Sandra Cross has her daughter’s sneaky ways to credit for her new associate’s degree.

One day two years ago, the Elyria woman came to the Lorain County Community College bookstore with her daughter to buy books. Before she realized what had happened, Cross had taken a placement test and enrolled herself in courses.

“I was tricked into enrolling by my wonderful daughter,” Cross said. “After the shock wore off, it turned out to be a great experience.”

She will graduate on May 5 with an Associate of Arts degree. She will continue her education at The Pennsylvania State University to study psychology and gerontology.

“I was out of school for almost 40 years,” said Cross, 58. “I never thought I could earn a college degree. LCCC guided me and provided the necessary resources to make my dream come true.”

With a busy schedule as a mother and grandmother, Cross took advantage of the many online courses at LCCC. She also credits her success to LCCC’s professors, who were easy to work with, she said.
In addition to her daughter, Cross’ son and granddaughter are also LCCC students. She never misses an opportunity to share the importance of education with her family members.

“I have really enjoyed learning and I am setting a great example for my children and grandchildren,” she said. “It shows them that learning is important at any age.”