LSSC named one of top 150 U.S. community colleges

Lake-Sumter State College has been chosen one of 150 community colleges eligible to compete for the 2019 Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance in America’s community colleges.

LSSC was selected from a pool of nearly 1,000 public two-year colleges nationwide to compete for the $1 million Aspen Prize.

“The distinction as Top 150 community college from the Aspen Institute is a testament to the commitment of our faculty and staff to our student’s success,” Dr. Stanley Sidor, president of Lake-Sumter State College, said in a press release. “As an institution, we continue to find innovative and cost-effective ways to prepare our students for today’s workforce and help them build connections with employers.”

The Aspen Prize began in 2011 and is awarded every two years. The Aspen Prize recognizes institutions with outstanding achievements in a variety of areas, such as retention, completion, average graduate wages, and underrepresented student achievement.

LSSC has been named in the Top 150 in each Aspen Prize list since 2011.

Lake-Sumter State College will now move forward to the next round of the competition for the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence by submitting an application to be reviewed through a rigorous evaluation for a spot on the top ten Aspen Prize finalists list. Top ten finalists will be named in May 2018. The Aspen Institute will then conduct site visits to each of the finalists and collect additional quantitative data. A distinguished Prize Jury will select a grand prize winner, finalist(s) with distinction, and rising star(s) in spring 2019.

About Lake-Sumter State College
Founded in 1962, Lake-Sumter State College (LSSC) offers high-quality education at an affordable price to the communities of Lake and Sumter counties. As a proud member of the Florida College System, LSSC serves more than 7,000 students annually at three locations: Leesburg, South Lake (Clermont), and Sumterville. LSSC offers certificate and degree programs designed to support and prepare students for today’s dynamic workforce. LSSC is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. Through a DirectConnect partnership with the University of Central Florida, students graduating with an Associate in Arts are guaranteed admission to the UCF. Learn more about LSSC at