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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, earning an associate degree leads to higher salaries and increases the likelihood of getting hired. Completing an associate degree before transferring to a four-year university can increase the likelihood of completing a bachelor's degree, save students money, and improve their earnings compared to students who transfer before completing an associate degree.

CCP students can earn their associate degree while in high school, after high school or through reverse transfer. Whether you plan to transfer to a four-year school or enter the job market, check out our academic pathways and opportunities page to find the path that's right for you. 

Lakeland Community College's College Credit Plus Program (CCP) offers high school students the opportunity to enroll at Lakeland on a part-time or full-time basis, and earn college credit which may also be used to fulfill their high school graduation requirements.

The intent of the CCP program is to offer a broad range of college level classes which provide educational opportunities not typically available in high school. Admission into this program is open to students who have clearly demonstrated the ability to handle college-level coursework.

CCP students make up nearly 25% of Lakeland's total enrollment. Students in grades 7-12 from 45 different school districts participated during the 2020-21 academic year.

Since College Credit Plus began in 2015, Lakeland has awarded more associate degrees to CCP students each year than any other college in Ohio. Lakeland graduates have one of the highest rates of success when transferring four-year institutions compared to students with associate degrees from other schools.

CCP students participate in student organizations and hold leadership positions on campus. Over the years, CCP students have participated the Honors Program, served as orientation leaders, received Outstanding Student awards, represented Lakeland at national mathematics competitions, and become members of Lakeland's honors societies. Upon high school graduation, many CCP students are admitted to selective colleges and universities.


The subject matter of a course enrolled in under the college credit plus program may include mature subject matter or materials, including those of a graphic, explicit, violent, or sexual nature, that will not be modified based upon college credit plus enrollee participation regardless of where course instruction occurs.

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