Posted May 22, 2014
AMHERST EXEMPTED SCHOOLS TO JOIN LCCC MYUNIVERSITY PROGRAM
Lorain County Community College today (Thursday, May 22) welcomed the Amherst Exempted School District to the MyUniversity program.
Amherst joins Lorain City Schools, Avon Lake Schools and Midview Schools in providing the MyUniversity combined high school and college pathway for its students.
“Our long time partnership has enabled your high school and community college to provide this opportunity right down the road at Steele High School,” said LCCC President Roy A. Church.
“The MyUniversity program gives Amherst students the chance to earn as little as one semester of college credit all the way up to a full associate degree while working toward their high school diploma. That can build momentum for them to achieve a bachelor’s degree and more,” said Amherst Superintendent Steve Sayers.
The MyUniversity plan is the second phase of Lorain County Community College’s “Our Promise” initiative, which began with a tuition guarantee announced in March 2014. “This community has demonstrated its support of Lorain County Community College and the University Partnership program for 50 years and most recently with the passing of Issue 2 because they know quality higher education is critical for our future,” said Church. “MyUniversity is one significant way we are delivering on our promise to deepen the impact of the University Partnership program.”
MyUniversity will significantly increase the number of high school students in Lorain County and the surrounding area who can successfully earn free college credit while still in and at their high school. MyUniversity will enable high school students to even go as far as earning an associate degree simultaneously with their high school diploma. Students can then continue on to earn a bachelor’s degree by as early as age 20 in high demand careers through LCCC’s University Partnership program. In doing so, students can save over 80 percent of the cost of a bachelor’s degree through MyUniversity, essentially saving families tens of thousands of dollars in college debt.
“This program removes the traditional boundaries to college access and has the potential to significantly increase the number of Lorain County students with a degree that will help them compete in the global economy,” said Church.
This combined high school and college experience creates the roadmap for student success in college and beyond. It builds pathways to bachelor’s degrees in these areas:
- Business Administration
- Computer Science and Engineering
- IT – Computer Information Systems
MyUniversity will also connect students to these and other careers earlier using LCCC’s MyPlan and the professionals in Career Services, “Who will help align academics and career goals through their resources, expertise and tools,” Church added.
MyUniversity is based on the success of programs like Titan College and the Early College High School. Titan College provides students in the Lorain City Schools with college classes that are taught on the Lorain High School campus. Students may enter Titan College at any grade level. Early College High School allows students starting in the ninth grade to participate in a combined high school and college experience on the LCCC campus. It is for first-generation college students from across Lorain County.
MyUniversity Key Facts:
- Students can earn an associate degree and high school diploma simultaneously –
but have the flexibility to participate when they are ready.
- Students can earn bachelor’s degree by age 20 to prepare for careers in
high-demand, well-paying jobs.
- MyUniversity can save students up to 80 percent of the cost of a bachelor’s degree.
- Includes onsite and ongoing academic and career advising.
- Enjoy full high school and college experience.