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C3R Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions about C3R

What is C3R? C3R stands for The Coalition for College and Career Readiness (C3R). C3R is a coalition of concerned individuals and organizations in the tri-county area, Ingham, Clinton, and Eaton counties working together to increase the college and career readiness of high school graduates.

What are the C3R goals? Through partnerships and a common agenda C3R will seek to ascertain the gap between high school and first - year college and career readiness skills, increase academic success for students PK - post secondary, improve college readiness and reduce the number of high school students in the tri - county area requiring developmental course work.

Why has the C3R been formed? C3R has been formed to address the situation in which many new college students - most are high school graduates - find themselves. In a nutshell, required placement assessments show many students are not prepared for college. To address this situation, most colleges and universities, including LCC, offer courses in - and charge college tuition for - reading, writing and mathematics courses that do not lead to a college degree. In 2013, 62% of students entering Lansing Community College who had graduated from high school took at least one college-preparatory class in reading, writing or math.

What will C3R do? The Coalition will be organized into action teams. These teams will examine aspects of P-20 education, the college going experience and workforce development. They will identify areas where improvements can be made and create activities and projects that promote college and career readiness.

What are the themes of the Action Teams?

  • Student Transition
  • English Language Arts
  • Math
  • Data
  • Career and Technical Education
  • S.T.E.A.M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math)

Will LCC 'fix' the schools? No. LCC is one among many C3R partners. Any 'fix' will come from collective thinking and action. LCC will contribute ideas like any other C3R partner and provide an opportunity for partners to convene, and serve as the anchor organization.

Who can get involved? Everyone. It is urgent that the tri-county area community keen on student success get involved. Faculty and staff of the public schools in Ingham, Clinton and Eaton Counties, Post - Secondary staff and faculty, business, industry, community coalitions, workforce and economic development, non-profit organizations and faith-based organizations must all see C3R as a part of their work.

What is a C3R Summit? Attendees are updated on the work Action Teams have accomplished, it may be a time of professional development with keynote speakers presenting relevant information.

Who can make a "contribution" to C3R? The foundation of the success of C3R is contributions by a wide range of individuals involved with the range of groups representing the tri-county area. Community growth depends on people who can problem solve, and create and/or recognize solutions. By articulating what their organizations, school districts, colleges, communities and businesses need, individuals can play a crucial role in creating a comprehensive set of solutions to the challenge of underprepared students. C3R is a channel by which the community of people with know-how can equip students who need to know.

How often will the C3R Summits convene? C3R Summits will be held tri-annually.

C3R seems a bit abstract. Can you address that? Right now, at its birth, C3R is a little abstract. It is a concept that will take shape as the coalition develops. However, as a Coalition, our first step will be to define college and career readiness. High School students enroll at Lansing Community College for college level education and training, but 63 percent need to take developmental courses first. Our solution is to develop action teams to align PK-Post Secondary (P20) college and career ready outcomes and create opportunities for collaborative activities such as summer bridge programs in order to prepare students for college and careers. We anticipate many more ideas will surface as the action teams evolve.

How can I obtain more information? Visit the C3R website at:

If I have other questions, who do I contact? Call LCC K-12 Relations Office, Coalition for College and Career Readiness, Elaine Miles, Lead Support, at (517)483-9658 or send an e-mail to

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K-12 Relations at Lansing Community College

Coalition for College and Career Readiness (C3R)
Mackinaw Building, Room 214
Phone: (517) 483-9658
Fax: (517) 483-9703
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