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.

Honors student overcomes odds, departs for college life in Germany

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Six years ago, Mary Katherine Pulliam faced the possibility she would never graduate high school and lead an independent life. Today, she’s on her way to Germany to study international business management after two years of honors courses at Lansing Community College.

Pulliam defied the odds. In 2008 at the age of 14, the Leslie High School student was randomly attacked and brutally beaten by a fellow student as she walked to her first morning class. Pulliam was left for dead and later rescued by three freshmen, also on their way to school via a neighborhood path.

"I had more than a year of rehabilitation and therapy," says Pulliam of the senseless and savage assault that resulted in a severe head injury, a broken nose, bone and skull fractures, and bruises to her liver and lungs. "I had to relearn to walk. Take special education classes. No one was sure if I could lead a normal life."

But Pulliam was determined to live life and pursue dreams beyond her small town. She went on to graduate high school, including spending her senior year in Germany through the Youth for Understanding exchange program. When she returned, she set her sights on attending college in Europe. Looking around, she discovered the path to her dreams was just a freeway drive away at LCC.

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Summer program offers adults career coach and a team of support

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Adults looking to return to college and gain the skills needed to be successful in today’s workplace have a unique opportunity to get personalized support through a pilot program at Lansing Community College.  

LCC’s Gateway to Success Adult Boot Camp starts July 14 and is designed to prepare adults of any age for a better college experience while gaining skills needed for today’s workplace.

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Lansing’s newest landmark begins taking shape at downtown campus

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This week, crews from the Lansing Glass Company have been installing the glass exterior of the newly renovated Gannon Building at Lansing Community College.  

Click HERE for a short video clip taken Wednesday, July 2 of the installation crews at work hanging the large glass panels.

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Alumna lands dream job after reconnecting with LCC

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Paulette BeVier always knew the career path she wanted to follow. She just took a little detour along the way.

"I had to move back in with my parents during the recession," says BeVier, who graduated college during the peak of the economic downturn in 2009 and couldn’t find a job. "I got that feeling of not being good enough and not being where you should be going."

That’s when BeVier decided to go back to school and restart, this time at Lansing Community College. After talking to LCC advisers, BeVier set her sights on an associate degree in accounting. Because she had already taken on substantial student loans for her previous schooling, BeVier sought financial assistance from Michigan Works! as well as an occupational scholarship to help fund her tuition and fees.

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Once blighted home gets new life thanks to service learning partnership

Three years ago, two homes in Lansing’s Eastside were on the verge of collapse. Both sat empty except for the squirrels and raccoons that had taken up residence. Rumors circulated that one had been a meth lab. It was time, community organizers knew, to reclaim the nearly century-old family homes.

In partnership with the Allen Neighborhood Center and the Ingham County Land Bank, Lansing Community College began transforming the tax-foreclosed houses. Faculty set up shop in the 1500 block of East Kalamazoo Street. Students made one of the two homes their classroom. And hammers began to swing as the Restoration Works project got underway to conquer blight in a city neighborhood.

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Gannon Building radiates with #starpower as services move back in

There’s movement going on. And it’s happening in new and exciting spaces at Lansing Community College.

From late June through July, LCC’s Student Affairs Division will start moving their offices from their temporary locations into the renovated Gannon Building. Plans are underway to unveil the phenomenal spaces and services before Fall Semester.

"We’re moving back in to Gannon in phases," says Tanya McFadden, interim dean of Student Affairs. "We’ll continue to provide services in our temporary homes across campus, but we’re building up to a spectacular roll-out with us all in one space."

That roll-out will include a fresh approach to providing core student services like admissions, enrollment, registration, academic advising, and counseling—one that is as inspiring and state-of-the-art as the new Gannon.

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Summer Stage Under the Stars will include four performances

The LCC Performing Arts Department has exciting plans for the upcoming summer semester. The “Summer Stage Under the Stars” festival will be an event the whole family can enjoy.

This year, the annual event offers four different performances on campus in June and July, according to Melissa Kaplan, fine and performing arts coordinator at LCC.

Most all of the shows will be held in the outdoor amphitheater on Washington Mall between the Gannon Building and Dart Auditorium. All performances are free and will begin at 7 p.m.

To learn more about these performances visit The Lookout, Lansing Community College’s independent student newspaper.