Rebecca Ellis, 17, recently earned her associate of the arts and associate of science degrees from Lorain County Community College at the same time she graduated from Keystone High School—all through the College Credit Plus (CCP) dual enrollment program.

Rebecca Ellis

The stellar student from LaGrange was also a student worker at the Wellington Leaning Center, where she took the bulk of her LCCC coursework. She started taking college classes her sophomore year of high school, she said.

“LCCC gave me such a wide variety of classes that I was able to test out what course I was most interested in,” Ellis said. She appreciated the flexibility of being able to take classes online, at the high school or at the Wellington Learning Center. “It helped me narrow down what I wanted to be.” She learned she wanted to do something science-based, she said.

Ellis plans to study chemical engineering at Cleveland State University as part of the Honors College, and has received a scholarship. She has a strong interest in exploring ways to eliminate plastic waste.

The learning center was happy to have had her. “Rebecca was a hard-working student worker for the Wellington Center,” said staff associate Sandy Gasper. “She always had a smile to share with everyone and went above and beyond in helping other students, faculty, staff and community members. She’s also very smart and tech savvy and was able to help with just about every computer and technology issue experienced for the past two semesters.”

The CCP student says the LCCC team helped her achieve her educational goals. “My advisors were a big help,” she said. “They helped me map everything out. They made it seem less stressful than it could be.”

She also credits her English professor, Jewon Woo. “I was 15. It was my first college class. She was helpful and positive and gave me confidence,” she said.

Ellis has already given back to her community by tutoring her peers in chemistry. She’s also a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honors Society and has volunteered at the Harvest Festival.