional two-year college program at Lansing Community College, the institution also allows students to work toward bachelor’s and master’s degrees from six partnering universities from its downtown Lansing University Center. This allows many non-traditional students who don’t have the option of moving from their jobs and families to attend a four-year university the opportunity to obtain a four-year or master’s degree at home in Lansing. The college’s university partners include: Siena Heights University, Ferris State University, Lawrence Technological University, Northwood University, University of Michigan-Flint, and Western Michigan University.
A large number of Lansing Community College students use the college as their first step toward a four-year degree. Like most community colleges, Lansing Community College offers core academic programs that most four-year college students take in their first two years of college. However, attending Lansing Community College allows those students to take those courses at a much less expensive rate than they would if they attended a four-year college or university.
In addition to the reduced costs, many Lansing high school graduates benefit from completing their first years of college at home because it gives them a chance to get used to the demands of college life before moving out of mom and dad’s house. About 6,000 Lansing Community College students transfer to larger four-year universities each year. The college has articulation agreements with 48 colleges and universities inside and outside Michigan that ensure credits transfer from one institution to another.
Lansing Community College is accredited by the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges. The NCA accredits schools in Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. The NCA also accredits schools in the Navajo nation. More than 1,000 colleges are accredited by the NCA.
The college maintains an educational outreach outside the campus, providing educational opportunities to K-12 students such as Saturday School and gifted programs and also provides non-credit educational opportunities for adults as well.
Most Popular Fields of Study
Lansing Community College has a very liberal admissions policy. Admission is non-competitive, so virtually 100 percent of students who apply are accepted. The college accepts all adults 18 or older whether they have a high school diploma or not. The college may require students who do not have a high school diploma to take some remedial classes before they can take academic courses.
Lansing Community College also accepts some high school and home school students through dual enrollment and other programs.
The college has a rolling application deadline, but high school seniors are encouraged to get applications submitted quickly so they can be first in line for scholarship opportunities.
There may be special admission requirements for certain programs at the college such as its health science programs, aviation, music, police academy and fire academy programs.
Students applying to Lansing Community College are eligible for federal grants and student loans. There are also a number of grants and scholarships offered by the state of Michigan, the university and other organizations that students may be eligible for. The Lansing Community College Foundation alone gave out more than $580,000 in scholarships in 2010.
For example, each year the college awards 36 students who have a solid record of academic performance honors programs scholarships, which cover up to $1,275 per semester in tuition. Michigan’s HOPE scholarship provides Lansing middle and high school students with two years’ free tuition if they finish high school.
The university’s office of financial aid also stands ready to help students find other grants and scholarships they may be eligible for.
Student Financial Aid Details
Lansing Community College is the third largest community college in Michigan, with about 21,000 students of a diverse variety of backgrounds. The college has a large population of non-traditional students, that is students over the traditional college age. In fact, the average age at Lansing Community College is 29.
To better serve these students, most of whom have jobs and families that preclude them from keeping a traditional college schedule, the college offers courses at night and online to better allow access to its educational programs.
The college has a 42-acre campus in downtown Lansing, Mich. The college also has a West Campus and East Campus. The college also maintains a number of other centers off the campuses.
Being located in a state capital has its advantages. LCC students have a number of career, cultural, entertainment and other opportunities to take advantage of. One popular Lansing, Mich. attraction is the Common Ground Festival, held in July. This week-long music festival typically pulls in top music acts. The last festival featured Snoop Dogg, Kelly Pickler and REO Speedwagon. Lansing also has many museums and the Potter Park Zoo.
Perhaps the heart of the campus is the Abel B. Sykes Technology and Learning Center, a 155,000 sq. ft. facility that contains a library and computer lab, among other educational facilities.
There are more than 30 campus organizations and clubs at Lansing Community College, including academic and professional groups and special interest groups such as a gay-straight alliance and Bahai group. There are no Greek fraternities or sororities on campus.
The college also has a campus newspaper, The Lookout, as well as a student-run television station and radio station.
LCC’s student body is 55 percent female. Whites make up the majority of the college’s students, but there is also a sizable African American contingent on campus, and other racial groups are represented. There are also a number of international students at LCC.
Like most community colleges, LCC does not provide on-campus housing for students. However, the college’s student life office maintains listings of off-campus housing.
Lansing Community College strives to provide a safe learning environment for students. The college provides 24-hour security and there is a late night transportation and escort service provided.
Student Enrollment Demographics
Lansing Community College is a member of the NJCAA and is part of the Michigan Community College Athletic Association.
The college’s teams include men’s cross country, basketball, softball, baseball and track and field. Women can compete in cross country, volleyball, basketball, track and field, softball and baseball. The school also fields a competitive club hockey team. This team competes in American Collegiate Hockey Association games and is a memberof the Michigan Collegiate Hockey Conference.
The college has a strong athletic tradition and in 2008-2009 produced six All Americans. The college’s teams have won NJCAA championships and make perennial apperances in tournaments.
Lansing Community College’s athletic teams are known as the Stars. College colors are blue and silver.
The college has a tradition of supporting educational opportunities for veterans and the college emphasizes its connection to veterans with a 9 by 20 veteran’s memorial wall on campus.
The university also has a popular annual Caribbean Festival that is the kick off to the college’s annual Welcome Week. The festival typically draws thousands and allows college students and the public to sample Caribbean culture and food.
Additional School Information
Lansing Community College has recently been in the process of eliminating or merging some programs as it seeks to cope with budget cuts and changing work force needs. The cuts have eliminated or merged some long standing vocational programs, such as the auto repair and collision programs and some arts programs.
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