When Steve Robinson arrived as the new president of Lansing Community College, he was returning to the place where he realized community colleges would be his lifetime focus.
“It’s a very fortunate thing for me to come back to the college where I fell in love with community college teaching,” Robinson explained.
Robinson’s epiphany came when he was studying at Michigan State University.
“I tagged along with a friend who was teaching at LCC and that classroom environment — just the visit there — kind of changed my life,” he said.
That environment was the diversity of students.
“There were students who were younger than me, there were students who were older than my parents,” Robinson said. “I had this lightning bolt moment where I said, ‘This is what I want to do. This is an environment in education that matters.’ And it was exciting to me.”
Robinson plans to build on LCC’s solid foundation of preparing students for careers or serving as a springboard to college.
COVID-19 forced LCC to shut down March 18, and Robinson said a plan exists to keep students safe.
“At LCC we’ve made the wise decision to have most of our instruction online and through alternative delivery,” he said. “There are some things you can’t teach that way — a lot of health care fields and applied technology fields — that just has to be done face to face, so we have to find ways to do that with social distancing and safe hygiene practices.”