A Message From the President
Dr. Marcia J. Ballinger
I am honored to be serving as the sixth president of Lorain County Community College. This College has been my home for 25 years, and I am humbled to have the opportunity to lead this wonderful institution. My understanding of this College and what it means to our community goes beyond my role as President. I’m proud to say that I’m an LCCC alum having earned my MBA 16 years ago through our University Partnership and Kent State University. Like many of our students, I know how it feels to be a working parent earning your degree by attending evening and weekend classes, juggling work and family commitments, and I applaud each and every one of our students for their hard work and dedication to their future.
The University Partnership program had a profound impact on my life, as it has for more than 5,000 other students who have earned their bachelor’s or master’s degrees right here on our campus thanks to the vision and support of Lorain Countians. Now, nearly 20 years since its inception, we offer more than 50 bachelor’s and master’s degree programs through partnerships with 12 universities, providing a tremendous cost savings for local families.
We have much to be proud of at LCCC. We have an institution with a 53-year history of providing access to education that creates opportunities for upward economic mobility. In fact, since 2005 LCCC has welcomed more than 51,000 new students raising Lorain County’s educational attainment by 21 percent in associate degrees, 29 percent in bachelor’s degrees and 49 percent in master’s degrees. Most recently, we unveiled MyUniversity, a unique partnership between LCCC and area high schools that provides a pathway for high school students to have the full college experience while saving up to 80 percent of the cost of a traditional four-year degree.
Yet our mission speaks to going beyond providing affordable access to quality education. As a comprehensive community college, we focus on economic development, the cultural arts, and community engagement as well. We work toward boosting our local economy by growing businesses and helping entrepreneurs through the Great Lakes Innovation and Development Enterprise (GLIDE) and student entrepreneurs through NEO LaunchNet. We bring robust cultural programming to the Stocker Arts Center, which has served more than 1,000,000 patrons since 1980. And we collaborate with a number of local non-profit organizations as a way to broaden our impact and help serve those living in Lorain County.
Your voice, input and guidance has shaped LCCC’s past, and I encourage you to share your ideas going forward. Since the College was first established in 1963, this community has played a critical role in determining our strategic direction. Your voice matters – and I look forward to hearing your thoughts as we strive to achieve Vision 2020’s strategic priorities to: Drive Student Completion for Academic and Career Success; Lead Talent Development While Accelerating Business and Job Growth; and Inspire Community Engagement, Connectivity, Diversity and Wellness.
I look forward with great optimism as we began our 2016/2017 academic year.
Walk-N-Talk with Dr. Ballinger
Walk-N-Talk with LCCC President Ballinger about topics that are important to you. Meet at Starbucks for a free coffee, then walk the campus with Dr. Ballinger.
Upcoming sessions are:
10-11 a.m., Tuesday, February 28
11 a.m. to noon, Wednesday, April 19
3-4 p.m., Thursday, June 29
2-3 p.m., Thursday, August 31
1-2 p.m., Thursday, October 12
10-11 a.m., Friday, December 15