LMC reopens campuses

Published 10:41 am Monday, July 13, 2020

BENTON HARBOR — Lake Michigan College’s campuses in Benton Harbor, Niles and South Haven reopened Monday with in-person services returning for current and prospective students.

Students can come to campuses to meet with staff for services such as admissions and advising, records and registration, financial aid, mentoring, counseling and student support as well as the Educational Opportunity Center, Start 2 Finish and Upward Bound programs. Remote services remain available for students who prefer not to meet in person.

The newly renovated William Hessel Library on the Benton Harbor campus also opened Monday. The open computer lab will relocate from its temporary location in the Hanson Technology Center to the library the same day. Computer lab hours with in-person tech support are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Thursday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday.

LMC also has opened its new Nature Trail to the public, which includes 1.8 miles of trail through 70 acres of woods along the water behind the college. The trailhead is on the Benton Harbor Campus by the Athletics Field parking lot. It is open daily from sunrise to sundown.

To decrease the risk of spreading COVID-19, anyone coming to LMC will have to practice social distancing by keeping 6 feet of space between them, officials said. A daily symptom check at the front entrance and masks are required for everyone entering campus. More information regarding LMC’s safety protocols can be found at


Beginning Monday, the Benton Harbor campus will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday ot Thursday, with an extended 6 p.m. close Wednesday by appointment. South Haven and Niles campuses are open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday. All locations are closed Friday to Sunday during the summer months.

Contractors and vendors are required to have an appointment before coming on campus. LMC closed its campuses to the public on March 20 in response to Michigan’s stay-at-home order due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Students completed spring semester classes remotely and have continued distance learning this summer.