Lakeland Community College started with a "Yes."

In 1964, Lake County residents saw a need in the community— and decided to do something about it.

With a YES on the ballot in 1967, they established the first college in Ohio founded by a vote of the people. Since day one, our commitment to our students has been unrelenting.

Our students are inspiring, diverse, and complex. Their stories are all unique. Each year brings new urgency to the challenge of student success, as more nontraditional learners turn to us to build a better life for themselves and their families in Lake County.

Our commitment to our students remains strong, so now our systems of support must evolve to serve the realities of today’s student experience.

Fifty years later, the number of students we serve has grown — and their needs have changed.

So we recommitted ourselves to facing our thorniest challenges and redesigning the ways we serve students. In the fall of 2018, over 200 staff, faculty, students, and administrators came together for a unique collaboration. They said YES to building deeper empathy with today’s students, and YES to reimagining systems of support. With a public exhibit, they invited visitors to experience the journeys of Lakeland students firsthand.

Lakeland’s founding story isn’t about doing things the way they’ve always been done. It’s about seeing a need — and doing something new about it.

Lakeland was founded, with courage and commitment, to serve the community. It’s time to act, together once again, to realign student support with student need. Meeting the unique needs of today’s students requires more statements of YES.

YES, you belong here.
YES, we’re here for you.
YES, let’s try something new.

Meeting student needs means moving ourselves toward them.

This is the beginning. Join us in what’s next.

So far, this has been a collaborative effort of dozens and dozens of voices listening closely to students and offering new ideas. Join us as the journey continues by listening, collaborating, and experimenting.