CLC Connection: Spring is in the Air – Brainerd Dispatch

Spring is an exciting time on campus! Now that the blackout mandate has been lifted, it’s wonderful to see students smiling as they receive this great hands-on training in our labs and classrooms.

Spring is a busy time at Central Lakes College. Students will spend the next few months applying for industry positions, preparing to transfer to four-year colleges, taking their spring classes, or applying to graduate.

With the snow melting, horticulture and landscape students are growing beautiful green and flowering plants for our annual plant sale in the greenhouse. Meanwhile, after successful spring break tournaments in Florida and Arizona, our baseball and softball teams are busy clearing the fields, anticipating their upcoming home openers.

Enrollment is on the minds of our new and returning students, who enroll in a wide range of liberal arts courses and career and technical programs. This summer sees the return of our Upward Bound/TRIO college prep camps. We always appreciate the energy and enthusiasm these students bring to our campuses and student residences.

Looking ahead to next fall, CLC is offering new opportunities in Meat Cutting, Culinary Arts, Medical Writing, and EMT, along with our other high-quality programs. To provide additional support for students in achieving their academic and personal goals, we are redesigning our first-year student experience to include more comprehensive support, better communications, and an intentional focus on academics and careers.

We know that physical gathering spaces on campus are important to our students. With this in mind, we are refreshing many of our spaces on campus. The Nest, our new multicultural centre, provides a place where students can meet and, if needed, get a quick haircut at the barber. A new hub of student needs will be launched next fall. It will be a one-stop resource centre, offering mental health and wellness services, transportation, housing and childcare resources. An expanded pantry will offer fresh and frozen food items, as well as plenty of take-out options. A new outdoor recreation program will allow students to experience bicycles, kayaks and outdoor games for the many outdoor activities the Brainerd Lakes, Staples and surrounding communities have to offer.

New on-campus study and social spaces provide students with comfortable places to socialize, participate in HyFlex classes, and take comprehensive courses. Our soon-to-be-renovated computer rooms and classrooms will contain state-of-the-art technology and modular furniture. Expanded scholarship opportunities, such as the Workforce Development and Bright Future Scholarships, as well as the CLC Foundation and Industry Scholarships, will allow more students to call CLC home.

As winter retreats, spring is in the air, along with optimism and opportunity at CLC!

Joy Bodin is Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs at Central Lakes College.

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