Located in Northern Ohio, Lorain County Community College offers a great education in the Great Lakes area for students who want to get an inexpensive jump on a four-year degree or polish up the resume by getting an additional career certification.
Lorain County Community College is one of the “mega” community colleges that have sprung up throughout the Great Lakes region, and has an enrollment of more than 10,000 students. Because of the large campus, it’s hard to tell the difference between LCCC and a four-year institution. The size can be advantageous, as the funding brought by a larger enrollment allows the college to provide high quality educational programs. However, despite it’s large size, Lorain offers the traditional benefit of a community college, the ability to complete the first two years of core academics and required courses while paying a tuition smaller than that of a four-year institution.
Lorain County Community College offers more than 80 associate’s degrees and career certification programs. Career certification programs provide students with a quick credential they can use to polish up their resumes to make them more employable. These programs are particularly sought after by recently displaced workers, who quickly want to learn a more marketable skill. LCCC offers a number of career certificate programs in areas such as criminal justice, accounting and office work, cosmetology, etc.
The most popular majors at the school include social sciences and liberal arts, liberal arts and humanities, liberal arts and sciences and registered nursing. The school also has a very well-regarded music program.
An increasing number of colleges and universities throughout the U.S. are offering distance learning courses to provide greater convenience to non-traditional students. These students, most of whom are older than the typical college student, often have work and job responsibilities that interfere with a traditional college schedule. Distance learning courses offer courses via teleconferencing and videos over the Internet. Students may have to come in to take exams or for a few classroom activities, but for the most part, students can do class work and listen to lectures at their convenience in their homes. Lorain Community College’s distance learning programs have been given a “best practices in student services” recognition from the Ohio Learning Network.
Another unique program of Lorain Community College is its University Partnership program, which partners the college with other community colleges throughout the state to help Lorain Community College students obtain bachelor’s and master’s degrees without having to move to attend a four-year university. For non-traditional students with work and family responsibilities, having a four-year or master’s program available locally removes a major obstacle to their pursuit of higher education.
The University Partnership program offers 40 bachelor’s and master’s degree programs from eight colleges and universities: Kent State University, Bowling Green State University, Cleveland State University, Ashland University, Ohio State University, the University of Akron, the University of Toledo and Youngstown State University.
The college was recognized in 2001 and again in 2006 with the Ohio Partnership for Excellence’s Achievement for Excellence award.
Lorain County Community College is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools which accredits schools in Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
Most Popular Fields of Study
Lorain County Community College has a fairly liberal admissions policy and is open to just about anyone with a high school diploma or GED. Students without these certificates may be admitted on a case by case basis. Students applying to the college should submit high school transcripts and standardized test scores. All new students will take a placement test to determine whether they will need to take remedial courses.
The college has no deadline for applications, however, for consideration for scholarships, students are encouraged to get their applications in before April 15 prior to fall semester.
Some programs in the college do have a selective admissions process that takes into account things such as college GPA, prerequisite courses, etc. These programs include many of the college’s allied health and nursing programs.
As of May 2011, the university does not charge an application fee.
Students applying to Lorain County Community College are eligible for federal grants and student loans. There are also a number of grants and scholarships offered by the state of Ohio, the college and other organizations that students may be eligible for. In 2010, the Lorain County Community College Foundation alone gave more than $600,000 in scholarships, not counting other scholarships awarded by various other organizations.
For example, the college’s President’s Scholarships give recent graduates of high schools in Lorain County who have a GPA of higher than 3.4 an award that will cover 40 credit hours of college tuition at Lorain County Community College over a two year period. Students must maintain a 2.5 cumulative GPA each semester to keep the scholarship.
For math, science, engineering and technology students, LCCC offers the Chose Ohio First Scholarship, which is limited to Ohio residents. The scholarship program awards full and partial tuition. Students must have a 3.0 GPA to qualify.
These are just some of the scholarships available at LCCC. Academic performance is not the sole criteria for all scholarships, some take many other factors into consideration, including ethnicity, career path, etc.
Students are urged to apply for scholarship aid early, as many scholarships are first come, first served.
The college’s office of financial aid also stands ready to help students find other grants and scholarships they may be eligible for. The school’s website, has a helpful list of scholarships that students can use to see which awards they may be eligible for.
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Lorain Community College is a big campus with many students. While there are many traditional community college students, that is students fresh out of high school seeking to complete a two-year degree before transferring to another institution, there are also many non-traditional students, students who are older and who may have come back to start college for the first time or to earn a credential for employment.
The majority of students at Lorain County Community College attend classes part-time, which would suggest that most students there are non-traditional students.
Like most college campuses, Lorain County Community College is predominately female. Whites make up the largest racial group, although the college also has a substantial population of black and Hispanic students.
Lorain County Community College offers a wide variety of campus activities for students. There are more than 35 recognized student clubs and organizations, including academic and professional groups.
The college also offers a variety of club sports, including rugby.
The college newspaper is called The Collegian.
A key draw at the college is the Stocker Arts Center, which has a 994 seat main theatre and other smaller venues. The center has had more than a million visitors since opening in 1985 and is the frequent site of music and other events, including the college’s Great Minds series, which regularly draws outstanding speakers.
Because many Lorain County Community College students have children, the college offers a Children’s Learning Center where children can be engaged in active, educational activities while their parents attend class at the college.
Located in Elyria, Ohio, LCCC is located in a small city of more than 50,000 residents. The college draws in students from throughout the surrounding area. One key attraction that newcomers to the area will want to check out is Cascade Park. The park is set in a ravine carved out by the same glaciers that created the Great Lakes. The park is a great area for students who want to check out the natural beauty of the Great Lakes region.
Student Enrollment Demographics
Lorain County Community College is a NJCAA school and competes in the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference.
Lorain Community College offers the following sports: men’s basketball, baseball and golf; and women’s basketball, fastpitch softball and volleyball.
Players from the men’s golf team competed in the NJCAA Region 12 D-III Championship and in the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference Championship in 2010.
Lorain County Community College athletic teams are nicknamed the Ducks. Colors are black and white.
Lorain County Community College has a long tradition of providing needed services through community outreach programs. The college has a dental hygiene clinic where local residents can come for low-cost, basic dental services.
Family Fest is an annual college event that occurs each October. It’s essentially a big open house where the college’s doors are opened to the community. Events include educational lectures and demonstrations, music and entertainment and activities for children. The event has been held for nearly 16 years.
Additional School Information
Lorain County Community College received a presidential visit from U.S. President Barack Obama in 2010. Obama visited the college and spoke about jobs and the econom
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