Honors Institute

The Honors Institute at Lorain County Community College 



Spring 2015 Class Schedule

Click here to view the course offerings for Honors Institute students for Spring 2015.          

Read About the Honors Institute in
Career Focus Magazine





Honors Institute Contact Information


Valerie McGowan-Doyle
Ext. 4738

Jim Jordan
Ext. 7878

Young Ko
Ext. 7110

Iona Abraham
Ext. 7116

Rob Loftis
Ext. 7139

Adam Miller
Ext. 4791

Klare Heston
Ext. 4779

Sammie Davis-Dyson
Ext. 7613

Mission Statement

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.

Scholarship Opportunity

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.  

Orientation Day

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:

    Academic pathway that includes one or more honors course per semester.
    Academic pathway that includes one or more honors course per semester.
    Academic pathway that includes two honors courses per semester.
    Honors-intensive academic pathway that also meets the “International Studies Specialization”
    Academic pathway that is designed for CCP (formerly 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.  

Faculty Mentorships

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.

Leadership Development

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.



15 to Finish: Add a Late-Start Class Today

Take at least 15 credit hours per semester and you'll be closer to graduation and closer to your career. There’s still time to add a class to your schedule. Late-start courses begin March 23.
Click here to see the short-term class schedule and to register.

Use Caution in Parking Lots

Workers are replacing the light fixtures on campus roads and parking lots. Some roadways and parking spaces will blocked off during this time. Please be very careful and slow down.

MyTuition Guarantee

LCCC students now have the opportunity to participate in the MyTuition Guarantee. This new program holds tuition and fee rates for students registering in fall 2014, spring 2015, or fall 2015 for up to three years or until the completion of a degree, whichever comes first.
Click here to learn more and to complete the Completion Pledge. 


Students can save up to 80 percent on the cost of a traditional college degree. Learn more at www.lorainccc.edu/myuniversity.

Financial Aid Filing Fairs

LCCC will offer free help for anyone filing a FAFSA form - regardless of the college they plan to attend - at a series of Financial Aid Filing Fairs held in February and March. Click here for details and to register online.

Sign Up for Text Alerts

Sign up to receive text message alerts in the event of campus emergencies, campus closings, campus power outages and severe weather announcements at www.lorainccc.edu/alerts.

MBA Program Begins in Fall 2015

Beginning in fall 2015, Youngstown State University’s Williamson College of Business Administration will offer a master’s of business administration degree through the University Partnership. Learn more.