Academic Support Services

Learning Centers

The mission of the LSSC Learning Centers is to provide a supportive and comfortable learning environment as well as multi-disciplinary academic support for students at all levels of their college careers. This mission will be achieved by providing students with up-to-date resources and services including:

  • Multidisciplinary professional and peer tutoring
  • Staff tutoring in math, English, science, and other subjects
  • Editing assistance with writing and presentations
  • Assistance with language skills in English, French, German, and Spanish through the use of Rosetta Stone
  • Biological science manipulatives
  • Computer access and assistance for online courses and testing
  • Computer assisted tutorials
  • Online Collaborate tutoring
  • Preparation for standardized exams
  • Distance testing for other academic institutions
  • Make-up testing for all classes
  • Testing Center for PERT, HESI, CLEP, Online Math, and Credit by Exam
  • Textbook Lending Library
  • Help with homework
  • Additional assistance for students with disabling conditions
  • Meeting and planning areas for project and study groups

Faculty are welcome to bring classes to use LC facilities for supplemental teaching and learning, use of software, and individual assistance.

eLearning Student Support

Lake-Sumter State College offers many course delivery options, designed to fit the learning and scheduling needs of all students:

Online Courses where 80-100% of course instruction occurs online, usually through the Blackboard 9.1 learning management system, located at http://lssc.blackboard.com.

Hybrid – Courses where 30-79% of course instruction occurs online, usually through Blackboard 9.1 (http://lssc.blackboard.com). Students will meet in class according to a schedule set by the instructor, but will complete many, if not most, assignments online.

Technology Enhanced Traditional, seated courses that use Blackboard 9.1 or other technology to enhance the course.

Instructors teaching online and hybrid courses post their syllabi on their faculty websites at least 30 days prior to the start date of their courses. Syllabi contain information about the course, including course objectives, grading policies and a comprehensive course calendar. Students can access faculty websites at www.lssc.edu/faculty/Pages.

If you experience technical difficulties while taking online, hybrid or technology-enhanced courses, please email helpdesk@lssc.edu from your Lakehawk Mail account. Be sure to give a detailed description of your issue, along with the Course Reference Number (CRN) and instructor’s name. If you have issues accessing LakeHawk Mail, please call 352-435-6500 for assistance. If you have trouble using Blackboard, please try using the support tools at www.lssc.edu/dl/Pages/Student-Support.aspx.

LSSC also offers student support services for students taking eLearning courses, such as online tutoring in all subject areas, online library research help, online academic advising services and online career advising services. Visit the following websites for more information:

Online Tutoring:

Make-Up Testing

Faculty can arrange make-up testing for any student by completing a Testing Request Form. Testing can be done on any campus at any time that the Learning Centers are open. Students must bring the appropriate materials and a photo ID to the testing site. Faculty who have an entire class or a large group of students who need to be tested may contact the Learning Centers for additional assistance.

The goals of the Learning Centers include:

  • Working closely with faculty and administration to provide support for all students’ academic endeavors
  • Training quality professional and student tutors with multidisciplinary and bilingual skills
  • Providing assistance, as needed and appropriate, for community training efforts
  • Supporting student activities and services by offering meeting space and computer access, and staff participation
  • Providing flexibility in hours and methods of accessing services
  • Creating a campus environment that is welcoming and conducive to learning and sharing knowledge
  • Assisting in implementing new technology and resources to support the changing needs of students, faculty, and staff users, satisfaction, and daily use
  • Providing specialized sessions and programs that are designed and delivered upon request

Please contact the Learning Center in Leesburg at 352-365-3554 or South Lake at 352-536-2206 for further information.

Library Services

Librarians and support staff are available at each campus library to assist you with finding information, creating MLA and APA citations, and using computers or mobile devices to complete your class assignments.

The libraries provide a variety of books, e-books, online articles, and streaming videos to support course-related research and other learning needs. You may check out materials at any campus library with a library card. You may also request materials from other libraries through UBorrow in the library catalog or through interlibrary loan. Currently enrolled students may access online resources using their X-ID as the Borrower ID and their six-digit birth date (MMDDYY) as the PIN.

Computers and Internet access are available in all college libraries and are governed by the college’s Acceptable Use Rules for Information Systems Resources LSSC Administrative Procedure 7-06. Microsoft Office and a variety of software programs and web resources supporting the college curriculum are accessible from library computers.

Subject guides, course guides, and tutorials are available on the libraries’ website. Get research help off campus through our Ask-a-Librarian service. For additional information, including hours of operation, visit www.lssc.edu/library or call:

Leesburg Campus

352-365-3563

South Lake Campus

352-536-2275

Sumter Center

352-568-3074

College Bookstores

A private company operates the Bookstores, which are located in the Student Activities Center on the Leesburg Campus and in the Cooper Memorial Library on the South Lake Campus. The stores offer new, used and digital textbooks, computer software, laptops, academic supplies and imprinted clothing and gifts. The Bookstores provide textbook buyback service all year round. Textbooks that are ordered on the Bookstore website at www.efollett.com are shipped within 24 hours from either campus location. To save shipping cost, students may pick them up at any campus. In addition, a text rental program is available for select titles.

For information on Bookstore hours, visit www.efollett.com, or call 352-435-6334.

Textbook Affordability

In compliance with the Higher Education Opportunity Act, the College lists the following information on required textbooks prior to each semester:

  1. Textbook ISBN
  2. Title and Author, or
  3. "To Be Determined" if a textbook has not been chosen. All information is accessed electronically through the College course/class schedule as students prepare to register.

In an effort to find ways to contain costs for textbooks, the college has undertaken a study to find ways to make use of materials at a lower cost and to encourage the adoption of texts over a longer period. This work is being conducted by a faculty committee that will make recommendations for cost- saving initiatives. Statewide efforts at reducing textbook costs are also moving forward.

TV Station

LSTV is a non-commercial television station that provides quality educational, cultural and public affairs programming to Lake and Sumter counties. LSTV serves a diverse spectrum of viewers on Comcast, Bright House and Florida Cable systems. It has a potential weekly household viewership of more than 90,000.

LSTV first signed on the air in 1987. LSTV is licensed to the District Board of Trustees of Lake-Sumter State College. The Leesburg Campus facility includes a studio and production/edit facilities that are used to produce local programming.