About LCCC and the March Ballot Issue
- LCCC has been locally supported since 1963, when the first general operating levy was passed that created Lorain County Community College as the first community college in the state of Ohio.
- LCCC’s general operating levy, last updated in 2010, expires December 2020 and represents 12% of the college’s operating budget.
- The LCCC District Board of Trustees made a decision to place the issue on the March 17, 2020 ballot.
- On March 17, voters will be asked to renew the existing 1.8 mills operating levy and add 0.5 mills, which equates to an additional investment of $1.46 per month per $100,000 in property value.
- The funds from the issue will be used to:
- Keep education affordable and high quality
- Keep university transfer programs strong
- Protect College Credit Plus
- Develop new programs and services people need to succeed in high demand fields like healthcare, technology, advanced manufacturing, public safety, engineering and business
- Keep technology and labs up to date
- Without this issue, LCCC would be forced to cut the budget by 12% which means we would have to reduce existing programs and cease the development of new training programs for jobs in our region.
- For every dollar spent by taxpayers on education at LCCC, the College provides $14 in economic benefit to the community.
Stats and Impact
- LCCC is the college of first choice for the entire community. LCCC has served 1 in 4 county residents, impacting greater than 50% of Lorain County households.
- 61% of Lorain County high school graduates start their college experience with LCCC.
- In 2019, 43% of all Lorain County high school graduates earned some college credit from LCCC before high school graduation, saving families $6.5 million in college costs.
- LCCC serves more than 10,000 students enrolling each year, along with 3,000 plus students taking University Partnership courses to earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
- Students and families served by LCCC benefit from affordable tuition, among the lowest in the state.
- LCCC is critical to the economy, delivering programs that people need to prepare for the jobs of today in healthcare, information technology, engineering, advanced manufacturing, skilled trades and business. Additionally, LCCC partners with area employers to keep our workforce up to date. Over 85% of LCCC graduates live and work in the region.
- LCCC has the highest student success rate of any community college in Ohio and is recognized nationally.
- LCCC impact is growing – 94% increase in number of individuals earning degrees and certificates since 2011.
- LCCC produces the most highly trained first-responders that keep our community safe and healthy.
- LCCC serves everyone in our community: taking care of veterans as they return home; LCCC delivers programs for seniors, youth and businesses that keep our community strong.
For more information, please contact us at 440-366-4073.