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, Fire Technologies and Graphic Design and Printing Technology. 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 thirty-nine 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. 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 18,000, and Belknap County, in which the College is located, has a population of approximately 62,000.
Approximately 1,400 students attend the College each semester (960 FTE) in its technical, professional and transfer programs. 53% of the students are male and 47% are female. 60% of the students are 24 years of age or younger. 62% of the students are enrolled full time in a degree or certificate program, 38% are non-matriculating students, and 3% are enrolled in non-credit courses.