Offering College Readiness Opportunities for Elementary, Middle, and High School Students

Early College Programs at Lake-Sumter State College foster a community of college-ready students by providing targeted college and career preparation programs, college-credit opportunities, holistic student development, and a sense of belonging for youth in Lake and Sumter Counties. These programs provide learning opportunities for students as young as 1st grade all the way through 12th grade. Together, we are committed to preparing the youth of our communities to confidently enter higher education and their careers.

Learn about 2023/2024 Early College Deadlines

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Kids’ College and AIT Leadership Program

Youth programs developed as academic and enriching experiences where school-aged children can begin discovery using their imagination to explore new areas of interest and creativity. Programs offered throughout the year include workshops, virtual STEM classes, certification courses, Kids’ College, and the AIT Leadership Program.

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Dual Enrollment

Through a partnership between Lake-Sumter State College and the local schools, students can earn college credits while completing high school requirements.

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The Talent Search TRiO Program is a college preparation program that provides academic, career, and financial counseling to low-income and first-generation students. The program includes college tours, cultural field trips, and enriching summer programs.

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Health Sciences Collegiate Academy

An accelerated academic program offering Lake County students the opportunity to explore careers in STEM and health sciences through hands-on activities and early exposure to college courses.

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Villages Early College Academy

The Villages Early College Academy was developed as a partnership between LSSC and The Villages High School to provide students a structured path towards earning their AA while in high school.

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Emerging Lakehawks

An engaging college prep program for juniors and seniors with an interest in attending Lake Sumter State College, including college coaching, career exploration, and college credit opportunities.

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Early Admission

An opportunity for high school students to get an early start into Lake-Sumter State College by enrolling in full-time college courses during their senior year of high school.