More Than 1,000 Grads Received Degrees From LCCC at 45th Graduation Ceremony

{mosimage}Lorain County Community College honored 1,091 graduates during its 45th annual commencement ceremony, Saturday, May 17 in the LCCC College Field House. Senator Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, gave this year’s commencement address. Brown is the first U.S. Senator from Lorain County.

In congratulating the graduates he told them they now have the opportunity to give something back to the community. He also praised LCCC as being one of the best community colleges in the nation. 

“LCCC is the fastest growing college in the entire state,” said Brown. “ What I know as a member of the Senate Education Committee is that Lorain County Community College is one of the best community colleges in the entire United States of America.”

This year 48 students received two degrees, 11 received three degrees and one received four degrees for a total of 1,164 degrees being awarded. And, 323 additional students were honored for earning bachelor’s and or master’s degrees from the eight universities in the LCCC University Partnership program.

Click on the video below to enjoy some highlights of the 2008 LCCC Commencement Ceremony.

 

 

The first class of Early College High School students also graduated May 17. This group of 30 students from Elyria earned both their high school diplomas and their associate’s of arts degrees.

Early College High School is an opportunity for students entering the ninth grade to participate in a combined high school and college experience with the goal of earning a high school diploma and a college associate’s degree at the same time. They must be first-generation college students.

{mosimage}LCCC’s graduating class received two-year associate degrees in arts, applied business, applied science, science, individualized studies and technical studies. Dr. Roy A. Church, LCCC president, also offered comments to the graduates dealing with the theme of “Transformation.” 

More than 400 LCCC and University Partnership students participated in the commencement ceremony. They were recognized individually by name as they crossed the stage and received their diplomas from Dr. Church.

“We are living in a time of transformation. Our economy is being transformed from a national economy to a global economy. To compete we must have a population that is educated and well trained to play its role in this global economy. Lorain County Community College continues to provide the education and training that will help transform the lives of more and more people in Lorain County and the region,” Church said.

Doug Bankston of Wellington transformed his life after a 20-year military career with an LCCC degree. He earned an associate of applied science in computer maintenance and networking.

“It’s been a long run for me. From the beginning of my military career until my retirement from the military in 1996 I attend various community colleges in several different states across the country,” he said. “LCCC is the best I’ve attended.”

Bankston, of Wellington, worked in several federal government jobs following his retirement from the military.  After settling in Wellington he decided it was also time to finish his degree and try to start a new career in the information technology field. “I’d love to land an IT job with a local school system or law enforcement agency. I’ve served my country for many years and would like to continue my public service,” he said. 

Bankston, who said he is “pushing 50”, encourages anyone to continue pursuing their dreams. “You’re never too old to start a career. My uncle became an anesthesiologist at the age of 60. So pursue anything you want to do,” he said.

Madeline Dotson, who is one of the first students to graduate from the Early College High School program, had to overcome family issues and personal doubt but believes that all made her stronger in her goal to get an education.

“In a strange way, our struggles have been a gift to me in my pursuit of education and without them I would not be the same person I am today,” Dotson said. “Frankly, I have surprised myself with my accomplishments. Doubt no longer dominates me. Fear is just a tool and if used correctly, can serve as a foundation for success.”

Also six Post Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) students graduated from LCCC with associate of arts degrees. The PSEO program allows high school students to earn college credits while in high school. In this program, students enroll in courses at LCCC and receive dual credit for high school requirements and college credit.

These students are: Nick Arlington of Firelands High School, Elizabeth Bailey of Columbia High School, Matt Deulley of Elyria High School, Jenna Mann of Firelands High School, Brian Runyon of Midview High School and Zak Ziegler of Wellington High School.

Many said their LCCC education has helped them become better prepared to continue on with their education at other colleges and universities. They also liked the challenge of taking college courses while in high school.

“The biggest benefit for me was getting the experience at a college. I’m not scared to go to a four year college now because I know what to expect,” Jenna Mann said.

Brian Runyon agreed with Mann about the gaining valuable experience attending LCCC gave him and added, “I chose the PSEO program because I saw that graduating college and high school at the same time would be a major accomplishment not many get to do.”

More Than 1,000 Grads Received Degrees From LCCC at 45th Graduation Ceremony

{mosimage}Lorain County Community College honored 1,091 graduates during its 45th annual commencement ceremony, Saturday, May 17 in the LCCC College Field House. Senator Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, gave this year’s commencement address. Brown is the first U.S. Senator from Lorain County.

In congratulating the graduates he told them they now have the opportunity to give something back to the community. He also praised LCCC as being one of the best community colleges in the nation. 

“LCCC is the fastest growing college in the entire state,” said Brown. “ What I know as a member of the Senate Education Committee is that Lorain County Community College is one of the best community colleges in the entire United States of America.”

This year 48 students received two degrees, 11 received three degrees and one received four degrees for a total of 1,164 degrees being awarded. And, 323 additional students were honored for earning bachelor’s and or master’s degrees from the eight universities in the LCCC University Partnership program.

Click on the video below to enjoy some highlights of the 2008 LCCC Commencement Ceremony.

 

 

The first class of Early College High School students also graduated May 17. This group of 30 students from Elyria earned both their high school diplomas and their associate’s of arts degrees.

Early College High School is an opportunity for students entering the ninth grade to participate in a combined high school and college experience with the goal of earning a high school diploma and a college associate’s degree at the same time. They must be first-generation college students.

{mosimage}LCCC’s graduating class received two-year associate degrees in arts, applied business, applied science, science, individualized studies and technical studies. Dr. Roy A. Church, LCCC president, also offered comments to the graduates dealing with the theme of “Transformation.” 

More than 400 LCCC and University Partnership students participated in the commencement ceremony. They were recognized individually by name as they crossed the stage and received their diplomas from Dr. Church.

“We are living in a time of transformation. Our economy is being transformed from a national economy to a global economy. To compete we must have a population that is educated and well trained to play its role in this global economy. Lorain County Community College continues to provide the education and training that will help transform the lives of more and more people in Lorain County and the region,” Church said.

Doug Bankston of Wellington transformed his life after a 20-year military career with an LCCC degree. He earned an associate of applied science in computer maintenance and networking.

“It’s been a long run for me. From the beginning of my military career until my retirement from the military in 1996 I attend various community colleges in several different states across the country,” he said. “LCCC is the best I’ve attended.”

Bankston, of Wellington, worked in several federal government jobs following his retirement from the military.  After settling in Wellington he decided it was also time to finish his degree and try to start a new career in the information technology field. “I’d love to land an IT job with a local school system or law enforcement agency. I’ve served my country for many years and would like to continue my public service,” he said. 

Bankston, who said he is “pushing 50”, encourages anyone to continue pursuing their dreams. “You’re never too old to start a career. My uncle became an anesthesiologist at the age of 60. So pursue anything you want to do,” he said.

Madeline Dotson, who is one of the first students to graduate from the Early College High School program, had to overcome family issues and personal doubt but believes that all made her stronger in her goal to get an education.

“In a strange way, our struggles have been a gift to me in my pursuit of education and without them I would not be the same person I am today,” Dotson said. “Frankly, I have surprised myself with my accomplishments. Doubt no longer dominates me. Fear is just a tool and if used correctly, can serve as a foundation for success.”

Also six Post Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) students graduated from LCCC with associate of arts degrees. The PSEO program allows high school students to earn college credits while in high school. In this program, students enroll in courses at LCCC and receive dual credit for high school requirements and college credit.

These students are: Nick Arlington of Firelands High School, Elizabeth Bailey of Columbia High School, Matt Deulley of Elyria High School, Jenna Mann of Firelands High School, Brian Runyon of Midview High School and Zak Ziegler of Wellington High School.

Many said their LCCC education has helped them become better prepared to continue on with their education at other colleges and universities. They also liked the challenge of taking college courses while in high school.

“The biggest benefit for me was getting the experience at a college. I’m not scared to go to a four year college now because I know what to expect,” Jenna Mann said.

Brian Runyon agreed with Mann about the gaining valuable experience attending LCCC gave him and added, “I chose the PSEO program because I saw that graduating college and high school at the same time would be a major accomplishment not many get to do.”

More Than 1,000 Grads Received Degrees From LCCC at 45th Graduation Ceremony

{mosimage}Lorain County Community College honored 1,091 graduates during its 45th annual commencement ceremony, Saturday, May 17 in the LCCC College Field House. Senator Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, gave this year’s commencement address. Brown is the first U.S. Senator from Lorain County.

In congratulating the graduates he told them they now have the opportunity to give something back to the community. He also praised LCCC as being one of the best community colleges in the nation. 

“LCCC is the fastest growing college in the entire state,” said Brown. “ What I know as a member of the Senate Education Committee is that Lorain County Community College is one of the best community colleges in the entire United States of America.”

This year 48 students received two degrees, 11 received three degrees and one received four degrees for a total of 1,164 degrees being awarded. And, 323 additional students were honored for earning bachelor’s and or master’s degrees from the eight universities in the LCCC University Partnership program.

Click on the video below to enjoy some highlights of the 2008 LCCC Commencement Ceremony.

 

 

The first class of Early College High School students also graduated May 17. This group of 30 students from Elyria earned both their high school diplomas and their associate’s of arts degrees.

Early College High School is an opportunity for students entering the ninth grade to participate in a combined high school and college experience with the goal of earning a high school diploma and a college associate’s degree at the same time. They must be first-generation college students.

{mosimage}LCCC’s graduating class received two-year associate degrees in arts, applied business, applied science, science, individualized studies and technical studies. Dr. Roy A. Church, LCCC president, also offered comments to the graduates dealing with the theme of “Transformation.” 

More than 400 LCCC and University Partnership students participated in the commencement ceremony. They were recognized individually by name as they crossed the stage and received their diplomas from Dr. Church.

“We are living in a time of transformation. Our economy is being transformed from a national economy to a global economy. To compete we must have a population that is educated and well trained to play its role in this global economy. Lorain County Community College continues to provide the education and training that will help transform the lives of more and more people in Lorain County and the region,” Church said.

Doug Bankston of Wellington transformed his life after a 20-year military career with an LCCC degree. He earned an associate of applied science in computer maintenance and networking.

“It’s been a long run for me. From the beginning of my military career until my retirement from the military in 1996 I attend various community colleges in several different states across the country,” he said. “LCCC is the best I’ve attended.”

Bankston, of Wellington, worked in several federal government jobs following his retirement from the military.  After settling in Wellington he decided it was also time to finish his degree and try to start a new career in the information technology field. “I’d love to land an IT job with a local school system or law enforcement agency. I’ve served my country for many years and would like to continue my public service,” he said. 

Bankston, who said he is “pushing 50”, encourages anyone to continue pursuing their dreams. “You’re never too old to start a career. My uncle became an anesthesiologist at the age of 60. So pursue anything you want to do,” he said.

Madeline Dotson, who is one of the first students to graduate from the Early College High School program, had to overcome family issues and personal doubt but believes that all made her stronger in her goal to get an education.

“In a strange way, our struggles have been a gift to me in my pursuit of education and without them I would not be the same person I am today,” Dotson said. “Frankly, I have surprised myself with my accomplishments. Doubt no longer dominates me. Fear is just a tool and if used correctly, can serve as a foundation for success.”

Also six Post Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) students graduated from LCCC with associate of arts degrees. The PSEO program allows high school students to earn college credits while in high school. In this program, students enroll in courses at LCCC and receive dual credit for high school requirements and college credit.

These students are: Nick Arlington of Firelands High School, Elizabeth Bailey of Columbia High School, Matt Deulley of Elyria High School, Jenna Mann of Firelands High School, Brian Runyon of Midview High School and Zak Ziegler of Wellington High School.

Many said their LCCC education has helped them become better prepared to continue on with their education at other colleges and universities. They also liked the challenge of taking college courses while in high school.

“The biggest benefit for me was getting the experience at a college. I’m not scared to go to a four year college now because I know what to expect,” Jenna Mann said.

Brian Runyon agreed with Mann about the gaining valuable experience attending LCCC gave him and added, “I chose the PSEO program because I saw that graduating college and high school at the same time would be a major accomplishment not many get to do.”

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