Army Reserves Capt. Jesse Christopher Collins is advancing his civilian and military careers with a University Partnership MBA

When Jesse Christopher Collins graduated from Firelands High School in Oberlin in 2004, he earned about 75 credits at Lorain County Community College before transferring to Bowling Green State University.

After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, with a specialization in finance, the Amherst resident wanted to continue his education, but the options were lacking — until, through its University Partnership, LCCC partnered with Lake Erie College to offer its Parker MBA program.

“Juggling work/life balance is hard enough; finding time to devote to an MBA program is hard for an adult working full time. LCCC makes it easier.”
Jesse Christopher Collins


“I put off grad school because I wouldn’t be engaged with an online program, and I didn’t want to drive to Cleveland for a classroom program,” says Collins, 31, a financial analyst at Mercy Regional Medical Center in Lorain. “Until the MBA program, I felt young professionals living in Lorain County were underserved in their higher education options for quality MBA programs. I chose LCCC’s MBA program due to its proximity to my home and the convenience factor. I also chose it because of the price.”

Collins is also a captain in the Army Reserves and needs a master’s degree to advance to the next level of major. He is currently inactive to pursue his MBA but plans to reactivate to continue pursuing his career in the reserves.

Increasing demand

There is a growing need for professionals with MBA credentials; labor market analytic companies Burning Glass and EMSI reports more than 300 open positions in Lorain County that require an MBA and more than 2,600 across the region. LCCC aims to help meet that need through its University Partnership program.

“Companies are looking for people who can take their technical skills and move into broader, larger leadership responsibilities,” says Robert Trebar, dean of the School of Business at Painesville-based Lake Erie College. “That’s what the MBA prepares them for.”

Prospective students told LCCC that a cost-effective program with face-to-face offerings was important. That led LCCC to partner with LEC to offer the Parker MBA.

“This partnership with Lake Erie College is an amazing opportunity for Lorain County residents to advance their careers, at a reasonable cost and close to home,” says John Crooks, LCCC’s associate provost for the University Partnership. “The MBA program is accredited by the International Assembly for College Business Education and fits well with LCCC’s work, which is focused on learning outcomes while providing access to coursework that fits with our students’ schedules.”