Great Grad 2017: Nicole Scarberry

Avon High School student Nicole Scarberry is earning her associate of science and associate of arts from Lorain County Community College this May—before walking across the stage the next month to earn her high school honors diploma.

“My dream when coming to LCCC was to get a head start of my lifelong dream of becoming a vet,” 18-year-old Scarberry said. “I have always known I wanted to work with animals. LCCC has given me the opportunity to get a head start on my college career,” Scarberry said.

Scarberry took classes at LCCC as part of the College Credit Plus program, which allows high school students to take college courses that also count toward high school requirements. She plans to continue her education at the University of Findlay and major in pre-veterinary sciences. Scarberry’s love for animals also shines through her care for her own two dogs, a hamster and a horse.

The soon-to-be graduate chose LCCC for its location and connection with her high school, she said. She added that she was glad she could take part in both her high school activities and college classes. Scarberry attributes her success to hard work, individual high standards and time management.

“My extra-curricular activities and my work schedule have made it possible to complete my degree,” Scarberry said. “Working closely with the staff at both LCCC and Avon High School student services has been key in successfully completing the requirements for all three” achievements.