Finger Lakes Community College was established in 1965 and opened in 1967 as the Community College of the Finger Lakes (CCFL) in a storefront "campus" in Canandaigua, NY. The college now rests on 250 acres (1.0 km2) of park-like land just outside Canandaigua, in Hopewell, New York, and is home to the Constellation Brands- Marvin Sands Performing Arts Center (CMAC). The college now has affiliated housing in the 356 bed Suites at Laker Landing, adjacent to the campus. In Fall 2010, FLCC's headcount enrollment was 6,935 the highest in its history.
In July 2009, FLCC received a $1 Million gift from Constellation Brands and the Sands Family, the largest gift in the school's history. The main road leading to the campus was renamed Marvin Sands Drive in honor of the Sands' family patriarch and the Sands' family's dedication to FLCC and the region. In Fall 2009, FLCC named another "loop" road, connecting Marvin Sands Drive and "D" parking lot, Laker Lane after the college's athletic teams.
FLCC is accredited by the Commission on Higher Education of the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, and the National League for Nursing. All programs of instruction are registered with the Office of Higher Education of the New York State Education department.
Finger Lakes Community College also operates the Muller Field Station at the southern end of Honeoye Lake which serves as an outdoor education facility, the East Hill Campus, in Naples, New York, site of the college's Wildland Fire Suppression Program, and the FLCC Viticulture and Wine Center in Geneva, New York.
Construction of the Student Life Center began in early 2010; and opened in spring of 2012. The new building is 78,000 square feet (7,200 m2) and is a LEED certified green building housing the new 400-seat cafeteria, One-Stop (enrollment services) center, and bookstore, as well as the college's first auditorium (not including the CMAC), which seats 410. The upper floors of the original building have been renovated into classrooms and music recording technology spaces as part of the approximately $45 million project.
Enrollment in 2015 was 6,761,.
Finger Lakes Community College offers programs in Accounting, Administrative Professional, American Sign Language, Applied Computer Applications, Architectural Technology & Building Sciences, Athletic Training, Biotechnology, Business Administration, Chemical Dependency Counseling, Childhood Education (Teacher Education Transfer), Coaching, Communications, Computer Science, Corrections Officer, Criminal Justice, Culinary Arts, e-Commerce, EMT-Paramedic, Engineering Science, Environmental Studies, Fine Arts, Fish & Wildlife Technology, French, Game Programming & Design, Graphic Design, Horticulture, Hotel & Resort Management, Humanities, Human Nutrition & Food, Human Services, Information Systems, Information Technology, Instrumentation & Control Technologies, Liberal Arts & Sciences, Literature, Marketing, Mathematics, Mechanical Technology, Music, Music Recording Technology, Natural Resources Conservation:Law Enforcement, New Media, Nursing, Paralegal, Physical Education and Exercise Science, Sports Studies, Teaching Assistant, Theater, Therapeutic Massage/Integrated Health Care, Tourism Management, Tourism Studies, Viticulture & Wine Technology, Wildland Fire Suppression, Writing, and an Honors Program.
The Lakers are a non-scholarship member of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA), Division III, and the Mid-State Athletic Conference, Finger Lakes Community College competes against two-year institutions throughout the state.
Teams compete in:Baseball
Women’s/Men’s Cross Country
Intercollegiate Woodsmen competition requires the same serious conditioning and development of team play essential for any sport. The co-educational woodsmen squad was established at Finger Lakes Community College in 1974. Since 1982, the women’s team has earned 11 championship titles and the men have earned 13, more than any other school in the fifty-two-year history of the sport. In Woodsmen competition the FLCC Team competes against both two- and four-year colleges and universities.
Robert K. Nye, Ph.D. President
Kristen M. Fragnoli Provost and Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs
James R. Fisher Sr. Vice President of Administration
Carol S. Urbaitis Vice President of Enrollment Management
Joseph T. Nairn, D.Mgt. Chief Advancement Officer
John M. Taylor Chief Information Officer
Grace H. Loomis Director of Human Resources
Debora H. Ortloff, Ph.D. Interim Director of Institutional Effectiveness