Lorain County Commissioners Proclaim April as “Lorain County Community College Month”
The Lorain County Commissioners joined in the celebration of April as National Community College Month by presenting LCCC President Marcia Ballinger, Ph.D. with a formal proclamation declaring April as “Lorain County Community College Month” on April 3, 2019 at the county commissioners’ meeting.
About National Community College Month
Every year at this time, LCCC and the more than 1,100 community colleges in the U.S., take time to celebrate April as National Community College Month. So designated in the 1980s, National Community College Month provides awareness of the critical role community colleges play in our country’s higher educational system.
Ever since LCCC opened its doors in 1963 residents have used LCCC as a means to follow their dreams, whether that means preparing for careers or to transfer to a four-year college or university after earning an associate degree. In fact, one in four Lorain County residents have taken classes at LCCC and more than 36,000 have earned a degree.
District Board of Trustees
The LCCC District Board of Trustees has governed the College since its inception. Nine members serve on the board, with six being appointed by the commissioners and three by the governor of Ohio.
A Community College of Firsts:
LCCC was granted a charter on July 15, 1963.
It is the first community college in Ohio:
- With a permanent campus. (1966)
- With a performing arts center. (1980)
- With an advanced manufacturing center. (1984)
- With a University Partnership that brings bachelor’s and master’s degrees to the LCCC campus. (1995)
- To offer an applied bachelor’s degree in microelectronic manufacturing (2018)
- Named the top Community College in the nation for student success by the American Association of Community Colleges. (2018)
- Recognized as Achieving the Dream Leader College. (2015 & 2018)
- Led the state in three-year success rates, second year in a row (degree, transfer and persistence).
- First in the nation to establish a Fab Lab, a digital fabrication center based upon the concepts of Dr. Neil Gershenfeld, the director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Center for Bits and Atoms.
- LCCC is home to the National Center for Welding Education and Training (Weld-Ed). Founded with a National Science Foundation grant, it is a national partnership between the welding materials joining industry and the nation’s community and technical colleges.
- Recognized by the Brookings Institute as the highest value-added college in Ohio based on earnings for graduates.
Impact through Education:
- Fall 2018 enrollment was 11,000 at associate degree level and another 3,000 in the University Partnership
- 2,018 students graduated in May of 2018 with 2,179 degrees from LCCC
- More than 50% of all students take at least one distance-learning course
- 55% of all Lorain County high school graduates who attend college start at Lorain County Community College
- In the last 10 years, Lorain County Community College welcomed 46,000 new students
- Since inception, Lorain County Community College has awarded more than 36,000 associate degrees
- More than 200,000 people have taken courses at LCCC
- LCCC offers 110 associate degrees and certificates aligned with high demand occupations
- More than 31,000 Lorain County Community College students have transferred to four-year institution in the
last 10 years, saving families thousands in college tuition and reducing college loan debt
- Launched in 1995
- 40 bachelor’s degrees
- 12 master’s degrees
- 40 licensure or certificate programs
- 14 partnering Universities: Ashland University, Bowling Green State University, Cleveland State University, Hiram College, Kent State University, Lake Erie College, Miami University, Ohio University, The Ohio State University, The University of Akron, University of Cincinnati, The University of Toledo, Youngstown State University and Western Governors University
- Through an innovative model, students save on average up to $50,000 on a bachelor’s degree.
- Lorain County Community College’s University Partnership has awarded more than 5,000 bachelor’s and master’s degrees
Early College High School:
- 540 ECHS graduates have earned more than 30,000 college credits
- ECHS students saved more than $14 million dollars on the cost of a college education
- ECHS students’ average score on the ACT is 21 – state average is 19
- 93 percent of those completing the ECHS program earned their high school diploma and associate of arts degree
- One of the lowest tuition rates in the state
- Offer a blanket tuition policy, where students can take between 13 and 18 credit hours for the price of just 13 in a semester
- College Credit Plus offers college credit to high school students before they graduate; 43% of Lorain County High School seniors graduate with LCCC credits.
- In 2016, LCCC awarded over 21,000 college credits to 2,000 high school students, saving families over $3.5 million in college costs at LCCC rates and over $10 million at a public university rate.
College Credit Plus:
- 43% of Lorain County High School seniors graduate with LCCC credit
- Families saved $5.5 million in tuition savings in 2018
- Average number of credits earned by high school students = 20
- 180,610 credits earned during 2008-2018
Scholarship Support through LCCC Foundation:
- Offers full or 2/3’s scholarship for high achieving high school graduates through Trustee and Presidential Scholarship Program
- Diversity Incentive Award for students of diversity with 2.5 GPA to attend Lorain County Community College
- Non-Traditional Student Incentive Award for students returning to the classroom after life or work experience to upgrade skills, pursue new careers, and balance the responsibilities of home and community
Great Upcoming Events to Check Out During Community College Month
Raul Midon and Mandy Harvey in Concert – Wednesday, April 3
Health Fair – Thursday, April 4
Lorain County Career Fair – Thursday, April 4
Fred Talk: The Art of a Picture Book – Tuesday, April 9
WE3 Seminar for First Time Home Buyer – Wednesday, April 10
Lake Erie MBA Information Session – Wednesday, April 10
Hiram College: Meet the Accounting Grads – Wednesday, April 17
University of Toledo Information Session – Wednesday, April 17
Earth Day Celebration – Friday, April 19
LCCC Film Series Screening of “Shoplifters” – Friday, April 19
Jazz Band Concert – Saturday, April 20
Easter Brunch – Sunday, April 21
Performing Artists “Masters of Soul” – Wednesday, April 24
LCCC’s Theatre Program Production of ” Six Characters in Search of an Author” – Thursday, April 25 – Saturday, April 27
LCCC Film Series Screening of “Cinema Paradiso” – Friday, April 26
Civic Orchestra Concert – Saturday, April 27