Seniors Graduate from Lorain High School and LCCC Simultaneously Thanks to CCP

Four special seniors at Lorain High School are earning their associate of the arts degrees —a month before graduating from high school, through College Credit Plus (CCP), the dual enrollment program that allows students to take classes at Lorain County Community College while still in high school at no cost to the student. Skylar Garrison is one Lorain senior and CCP student who is completing her degree and diploma together. She plans to continue education at Cleveland State University with the computer engineering program with the goal of becoming a software engineer. Today she also works at a local ice cream shop and takes part in a youth group and school clubs.

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Four Lorain High School seniors are earning associate of arts degrees through College Credit Plus at LCCC.

Garrison credits Amanda Churchill, a CCP counselor who answered questions and helped guide her in the right direction. She also credits Amanda Haney, Titan College and Career Tech Liaison, who gave her sound advice.

With CCP, college classes count for both high school and college credit. In Lorain County, 43 percent of high school seniors graduate with some college credit. From 2008 to 2017, students earned 167,668 college credits, saving $11.3 million. During the last decade, participation has increased 90 percent.

Paul Greer will also earn his associate of the arts this May, and is also part of the Career & Technical Education program (Career Tech) in pre-engineering and robotics. The Lorain City Schools Career Tech program gives students the opportunity to earn college credit while still in high school through College Credit Plus or College Tech Prep. Greer is also a boxer and member of the Young Scholars program. His mother is a LCCC alumna.

“I was very interested in the CCP program because I wanted my high school curriculum to be challenging and rewarding,” he said. “By taking college classes during high school, it prepared me for the rigorous world of college.”

“Ms. Haney and all my CCP teachers have supported me so much over these years and I am truly grateful for them,” Greer said. He plans to complete a computer science and engineering degree at his brother’s alma mater, Ohio State University.

Another Lorain student who will graduate from Lorain High School and LCCC nearly simultaneously is Justin Sturgill, who plans to study and particulate in sports at Mount Union College in Alliance, Ohio. He’s also part of the Career Tech program focusing in sports health and fitness with hopes of working in sports medicine.

Sturgill played basketball, baseball and football and ran track over the course of his four years at Lorain High School, while acting as the vice president of the Lorain High School chapter of the National Honor Society and vice president of the local Leo club. He additionally volunteers for the Special Olympics, Boys and Girls Club, Second Harvest and food pantries.

Fellow classmate Jamel Lee is also active in extracurricular activities, such as band, theater, Key Club, Leo Club, orchestra, Academic Challenge and a youth group, as he prepares to graduate from Lorain High School and LCCC. He said he values the staff at both the school and the college, especially Haney. He will attend Ohio University in the fall.