When Miguel Dominguez graduated high school, he never expected he would go on to earn a Computer Science and Engineering degree through Lorain County Community College’s University Partnership.

“I thought I was done with math classes forever,” he said. “I was wrong.”

Dominguez, 22, will earn his bachelor’s degree from The University of Toledo through LCCC’s University Partnership. The North Ridgeville man has accepted a position as a software engineer at Harris RF Communications in Rochester, NY.

A graduate of North Ridgeville High School, Dominguez earned a four-year full tuition scholarship to LCCC and The University of Toledo based on his high grade point average. He originally planned to major in Computer Science and Engineering Technology but was convinced by his adviser to try the Computer Science and Engineering program – even though it would require more advanced math courses.

“The math classes are hard and they are certainly a lot of work, but I learned that they are manageable,” Dominguez said. “As a result of the work you put in, you can do a lot of cool things.”

In addition to being affordable, Dominguez said his LCCC and UP education provided him opportunities that his peers at other universities were not offered.

“The CSE program has a wonderful coop program, so I was getting an education and earned valuable job experience at the same time,” he said. “My friends who went to other colleges now have piles of debt but not the job experience that I gained by attended LCCC and the University Partnership.”

Dominguez enhanced his college experience by joining the Association of Computing Machinery. He served as vice president of the club, which competes in programming contests across the Midwest.

Dominguez will move to New York following his May graduation. He will get married in June. His fiancée will also work for Harris RF as an electrical engineer.

“At LCCC, I received not just a great education, but I was part of a program that helped me build a career beyond my graduation,” Dominguez said.