FORTY-FIVE EARLY COLLEGE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS TO GRADUATE THIS MAY WITH HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE DEGREES FROM LCCC
Forty-five students will make up the third graduating class for the Early College High School. These students will graduate Saturday, May 22 from Lorain County Community College, earning both their high school diplomas and their associate of arts degrees.
Twenty of these students have been accepted at four-year universities like Case Western Reserve University, Kent State University, the University of Findlay, The Ohio State University and the Columbus School of Art and Design. Nineteen will continue their education in Allied Health and Nursing programs at LCCC and University Partnership programs. Two are planning on joining the military and four students have not yet decided what they will do.
Jordan Brown, of Lorain, has been accepted to Case Western Reserve University where he will major in Biology/Pre-Med, said that the experience in the Early College High School gave him the opportunity to go to CWRU.
“Early College High School has undoubtedly prepared me, not only for my future at Case Western Reserve University, but also my future as a young man venturing into a new chapter in my life,” Brown said. “Early College has set the foundation for everything the world has to offer and will truly continue to be the base at my feet. Without this opportunity in my life, I would not be who I am or who I will become. And to Lorain County Community College and Early College High School I thank God for such an awesome blessing.”
Early College High School is an opportunity for students entering the ninth grade to participate in a combined high school and college experience with the goal of earning a high school diploma and a college associate’s degree at the same time. They must be first-generation college students.
All courses are taught on the Lorain County Community College campus and are tuition-free. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Knowledge Works Foundation provided financial support to start the program.
“The goal of Early College High School is to increase the number of first generation college graduates and equip them with the education and experience they’ll need to succeed in life,” said Roslyn Valentine, Early College High School principal.
This program challenged the students, she noted. “We tell them that it will be a challenge and these students have all accepted the challenge. We are proud of all of their hard work,” Valentine said.
Uland Ralston of Lorain agreed that it was a challenging opportunity.
“I had heard about Early College and I knew it would be tough. But I also knew it would be a smart decision for me to sign up,” Ralston said.
“I look back on these four years as the best four years of my life, not because I made the best friends of my life or because I had the opportunity to go to college but because I’m prepared for what the world has to offer,” said Ibrahim Al-Shinnawi of Elyria.
“All the hard work will all be worth it. Now that it’s all over, I couldn’t be more proud of myself and the others graduating with me. We made it,” Ciara Gomez of Lorain.
“I am proud to say that I am the first in my family to attend college and that might not have been in my dreams if it wasn’t for Early College,” said Jasmine Myrick of Lorain.
Education is the key to opportunity and the Early College High School is providing the vehicle to get the education. “The ECSH students have proven for a third straight year that with the right support they will be successful,” Valentine said.
Here is the complete list of 2010 Early College High School graduates:
Ibrahim Al-Shinnawi, Rami Al-Shinnawi , Joyce Brumley, Emily MacMahan, Harley Moser, Tracie Sanders, Lenore Bortner, Siondra Buchanan, Caitlin Cicero, Stephanie Darmstadt, Ashley Kumroy, Antonio Maldonado, Kaley Millis, Andres Moyet, TreAna Payton, Uland Ralston, Mackdiel Rivera, Dajon Rosser, Parris Smith, Anthony Velez, Shana Walker, Kenston Ausbrook, Jennifer Baker, Jordan Brown, Nickolaus Comstock, Micayla Cook, Jeff Donald, JoAnne Echevarria, Eric Edreff, Ciara Gomez, Ganeene McCall, Crystal-Rose Meilader, John Mincy, Jasmine Myrick, Veronica Pabon, Britanny Patterson, Asia Rivers, Valerie Salcedo, Darerian Schueller, Darius Smith, Keyana Stafford, Alesha Swopes, Justine Szakal, Angelique Tyus, Kiera Wallace.
For more information about Early College High School call (440) 366-7689.