Great Grad 2017: Rena Arter

Rena Arter will soon earn her associate of applied business in entrepreneurship from Lorain County Community College. After graduation she plans to move to Florida to take part in the Disney College Program. If all goes well, she hopes to continue her education at the University of Central Florida and eventually work for Disney.

Arter, 22, originally transferred to LCCC after a year at a state school. “I chose LCCC because it was closer to home, and I could still work full-time at my parent’s furniture business while taking classes.” Arter said. The Norwalk resident also realized how much money she would save.

Originally wasn’t sure, but the classes at LCCC confirmed that the major she chose was right for her. The school also helped Arter acquire her internship at Lakeside Chautauqua, which she calls a life-changing experience both personally and professionally.

“I would just like to say that I would highly recommend LCCC to others,” Arter said. “After coming from a major state university, LCCC has provided such a unique experience that I didn’t have. The professors care about you and want to help you the best as they can, and the faculty and staff members will go above and beyond to help you.”

“Most all of my professors have been so wonderful and each one has inspired me in a different way,” Arter said. “My family has also been a major factor in my graduation. They have supported me through every step of the way, and I’m so thankful for them.”

Arter said she wanted to send a special thank you to a couple of people at the school. LCCC staff members “Vernice Jackson and Maria McConnell have both been so helpful to make ends meet for me this semester. I couldn’t thank them enough for going above and beyond to make this possible.”