LCCC’s Programs and Flexibility Helped This Single Mom Become a Teacher

Rochelle Corn

Lorain County Community College graduate and former transfer student D. Rochell Corn thrives while contributing to the community as an educator. After graduating with an associate of arts in 2009, she continued at LCCC through the University Partnership and received her bachelor’s degree specializing in science for middle school education (grades 4-9).

“Today I can honestly say that I am an educator because of Lorain County Community College,” Corn said. She’s previously worked in school districts as long term substitute teacher. Today she tutors for Horizon Education Center and is GED instructor for LCCC’s Aspire program.   

Through the University Partnership she studied education at Ashland University and later transferred to Cleveland State University. “My transition was a smooth one,” said the 55-year-old Elyria resident. “Because of LCCC, all of my credits were transferrable and put me into the junior category of the field of middle school education. My counselor met with me and went over everything I needed to do in order to prepare for my junior year at Cleveland State.” 

“My experience at Lorain County Community College made it a place where I learned patience, drive and determination through the hard times,” Corn said. “In the beginning it was difficult to find balance between being a single mother, caretaker for my mom, and wanting to complete my two-year degree at LCCC. The college made it convenient for me to work around my schedule by offering evening classes as well as online classes.”

Today Corn enjoys giving back to the Elyria community with her work as a GED tutor. “I was so elated at the GED graduation to stand before the audience to introduce one of the student speakers who happened to be my student and to see my former professor Dr. Jonathan Dryden. We were able to commune and reminisce on my journey as a LCCC student.” Dryden is now the Interim Provost/Vice President for Academic and Learner Services at LCCC.