What makes a good and successful community college? Is it student performance or retention? Or the cost of attendance and flexibility? Well, Schools.com compiled the numbers of the 27 community colleges in Michigan, and the one that took the top of the list is right here in our backyard.
Lansing Community College was ranked No. 1 by Schools.com. The site states that LCC not only has the trifecta of traditional flexibility with on-campus day care, evening and weekend degree programs and available course edit for life experience, but it also ranked No. 2 among the best community colleges in Michigan for its online student participation rate.
"The findings by Schools.com validates our commitment to student success, and our continual quest to be among the very best in delivering educational excellence and opportunity to everyone," says Robert Proctor, chair of the LCC Board of Trustees. "We are proud to be leaders in helping prepare people for promising work and careers in the 21st century."
Schools.com says that the campus’ distance education students made up about 46-percent of the student body in 2014.
“The Lansing area is a diverse global community and economy, one that has roared to life over the last ten years, embracing and competing successfully on that global stage,” said Bob Trezise, president/CEO of LEAP. “LCC has been on the cutting edge for talent development, skill enhancement and extraordinary placemaking efforts, helping lead Global Lansing into the 21st century. We are fortunate to have such a community college.”
Also, the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce recognizes LCC’s investment in community, and recognized the campus at the annual 2016 Celebration of Regional Growth Awards for its initiatives to strengthen the connection between people and places in downtown Lansing through major upgrades to central campus buildings and creation of a cleaner, greener campus.
“We thank the Chamber for its support and recognition of our belief that creating a sense of place is critical to the growth and vitality of our community and the students we serve," LCC President Brent Knight said. "We are proud to be part of Lansing’s renaissance, and to foster an environment that contributes to the development of our next generation of workers, scholars and educators.”