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Welcome to LEC’s Learning Communities Page

What are Learning Communities?

Learning Communities are academic interest-based student groups, designed specifically for incoming first-year students. The students have the opportunity to engage in a community that supports their interests, as well as to celebrate their academic development and growth through experiential learning. Students are invited to apply to the Learning Community of their choice during their admission process and, once accepted, they are welcomed into a group of like-minded, motivated future leaders, scientists, artists, educators, writers and entrepreneurs.

During the 2013-2014 academic year we had more than sixty students participate in the four different Learning Communities: Business and Entrepreneurship; Science, Health and the Environment; Service, Policy and the Law; and Arts and Humanities. Their year kicked off with a reception, and then each individual community proceeded with pre-designed curriculum, consisting of a first-year seminar class, an e-portfolio development class, and events and activities specific to each community. There were, of course, also events for all Learning Community members: an evening with Woodrow Wilson Fellow Stuart Diamond, a cofounder and president of Empowered Media; and a trip to Downtown Cleveland with special visits to the West Side Market, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and Little Italy.

To find out more about what the members of each Learning Community participated in, click on the respective banner above.

What are the Benefits of Joining a Learning Community?

  • A $3000 Learning Community scholarship
  • First-year seminar experience through one of four HU125 classes offered in the Fall semester, covering an engaging topic while also giving the students the chance to explore the disciplines that fall within the scope of their Learning Community
  • Additional academic programming or travel as offered by faculty and guest experts
  • Social gatherings and events specific to students involved in the Learning Communities
  • HU111 class, focusing on the creation and completion of an ePortfolio—the ePortfolios documents the students’ development throughout their Lake Erie College experience, and focus on the integration of coursework, out-of-class experience (leadership, service and other activities) and academic/career development. An effective ePortfolio becomes a valuable tool when searching for internship experiences, or even post-graduation as the students enter the career market.

Have more questions to find out which Learning Community is right for you? Contact us to find out more: learningcommunities@lec.edu

Which Learning Community is right for you?
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