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Lakeland Community College is a two-year community college in Lake County, Ohio. Established in 1967, Lakeland was the first college in Ohio founded by a vote of the people. Today, Lakeland serves more than 12,000 full-time and part-time students each year at the main campus in Kirtland, an off-site location in Madison, and via distance learning.
The current president of Lakeland is Morris W. Beverage, Jr.
The college’s mission is to provide quality learning opportunities to meet the social and economic needs of the community. Lakeland is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The average age of Lakeland students is 27, and approximately 80% of students are employed full-time or part-time while taking classes. Part-time students comprise 58% of the total student population. About 60% of students reside in Lake County, 21% in Cuyahoga County, 10% in Geauga County, and 6% in Ashtabula County. The student population is split approximately 61-39 female-male, and 14% of students are listed as of minority ethnicity.
Lakeland offers more than 130 associate degrees and certificates that prepare students for employment or transfer to a four-year college or university. Areas of study include arts and humanities, business technologies, engineering technologies, science and health technologies, and social science and public service. The college also offers non-credit community learning and professional development classes and workforce development training. Mooreland Mansion, officially Edward W. and Louise C. Moore Estate as listed on the National Register of Historic Places, built in the late 19th century, expanded in 1906, and renovated in 1998, is located on the campus, and is used as a community facility.
Lakeland offers credit and noncredit courses at one off-site center located in Madison, Ohio. Classes offered at the off-site center are the same as those in the regular Lakeland curriculum and are taught by the same pool of full-time and part-time faculty. Community learning courses are also offered, providing residents of the service area an opportunity to access noncredit, non-grade-based learning experiences. Courses are offered during the fall and spring semesters with limited offerings in the summer. Courses are conducted throughout the day, evening, and Saturday mornings.
In 1964, area residents met to consider establishing a community college in Lake County. After the group had gathered enough evidence to justify its establishment, the local League of Women Voters petitioned successfully to place the issue on a countywide ballot, and it passed in 1965; the passage of the related levy passed in 1967. Classes began later that year in various locations in Painesville; the college purchased land for its current permanent location in Kirtland in 1968, with classes commencing there in 1971.
In 1968, 400 acres of land the community college is built upon, including Mooreland Mansion, was purchased by the Lakeland Community College Board of Trustees.