President's Message

Welcome to Lorain County Community College! As your community college, LCCC offers you a path to your dreams.  Our first priority is your academic and career success.  We have a 54-year history of providing access to education that creates opportunities for upward economic mobility. In fact, since 2005 LCCC has welcomed more than 51,000 new students raising Lorain County’s educational attainment by 21 percent in associate degrees, 29 percent in bachelor’s degrees and 49 percent in master’s degrees.

To help you get started on your path, we’ve designed academic programs that lead to in-demand jobs and careers. Whether you already have a career in mind or are looking to explore career options, we have designed our academic pathways so that you don’t have to worry about taking excess classes that don’t count toward your major. We offer a wide variety of certificates and degrees—from short-term certificates that provide practical job skills, to one-year certificates that improve your marketability, and two-year associate degrees. At LCCC, you can learn everything from accounting to web development and from creative arts to digital forensics and engineering. Career Services helps students prepare for and secure internships and work-based learning experiences connecting them to employers prior to graduation.  The quality of our programs is reflected in the success of our students. LCCC has the highest total 3-year success rate in the state among two-year colleges, and this year two LCCC students earned prestigious national distinctions for their academic achievement, leadership, and service. University Partnership student Daniel Truitt was named a Coca-Cola New Century Scholar and Brandon Holcomb was named a Coca-Cola Academic Team Silver Scholar and both were also named to the All-Ohio First Academic Team.

Many LCCC students have the opportunity to distinguish themselves through our University Partnership program. More than 5,200 students have earned their bachelor’s or master’s degrees right here on our campus thanks to the vision and support of Lorain countians.  Now, nearly 20 years since its inception, LCCC offers more than 50 bachelor’s and master’s degree programs through partnerships with 13 universities, providing a tremendous cost savings for local families. Our University Partnership is one reason LCCC leads all Ohio community colleges in the percentage of its students who complete a bachelor’s degree once they transfer. 

For those with a passion for innovation and who dream of starting their own business, we have programs and services designed to support entrepreneurship.  LCCC’s Business Growth Services, our new Patsie C. and Delores Jeneé Campana Center for Ideation and Invention, and our NEO LaunchNET are all designed to help entrepreneurs and start-up businesses take their ideas to market, and provide the support and guidance they need along the way.  LCCC’s Unity Lab graphic design studio and the 247 Group, an IT business, are two examples of successful student-run businesses that developed with the support of NEO LaunchNET.  Both will be located in the new Campana Center for Ideation and Invention, which will promote innovation and job growth in Northeast Ohio by providing students and the community access to cutting-edge digital manufacturing and fabrication capabilities. 

LCCC also provides services and support to ensure you have every opportunity to achieve your dream.  We have an Academic Support Center for students who would like help with their studies, as well as an Accessibility Services office dedicated to providing support to our students with disabilities. Our Children’s Learning Center provides child care for children of LCCC students and houses our Early Childhood Education Laboratory School. The Women’s Link Resource Center provides a variety of support services to students, while our Counseling office offers students in crisis the chance to work with licensed counselors and social workers on a one-on-one basis. Veterans at LCCC will find the Veterans Service Center to be a central location for questions about educational benefits, enrollment certification, and other support offered. We also offer a CARE Center (Caring Advocates for Addiction and Recovery) for students and their families who have been impacted by addiction.

When you step out of the classroom, invest in your own success by getting involved. LCCC has over 25 clubs and organizations, as well as a theater, choir, band, orchestra, radio station, television station, and an award-winning college newspaper, the Collegian.  LCCC is also part of the NJCAA, and our varsity sports include women’s volleyball, basketball, cross country and fast pitch softball. For men, varsity sports include cross country, basketball and baseball.  This year LCCC’s student athletes earned numerous individual awards, and the men’s basketball team won the 2017 Region 12 Championship.  A variety of club sports and intramural opportunities are available as well.

To help you make your dream a reality, we work hard to keep your education accessible and affordable.  Lorain County Community College has again been named one of the most affordable community colleges in the nation by the U.S. Department of Education.  LCCC is one of only two Ohio two-year colleges to be included in the 2016 list of institutions recognized for its affordability. This national recognition reflects the long-standing commitment ensuring that quality higher education is within your reach.  While we keep the cost of a college education low, our programs also prepare students to earn more after they graduate.  In fact, LCCC scored the highest among all Ohio community colleges in earnings for graduates in a recent value-added report by the Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institute, and Payscale.com recognized LCCC as among the top 50 community colleges in the U.S. for highest paid graduates. 

As the president of your community college, I believe every dream matters. I encourage you to explore our college catalog and website to learn more about how LCCC can help you achieve your academic and career goals.

So welcome to Lorain County Community College. Let’s get started down your path!

Marcia J. Ballinger, Ph. D.
President
Lorain County Community College