Lower Columbia College
|Type||Public community and technical college|
|67 Full-time, 146 Part-time|
|Students||6,325 (2,973 Full-Time)|
|Location||Longview, Washington, United States|
|Main campus location||1600 Maple Street, Longview, WA|
Lower Columbia College (LCC) is an accredited, public, two-year institution of higher education located in Longview, Washington offering associate degrees, transfer credits, certificates, workforce training, continuing education, adult basic education, high school readiness, Running Start, General Educational Development, and more. Student financial aid and scholarships available.
Lower Columbia College was established in 1934 as Lower Columbia Junior College. Students registered for classes at Korten’s Music Store in Longview, Dahlman Hardware in Castle Rock, and the Orr Furniture Store in Kelso. Classes were held at R.A. Long High School. The first class to graduate with an Associate degree was in 1936; the class consisted of seven students.
The second class, with ninety-six students, graduated in 1937. As the number of students increased, instruction expanded into the Myklebust building in downtown Longview and the Moose Hall. The Moose Hall continued to house classes until the 1949 Olympia earthquake, when damage caused the building to be condemned. Classes were also held on the first floor of the Longview Public Library.
Enrollment was 149 students in 1939, 200 students in 1950, and 300 students in 1954. The student population consisted of both male and female students. In 1948, the college received its first accreditation from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
In 1942, twenty-six acres were purchased from the Longview Company to build a campus. In 1950, construction began on Old Main, LCC’s first permanent building. The original building had thirteen classrooms and cost a quarter of a million dollars. The Lower Columbia College League, an association of friends of the college, used fundraising to pay for the construction.
Lower Columbia Junior College became part of the Longview School District and changed from a junior college to a community college in 1961. LCC joined the state-supported community college system in 1967. Today, the college includes twenty-six buildings on 38.75 acres and enrolls between 4,000 and 5,000 students each quarter.
Christopher Bailey was appointed President of LCC on September 1, 2011. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Western Washington University and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Washington School of Law. Bailey was a former Vice President of Human Resources and Legal Affairs at Centralia College. He had taught business and law courses at Centralia since 1989. Before joining the college full-time, he was president and general manager for Martin Sand and Gravel Company in south Thurston County and also worked previously as an attorney.
The Lower Columbia College Foundation was formed in 1976 with the help of Phillip and Jeanne Wertheimer. The Foundation works to advance the mission of providing financial assistance to students, encouraging public support for the college, and strengthening the teaching, learning and cultural environment of the college and our community.
Students can earn bachelor's and master's degrees through the Lower Columbia Regional University Center located on the Lower Columbia College campus. Partner universities include:
- City University of Seattle
- Eastern Washington University
- Warner Pacific College
- Washington State University Vancouver
Lower Columbia College offers a selection of degree and certificate programs designed to prepare students for advanced studies or to move directly into the workforce.
Activities and events
The Associated Students of Lower Columbia College (ASLCC), along with faculty and staff at the college, plan student and community events throughout the year. Students participate in events, activities, clubs and organizations both on and off campus. Activities and event dates are posted on the Events Calendar and the Student Activities web page.
Lower Columbia College participates in the Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC). Prior to the formation of the NWAACC, LCC was one of the charter members of the original Washington State Junior College Athletic Conference *(WSJCAC).
LCC competes in six intercollegiate sports: two men's teams and four women's teams.
- Baseball – 1970, 1981, 1984, 1990, 1992, 1995, 1996, 1997, 2005, 2010, 2015, 2017
- Basketball – 1954*, 2004, 2005
- Basketball – None
- Soccer – None
- Softball – 1994, 1999–2004, 2006–2008.
- Volleyball – 1991, 2016
- Bud Black - Major League Baseball manager for Colorado Rockies
- Bas Nooij - Professional baseball player in the Dutch Baseball League
- Billy Jones - Head baseball coach at Appalachian State
- Joe Kraemer - Former Major League Baseball pitcher for the Chicago Cubs
- Krist Novoselic - Musician, former Nirvana bassist
- Sid Snyder - Former politician and businessman
- Rick Sweet - Minor League Baseball manager for the Louisville Bats, the top Cincinnati Reds farm club
- Pim Walsma - Baseball player for the Dutch National Team
- "LCC Facts and Figures 2015-2016" (PDF). Lower Columbia College. October 2011. Retrieved 18 July 2017.
- Greg Garrison (22 September 2011). "LCC Fall Enrollment Numbers Down vs. Last Year". The Daily News. Retrieved 25 April 2012.
- "2015-2016 Fact Book" (PDF).
- "Meet the President". Lower Columbia College. Retrieved 18 July 2017.
- "Degree Programs". Lower Columbia College. Retrieved 18 July 2017.
- "Activities, Arts, Entertainment". Lower Columbia College. Retrieved 18 July 2017.
- "NWAACC History & Growth". Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges. Retrieved 25 April 2012.
- "NWAACC Men's Baseball Champions". Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges. Retrieved 25 April 2012.
- "NWAACC Men's Basketball Champions". Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges. Retrieved 25 April 2012.
- "NWAACC Softball Champions". Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges. Retrieved 25 April 2012.
- "NWAACC Volleyball Champions". Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges. Retrieved 25 April 2012.
- "Cowlitz Black Bears: Stadium". Cowlitz Black Bears. Retrieved 25 April 2012.
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