A Message from LCCC President Dr. Marcia Ballinger
Dear Association Members,
How I truly miss the opportunity to spend time with you and come together on LCCC’s campus! One of my greatest pleasures as president is engaging with my LCCC family to share the remarkable stories celebrating our students and campus community.
As students return to start the new semester filled with hope and optimism for the future, I am reminded of the tremendous amount of grit, caring, and compassion it required to safely navigate 2020. I am optimistic that while we still cannot physically convene at this moment, we may be able to do so in the near future. Until then, please stay well and enjoy this update as I share LCCC’s new initiatives and accomplishments around campus.
Marcia J. Ballinger, Ph.D.
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President’s Blog: Celebrating Nurses in 2020 and beyond
There are some things in life that are meant to be. The designation of 2020 as the Year of the Nurse is one of those things. Even before the coronavirus pandemic struck, 2020 was designated as the Year of the Nurse by the World Health Organization in honor of the 200th birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. In the last 10 years, more than 2,400 people have earned nursing degrees from LCCC and we are thrilled to celebrate them and their tremendous accomplishments in the President’s blog post.
Dual Enrollment as an Engine for Economic Mobility
As community colleges, we exist to grow talent and jobs. It is critically important for community colleges to truly understand the needs and aspirations of the communities we serve. Part of LCCC’s growth and future priorities really look at that future of work and understanding our “localness.” An article featured for the Community College Resource Center highlights LCCC’s dual enrollment strategy and the economic outlook for the region as we build on the strengths and the assets of our community and our talent.
LCCC Nursing Student Spreads Warmth with Glove Drive
LCCC nursing student Alexis Costello is warming the hands and hearts of those in need through a glove donation drive aimed to spread caring and positivity in our community. Costello collected more than 60 pairs of gloves as part of a class service learning project. She packaged each pair of gloves with an inspirational note and delivered them to local organizations for distribution throughout the community. Costello embodies the leadership and compassion needed in healthcare, especially during this time.
Psi Beta Students Pen Letters and Boost Spirits during the Holiday Season
A group of students at LCCC spread cheer and compassion during the holiday season to those they think might need it most. After learning of a national letter-writing campaign, members of LCCC’s Psi Beta Honors Society penned holiday letters to local nursing home residents in Elyria to lift spirits and bring joy. Our students could not better exemplify LCCC’s Culture of Care and support of our community. Sometimes just a few small words can bring the biggest smiles.
LCCC Students Earn Top Honors from the 2020 All Ohio Excellence in Journalism Awards
LCCC students continue to earn top recognition for their incredible work on The Collegian and Boom Radio, receiving 11 honors from The 2020 All Ohio Excellence in Journalism Awards. In total, the organization received 600 entries for all categories. Thank you for the critical support of Professor Clifford Anthony, who oversees The Collegian, and LCCC faculty who continue to uplift students’ voices on campus and in the community, encouraging them to share critical issues and their experiences as students at LCCC. A complete list of LCCC student award recipients and their categories are listed for your convenience.
- Best News (Oscar Rosado)
- Best Sports Story (Quentin Pardon)
- Best Feature (Quentin Pardon)
- Best Online Reporting (Weliton DeOliveira)
- Best Podcast (Janet Maltbie)
- Best Sports Story (Quentin Pardon)
- Best Feature (Madelyn Hill)
- Best Online Reporting (Jayne Giese)
- Best Podcast (Jim Lanigan)
- Best News (Quentin Pardon)
- Best Feature (Jayne Giese)
Recommitting to our Values – A Focus on Equity at LCCC
LCCC hosted its first Commodore Conversations during fall semester, a virtual event presented by the Equity for Students team to enhance LCCC’s Culture of Care and tackle difficult conversations around race, gender, trauma, media and law enforcement. The event was open to students, faculty, staff, and the community, and featured special guest speakers representing local civic leadership, healthcare and law enforcement, who helped to bring these concepts to life by candidly sharing their experiences and facilitating dialogue.
LCCC MEMS and MERIT Programs Emerging as Success Models
LCCC’s MEMs program has emerged as a model for successful technical higher education programming that connects students with hands-on, industry-recognized experiences to meet employer and talent needs throughout the region. MEMS Program Director, Johnny Vanderford, and Program Coordinator, Courtney Tenhover, were featured in SMT007 magazine featuring LCCC’s MEMS and MERIT (Manufacturing Electronics and Rework Institute for Training) highlighting the programs’ impact on students and workforce development.
LCCC Launches Apprenticeship Pathways in EMS and Masonry
A partnership between LCCC and LifeCare Ambulance launched a new apprenticeship pathways in EMS to offer skills and certification to LifeCare employees who are committed to advancing up the ranks at the employee-owned company. The LCCC Workforce Development team worked with LifeCare to identify state funding to help offset the cost of the apprentice program. By utilizing the ApprenticeOhio employer stipends and funding from the Incumbent WorkforceTraining program, LCCC was able to help LifeCare save in education expenses for their employees.
Another apprenticeship program and associate degree pathway in Masonry Technology launched at LCCC in partnership with the Ohio Administration District Council Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (JATC) to meet the workforce shortage in skilled trades. The Associates of Applied Science degree in Masonry Technology includes four majors – brick laying, cement finishing, restoration and tile setting and finishing. Additionally, the college announced students can also pursue four one-year technical certificates in the same areas. Participants are part of a four-year paid apprenticeship program where they earn a college technical certificate and have the opportunity to complete an associate degree.
LCCC Offers Free Fast-Track Employment Certificates
LCCC launched free, short-term, fast-track to employment certificate programs that include a direct path to a new career. Programs align with in-demand jobs including healthcare, business, IT and manufacturing industries. The certificates can be completed in 16 weeks or less at no cost! Students earn an industry-recognized credential, receive career and interview coaching, and are connected to local employers.
Economic Recovery through Apprenticeships and Earn and Learn Programs
The pandemic has accelerated change in nearly every area of life, work, and education, while also transforming how we serve the evolving needs of the community and local economy. LCCC’s certified apprenticeships and Earn and Learn models have played a tremendous role in the pathway to economic recovery caused by the pandemic. The roots of apprenticeship and manufacturing run deep in Lorain County, and we are LCCC proud to develop programs that benefit students, businesses and the local economy.