|LSSC's first baccalaureate degree program gets off the ground with 40 students
LEESBURG — Richard Nixon resigned as president the year Shirley Bazemore began attending junior college in downtown Chicago.
Bazemore, who was 19 in 1974, wanted to earn a four-year degree in psychology but struggled to afford an education.
"I ended up going to school part time and was working full time to pay for it," she said.
Community college takes on new name: Lake-Sumter State College
LEESBURG — New name, updated logo, fresh high-flying nickname.
The 50th anniversary of the local community college is ushering in significant changes.
Known for decades as Lake-Sumter Community College, the institution founded in 1962 takes on a new name to reflect an expanded mission that for the first time includes offering four-year degrees. Starting today, it'll be called Lake-Sumter State College.
LSCC's Kids' College keeps youngsters hopping during summer
LEESBURG — Attending Kids' College has long been a summertime rite of passage for youngsters in Lake. There are plenty of activities to keep kids active and stimulated until school starts again in the fall. Offerings range from basketball, soccer and flag football to courses with names such as "Noodle Mania," "Superhero Universe" and "Jiggle, Juggle, Move."
Lake-Sumter Community College lands 'talent search' grant
Lake-Sumter Community Collegeis one of 43 institutions to get a federal "talent search" grant that aims to help young people "gain the skills and knowledge they need to enroll in and complete secondary school and postsecondary education."
Only one other Florida school, Santa Fe College in Gainesville, won the grant, theU.S. Department of Education announced. The grant money seeks to provide "disadvantaged youth" and/or their families with "high quality tutoring services" and counseling services to help them "improve financial aid literacy and financial planning for postsecondary education."
Young ballplayers learn about America's pastime at LSCC's Mike Matulia camp
LEESBURG — Lake youngsters are spending part of their summer break learning the finer points of America's pastime fromLake-Sumter Community Collegebaseball during the Mike Matulia All-Star baseball school.
Kids receive instruction from LSCC coach Rich Billings and longtime athletic director Mike Matulia, below left.
Another session for kids 8-12 will be held from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. June 25-29. Cost is $85.
Four-year degree offering behind Lake-Sumter Community College name change
Keep a close eye on these college initials: LSCC could soon become LSSC.
Lake-Sumter Community College, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, is in the process of adding its first bachelor's degree, or four-year, program in organizational management. The traditionally two-year community college wants its name to reflect this broader mission, college President Charles Mojock said.
Lake-Sumter Community College to consider tuition hike, dual-enrollment rules
LEESBURG —Lake-Sumter Community College trustees will consider raising tuition today to help plug budget holes in its roughly $20 million operating budget.
LSCC is expecting about a $611,000 budget shortfall next school year and is considering a combination of raising tuition and fees or dipping into its reserve fund to get the money.