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1964 Twenty-two people meet at Garfield Park (then, Mentor Recreation Park) to discuss the idea of a community college for Lake County. County Commissioners appoint a committee to study the feasibility of establishing a community college.
1965 The citizens of Lake County vote in favor of creating a community college district.
1966 First Board of Trustees is appointed. The Ohio Board of Regents grants charter to the Board of Trustees.
1967 Voters approve a five-year levy to open and operate the college. Dr. Wayne Rodehorst selected as the college’s first president. On September 25, Lakeland opens its doors to 1,073 students in various Painesville buildings on September 25.
1968 The college purchases 400 acres at the intersection of SR 306 and I-90 from Margaret Moore for $600,000. First Commencement Ceremony is held at St. James Episcopal Church; 55 students receive their degrees, having transferred from former Chandler Tech. Ceremony held dedicating the campus at Kirtland.
1969 Groundbreaking on the Kirtland site. Construction of campus facilities occurs in three phases.
1970 Lakeland becomes first two-year institution in Ohio to initiate telecourses for credit.
1971 Construction of Phase I is complete. General classrooms, laboratories, Library, student services, faculty, and service areas are ready for fall quarter.
1972 Phase II, providing facilities to support technical education programs, is completed.
1973 College is granted official accreditation by North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
1974 Lakeland Gym is built.
1975 Phase III, providing for studios and laboratories for the fine arts, a Performing arts center and an art gallery, is completed.
1976 Construction of the nursing wing is completed.
1977 Additions to the gym, racquetball courts, wrestling rooms, auxiliary gym, and saunas in the locker rooms are completed; the Lakeland Gym is renamed the Athletic and Fitness Center.
1978 Annex to the Athletic and Fitness Center is complete.
1981 Dr. James Cantanzaro appointed college president.
1982 Cleveland Browns make their preseason training camp on Lakeland’s campus.
1983 Engineering building completed.
1988 Dr. Ralph Doty appointed college president. T Building built.
1989 Center for Business & Industry created to reach out to local business to provide on-site or campus-based training.
1990 Lakeland receives North Central Accreditation.
1993 Groundbreaking for Health Technologies building held.
2001 Dr. Morris W. Beverage, Jr. appointed college president.
2002 Nuclear Engineering Technology Program with FirstEnergy started.
2004 Weekend College is established to meet the needs of working students by providing an accelerated, convenient track for earning a degree. Students can now earn a four-year degree without leaving the Lakeland campus in partnership with Cleveland State University.
2005 United States President George W. Bush holds a roundtable discussion on Lakeland’s campus.
2006 Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools approves online degree programs at Lakeland.
2007 Lakeland turns 40 years old.

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