Press Release
Posted January 27, 2020

By the time Julian Colbert graduated from Clearview High School in June 2019, he had already earned two associate degrees from Lorain County Community College through College Credit Plus. Colbert learned about the CCP program while he was in ninth grade, and took his first college classes that year. Over the next four year, he challenged himself to earn an associate of arts and an associate of science – all tuition free through LCCC. Colbert took a combination of college classes offered inside his home high school and classes offered on the LCCC main campus in Elyria.

Julian Colbert stand in College Center at LCCC.
Julian Colbert

Colbert is now attending The Ohio State University on a full scholarship through the Morrill Scholars program. His mother, Randi Villa, said she knew CCP was the right choice for her son, who also excelled in high school athletics.

“To be able to take classes and get high school and college credit and still be able to play sports and have a social life was truly an amazing thing. I absolutely recommend it to everyone,” Villa said.
LCCC will host a series of information sessions for middle school and high school students interested in earning free college credit through CCP. Students and their parents are encouraged to attend.

The information sessions will be held:

• Tuesday, February 11 at 6:30 p.m. at LCCC’s Stocker Arts Center, Hoke Theatre, 1005 N Abbe Road, Elyria
• Tuesday, March 3 at 6:30 p.m. at LCCC University Partnership Ridge Campus, 32121 Lorain Road, North Ridgeville
• Wednesday, March 4 at 6:30 p.m. at LCCC Wellington Center, 151 Commerce Dr., Wellington
• Thursday, March 5 at 6:30 p.m. at LCCC Lorain Learning Center at City Center, 201 West Erie Ave., Lorain

Learn more and register for a session at

Students entering grades 7-12 in fall 2020 are encouraged to attend one session.

College Credit Plus allows students in grades 7-12 to earn college credit for free. Students can enroll in courses offered at LCCC or at their home school and receive dual credit for high school requirements and for college credit. These credits may be used at LCCC or for transfer to the college or university of choice after high school graduation. This state-funded program covers tuition, books and fees.

Last year, 43% of all Lorain County high school students graduated with college credit through College Credit Plus and LCCC, saving local families $6.5 million in tuition costs.

The College Credit Plus information sessions are open to local students and their parents and will discuss program benefits and cautions, admission procedures and participation criteria.

To learn more about College Credit Plus, visit or call the LCCC School and Community Partnerships office at (440) 366-4012.