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Leading the Nation to Innovation: Lansing Community College Leads the Way

October 2, 2017

Lansing – Robots. Precision Machining. Aviation Mechanics. Computer Design. Surgical Technology. The future is here at Lansing Community College. By training students for tomorrow’s jobs, LCC is “Leading the Nation to Innovation.”

NBC reporters visited students at LCC and highlighted the college’s programming for a recent MSNBC “Velshi & Ruhle” segment. The show highlighted training available at LCC that fills the skills gap to create “new collar jobs.” These jobs require only certificates or two years of college, and community colleges like LCC are leading in providing training programs for job recruits. At LCC, students can receive training for jobs paying $20-$25 an hour.

Training for some of those jobs is available at the Center for Manufacturing Excellence at LCC’s West Campus, which focuses on robotics and automation, precision machining, welding, and computer automated design. With a year or two of training, students are often recruited for jobs paying up to $50,000 a year.

LCC’s Aviation Maintenance Technology Center at the Mason Jewett Airport in Mason also enables students to lead the nation to innovation. Because of the current industry’s shortage of aircraft mechanics, LCC students are often offered multiple job opportunities paying $50,000 a year. Companies are partnering with colleges like LCC to provide local training that will prepare students for the jobs of tomorrow. Delta Air Lines is partnering with LCC to provide training to fill the skills gap. LCC was recently selected as one of 43 community colleges partners to provide aviation maintenance training that meets Delta’s high standards.

“Delta is out here on a regular basis, evaluating our program, making improvements, checking safety compliance,” said Mark Bathurst, LCC’s Director of the Aviation Maintenance Program. “Everything that Delta does, they expect us to do as well.”

At Downtown Campus, LCC students are trained in health careers that provide local jobs in nursing, surgical technology, sonography and other health careers. Training is state of the art, and the local job market is prime for LCC students.

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About Lansing Community College

Lansing Community College, founded in 1957, is the third-largest community college in Michigan, serving a six-county area with nearly 15,000 students attending each year. LCC offers courses in general education for those interested in transferring to a four-year institution, career and workforce development, developmental education and personal enrichment. To meet the professional development and training needs of regional employees, the college offers customized programs for credit, non-credit and continuing education. The University Center at LCC offers students the opportunity to earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees from five partner universities on the downtown LCC campus. For more information, visit

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