Academic Philosophy

At Lakes Region Community College, students are exposed to various methods of instruction.

While some courses are lecture-based, others subscribe to a performance-based, student-directed learning philosophy. Performance-based learning is a systematic, organized approach to education and training that specifies the knowledge and skills required for graduates to perform competently and confidently in a rapidly changing economy and society.

Programs and courses are structured within a competency-based framework. By defining competencies (knowledge, skills, and attitudes) in each course, educators and learners work together to maximize the potential of each individual in the learning process. Intellectual, interpersonal and physical-manual competencies are assessed continuously to assist learners in improving their performance.

The college continually strives to provide a physical, intellectual and social environment that supports the unique learning styles, backgrounds and needs of each individual.



As an open institution maintaining strong ties to the community, our goal is to engage students, faculty, and staff to build a collaborative learning environment.


At Lakes Region Community College . . .


            . . . we recognize, value and promote the uniqueness and diversity of our students, both as

                        individuals and as persons with varying educational goals and potentials.


            . . . we believe our students learn through self-exploration, rigorous academics, and experiential



            . . . we value and present a challenging and supportive learning environment which enhances

                        students’ abilities to think critically, to communicate effectively, and to demonstrate

                        competencies and skills needed to contribute productively to their communities and



            . . . we value educating our students beyond our classroom walls and into the community at large.


            . . . we believe in fostering relationships between students and employers to promote lifelong

                        professional interactions.


            . . . we value and nurture curiosity, inquiry, critical thinking, and creativity within the safe but

                        challenging confines of a rigorous academic environment that appreciates multiple



            . . . we model, advocate and expect ethical and moral behaviors which allow for open and

                        constructive conversations.




An educated person is an individual who has undertaken a lifelong journey of discovery and learning.  Throughout the lifelong process of acquiring skills and knowledge, the individual is empowered to function effectively throughout his/her life and career. 


An educated person has the tools to be a productive member of society and to work for changes to better the local and global community. 


An educated person values and pursues knowledge and actualizes his/her capacity for human relationships; for communication; for critical thinking and creative problem solving/decision making; for a global and diverse perspective; for mathematical and scientific processes; for information literacy; and for career-based technical skills.