Learning Communities allow students to celebrate their academic interests and grow through experiential learning. Academic programming in the Learning Communities fosters student engagement and promotes collaborative ideas.
Students who actively participate in a Learning Community during their freshman year will be eligible to apply for student leadership positions, as well as programming scholarships which may be used toward special events or study tours during the sophomore and junior years.
Arts, Culture and Humanities Learning Community
The Arts, Culture and Humanities Learning Community is designed for students who are passionate about exploring the essence of what it means to be human—to communicate through the power of the written and spoken word, to express creatively our deepest emotions and grandest aspirations, and to engage other cultures while considering how we uniquely relate to the global community.
Business and Entrepreneurship Learning Community
Students in the Business and Entrepreneurship Learning Community will discover the ins and outs of what it takes to lead, manage and grow an organization. Real-world learning will take place through some of the region’s most sought-after internships, apprenticeships, and work-study programs; all under the guidance of accomplished faculty, awarded, recognized and respected in the fields of accounting, business management, finance, marketing, international studies, communication, and the equine industry.
Science, Health, and the Environment Learning Community
Students in the Science, Health, and the Environment Learning Community are poised to explore the wonders of science. Within this community, students will begin their journey toward a career as a physician, nurse, pharmacist, veterinarian, biologist, chemist, environmental scientist, physical therapist or mathematician.
Service, Policy, and the Law Learning Community
The Service, Policy, and the Law Learning Community has a goal of providing students with a solid foundation of essential knowledge, experiences, and skills from which they may begin a professional career or continue on to pursue graduate studies in the social sciences, teaching or the legal field. Programming in this community is diverse and cross-disciplinary, and spans the range from courses focusing on topics such as equine-assisted psychotherapy to social justice internships within the area’s several court systems.
Learning Community Experience
Freshmen accepted into a Learning Community will enroll in a specialized seminar related to their particular area. These seminars allow students to interact with like-minded peers who, while sharing similar career aspirations, nonetheless bring their own unique perspectives to the table. Each seminar is led by a distinguished faculty member who will aid students in the exploration of a specialized topic within their discipline in a fun and interactive manner. Throughout the year, selected students will be invited to participate in a variety of programs including career development opportunities, guest lectures, workshops, and associated activities. During their second semester, students may participate in an e-portfolio development course. E-portfolios may be used to document experiences such as internships, performances and samples of exemplary work; the course will also include intentional activities that assist students in identifying their own key learning objectives, a process highly valued by both employers and graduate schools.
During their sophomore and junior years, participating students will be expected to continue building upon the foundations already established through their previous experiential learning opportunities, which include the series of specialized programming and events. At this point, students will also have the chance to apply for a truly unique and enriched capstone experience where they may travel with their Learning Community peers in a study tour abroad. Lake Erie College Center for Entrepreneurship Lake Erie College has undertaken significant steps toward making entrepreneurship a common and accessible experience for all of our students. We have branded this vision as Put Your Passion to Work™. Many measures are used to demonstrate the progress, continuous improvement and success of the Center in six key areas - student engagement, faculty engagement, faculty development, experiential engagement, community involvement and value creation and commercialization. The development of the entrepreneurship curriculum has already capitalized on the initiative of faculty from all disciplines. The College has developed an entrepreneurial studies major and minor, an equine entrepreneurship degree program and several additional entrepreneurial courses. A Visiting Professor of Entrepreneurship has also been added. Lake Erie College’s Center for Entrepreneurship opened in College Hall in April 2007 as part of the Northeast Ohio Collegiate Entrepreneurship Program (NEOCEP) with funds provided by the Burton D. Morgan Foundation and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.