CLC Connection: New Spaces, Programs and Partnerships – Brainerd Dispatch

When students return to the Central Lakes College campus this fall, things are going to be a little different. Not only will they find new programs, but they will also find new spaces and new partnerships.

We are revamping some of our current spaces to better serve our students. One of the most notable changes is our new Student Needs Hub. We have created this space to house our newly expanded food pantry, our mental health services (social worker, teletherapy, telepsychiatry) and we are working with local community resources to provide on-campus services for housing, transportation and support. health services.

“CLC serves many first-generation and low-income students from across the region,” said Mary Sam, CLC’s Dean of Students, Welfare and Equity. health services, addiction and recovery resources, transportation, housing and health care needs. This mental health and student resource center will help break down barriers so students can focus on completing their studies.

At the Student Needs Hub, we have expanded our outdoor recreation program with an enclosed trailer, housing everything a student needs to enjoy our beautiful area. Students can borrow kayaks, mountain bikes and more for free.

Whatever our students’ interests, they will find a space that speaks to them here. Gamers will enjoy the new E-sports lounge. Athletes will appreciate our expanded and updated weight room. Almost everyone will enjoy the new sand volleyball court and permanent event tent that has just been installed outside.

All students can take advantage of upgraded technology and computer equipment. It’s getting a facelift, changing from a place where students go to use technology to a place to get expert help. The vibe of the space also changes, with high and low tables, places to hook up, and private and group rooms for students to take a class or study. Inside the library, we are adding private modules and group rooms. These new spaces ensure that we are able to serve students with all learning styles.

Each year, we introduce new academic programs to better meet the needs of students and our community. This year, students will find these exciting new programs: Meat Cutting and Butchery, CompTIA Computer Science and Computer and Network Security, Communication Studies Transfer Pathway Associate of Arts, Social Media Producer, Online Media Specialist, and Master Video Producer. You can learn more about these programs on our website: or simply stop by one of our campuses.

The CLC Raider sports program has a long history of success. This year we are excited to add our sixth intercollegiate athletic sport with the introduction of Clay Target. Experience one of the fastest growing college sports in the country. For more information, contact coach Robb Kolodziej at 218-855-8268.

Partnerships have always been at the heart of our work. This month we celebrated a new collaboration between CLC and the City of Brainerd to provide a public access channel throughout the region. The new channel is called College and Community Channel (BC-3) and we are thrilled to partner with the city. This no-cost project is led by the Videography program and will provide hands-on broadcasting opportunities for our students.

So many great opportunities await you on our campuses! I invite you to come take a look.

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