Jillian Mathes is finishing her associate of arts from Lorain County Community College as part of Early College High School. The program allows students to complete their high school diplomas and associate degrees at the same time on LCCC’s campus.
The Elyria resident said her dream when she came to LCCC was purely to graduate from the Early College program, “but I discovered along the way that I strived for more than just graduating.”
“I made the dean’s list several times, I am class representative, I am part of the link crew and much more,” the 17-year-old said. “LCCC became my home.”
Mathes plans to continue her studies with the University of Akron through LCCC’s University Partnership to earn her RN and BSN while utilizing the Trustee Scholarship that she was awarded.
“I am very thankful for the Early College program. LCCC has also allowed me to serve in my community and I love that,” Mathes said.
She credits some of her success to the help of her family and friends. “They have pushed me to be my best self and all of my teachers have also helped me along the way,” Mathes said. “I’ve had a great support system, especially with my mom. She’s always pushed me to try my best no matter what the circumstances are.”
She also thanks LCCC faculty Daniel Vasi and Nelson Juarez. Vasi “is one of the best teachers I’ve ever had,” she said. “He makes sure everyone understands and has everyone’s best interest at heart.”
“Juarez was my tenth grade English teacher,” she said. “This year was the worst for me and he was very understanding and allowed me to make up work at my speed. These two teachers are not only great at their jobs, but also great people.”