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LCC prepares students for higher education success before they ever take a class

January 16, 2018

The majority of new students that attend Lansing Community College are high school graduates. Many come to college lacking the necessary skills to successfully complete college level coursework. In an effort to combat this barrier to success, LCC's Coalition for College and Career Readiness (C3R) works to ensure that students in the tri-county area (Clinton, Eaton and Ingham) arrive at college with a strong foundation in reading, writing and mathematics. The C3R Readiness Team works closely in partnership with school districts to align curriculum and an understanding of what is needed for student success. With this core framework firmly in place, students will be prepared to pursue their goals of a college education and a career.

Dr. Toni Glasscoe, Associate VP, External Affairs, Development, and K12 Operations says, "Preparing students for college and career is no small task and the C3R team works in cooperation with community partners to reduce the number of high school students that will need developmental coursework to close the skills gap that can hinder their academic and career success." To do this C3R develops action teams to work with students beginning in pre-kindergarten through post-secondary. According to Glasscoe, an integral part of the program's success relies on creating effective communication between students, educators, parents, businesses and the community.

While federal grant programs and other funding sources have provided dollars for formal programs to address a student's readiness for higher education, the resources providing financial aid and physical space for developmental classes at many colleges are limited. Strengthening college skills before students enroll means they arrive at college better prepared to pursue their college education and career.

Twice a year, C3R hosts a Summit that focuses on projects and activities that have been initiated through action team collaboration and dialogue. The Summit provides an opportunity for conversation with business and industry, workforce development, and other community stakeholders to promote best practices and systems alignment that will increase college and career readiness in the tri-county area.

The next Summit will take place 5:30-8:00 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018 at LCC's West Campus location, 5708 Cornerstone Drive, Lansing, MI. For more information on this year's event or to find out how you can help students arrive at college ready to learn, contact LCC's C3R team at (517) 483-9658.

About Lansing Community College

Lansing Community College, founded in 1957, is the fifth-largest community college in Michigan, serving more than 25,000 students across a six-county area each year. LCC offers courses in general education for those interested in transferring to a four-year institution, career and workforce development, developmental education and personal enrichment. To meet the professional development and training needs of regional employees, the college offers customized programs for credit, non-credit and continuing education. The University Center at LCC offers students the opportunity to earn bachelor's and master's degrees from five partner universities on the downtown LCC campus. For more information, visit lcc.edu.

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