Donna AtanasovaSports teams have comeback players. Donna Atanasova is the comeback student.

After leaving her job of 21 years, Atanasova knew she had to get a degree.
“In the job market today that degree is everything,” she said.  “LCCC is close to home and I knew about the UP (University Partnership) that would help me further my education to not only an associate, but also a bachelor’s degree.”
And her hard work translated into academic success.
“When I came back to LCCC for classes, my GPA was at 1.62,” she said. “I have been on the deans list since my return to classes and have brought my GPA up to a 3.7.”
The Lorain resident is understandably proud of that GPA boost. “I may not be able to graduate with honors but I do know that I will graduate being a member of Phi Theta Kappa.”  
When Atanasova, 44, needed a new start, she found the SAIL program perfectly suited her interests – and her pocketbook.
“The SAIL program is a big factor to my success,” she said. “It has helped me not only financially, to pay for classes and books, but also with the support of getting all the requirements for my degree done.”
She gives major kudos to her adviser Cynthia Arredondo. “She was my cheerleader, my psychologist, and my friend when I needed the help,” Atanasova said.
The next step for Atanasova is to use the UP program to get her bachelor’s degree in accounting from Hiram College. She knows the hard work put in at LCCC will help her there.
She credits many with helping her achieve her goals. 
“The support that I have received from the college advisers, counselors, staff, and professors has been the greatest gift I could have ever received. They have given me advice to help me not only in class but also in my career.”