A Message from LCCC President Dr. Marcia Ballinger
Dear Association Members,
I so looked forward to spending the afternoon with you, sharing updates and highlights from the past year at the Annual LCCC Retirees Spring Luncheon. Unfortunately, circumstances beyond our control prevented us from coming together like we have in recent years.
While we are forced to be physically distant, we have much to celebrate that I could not wait to share with you!
I am extremely proud of our students, faculty, and staff who have demonstrated great resiliency and compassion as we navigate together this global pandemic and all the challenges it presents. Their efforts are just extraordinary. I hope you enjoy this update on some of the accomplishments that continue to make us all LCCC Proud!
Marcia J. Ballinger, Ph.D.
LCCC Named 2020 Leah Meyer Austin Student Success Award Winner
LCCC was awarded the 2020 Leah Meyer Austin Student Success Award by Achieving the Dream (ATD). The national award is reserved for ATD network colleges that show the greatest, sustained improvements in student outcomes and student success, and demonstrate a holistic approach to reducing equity gaps between student groups. The prestigious award enhances our commitment to LCCC’s strategic plan,
Vision 2025, to confer 10,000 more degrees by 2025 to ensure Lorain County residents are prepared for jobs of the future.
LCCC Celebrates Class of 2020 in Untraditional Way
Congratulations to LCCC’s graduating Class of 2020! To honor its largest graduating class, LCCC launched a two-week tribute and celebration, including a virtual ceremony featuring the theme of “perseverance,” with recorded student, family and employee photos and messages. See many of our graduates’ stories.
Additionally, LCCC created an outdoor public art display in recognition of the Class of 2020 that celebrates all our past graduates and the institution’s history of serving our community since 1963.
LCCC’s Issue 17 Levy Passes
More than 57 years ago, voters of this community took the bold step to establish LCCC as Ohio’s first community college by passing a general operating levy to provide local support in addition to resources from state and tuition.
On April 28, 2020 voters renewed this commitment by passing Issue 17 with 60% of the vote to sustain this local support for another 10 years. On behalf of LCCC, thank you for all your efforts to pass Issue 17.
Leéna Boone Named in the Top 20 Community College Students in the Country, First in Ohio
Leéna Boone, who enrolled in her first class at LCCC when she was just 12 years old, was named one of the top 20 community college students in the country, and the number one community college student in Ohio.
Boone will receive a $5,000 scholarship, as well as a $2,250 scholarship for also being named a 2020 New Century Transfer Scholar. We congratulate Leéna on her outstanding achievements earning these highly competitive and prestigious scholarships representing LCCC.
Dulce Cintron Named Coca-Cola Academic Team Silver Scholar
At age 17, Dulce Cintron, Lorain County Early High School and LCCC graduate, was named one of the top 100 community college students in the country as the 2020 Coca-Cola Academic Team Silver Scholar. Dulce will receive a $1,250 scholarship through this special recognition.
Cintron also is a member of LCCC’s chapter of the American Society of Microbiology and Phi Theta Kappa honor society. She is a leader in an on-campus research group that investigates toxic algae blooms in Lake Erie as well as a supplemental instructor. Her dedication and resilience to succeed is unstoppable.
LCCC 3D-Prints Safety Visor Kits and Donates PPE to Local Hospitals
LCCC 3D-printed over 1000 face shield kits using equipment from LCCC’s Campana Center Fab-Lab to respond to the shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) during the COVID-19 pandemic. These shields were donated to local hospitals and healthcare providers.
An additional 22,000 PPE items from LCCC’s allied health, nursing and MEMs programs, including gloves, masks, gowns, scrub caps and reusable eye shields, were donated and delivered to Lorain County hospitals.
LCCC’s Dr. Harry Kestler Gives Covid Video Updates
LCCC’s micro-prof, Dr. Harry Kestler, continues to give daily updates in his COVIDeo Series to keep the community informed and share how we can work together to help stop the spread of the virus. Prior to his position at LCCC, Kestler held faculty positions at the Lerner Medical College of the Cleveland Clinic, and the department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at Harvard Medical School.
Supporting Students through the COVID-19 Pandemic
LCCC’s Commodore Cupboard continues to offer curbside pick-up to students and the community in order to help students succeed during the pandemic, and address critical needs for technology and food security. LCCC is also committed to ensuring students have access to technology by providing free computers to students through its computer recycling program and emergency aid. Our culture of care remains the driving force behind our decisions and our innovations that will continue even beyond COVID-19.
Congratulations to the LCCC Class of 2020 Retirees
Congratulations to the Class of 2020 Retirees! Their combined years of service total over 300 years; but their impact at LCCC is immeasurable.
Please join us in celebrating our nineteen retirees who were honored in a video message from Dr. Ballinger.
Thank you to the retirees for their dedication and commitment to serving our students and community. They will always be a part of the LCCC family.
- Dr. Iona Abraham
- Ms. Karen Buescher
- Ms. Teresa Cassidy
- Ms. Sandra Gaspar
- Mr. Douglas Huber
- Dr. Judith Jorgensen
- Mr. David Karohl
- Ms. Evelyn Kelly
- Ms. Indira Marrero
- Ms. Cynthia McCabe
- Mr. Ernest Melendez
- Ms. Michelle Michener
- Ms. Kathleen O’Donnell
- Dr. Patricia Schrull
- Ms. Cheryl Selvage
- Ms. Carol Urmanic
- Mr. Jeff Walmsley
- Ms. Visobe Welch
- Dr. Barbara Wilford
Take Advantage of LCCC Non-Credit Courses
LCCC offers classes on interesting and fun topics at reasonable prices! Non-credit classes for adults 50 and older through Lorain County Community College’s Center for LifeLong Learning are available all summer long – including July and August start dates. All classes will be offered online unless otherwise noted.
Registering for classes has never been easier. Find a listing of offerings on LCCC’s non-credit catalog.