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.