Arshiya Anand, 20, will soon earn her bachelor’s in computer science engineering from The University of Toledo through the University Partnership (UP) at Lorain County Community College after serving as president of LCCC’s student chapter of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE).
The involved student and North Ridgeville resident plans to pursue her master’s degree in computer science and engineering after completing two LCCC associate degrees at age 16 and 17 through the post-secondary enrollment option, now known as College Credit Plus.
“LCCC and UP have played a critical role in meeting my career and education goals,” Anand said. The school “provided several scholarships and awards to pursue the degree, along with opportunities for personal and professional growth.”
She became president of LCCC’s SWE in 2012 when the group was formed. The organization is the first of its kind for a community college and focuses on promoting women in STEM careers. Anand also presented a webinar that was direct broadcasted in the U.S. and Canada to SWE professional members. Her mother, Ramona Anand, an adjunct instructor in the engineering technology department, is the faculty advisor for the group.
Anand attributes her success to “persistence and hard work, help from colleagues, professors, family and the excellent learning atmosphere that LCCC provides,” she said. She likes that LCCC is local and offers “low tuition fee, great learning atmosphere, and excellent professors and colleagues.”
Anand has previously received associates degree of the arts and of science from Lorain County Community College. She is the recipient of several scholarships and awards including the Trustees Scholarship, University Partnership Award, Diversity Incentive Award, Choose Ohio First Award, Presidential Award and Inspiration Award. She has also received the Outstanding Student Award in 2016 at LCCC and has received several certificates of appreciation at her co-op at Cleveland Clinic.
Anand is also a volunteer and has contributed toward efforts to increase the recruitment, retention and visibility of women and minorities in STEM. She has additionally served as panelist at the Cleveland Engineering Society’s fall 2014 conference.