LCCC adopts MyUniversity Plan; Second Phase of Our Promise Initiative
April 25, 2014: The Lorain County Community College Board of Trustees today launched a new initiative titled MyUniversity: a guarantee that embeds the ability for students to earn college credit and college degrees right at area high schools.
The MyUniversity plan is the second phase of Lorain County Community College’s “Our Promise” initiative, which began with a tuition guarantee announced in March, 2014. “This community has demonstrated its support of Lorain County Community College and the University Partnership program for 50 years and most recently with the passing of Issue 2 because they know quality higher education is critical for our future,” said LCCC President Dr. Roy Church. “MyUniversity is one significant way we are delivering on our promise to deepen the impact of the University Partnership program.”
MyUniversity will significantly increase the number of high school students in Lorain County and the surrounding area who can successfully earn free college credit while still in and at their high school.
MyUniversity will enable high school students to even go as far as earning an associate degree simultaneously with their high school diploma. Students can then continue on to earn a bachelor’s degree by as early as age 20 in high demand careers through LCCC’s University Partnership program.
In doing so, students can save over 80 percent of the cost of a bachelor’s degree through MyUniversity, essentially saving families tens of thousands of dollars in college debt.
“This program removes the traditional boundaries to college access and has the potential to significantly increase the number of Lorain County students with a degree that will help them compete in the global economy,” said LCCC President Dr. Roy Church.
This combined high school and college experience creates the roadmap for student success in college and beyond. It builds pathways to bachelor’s degrees in these areas: Business Administration, Computer Science and Engineering, Psychology, Education, Biology, Accounting, and IT – Computer Information Systems.
MyUniversity will also connect students to these and other careers earlier using LCCC’s MyPlan and the professionals in Career Services, “Who will help align academics and career goals through their resources, expertise and tools,” Church added.
Lorain City Schools with its Titan College along with the Avon Lake and Midview school districts are the first districts in Lorain County that have chosen to participate in the MyUniversity program.
MyUniversity is based on the success of programs like Titan College and the Early College High School. Titan College provides students in the Lorain City Schools with college classes that are taught on the Lorain High School campus. Students may enter Titan College at any grade level. Early College High School allows students starting in the ninth grade to participate in a combined high school and college experience on the LCCC campus. It is for first-generation college students from across Lorain County.
“The MyUniversity program gives students the chance to earn as little as one semester of college credit all the way up to a full associate degree while working toward their high school diploma. That can build momentum for them to achieve a bachelor’s degree,” said Avon Lake Superintendent Robert Scott.
“This program can help eliminate two years of college expense and save students up to 80 percent on the cost of a college education,” said Midview Schools Superintendent Scott Goggin, “while providing a robust high school and college experience.”
“With the average cost of student debt in Ohio reaching $30,000 for a university degree, this can help eliminate that debt,” Church said. “And LCCC has many scholarship opportunities that can further reduce the cost of your education.”
In March, LCCC’s Board of Trustees adopted the Tuition Guarantee that locks tuition and fee rates at the current level for students registering in fall of 2014 and spring of 2015 for up to three years or until the completion of their degree, whichever comes first.
For more information, visit www.lorainccc.edu/ourpromise.
“Faith Meets Faith: A Christian-Buddhist Encounter” at LCCC
Lorain County Sacred Landmarks Initiative will host “Faith Meets Faith: A Christian-Buddhist Encounter” at 7 p.m., Wednesday, April 30, 2014 in Stocker Arts Center’s Cinema Hall.
The interfaith dialogue is part of the Comparative Religion Seminar Series. The event is free and open to the public.
Ven. Shih Ying-Fa, abbot of CloudWater Zendo, and Fr. Nicholas R. A. Rachford, pastor of St. Nicholas Byzantine Catholic Church, will discuss the Buddhist and Christian meaning of compassion in contemporary society. The discussion will be moderated by Young Ko, director of Lorain County Sacred Landmarks Initiative and a professor at Lorain County Community College.
The Comparative Religion Seminar Series is sponsored by Lorain County Sacred Landmarks Initiative, the Honors Institute at LCCC, and the LCCC Arts and Humanities division.
For more information, contact the Lorain County Sacred Landmark Initiatives office at (440) 366-7110 or email [email protected].
LCCC to replace outdated lightening
April 21, 2014: State Reps. Dan Ramos (D-Lorain) and Matt Lundy (D-Elyria) have announced the release of $622,419 in state funding for updates to infrastructure at Lorain County Community College. The 2014 Campus Lighting Upgrades project will replace outdated lighting fixtures and install sensors to cut electrical costs and reduce energy use on campus. Officials estimate that the lighting improvements will save the school $160,000 annually.
“Any time a public institution like Lorain County Community College works to cut costs, we like to recognize their effort to save money for Ohio taxpayers,” said Rep. Lundy. “This project, along with saving money for the school and the public, also improves the learning environment for both students and teachers.”
By adding light sensors and replacing traditional bulbs with LED’s, the school aims to significantly reduce energy usage. The administration believes updates to the Spitzer Conference Center will decrease energy usage in the building by at least 50 percent. The project was competitively bid and awarded to South Shore Electric, Inc. of Elyria.
“I’m glad to see LCCC take the lead on implementing sustainability measures. It sends the right message to students, faculty and the community at large that energy concerns need to be taken seriously. This is a small, but important step in promoting a smart energy policies for Lorain County,” said Rep. Ramos.