Some Lansing Community College students are borrowing their way through school

By Haywood Liggett
Listen Up, Lansing Staff Reporter

Some students at Lansing Community College are relying solely on student loans to pay for their tuition. Shane Harris, who attended Lansing Community College for three years from 2011-2014, used student loans to pay for all of his classes. He acquired $6,000 worth of debt during his tenure. If Harris had only taken out the exact loans that were needed to pay for all his classes, he would only be around $5,000 in the hole. “Instead of taking that small refund each semester from excess loans and paying it back immediately, I would put it towards things like clothes and shoes,” Harris said.

H.O.L.T makes college possible for some at-risk students

By Ashley Gibbard
Holt Journal Staff Reporter

In 2009 Holt Public Schools with the help of the surrounding community and Lansing Community College, wanted to make it possible for students to further their education, even if they didn’t have the financial means. That’s when then-Holt Public Schools Superintendent, Dr. Johnny Scott, along with his board members founded the H.O.L.T. scholarship program, with the first scholarships being given out in 2011. H.O.L.T. stands for Helping Others Learn Together. This fund will help children who are at risk of not furthering their education access two years of free tuition at Lansing Community College in exchange for graduating from Holt High School. According to the H.O.L.T Scholarship Program information, a student is eligible based on the U.S. Department of Education’s criteria for at-risk students. The U.S. Department of Education website states that the criteria includes race, whether the student live in a single parent home and whether the student’s family income is on or below the poverty line.

Too many places to eat may be just right for downtown Lansing

By Haywood Liggett
Listen Up, Lansing staff reporter

Downtown Lansing restaurants are using limited hours of operation and stiff competition from one another to their advantage. If food is what you’re looking for, there is no shortage of options in the Capitol City’s downtown region. With over 50 restaurants cramped into a few blocks, one would assume it would be problematic for each one to stay afloat, especially when most of them are not the national brands people are accustomed to. But many, including Backyard BBQ, thrive in this environment. Sue Johnson, the owner, believes that it actually creates more business.

Lansing Infrastructure: Can Proposal 1 Save It?

By Emma-Jean Bedford
and Ian Wendrow 
Listen Up, Lansing

LANSING-The question on everyone’s mind lately has been: “What’s happening with these roads?” But it’s not just roads that are troublesome. Lansing has recently been dealing with issues related to low residential population, a distinct lack of diverse businesses, and overall deteriorating infrastructure. An effort to address infrastructure funding is currently on the upcoming May 5 ballot, titled Proposal 1. Proposal 1 is a ballot initiative meant to raise funds, mostly for new road work, through changes in taxes. If passed, the House Fiscal Agency, a non-partisan agency within the House of Representatives that analyzes the financial effects of Michigan legislation, estimates that the tax increase would raise about $2.1 billion this fiscal year; of which $1.23 billion would go towards roads, $463.1 million to the state’s general fund, $292.4 million to schools and $89.9 million to local governments.

Is it time to liven up Lansing?

By Kristen Alberti
Listen Up, Lansing

LANSING-There’s no denying that East Lansing’s downtown scene can keep students occupied, but doing the same thing night after night can turn dull. However, an increase in boredom has still not increased the amount of students giving Downtown Lansing a try. With being just 5 miles up Michigan Avenue from East Lansing, Lansing should seem like the next best thing. However, Michigan State University Professor Bonnie Knutson, an expert in changing consumer lifestyle and buying trends; strategic brand marketing; and marketing research, has found otherwise. When Knutson had a client opening a Mexican restaurant in the Eastwood Towne Center, located west of U.S. Highway 127 and just north of Lake Lansing Road, she tried to help her client attract more students to the area.

New college program trains clean energy technicians

Capital News Service
LANSING – Alpena Community College is developing a bachelor’s degree in electrical systems technology. Jay Walterreit, director of public information and marketing at Alpena, said the community college is hoping to have the program running by August 2016. The “rigorous” program’s curriculum is awaiting accreditation. Unlike the other energy technician programs available at Alpena, the program will qualify a student with a bachelor’s degree. Walterreit said that there would not be much overlap between existing programs and the new program, except a few prerequisites.

Mason students receive free tuition at The Early College at LCC

By Amanda Cowherd
Mason Times staff writer

On Monday, Feb. 10, Steve Rosales showed a presentation about The Early College at LCC, a free program he directs, to the Mason Board of Education. All Ingham County sophomores are invited to apply to The Early College, informally known as TEC. Students in TEC leave their high schools and receive a blended high school and college education for three years. Rosales, who works for Lansing Community College, compared the program to taking an 11th, 12th and 13th grade program.

International student population up at some community college

Capital News Service
LANSING – The number of international students at some community colleges – including those in Grand Rapids, Lansing and Wayne County – is increasing, according to the Michigan Community College Association. South Korea, China and India are the top places of origin for them, and business, health careers and computers are their most popular fields of study. Evan Montague, dean of student services at Lansing Community College (LCC), said the college has a strong international student population with 400 students from 56 countries out of 20,000 in total. To ease their transition to a new environment, the college holds an international orientation. LCC also has an international student services coordinator who assists students in connecting with campus academic support, as well as an international student department and an active international student club.