In the heart of the Lakes Region, the Laconia College, located on Route 106/Belmont Road, was established in 1967. The main campus underwent a physical expansion in 1980, adding the Robert H. Turner wing to its facility. In September 2005, the Center for Arts and Technology was completed and is home to Computer Technologies, Electrical Technologies, Fine Arts, and Graphic Design and Printing Technology.
In September 2013, Lakes Region Community College (LRCC) celebrated the opening of the state-of-the-art Health and Science Building which added 24,000-square-feet of usable space. The new Health and Science Building houses Fire Science, Nursing, Science laboratories, and new student space. There are four new modern science and hi-tech Nursing labs. The new building also houses two new Fire Science labs, faculty offices, and a 140-seat mini-auditorium.
In 1996, "Community" was added to the college name and as the college grows, plans are underway for new courses, new buildings, and a wider variety of options for learners. However, the basic philosophy remains to provide area residents with a first-rate two-year college education. Our graduates are competitive in the job market, advance on the job and grow as individuals.
In the forty-seven years of its existence, the Lakes Region Community College has consistently sought to provide quality education, allowing each student the opportunity to choose an occupation of interest and to gain the personal and professional skills needed to be successful in a competitive job market.
The student body has grown significantly and now includes a wide spectrum of ages and experiences. Courses for traditional and adult students are available day and evening and at some satellite sites. Additionally, many courses are now offered in online and hybrid formats. Programs uniquely blend theoretical information with practical application and maintain low student-faculty ratio. The faculty is here exclusively to teach and to prepare students for success.
Campus and Student Body
The Lakes Region Community College campus is located in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire, adjacent to the Belknap Mountains and the Gunstock Ski Area. The White Mountains Recreation Areas are a short drive to the north, and the cities of Concord and Manchester and the Seacoast are less than an hour to the south. Laconia has a population of approximately 17,000, and Belknap County, in which the College is located, has a population of approximately 60,000.
Lakes Region Community College is part of the Community College System of New Hampshire, a public system of higher education consisting of seven independent colleges, plus local academic centers.
Lakes Region Community College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC) Commission on Institutions of Higher Education, a non-governmental, nationally-recognized organization whose affiliated institutions include elementary schools through collegiate institutions offering post-graduate instruction.