Press Release
Posted March 10, 2021

The Lorain County Early College High School (Early College) located on Lorain County Community College’s campus is now enrolling for the 2021-22 academic year. Early College is a combined high school and college experience supported by the Elyria City Schools and LCCC.

Early College allows students from all across Lorain County who are entering ninth grade to join Early College by open enrolling through Elyria City Schools. Elyria City Schools was an original founding partner in Early College High School and continues to be the anchor of the program today.

Students attending the program are able to earn their high school diploma and associate degree simultaneously at no cost in a small school setting.

In-person and virtual information sessions, depending on family preference and capacity, are scheduled this month for families to learn more about the program.

“The Lorain County Early College High School is a gem in our community and has proven to be a life-changer for its participants,” said Marcia J. Ballinger, LCCC President. “With a priority on low-income and first-generation college students, Early College has made a dramatic impact in students’ lives since 2004, with more than 700 graduates since the program began with 95 percent earning an associate degree and high school diploma simultaneously. We are delighted to continue our partnership with Elyria City Schools in order to make this program possible for students and their families throughout the county.”

“We’re proud to partner with LCCC to offer this opportunity to our students,” said Ann Schloss, Superintendent of Elyria City Schools. “In everything that we do, we are committed to the success of our students and we recognize the value in providing a robust package of programs and services that gives students every opportunity for success now and in the future.”

Students benefit from Early College’s individualized support and tutoring, a vibrant learning community with small class sizes, connections with college faculty mentors, access to collegiate level technology, labs and facilities and many unique extra-curricular activities spanning from STEM to the arts. As an example, many students engage in applied research by participating in LCCC’s Young Scientists program working alongside LCCC’s renowned faculty. Many also choose to participate in the music-based Rock Lab and get creative in the LCCC Fab Lab.

To learn more about the Early College High School opportunity, join us for one of the following information nights. Please RSVP here as there is a limited number of in-person seats available. Attending a session virtually is also available.

• Thursday, March 11 at 6:30 p.m. at Lorain County Community College in the Spitzer Conferencing Center. (In-person only. RSVP for this session not required but is appreciated.)

• Tuesday, March 23 at 6:30 p.m. at LCCC Lorain Learning Center at City Center 201 West Erie Ave in Lorain. (RSVP required)

• Thursday, March 25 at 6:30 p.m. at LCCC Lorain Learning Center at City Center 201 West Erie Ave in Lorain. (RSVP required)

Learn more information on Lorain County Early College High School, or call (440) 366-7689.


Early College High School was launched in 2004 with planning support by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Knowledge Works Foundation and local philanthropic sponsors. Elyria City Schools, Lorain City Schools and Lorain County Community College were the three founding members of the program. Recently, Lorain City Schools shared they would be phasing out their role as a founding member in Early College and will instead focus efforts on expanding college credit programs offered onsite at Lorain High School. In doing so, Lorain will continue to support current Lorain students actively enrolled in the program. Future Lorain students who want to enroll in Early College on the LCCC campus will still be able to participate by open enrolling through Elyria City Schools.