CLC Connection: Spring is in the air

Students will spend the next few months applying for industry positions, preparing to transfer to four-year universities, completing their spring courses or applying to graduate.

Joy Bodin
Joy Bodin
Contributed / Central Lakes College

Spring is an exciting time on campus! Now that the masking mandate has been lifted, it’s wonderful to see students smiling as they are getting that great hands-on education in our labs and classrooms.

Spring is a busy time at Central Lakes College. Students will spend the next few months applying for industry positions, preparing to transfer to four-year universities, completing their spring courses or applying to graduate.

With the snow melting, horticulture and landscape students are growing beautiful green and blooming plants for our annual plant sale in the greenhouse. Meanwhile, after successful spring break tournaments in Florida and Arizona, our baseball and softball teams are busy clearing off the diamonds, anticipating their upcoming home spring openers.

Registration is on the minds of our new and returning students, who are signing up for a wide array of liberal arts courses and career and technical programs. This summer sees the return of our Upward Bound/TRIO college prep camps. We always enjoy the energy and excitement that these students bring to our campuses and student housing.

Looking ahead to next fall, CLC is offering new opportunities in meat cutting, culinary arts, medical scribe and EMT, along with our other high-quality programs. To provide additional support to students in reaching their academic and personal goals, we’re redesigning our first year student experience to include more comprehensive support, better communications and an intentional focus on academic and career plans.


We know that physical gathering spaces on campus are important to our students. With that in mind, we are refreshing many of our campus spaces. The Nest, our new multicultural center, offers a place for students to hang out and, if needed, get a quick haircut from the barber shop. A new student needs hub will be launched next fall. This will be a one-stop resource center, offering mental health and wellness services, transportation, housing and childcare resources. An expanded food pantry will offer fresh and frozen food items, along with many grab-and-go options. A new outdoor rec program will allow students to check out bikes, kayaks and outdoor games to the many outdoor activities that the Brainerd lakes area, Staples and surrounding communities have to offer.

New campus study and social spaces provide comfortable places for students to socialize, participate in HyFlex courses and complete coursework. Our soon-to-be revamped computer commons and classrooms will contain state-of-the-art technology and modular furniture. Expanded scholarship opportunities, such as Workforce Development and Bright Future Scholarships, along with CLC Foundation and industry scholarships, will allow more students to call CLC their home.

As winter recedes, spring is in the air, along with optimism and opportunities at CLC!

Joy Bodin is vice president of Academic and Student Affairs at Central Lakes College.

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