When Brigitte Gibson enrolled at Lorain County Community College six years ago, she had one goal: be the first in her family to earn a college degree.

Gibson first achieved her goal in 2010, when she earned an Associate of Applied Science – Police Science degree from LCCC. On May 5, Gibson will earn her second degree, a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice from Youngstown State University through LCCC’s University Partnership.

With four children, ages 15 to 3 years, the Avon woman saw LCCC as her most viable option for earning a degree.

“Attending LCCC and the UP helped me tremendously because it was close to home and the classes are at convenient times,” she said. “I am able to earn a bachelor’s degree through the University Partnership at a fraction of the cost.”

While earning her degree, Gibson juggled family life, a part-time job in an LCCC computer lab and her school work. It wasn’t always easy, but she persevered.

“I am determined to graduate and to better myself academically, not only for my family’s wellbeing, but also to be able to take pride in myself for accomplishing something that no one else in my family has ever done,” Gibson said.

She is applying for jobs in Northeast Ohio and hopes to work in probation.