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About

Education for all who wish to develop their potential

Lake Michigan College is a two-year, accredited, nonprofit community college in southwest Michigan.

 

Mission Statement

Together we empower people and communities to thrive through education, innovation, and experiences.

 

 

 

College-Wide Goals

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Academic Excellence

Goal

Students are well-prepared to excel academically and professionally

Method

Surpass expectations with leading innovation, exceptional teaching 
and real-world curricula

Measures
  • Meeting employer needs

  • Successful institutional transfer

  • Instructional effectiveness

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Student Success

Goal

All students define, explore and reach their educational goals

Method

Enhance a supportive culture and environment with clear and efficient paths to completion

Measures
  • Persistence and retention

  • Goal completion rate and duration

  • Student satisfaction

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Community Impact

Goal

Quality of life in our region is elevated through education and community connections

Method

Offer civic, social, creative and economic opportunities in the communities we serve

Measures
  • Economic impact

  • Financial savings for students and families

  • Professionals in high demand fields

 

Our Guiding Principles

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Accountability

We hold ourselves accountable to our students, communities, professional standards, and each other.

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Culture

We ensure our actions support the whole person through compassion and kindness.

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Diversity

We promote an inclusive environment by thoughtfully and intentionally engaging diversity in all its forms.

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Integrity

We conduct ourselves with integrity in all matters.

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Quality

We provide the highest quality education and experiences possible.

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Service

We strive to meet the needs of our students, employees, and communities.

Locations Across Southwest Michigan

Benton Harbor Campus

Situated on former farmland in Benton Township between US 31 and I 94, the Benton Harbor Campus on Napier Avenue was completed in 1976. The original building, the Campus Center is now joined by The Mendel Center, Western Michigan University Southwest Campus, Beckwith Residence Hall and the Hanson Technology Center.

Niles Campus

The Niles Campus is located just off US 31 in the Bertrand Crossing Industrial Park. This campus serves residents of South Berrien County including Niles, Buchanan and New Buffalo; Cass County and Northern Indiana.

South Haven Campus

Lake Michigan College's South Haven Campus provides local higher education opportunity to city residents at in-district tuition rates. The campus on Veterans Boulevard is also conveniently located for other residents of Van Buren County.

Allegan Tech Center

The Allegan Tech Center hosts several Lake Michigan College degree, certificate and short-term training programs.

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Programs for All Learners

Lake Michigan College offers over 80 different academic programs, including career education, transfer programs, part-time and full-time options and online learning.

Even before students graduate from high school, LMC has partnered with local school systems to offer college-level coursework to qualified students. With Early College, students earn both high school and college credit for courses, saving families thousands of dollars in college tuition.

Several programs at LMC are designed to assist local residents who have had a hard time getting to college. The Educational Opportunity Center can help anyone over 19 to get into any college, not just LMC. Upward Bound offers help to students who are struggling at Lake Michigan College. And Start to Finish provides support to students beginning when they're in high school, all the way through their college career at LMC.

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By the Numbers

347 Employees

16% Full-time faculty
41% Part-time faculty
43% Full and part-time staff

3,209 Students*

Age** 

37% - 18 or under
34% - 19-24
29% - 25 and up

Residency**

2% - International
13% - Out of District
74% - In-District ***

Enrollment Status

Full-time 30%
Part-time 70%

*Numbers are approximate for the 2018-19 academic year
** credit-earning students 
*** in district service area includes Berrien County, South Haven Public Schools District (in Van Buren and Allegan counties), and Covert Township (in Van Buren County)
 

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