The history of Lakeland Community College has been one in which "community" has been the operative word. Conceived in 1964 by a group of 22 Lake County citizens, the college has grown considerably while serving the educational needs of over 250,000 people. The goal of the college has remained constant: to offer a comprehensive two-year college transfer program, to provide technical and paraprofessional programs, to provide general education, and to provide professional educational counseling. In addition, Lakeland has responded to the needs of the community by offering numerous programs including specific industry-generated requests for a direct impact on Lake County and the surrounding area. Today nearly 11,000 individuals attend Lakeland each year in credit and noncredit programs.
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Lakeland's Holden University Center opens, offering bachelor and graduate degrees from a variety of four-year partner institutions.
Lakeland under construction, 1969
Watch a special 40th anniversary segment on Lakeland.