Aug 27, 2012

Fall term begins

They may need a little extra time to negotiate the College Drive construction zone for the next seveal weeks, but students arriving at the Brainerd campus of Central Lakes College today were energized and welcomed to the 2012-13 academic year at the community and technical college. Pam Smith and her Post-Secondary Enrollment Option student daughter, Laura, of Brainerd were sorting out a class schedule with help from Liz Tinsley in the Computer Commons this morning. With less vehicular impediment, students at Staples also made their way to the first full day of classes. Both campuses are observing Welcome Week, a new feature with orientation focus on resources from campus and community, social opportunities, free food, music, treats, and lots of good information to make life a little easier for those working hard to reach higher education goals. The president of our college, Dr. Larry Lundblad, greeted early arrivals at Staples and by noon was in Brainerd to kick off Welcome Week. As the weeks progress during the term, a host of community enrichment events and athletic competitions will be further evidence that "summer is over" in the region served by Central Lakes College. For images of the first day of the fall semester go to