Lakeland Community College

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Lakeland Community College
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Lakeland Community College is a community college in Lake County, Ohio. Established in 1967, Lakeland was the first college in Ohio founded by a vote of the people. Today, Lakeland serves more than 8,000 full-time and part-time students each year at the main campus in Kirtland, an off-site location in Madison, and via distance learning.


Mooreland Mansion

In 1964, area residents met to consider establishing a community college in Lake County. After the group had gathered enough evidence to justify its establishment, the local League of Women Voters petitioned successfully to place the issue on a countywide ballot, and it passed in 1965; the passage of the related levy passed in 1967. Classes began later that year in various locations in Painesville; the college purchased land for its current permanent location in Kirtland in 1968, with classes commencing there in 1971.[2][3]

In 1968, 400 acres of land the community college is built upon, including Mooreland Mansion, was purchased by the Lakeland Community College Board of Trustees.[4]

Lakeland's mailing address was Mentor from 1971 to 1994. (About a quarter of Lakeland's property extends into Mentor.)[5]

Lakeland was the site of training camp for the Cleveland Browns from 1982 to 1991.[6]


Lakeland is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. The college offers more than 130 associate degrees and certificates that prepare students for employment or transfer to a four-year college or university. Areas of study include arts and humanities, business technologies, engineering technologies, science and health technologies, and social science and public service. The college also offers non-credit community learning and professional development classes and workforce development training. Mooreland Mansion, officially Edward W. and Louise C. Moore Estate as listed on the National Register of Historic Places, built in 1898,[7] expanded in 1906,[4] and renovated in 1998,[8] is located on the campus, and is used as a community facility.[8]

Lakeland offers credit and noncredit courses at one off-site center located in Madison, Ohio. Classes offered at the off-site center are the same as those in the regular Lakeland curriculum and are taught by the same pool of full-time and part-time faculty. Community learning courses are also offered, providing residents of the service area an opportunity to access noncredit, non-grade-based learning experiences. Courses are offered during the fall and spring semesters with limited offerings in the summer. Courses are conducted throughout the day, evening, and Saturday mornings.

Student demographics[edit]

The average age of Lakeland students is 27 and approximately 80% of students are employed full-time or part-time while taking classes. Part-time students comprise 58% of the total student population. About 60% of students reside in Lake County, 21% in Cuyahoga County, 10% in Geauga County, and 6% in Ashtabula County. The student population is split approximately 61-39 female-male, and 14% of students are listed as of minority ethnicity.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ As of fall 2016. "Headcount Enrollment at University System of Ohio Institutions, Fall 2007 to Fall 2016" (PDF). Ohio Department of Higher Education. Retrieved 4 March 2018.
  2. ^ "Lakeland Community College turns 40!: History". Lakeland Community College. 2007. Archived from the original on 2010-02-24. Retrieved 2009-06-01.
  3. ^ "Lakeland Community College turns 40!: Lakeland Milestones". Lakeland Community College. 2007. Archived from the original on 2010-06-12. Retrieved 2009-06-01.
  4. ^ a b "A Brief History of Mooreland". Lakeland Community College. Archived from the original on 2011-07-19. Retrieved 2011-03-29.
  5. ^ Perkins, Olivera (1994-05-06). "College Takes on Kirtland ZIP Code". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved 2009-06-01.
  6. ^ Heaton, Chuck (1992-03-12). "Browns Move Camp to Berea". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved 2008-06-30.
  7. ^ Podolak, Janet (2015-04-02). "Historic sites: History of Mooreland Mansion stretches to late 1800s". The News-Herald. Retrieved 2015-04-03.
  8. ^ a b "Mooreland". Lakeland Community College. Archived from the original on 2009-06-01. Retrieved 2009-06-01.

Further reading[edit]

  • Kesler, John C.; Harry F. Lupold (April 1993). The Lakeland Story: A Community History. Kirtland, Ohio: Lakeland Community College.

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