HINCKLEY WOMAN GETS CONNECTED TO LCCC AT MIDPOINT CAMPUS CENTER
When Katelyn Ottinger graduated from high school, she knew she wanted to attend Lorain County Community College, but was apprehensive about the 45-minute drive from her Hinckley home.
When she found out about LCCC’s course offerings at the Midpoint Campus Center in Brunswick – a short 15-minute drive from her home – she quickly enrolled. Ottinger was able to take many of her initial classes at the Midpoint Campus Center. Later on, she also took courses at the main LCCC campus in Elyria.
“By attending Midpoint Campus Center first, I was able to cut my drive time and Midpoint offered all the classes to get me started,” Ottinger, 20, said.
In May, Ottinger earned an Associate of Science degree and an Associate of Arts degree from LCCC. She will continue her education at LCCC in the Physical Therapy Assistant program.
“I chose LCCC because it was the best education for my money, it allowed me to work full-time while taking full-time course loads and still being able to make the Dean’s List on several occasions,” Ottinger said.
By beginning her coursework at the Midpoint Campus Center, Ottinger was able to become more deeply involved in the community and founded the ROTARACT club and serves as president. ROTARACT is a college-aged level group sponsored by the Strongsville Rotary. The group participates in community activities and volunteer projects, with a focus on creating good leadership skills. She also is a member of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society and volunteers annually at the Special Olympics.
Through a nursing class at the Elyria campus, Ottinger went on a medical/dentistry trip to Haiti, where she spent two weeks working in mobile dental clinics with dental students and an oral surgeon.
“I met the most interesting, strong and genuine people throughout that trip. The culture shock was amazing, sad in some ways, but it made me realize how strong humans really are,” Ottinger said. “That trip was the biggest impact LCCC had on my life and definitely one that will never be forgotten.”
Ottinger continues to stay connected to Midpoint Campus Center as a staff-assistant while she attends classes at the main campus.
“I’m so proud to represent LCCC, as well as Midpoint Campus Center,” she said. “Both have offered me opportunities that have helped a tremendous amount to get where I wanted to be. I couldn’t be more thankful for the quality education I’ve received.”
For more information on the Midpoint Campus Center, visit http://www.midpointcampus.com/ or call (330) 225-0042.