Learning in Lorain

Learning in Lorain


Dr. Mary Hilaire Tavenner is a Compass Instructor at Lorain County Community College’s Learning Center at St. Joseph Community Center.  “The learning center in Lorain,” said Tavenner,  “is more important than I could express. When the education comes to you, you can’t miss it.”

In the fall of 2001, LCCC opened the Learning Center on the corner of West 21st Street and Broadway and 112 students enrolled that first semester.  Today, 618 are enrolled for spring semester.   

The Learning Center offers every service to students that main campus does.  Tavenner teaches the English tutoring session for students who are trying to improve their COMPASS score.  COMPASS is an assessment of reading, writing and math skills for students attending college for the first time.  It also is an aid for students who are pursuing their GED.  Tavenner, no doubt, serves a vital role in the lives of these students.  She, however, sees her role in a different light.  “It is a privilege for me to be a minute in their life,” said the 60-year-old former nun, “a class in their life, a moment in their life.  They inspire me.”

A large number of the students under the tutelage of Tavenner come from very challenging backgrounds.  “We get students,” Tavenner continued, “who need a GED.  We help them and we encourage them to learn even more.  LCCC is that gift to us that helps us to find a way.”

Tavenner grew up in Lorain.  She attended Emerson Elementary School.  Her father worked in the mills and her mother was a nurses aide at St. Joseph Hospital; the very building the daughter now works as a teacher.  Teaching is “a life calling,” she said.

Lorain County Community College’s Learning Center at St. Joseph Community Center is one of three LCCC branch campuses.  The Wellington Center and the Midpoint Campus Center in Brunswick are the other two satellite locations.

If you are interested in any of the LCCC branch campuses, please click here


15 to Finish: Add a Late-Start Class Today

Take at least 15 credit hours per semester and you'll be closer to graduation and closer to your career. There’s still time to add a class to your schedule. Late-start courses begin March 23.
Click here to see the short-term class schedule and to register.

Use Caution in Parking Lots

Workers are replacing the light fixtures on campus roads and parking lots. Some roadways and parking spaces will blocked off during this time. Please be very careful and slow down.
Parking Lot 7 Closed
Parking Lot 7 (Click for Campus Map) will be closed from Monday evening, February 23 to Friday, February 27.

MyTuition Guarantee

LCCC students now have the opportunity to participate in the MyTuition Guarantee. This new program holds tuition and fee rates for students registering in fall 2014, spring 2015, or fall 2015 for up to three years or until the completion of a degree, whichever comes first.
Click here to learn more and to complete the Completion Pledge. 


Students can save up to 80 percent on the cost of a traditional college degree. Learn more at www.lorainccc.edu/myuniversity.

Financial Aid Filing Fairs

LCCC will offer free help for anyone filing a FAFSA form - regardless of the college they plan to attend - at a series of Financial Aid Filing Fairs held in February and March. Click here for details and to register online.

Sign Up for Text Alerts

Sign up to receive text message alerts in the event of campus emergencies, campus closings, campus power outages and severe weather announcements at www.lorainccc.edu/alerts.

MBA Program Begins in Fall 2015

Beginning in fall 2015, Youngstown State University’s Williamson College of Business Administration will offer a master’s of business administration degree through the University Partnership. Learn more.