Press Release
Posted October 8, 2020

Lorain County Community College now offers seven micro-credentials for low or no cost to those who are underemployed or unemployed through the State of Ohio’s Individual Micro-credential Assistance Program (IMAP).Student with laptop outside Campana Center

LCCC is one of 12 designated training locations in Ohio to offer a variety of short-term credentials through IMAP, which covers the cost of tuition, fees and textbooks up to $3,000. These industry-recognized credentials in the fields of coding, cyber-security, programming, data management, production, soldering and more can be completed in less than 16 weeks, and many programs are available completely online.

“LCCC is proud to partner with the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation and the Ohio Development Services Agency to provide funding for these short-term, industry recognized micro-credentials,” said LCCC President Marcia Ballinger, Ph.D. “These technology-focused credentials will help prepare our residents for the increasingly technology-infused economy.”

The LCCC programs through IMAP are:

•(ISC) 2 Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) – online program

•Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) – online program

•CompTIA A+ – online program

•CPA – C ++ Certified Associate Programmer – online program

•IPC J Standard CIT (fabrication)

•MSSC Certified Production Technician – online program

•Python Certified Associate in Programming (PCAP) – online program

These IMAP programs represent yet another opportunity LCCC provides for individuals to earn a certificate designed to increase employability and earnings in a short period of time. A similar program, Fast Track, offers 22 additional industry-recognized credentials at zero cost pending eligibility. Both programs provide industry-recognized credentials, career and interview coaching and connections to local employers.

Fast Track programs include:


• Accounting Clerk

• Guest Service in Hospitality

• Real Estate

• Project Management*

Health Care

• Emergency Medical Technician

• Medical Coding

• State Tested Nursing Assistant

Information Technology

• Computer Diagnostics and CompTIA A+ Certification Prep

• Computer Networking and CompTIA

• Computer Information Systems – Software Development

• Computer Information Systems – Web Design Fundamentals


• Electronics Fabrication

•Environmental and Safety Technician

• Industrial Safety Technology/Technician

• Machining Technician

• Welding Technician and AWS-3F Certification

• Additive Manufacturing*

• Assembly*

• Engineering*

• Machining*

• Maintenance*

• Quality*

*Non-credit programs

For more information on training through IMAP or Fast Track programs at LCCC, visit, call (440) 366-4856 or email