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Financial Aid

You may qualify to get help paying for your education! Financial aid opportunities are available for many of the short-term training programs listed here!

Individual Training Account (ITA)

An ITA is a voucher, issued by the Workforce Investment Board, to be used to pay for an eligible individual's training costs. Contact LCCC's Employment and Career Services office at 440-366-4076 or OhioMeansJobs Lorain County at 440-324-5244 for more information.

Credit vs. Non-Credit. What's the Difference?

The credit and non-credit programs both provide valuable job skills for a great career. Classes taken in credit programs, however, can often be used as a stepping stone toward an associate's or bachelor's degree.

LCCC offers many certificate training programs that help you learn new career skills in a hurry. The short-term training opportunities are perfect for those who want to train for a good job, but aren't able to commit to long-term education or training.

Plus, credits earned for many of these programs can be applied to related LCCC associate's degree and LCCC University Partnership bachelor's degree programs.

See how you can turn a short-term commitment into long-term success for your employment and educational goals.

Short-Term Technical Certificates  

Earn a certificate in one year or less. Coursework typically transfers into  related one-year technical certificate and associate degree programs.

  • Early Childhood Education (16 credits)
    Designed for those students who wish to be employed as a teacher or teachers aid in a preschool/daycare, or in-home setting.
  • Early Childhood Education - Administrative Concentration (19/20 credits)
    Designed to meet the needs of Center Administrators or those persons interested in the administration of child care centers. These courses provide basic information relative to developmental characteristics, curriculum organization, classroom programming, administrative aspects, crisis intervention, and group management.
  • Early Childhood Education - After School Care (21 credits) 
    Includes course work required for centers who are working on a star rating for the Step Up to Quality Program. These courses provide information relevant to the development of children ages 5-12 and focus on activity planning, behavior management and program development.
  • Early Childhood Education - Infant and Toddler (19 credits) 
    Designed for those persons who are interested in working with children ages six weeks to three. These courses were designed to provide basic information relative to developmental characteristics, curriculum organization, classroom programming, observation and record keeping.
  • Early Childhood Education - Special Needs  (24 credits)
    Designed for those who are interested in working with children birth to age five who have been diagnosed with a special need.

Now What?

Click here for admissions and registration information. We're here to help you decide which short-term program will get you where you want to go.