meet at Garfield
Park (then, Mentor Recreation Park) to discuss
the idea of a community college for Lake County.
County Commissioners appoint a committee to study
the feasibility of establishing a community college.
||The citizens of Lake County
vote in favor of creating a community college
||First Board of Trustees is
appointed. The Ohio Board of Regents grants charter
to the Board of Trustees.
||Voters approve a five-year
levy to open and operate the college. Dr. Wayne
Rodehorst selected as the college’s first
president. On September 25, Lakeland opens its
doors to 1,073 students in various Painesville
buildings on September 25.
||The college purchases 400
acres at the intersection of SR 306 and I-90
from Margaret Moore for $600,000. First Commencement
Ceremony is held at St. James Episcopal Church;
55 students receive their degrees, having transferred
from former Chandler Tech. Ceremony held dedicating
the campus at Kirtland.
||Groundbreaking on the Kirtland
site. Construction of campus facilities occurs
in three phases.
||Lakeland becomes first
two-year institution in Ohio to initiate telecourses
||Construction of Phase I is
complete. General classrooms, laboratories, Library,
student services, faculty, and service areas
are ready for fall quarter.
||Phase II, providing facilities
to support technical education programs, is completed.
||College is granted official
accreditation by North Central Association of
Colleges and Schools.
|| Lakeland Gym is built.
||Phase III, providing for studios
and laboratories for the fine arts, a Performing
arts center and an art gallery, is completed.
||Construction of the nursing
wing is completed.
||Additions to the gym, racquetball
courts, wrestling rooms, auxiliary gym, and saunas
in the locker rooms are completed; the Lakeland
Gym is renamed the Athletic and Fitness Center.
||Annex to the Athletic and
Fitness Center is complete.
|| Dr. James Cantanzaro appointed
Browns make their preseason training camp
on Lakeland’s campus.
|| Engineering building completed.
Ralph Doty appointed college president. T Building
||Center for Business & Industry
created to reach out to local business to provide
on-site or campus-based training.
||Lakeland receives North Central
|| Groundbreaking for Health
Technologies building held.
||Dr. Morris W. Beverage, Jr.
appointed college president.
||Nuclear Engineering Technology
Program with FirstEnergy started.
College is established
to meet the needs of working students by providing
an accelerated, convenient track for earning
a degree. Students can now earn a four-year degree
without leaving the Lakeland campus in partnership
with Cleveland State University.
||United States President George
W. Bush holds a roundtable discussion on Lakeland’s
||Higher Learning Commission
of the North Central Association of Colleges
and Schools approves online degree programs at
||Lakeland turns 40 years old.