The Honors Institute at Lorain County Community College
The Honors Institute at Lorain County Community College aspires to grant high-achieving students the advanced knowledge and skills required to examine, dispassionately and critically, the nature and evolution of human thought and expression, through a study of the humanities, mathematics and the social and natural sciences.
2014 Orientation Sessions
Congratulations on your acceptance to the Honors Institute of Lorain County Community College for the 2014 – 2015 Academic Year! Fall semester will be starting soon and as an honor student, you will find the upcoming academic year to enlightening and exciting. As mentioned in your initial acceptance letter, you are required to attend an Honors Institute Orientation Session. At this session you will have the opportunity to meet your peers in the institute, both new and returning honor students, meet honors faculty, and learn about upcoming events planned for this year. Beverages and appetizers will be served. Also feel free to bring a fellow student who may be interested in honors and your parents if they would like to hear more information about the institute.
Please choose from one of the two orientation sessions that will be offered:
· Monday: August 18, 2014 in CU 101 from 10 – 11 am. (The Culinary Arts Lobby located between the Stocker Center and The Spitzer Conference Center)
· Thursday: August 21, 2014 in SP 106 from 6 – 7 pm. (The Spitzer Conference Briefing Suite)
Please RSVP Jim Jordan, Director, Honors Institute at Jjordan@Lorainccc.edu Please indicate which session you will attend and the number of persons attending by August 14, 2014.
The Honors Institute Scholarship is a renewable scholarship intended to support academically high-achieving full or part-time LCCC students who are participating in LCCC’s Honor Institute. Scholarship recipients will be selected by the Honors Institute Scholarship Selection Committee based on academic achievement, scholarship essay questions, and letters of recommendation. Scholarships can range from full tuition to partial awards that may augment other LCCC scholarships a student may earn like the Trustee or Presidential scholarships.
Current Honors scholarship students must reapply for second year scholarship funding.
About the Honors Institute
The Honors Institute seeks to provide an enriching and challenging educational experience for high achieving and academically driven students. The institute nurtures learning, builds character and promotes leadership while ensuring the student’s undergraduate experience is exceptionally rewarding.
If you are a high achieving student looking to get more out of your education at Lorain County Community College, then The Honors Institute might be for you. Centered on a Learning Community framework, the Honors Institute provides access to individualized learning pathways created with your abilities and interests in mind while offering opportunities for you to develop academically, socially, and creatively. Honors Institute participants have access to a more enriched educational experience by working closely with LCCC’s top-rated faculty.
All current LCCC students who maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.4 or higher and have between 12 and 30 credit hours completed are eligible to apply to the Honors Institute. Prospective students may apply to the Institute at the same time they apply to Lorain County Community College. High School students must have a 3.4 cumulative high school GPA or a minimum ACT Composite Score of 28 or a minimum SAT combined reading and mathematics score of 1260 to apply. Academic references from two high school teachers, guidance counselors or college instructors/professors must also be included.
Learning Communities: A College Within a College
The Honors Institute at Lorain County Community College creates a “college within a college” by creating opportunities for like-minded and high achieving students to learn together as a cohort. You and your peers will become a close group, with the ability to take classes together throughout your time at LCCC due to multiple course offerings in a variety of disciplines.
Your experience within the Honors Institute will begin with a special Orientation designed just for you and your peers. Here you will begin to get to know one another, learn more about the Honors Institute programming, and begin to develop your personalized learning plan.
Personalized Learning Plan
As an Honors Institute participant, you will have the opportunity to create a personalized learning plan through MyCAP. This unique program allows you to create a layout of your courses along with your career goals. An academic counselor will guide you through this process and remain assigned to you for the duration of your time at Lorain County Community College. This one-on-one attention is designed to keep you focused and on target to achieve your individual goals.
Accelerated Degree Completion
There are many ways that participation in the Honors Institute can accelerate your time to degree completion. When you create your learning plan, your advisor will work with you to develop the most appropriate plan, including which honors courses to take and when, to achieve your specific educational goals.
The following are possible options to discuss with your advisor:
- HONORS INFUSED ASSOCIATE OF ARTS DEGREE
Academic pathway that includes one or more honors course per semester.
- HONORS INFUSED ASSOCIATE OF SCIENCE DEGREE
Academic pathway that includes one or more honors course per semester.
- HONORS INTENSIVE ASSOCIATE OF ARTS DEGREE
Academic pathway that includes two honors courses per semester.
- INTERNATIONAL STUDIES HONORS INTENSIVE ASSOCIATE OF ARTS DEGREE
Honors-intensive academic pathway that also meets the “International Studies Specialization”
- HONORS ACCELERATED ASSOCIATE OF ARTS DEGREE
Academic pathway that is designed for PSEO students who have completed 12 hours of coursework including meeting the requirements for written communications and mathematics.
LCCC’s Top-Rated Faculty
The Honors Institute courses are taught by Lorain County Community College’s best faculty. These courses are redesigned to cater to a unique type of student-those that have a love of learning and strive to be challenged academically. One of the highlights of the Institute is the cross-disciplinary approach many of our faculty take when teaching a class. For example, Professor Rob Loftis (Philosophy) often takes his students to performances, even operas, happening on campus. "I am excited at the opportunity to develop more connections between the Honors Institute and the broader cultural offerings of LCCC," Loftis said.
As an LCCC Honors Institute student you will not only have access to our top-rated faculty in the classroom, you will be part of a unique mentorship program. You will be assigned a faculty mentor within your academic area of interest to guide you during your entire time at Lorain County Community College. Your mentor will meet with you periodically offering advice, academic guidance, and enriching educational experiences such as special research projects. This program dramatically enhances the traditional student experience at LCCC, and offers you the opportunity to develop a lasting relationship with our outstanding faculty.
An integral part of the Honors Institute is access to a variety of leadership development activities including publication and presentation opportunities, workshops and trainings, and undergraduate research. Leadership activities may also include participation in Phi Theta Kappa, The C2C Peer Mentorship Program, or tutoring other students. Your faculty mentor and your academic advisor will help develop a leadership plan with you that fits your interests and abilities, allowing you to develop this important skill during your time at LCCC.
Study Abroad Opportunities
The Honors Institute is closely connected to LCCC’s study abroad opportunities. Institute participants have scheduling priority for all study abroad trips and scholarship dollars may be available for honors students interested.