Isabelle Velez, Lorain, 42, is about to graduate with her associate in applied science in early childhood education from Lorain County Community College. In the process of earning her degree she also earned an administrator license and technical certificate. Her goal is to eventually own her own daycare.
The graduation ceremony is important to Velez because she didn’t get to attend her high school graduation since she graduated during the summer. This makes her May commencement from LCCC “extra special,” she said.
Velez said her instructors helped her achieve successful completion of her degree. “The teachers in this program are amazing and they always believed in me even when I doubted myself,” Velez said. “They pushed me to bring out the best in me.”
Five years ago when she started college she thought she was “too old” to get an education but her workplace required her to attend so that its employees could be more competitive with their education credentials. LCCC was the most affordable and the closest school for her, she said.
“So I went and I told myself I would do this for my family but while I went through the program I learned this journey was for me,” Velez said. “I learned to believe in me and my skills and the teachers helped me grow and succeed. I wouldn’t change this journey for anything in the world.”