Posted February 23, 2021
Lorain County Community College offers pathways to a variety of careers in engineering fields, giving local people the training and choices they need for success.
February 22-26 is Engineers Week and LCCC is celebrating by highlighting engineering programs, graduates, and local industry connections. LCCC offers more than 30 associate degrees, bachelor’s degrees and certificates in engineering fields that lead to good paying jobs in Northeast Ohio.
“Higher education leads to better paying jobs and brighter futures. This is especially true for those who earn LCCC degrees and credentials in engineering fields,” said LCCC President Marcia J. Ballinger, Ph.D. “Our students today will be the engineers who solve problems and find creative solutions for tomorrow. That is invaluable as a community as we create a vibrant future together.”
LCCC engineering programs are designed with direct input from local employers, making LCCC graduates even more marketable in the local economy. In fact, many programs have a nearly 100 percent employment rate, including the LCCC’s MicroElectrical Mechanical Systems (MEMS) program. LCCC offers Ohio’s first applied bachelor’s degree in the ground-breaking MEMS field. The applied bachelor’s and associate degree programs include paid internships that often lead to full-time employment for students following graduation.
“Rarely have I found a curriculum that so directly correlates to future employment,” said LaGrange-based Vexos General Manager Brad Koury about LCCC’s MEMS degrees. “As a result, MEMS students, compared to other job candidates, are vastly more prepared to succeed.”
Vexos is one of more than a dozen local industry partners in the MEMS program eagerly hiring LCCC graduates. MEMS graduate Trey Brown said he appreciated the industry connections built into the curriculum.
“If you’re looking to get a degree and a job, this is the perfect program,” Brown said. “You’re getting paid to do an internship while attending school, and they work around your schedule because they support the program and want you to get that knowledge from LCCC. Employment is obviously the number one thing you want after you get a degree, and here you get it while you’re getting a degree. You couldn’t ask for anything else.”
LCCC also offers one-year and short-term certificates in MEMS. Virtual information sessions on all the options available in the MEMS program will be held:
- 2 p.m., Thursday, February 25
- 4 p.m., Friday, February 26
To register for an info session, visit http://www.lorainccc.edu/mems.
Another LCCC program with a near 100 percent employment rate is the computer science and engineering bachelor’s degree program offered by LCCC’s University Partnership and The University of Toledo. The program is offered at LCCC’s University Partnership Ridge Campus in North Ridgeville and includes mentorship and career connections through co-ops and internships.
Emilio Borges of North Ridgeville earned a bachelor’s degree in computer science and engineering and is now working as contractor for NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland. By earning his bachelor’s degree through LCCC’s University Partnership, he saved tens of thousands of dollars and was able to stay close to home.
“Once I discovered The University of Toledo was in the partnership and offered studies in both the hardware and software sides of computer studies, I was sold. It met my need for a great education at a very affordable price,” Borges said.
Learn more about the computer science and engineering bachelor’s degree at http://www.lorainccc.edu/cse.
For those looking to make a quick career change, LCCC’s Fast-Track training programs include engineering and pre-engineering options that can be completed in 16 weeks or less. Learn more at http://www.lorainccc.edu/fasttrack.
In addition to MEMS, computer science and fast-track programs, LCCC offers a wide variety of programs in engineering fields. To see all the offerings, visit http://www.lorainccc.edu/engineering.
LCCC degree and certificate programs in engineering include:
• Automation Engineering
• Computer Science and Engineering
• Digital Fabrication
• Electronic Engineering
• Engineering Technology
• Industrial Safety
• Manufacturing Engineering
• Mechatronics (MEMS)
LCCC University Partnership bachelor’s degree programs in engineering include:
• Computer Science and Engineering – The University of Toledo
• Computer Science and Engineering Technology -The University of Toledo
• Microelectronic Manufacturing (MEMS) – LCCC