Every day Stars keep the community healthy, safe, connected, and moving forward. It’s what we like to call #starpower and this region was built on it. Tell us how you’re using your #starpower for good or how Lansing Community College, its staff and its students impact your life.

Mark’s Gourmet Dogs draws on #starpower for reality show win

Mark McGee always knew every dog has its day. He just never guessed his day would air on national television.

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As the winner of the 2014 Food Network’s Food Court Wars, McGee and his wife Krysta were awarded a year of rent-free space to expand their mobile hot dog cart operation to a fully-equipped restaurant in the Lansing Mall.

While many people learned of the success of Mark’s Gourmet Dogs through the reality TV show, McGee says his path was charted years before when he took his first business class at Lansing Community College.

"I started at LCC with the idea of starting a hot dog cart," says McGee who had struggled through layoffs and diminished job prospects during the Great Recession. "LCC gave me the knowledge I needed to start a business. It was awesome. And it worked."

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Phil’s campus store now open

Start the school year off in style at Phil’s, LCC’s new campus store. 

Located in the StarZone inside the Gannon Building, Phil’s is named after LCC’s founder and first president, Phillip Gannon.  Phil’s is now offering LCC students, faculty, staff, and visitors with quality LCC-branded apparel, accessories, gifts, supplies, and class needs, along with a unique line of #lovelansing-themed items that you will only find at Phil’s in Downtown Lansing.

New items are being added weekly, so be sure to stop by to see what’s new. For more information, please contact Phil’s at 483-1505.  

Student battles tremendous loss to build a strong future

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Jonathon Owens II has been telling stories ever since he can remember. His parents encouraged him to write. So did his teachers. Even his church enlisted him to create multi-media presentations. Today, Owens is on his way to study mass communications and screenwriting at Clark Atlanta University, thanks to the additional support he received at Lansing Community College.

Owens says his educational path wasn’t easy and grew harder when his mother died during his senior year in high school. He says he struggled so much with math and with academic focus that he thought he would fail.

"My advisers told me to be positive and to push through it," he says. "And my math teacher helped me work out a plan for me to graduate."

When Owens set his sights on attending college out-of-state, his father advised him to stay put and try college life at LCC. Owens listened and enrolled at the Lansing campus. He also sought out LCC’s HBCU program—a long-standing partnership between LCC and the Historically Black Colleges and University organization that helps eligible students transfer to a historically black school after two years of comprehensive study.

"All the staff in the LCC-HBCU program were very positive and wanted to do all they could to make my transition and college life comfortable," says Owens. "Everyone was down to earth and always there to provide resources that helped."

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LCC Radio 89.7FM creates Music in the Park in Grand Ledge

LCC Radio is teaming up with Grand Ledge Downtown Development Authority to create Music in the Park.

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There are four more chances to head over to Maypole Park in Grand Ledge and hear free live music from artists across Michigan every Thursday through the end of August.

This concert series features a variety of artists from crowd favorites such as Global Village, Three Men & a Tenor, and Toppermost; to first-time performers such as Soulstice and Those Delta Rhythm Kings!

Join the hundreds of people that show up every Thursday for this free event! To view the complete list of artists, visit Grand Ledge Music in the Park.

Students apply gaming toward high-tech learning tools

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Sean Huberty will tell you that time spent playing video games can actually be a solid investment in your future.

That’s because Huberty is in the business of developing interactive “games” for teaching and learning through the Digital Innovation Center for the Arts, Science and Technology (DICAST) at Lansing Community College.

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LUCERO shines with advocacy and assistance for a growing population

College comes with challenges. And for students who are the first in their families to attend college, the challenges can be immense.

Felipe Lopez Sustaita sees students facing those challenges every day at Lansing Community College. As the coordinator of LCC’s LUCERO program, Lopez Sustaita is on the front lines of providing services for the College’s nearly 400 Hispanic and Latino students.

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"LUCERO came about a little over 11 years ago because of the need perceived by our community and faculty," says Lopez Sustaita of the program that means ‘star’ or ‘brilliance’ in Spanish. "They saw that Latinos were graduating at a lower rate than other students, and that Latinos who transferred to other colleges or universities had a lower retention rate, too."

LUCERO helps connects Latino students with key services such as academic advising, career and personal counseling, and personalized tutoring. The program encourages students to attend conferences, tour four-year schools, and participate in campus cultural events and fundraisers. LUCERO also partners with Michigan State University and other organizations to recruit, mentor and advocate for Latino students from across the state and nation.

"LUCERO is unique among community colleges," says Lopez Sustaita who frequently gets requests for information from other colleges and universities. "It’s the only program of its kind in Michigan, and I would assume throughout the country."

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Participants complete “Get a Skill, Get a Job”, secure jobs with State of Michigan

This month, Lansing Community College will hold graduation for 15 participants that have successfully completed the Get a Skill, Get a Job training program in Information Technology.

Last June, LCC partnered with the Michigan Department of Technology, Management, and Budget to train 15 individuals, for one month, in the field of Information Technology. Upon successful completion of the program, the participants were offered the opportunity for placement in a 30-hour per-week job as an IT Student Assistant with the State of Michigan.

“The Business and Community Institute (BCI) at LCC has the charge and privilege of helping regional employers grow by enhancing their productivity, leading to job creation and retention,” said Baldomero Garcia, executive director of LCC’s Business & Community Institute. 

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