Cody Dean wasn’t sure he was college material when he registered for his first classes at Lorain County Community College.

There’s no doubt in his mind now. The 20-year-old Columbia Station man will graduate on May 5 with an Associate of Applied Science – Police Science degree. He will attend Bowling Green State University in the fall to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice.

“LCCC has opened my eyes and made me realize I can achieve anything I put my mind to,” he said.

By attending LCCC before transferring to a larger university, Dean was able to ease himself into the role of a college student.

“The smaller class sizes and teachers at LCCC with real-world experience gave me the best advice and knowledge I could ask for,” he said.

With LCCC’s flexible class schedules, Dean was able to work at United Cleaning Contractors and also coach varsity softball at Lake Ridge Academy.

“LCCC’s classes worked around my busy schedule and allowed me to have a very exciting and fulfilling experience,” Dean said.

As he prepares for the next stage in his education, Dean is not the only one proud of his accomplishment.

“I’m happy to be granting one of my mom’s biggest goals in life: seeing her boy graduate from college,” Dean said.