The history of Lakeland Community College has been one in which "community" has been the operative word. Conceived in 1964 by a group of 22 Lake County citizens, the college has grown considerably while serving the educational needs of over 250,000 people. The goal of the college has remained constant: to offer a comprehensive two-year college transfer program, to provide technical and paraprofessional programs, to provide general education, and to provide professional educational counseling. In addition, Lakeland has responded to the needs of the community by offering numerous programs ranging from specific industry-generated requests, to a senior college for its mature citizens. Today nearly 21,000 individuals attend Lakeland each year in credit and noncredit programs.