Randy and Nick Churchill make up a very proud father-son duo. Both will be graduating with honors from Lorain County Community College in May. Nick will earn his bachelor’s of computer science and engineering from the University of Toledo through the University Partnership and Randy completes an associate of applied science in construction technology – construction management.

Father and son Randy and Nick Churchill
Randy and Nick Churchill

Randy, 55, sees the degree more of a personal life goal after starting college courses in the ‘80s. He says the degree has helped him attain a promotion to construction manager at Fisher-Titus Medical Center in Norwalk, where the family lives.

Because of the prior learning assessment (PLA) credits (credits earned from previous work experience), he only took three years to complete the degree while working full-time and taking classes year-round, online and in-person. He credits advisor Carrie Delaney with helping him realize his dream was not out of reach. “I believe that without my first and second meetings with Carrie Delaney, I may not have started my path to graduation,” he said.

The father of two said it was challenging to work full-time and raise a family while going to school, but it was worth it. After graduation he plans to also complete LCCC’s associate of applied science in construction technology – construction engineering.

Nick, 23, plans to continue working where he is completing a co-op at Complete Networks in North Ridgeville. He’s happy the degree has prepared him for his career with hands-on experiences. Nick enjoys his time at the University Partnership Ridge Campus in North Ridgeville. “I like the tight knit community we have at our campus,” he said. His brother is also attending the University of Toledo, at the main campus. Nick has previously received an associate of applied science degree from LCCC and is proud to graduate with his bachelor’s.