Sydney Calez, 17, is earning her associate of arts as part of Early College High School at Lorain County Community College with hopes to become a nurse practitioner in the future. She plans to continue at LCCC and also earn an associate of nursing and enter the University Partnership to earn a bachelor’s and eventually a master’s of science in nursing.
The Early College High School allows first-generation college students to start in ninth grade and participate in a combined high school and college experience with the goal of earning a high school diploma and college associate degree at the same time. This year 300 students are participating in the program on the LCCC campus.
“LCCC and Early College have given me many opportunities I would not have gotten at a normal high school,” Calez, a Lorain resident, said. “I got the chance to do research with Kathy Durham and I did this for almost three years. I also got a chance to become an STNA, which I have done.”
“I loved my four years here with Early College and am excited to continue at LCCC for my nursing degree,” Calez said. “Most importantly, though, my family and friends’ overwhelming amount of support has helped me succeed in a bigger way than anyone can understand,” Calez said.
Calez is proud to become an LCCC graduate. “I am an STNA, have done almost three years of research, have over a 4.0 GPA, am ranked in the top 10 at Lorain High School and will be receiving both my high school diploma and associate of arts degree within a month of each other,” Calez said. “I could not have accomplished any of this without the support of LCCC staff, Early College and most importantly, my close family and friends in my life. I am so very grateful to have gotten this opportunity and cannot wait to share this amazing accomplishment on May 13 with hundreds of others celebrating their own great accomplishments.”