It was more than 57 years ago that the voters of this community took the bold step to establish Lorain County Community College as Ohio’s first community college. Today, with the passing of Issue 17, voters underscored the importance of maintaining local access to high quality, affordable higher education for today’s economy and in many ways a whole new world.
On behalf of the Lorain County Community College District Board of Trustees, faculty, staff and most importantly our current and future students – THANK YOU! We are humbled by the clear support of Issue 17 by Lorain County voters. We extend our sincere gratitude to the entire community, and deeply cherish the community’s trust exemplified by the passing of Issue 17.
As we move forward, it is our pledge and commitment to continue to do our very best to meet the needs and opportunities of the people and communities we serve. In these unprecedented times, those needs are great and, in many cases, still unknown. Rest assured, we will fulfill our mission as the “community’s college” and be there to support our community – making it stronger and leading us all to a better future.
The campaign for Issue 17 was one that involved dozens of organizations and hundreds of people, all rallying together to ensure Lorain County Community College remains strong and prepared to keep our community educated and ready for what may very well be a new economy. I want to thank each and every organization that publicly endorsed Issue 17 and rolled up your sleeves to lead to this outcome. To those of you who volunteered through Citizens for LCCC, thank you. Your volunteer efforts to educate others about Issue 17 created a ripple effect of support across Lorain County. One of the most enjoyable outcomes of this entire campaign was hearing first-hand the impact Lorain County Community College and the University Partnership has made on individuals, families, businesses and organizations in our community. The depth of impact LCCC has had on generations throughout Lorain County rose to the surface during many small group discussions and presentations, and those stories will continue to inspire us going forward.
The words “thank you” simply do not adequately describe the gratitude we have for Lorain County voters. Therefore, in addition to saying thank you, we will demonstrate our gratitude by continuing to make you Lorain County Community College Proud and delivering the very best for our community.
With the greatest sincerity and appreciation,
President Marcia Ballinger
LCCC Renewal Levy Passes
The Facts About LCCC’s Issue 17
- The community has supported LCCC since 1963, when the first general operating levy was passed that created the College as the first community college in Ohio.
- LCCC’s general operating levy, last updated in 2010, expires December 2020.
- Voters will be asked to renew the existing 1.8 mills operating levy and add 0.5 mills for a ten-year term (not permanent).
- This equates to an additional investment of $1.46 per month per $100,000 in property value.
- For every $1 spent by taxpayers on education at LCCC, the College provides $14 in economic benefit to the community.
Did you know? 12 Quick LCCC Stats
- Serves 1 in 4 county residents, impacting more than 50% of Lorain County Households.
- More than 15,000 students enroll each year, plus an additional 3,000 through the University Partnership who are earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
- Highest student success of any community college in Ohio and is recognized nationally.
- 94% increase in the number of people earning degrees and certificates since 2011.
- 43% of Lorain County high school students graduate with LCCC credits through College Credit Plus – saving families $6.5 million.
- 61% of Lorain County high school graduates start their college experience with LCCC.
- Lowest tuition for Lorain County residents.
- More than 85% of LCCC grads live and work in the region; LCCC is among the top 2 community colleges in Ohio for return on investment for graduates in terms of earnings post-graduation.
- LCCC offers the University Partnership with 14 partners delivering over 100 bachelor’s and master’s degrees and was the first community college in Ohio to offer an applied bachelor’s degree.
- #1 in the county for first responder and healthcare education.
- Delivers programs for seniors, veterans, youth and local businesses that keep Lorain County strong.
- LCCC partners with hundreds of area employers to deliver programs for the jobs of today – keeping our workforce strong; creating and retaining thousands of good jobs.
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