As a way to give back to the community, Lakeland will host its annual Free College Day Saturday, April 12 at the Kirtland campus. The event features more than 30 one-hour, noncredit classes that are free and open to the public.
This year’s theme, “Food for Thought,” is a multidisciplinary look at food and includes classes on healthy living, nutrition, dieting, family gardening, genetically modified organisms, sustainability, and grocery savings with The Coupon Guy.
There are also classes to “feed the mind,” including starting a small business, estate planning, Internet safety, Windows 8, and the Affordable Care Act.
A number of special events are also planned for the day, including a nature walk of Lakeland’s agricultural past led by Biology associate professor Dr. Steven Vieira at 8 a.m. starting at the Mooreland parking lot.
There will be a free film screening of “A Place at the Table” (2012, Rated PG, 1 hr, 24 min.), a documentary examining the issue of hunger in America, at 1 p.m.
A Feed Lake County Food Drive will be held to support local food pantries and agencies and Lakeland’s Giving Hearts Food Pantry for students. Free College Day participants who bring a food item may enter a drawing for a chance to win a Kindle Fire HDX. Limit one entry per person.
Lakeland’s Teaching and Learning Center and Campus Kids departments will be celebrating national Week of the Young Child. Families with young children are encouraged to attend, from 10 a.m. to noon, to learn tips about family gardening and receive a free miniherb garden to take home.
Lakeland reference librarian Michael Billings and his daughter, Bronte, both accomplished musicians on the flute, will perform at the library from 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. to enhance the experience of the current Chinese library display.
The Wells Fargo, LLC Veterans Lounge, located in E Building (E-117), will be open to Free College Day visitors from 10 a.m. to noon. Learn how to obtain a military transcript and VA education benefits.
Along with these classes and special events, Lakeland will be serving a free, healthy lunch for all participants courtesy of Gordon Food Service, Coca-Cola and Heinen's.
Participants will receive a free reusable lunch bag, while supplies last, sponsored by Cardinal Community Credit Union. Cardinal’s branch on the Lakeland campus, now open to the public, will provide a free sweet treat to those who stop in.
About Lakeland Free College Day Lakeland President Dr. Morris W. Beverage Jr. began Lakeland's Free College Day in 2002 (then known as Lakeland Pride Day) as a way to thank the community for its support and to offer an open opportunity for all to see what’s available at the college. Lakeland's Free College Day classes are sample classes that do not count toward college credit but will provide participants with valuable information.
Lakeland is located on Route 306 just south of the I-90 interchange.