The Second Chance program offers resources for students with a criminal record. Lorain County Community College is committed to helping you overcome barriers to academic success and future employment.
To learn more please complete the form below, or contact:
Second Chance Academic Advisor
Julie Ford, (440) 366-7664
Meanwhile, we have a network of student support services on campus to help you achieve your goals, enhance your overall confidence and increase your level of comfort as you navigate the college setting:
Career Services offers a wide range of services to help you with career decisions, professional development, securing internships, and your job search. Assistance is available to help you explore career options and make informed decisions taking your criminal record into consideration, as well as how to overcome barriers to employment.
Advisors are available to assist you with navigating through the challenges of higher education. Students and advisors work together to develop proactive strategies to address academic concerns and life challenges.
Women’s Link/Men’s Link is a special place on campus where you can obtain free, confidential help with both personal and academic concerns. It offers counseling, crisis intervention, legal services, a housing service, and short term emergency loans for students receiving financial aid.
The CARE Center is a partnership with Lorain County Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services and the Alcohol and Drug and Addiction Services Board of Lorain County. The Center provides programs and support services if you need help dealing with addiction issues or coping with family members who battle addiction. All services are free to the campus community.
In addition to the services available on campus, we encourage you tap into the following external resources:
Learn more about how a criminal record creates barriers to completing school and finding work in your chosen field. Also, find information on what you can do through the legal system to address criminal record barriers early.
- Criminal Records: What Every Student Should Know
- How Will My Record Affect Co-ops and What Can I Do About It?
- What Criminal Record Barriers Will Affect Me?
- Criminal Record Sealing
- Certificates of Qualification for Employment (CQEs)
Lorain County Re-entry Coalition
The Lorain County Re-Entry Coalition can connect you to services within the community to assist you. Resources include: healthcare; education, employment and benefits; substance abuse and mental health; food, clothing and housing; and personal and emotional support. (In addition, the Re-Entry Coalition facilitates monthly Citizens Circle meetings to provide additional guidance and assistance for successful re-entry into the community).