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A Message From the President

Dr. Marcia Ballinger
Dr. Marcia Ballinger

Welcome to Lorain County Community College. Whether you are here as a new or returning student, a member of our community looking to learn more about your community college, or a faculty or staff member – thank you for stopping by. I am proud to be serving as your president.

You may be asking what it is about Lorain County Community College that makes this institution different. What sets us apart? Well, I could easily talk about our world-class faculty; that a college education at Lorain County Community College is a great return on investment because our students pay the lowest net price of any community college in the state and command the highest earnings among all Ohio community colleges; the fact that we have a University Partnership that offers more than 50 bachelor’s and master’s degrees from 14 colleges and universities which saves students on average $50,000 on the cost of a bachelor’s degree; or the fact that we have partnered with K-12 districts across our community to create MyUniversity which has enabled 35 percent of all high school graduates to earn college credit before high school graduation, saving families in our community over $9 million in college tuition just last year. 

But these facts do not paint a complete picture of what it is that makes LCCC unique. The Lorain County Community College family of employees consists of faculty and staff who are here for all the right reasons. We are here because we all believe that every student’s dream matters. And what a privilege it is to be helping individuals achieve their dreams and make a better life for themselves and their families. Student achievement is our top priority. In fact, Lorain County Community College was named first in the nation for student success by the American Association of Community Colleges

That’s what drives us … the needs of our students and the needs of our community.  And I want to hear your needs, your thoughts or even your LCCC story.  I hope you’ll consider connecting with me by subscribing to the President’s Blog at as well as following me, @PresBallinger, on Twitter and Instagram. Meanwhile, explore all that Lorain County Community College has to offer as we strive to empower a thriving community through quality education, innovation and partnerships. 


Walk-N-Talk with Dr. Ballinger

Walk-N-Talk with LCCC President Ballinger about topics that are important to you. Meet at Starbucks in College Center for a free coffee, then walk the campus with Dr. Ballinger.

11 a.m., Monday, August 20
Starbucks, College Center


News of Interest

Hechinger Report: Debt Without Degree

US News and World Report: How Students Can Cut Costs With Two-Year College Paths

Fresh from Silicon Valley: Advanced Manufacturing Career Program Takes Off in Ohio

LCCC Recognized as Top Community College in the Nation for Excellence in Student Success by American Association of Community Colleges

American Association of Community Colleges: Five Innovative Community Colleges Named Awards of Excellence Winners 

Morning Journal: LCCC named top college for student success

Community College Daily:Visionaries Among Community Colleges 

Education Dive: Students often need help getting to graduation

Brookings: Gainfully employed? New evidence on the earnings, employment, and debt of for-profit certificate students

Inside Higher Ed: Advising Equals Engaged Students

Diverse Issues in Higher Education: Study Spotlights Effective Strategies for Helping Low-Income Students Succeed

EAB: 10 highest paying jobs for community college grads

Huffington Post: What’s Working: The Power of Networks

Inside Higher Ed: The other student debt crisis

LCCC is a step closer to becoming Ohio’s first community college to offer a bachelor of applied science in microelectronic manufacturing

US News: No College Degree? In These States, No Problem

Ohio Department of Higher Education (video): Chancellor Carey travels to LCCC to learn about SAIL and plans for new MEMS applied bachelor’s degree

Inside Higher Ed: New Data on course loads and persistence

Inside Higher Ed: Community Colleges should focus more on education adults

The Guardian: Are entrepreneurs born or made?

Washington Post: Students have new ways of measuring degrees of success

Inside Higher Ed: College Enrollment Projected to Grow 15% by 2025

Washington Post: Outdated education metric is casting a cloud on a higher ed bright spot: Western Governors University

VOA: American Community Colleges May Help More People Find Work

Community College Daily: Colleges need to better serve adult students

Education Week: How Do I Prepare My Students for Jobs That May Soon Disappear?

Inside Higher Ed: Part-time students overlooked

Morning Journal: Fab Cab is LCCC innovation on wheels

Fast Company: One Trick For Keeping Kids In College: Forgive Tiny Debts That Force Them To Leave

EAB: Why even “C” students should consider taking 15 credits their first semester

AACC 21st Century Center: A quick look at community college Fast Facts

Morning Journal: Making college affordable the focus of Lorain County Chamber of Commerce forum

Chronicle-Telegram: LCCC panel discusses college affordability 

Morning Journal: Lorain County Community College offers more access to MBA program

American Youth Policies Forum: Aligning Systems and Policies to Support Multiple Postsecondary Pathways

ConnectED: Lorain County Community College Helps High Schoolers Build IT Skills

Brookings: Apprenticeship programs in a changing economic world

Community College Daily: Providing startup grants to startup companies

Forbes: Why I’ll Graduate From Yale But Owe It To Community College

US News: Community Colleges Filling STEM Pipeline

Community College Daily: Public has positive opinion of community colleges

Morning Journal: Community colleges gaining popularity

Inside Higher Ed: Associate degrees can lead to far greater wage earnings than certificates, a new report shows

Inside Higher Ed: More colleges look to replicate CUNY’s accelerated two-year program

Community College Daily: Ohio Colleges Share Success Strategies

Lorain County Early College High School Student Naz Bohannon Caps Career with Lorain County Mr. Basketball

Forbes: Why Skipping Community College Could Be A $20,000 Mistake

LCCC Announces New MBA Program with Lake Erie College through University Partnership

Wall Street Journal: Community Colleges Look to Replicate CUNY’s Accelerated Strategy