President Obama’s Visit to LCCC Highlights Importance of Community Colleges

{mosimage}President Barack Obama’s visit to Lorain County Community College highlighted the importance of community colleges in the retraining and recovery efforts for the U.S. economy.

The president made Lorain County Community College the second stop on his “White House to Main Street Town Hall” tour on Friday, January 22. While at LCCC he met with students in the Alternative Energy Technology program and its Fab Lab before hitting the stage to address the crowd in LCCC’s Ewing Activities Center.

In an effort to spend some time out of Washington and talk to American families about what they are experiencing during these tough economic times, the president’s “White House to Main Street” tour is visiting communities across the country over the next several months. During these visits he is spending a day with members of the community and sharing ideas to rebuild the economy for the long term.

In 2009, President Obama’s American Graduation Initiative called upon the nation’s community colleges to help people gain the skills and knowledge needed for high-tech jobs and to help businesses maintain a workforce in order to compete in the global economy.

The initiative asks every American to commit to at least one year or more of higher education or career training and set a new national goal: by 2020, America will once again have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world. “To improve the quality of America’s schools and to lift up great community colleges like this one (LCCC) so that people are constantly learning and constantly retraining for the jobs of the 21st century,” President Obama said.

“President Obama has been extremely supportive of community colleges and we appreciate that. His visit sheds light on the role community colleges are playing in strengthening the economy,” said LCCC President Dr. Roy A. Church. “He got to see first hand that we’re not waiting for anyone else to drive our economic development. Through partnerships LCCC is stepping up and doing what it can with the resources available to make a constructive difference for our community.” 

When President Obama visited with students in the Alternative Energy program he got to see up close the training they receive in preparation to become wind turbine repair and maintenance professionals.

“That’s why we enacted initiatives that are beginning to give rise to a clean energy economy. That’s part of what’s going on in this community college. If we hadn’t done anything with the Recovery Act – talk to the people who are building wind turbines and solar panels – they would have told you their industry was about to collapse because credit had completely frozen,” President Obama said. “And now you’re seeing all across Ohio some of the new cutting-edge wind turbines and batteries that are going to be going into energy-efficient cars.”

LCCC student Josh Labonte, 25 from Elyria, said the president’s visit adds significance to what he’s doing. “I joined the wind turbine program because I wanted a job once I got a degree. To meet the president lets me know that I’m on the right track to doing something great. It’s not just a job anymore; I’ve got a purpose,” Labonte said.

Fellow student Anthony Whitmore, 48 from Elyria, agreed with Labonte.

“This was an excellent opportunity to highlight what’s going on here at the college and hopefully it will inspire some young people to want to explore opportunities in alternative energy,” Whitmore said. “I hope this opportunity will increase awareness of all the things that Lorain County Community College has to offer,” Whitmore added.

“I saw the great clean energy job training program here at Lorain County Community College and am thrilled to be able to spend some time with you,” President Obama said of his visit to the wind turbine lab.

President Obama also visited LCCC’s Fab Lab and met with Early College High School students there.

In collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), LCCC is one of three community colleges nationwide to develop a personal fabrication lab offering students of all ages and the community an opportunity to develop prototypes and stimulate innovation and entrepreneurship.

The Fab Lab provides off-the-shelf industrial tools and materials for people to experiment with and invent new objects. The Fab Lab at LCCC integrates digital fabrication experiences in support of the College’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) initiatives. The lab provides equipment that students, entrepreneurs and local residents can use to create objects that range from sensors to signs.

The set of tools curated by MIT include a computer-controlled laser cutter, a computer-controlled milling machine for household products, a precision milling machine for micron-size projects, a sign cutter and computer programming tools. In addition to helping start-up companies with rapid prototyping and testing models, the Fab Lab encourage cross-discipline activities among liberal arts, engineering and technology students and faculty.

“The experience of meeting the President of the United State was unimaginable. A year ago, you were watching him at the inauguration, and you didn’t think in a million years that you’d be meeting him a year later. My wildest dreams became a reality. It was pretty crazy,” said Early College High School student Chelsea Engle, 15, of Lorain.

Mark Ballard, 15 of Lorain, said the President’s visit will make him more “positive and thoughtful about things” because as a 15-year old he would never expect to meet the President. “Now, I’m like, ‘anything can happen. Go for the best’,” Ballard said. Ballard is also an Early College High School student.

While in Elyria, President Obama visited EMC Precision Machining where he talked with employees who told him that LCCC training helped them get their jobs. “They said, ‘We used to work in an old plant and got laid off and then came to LCCC and took a 6-month, 12-hour a day course that completely retrained us and that’s what got us these jobs’,” President Obama said.

To see photos and videos of the President’s visit to LCCC go to www.lorainccc.edu/townhall.

President Obama’s Visit to LCCC Highlights Importance of Community Colleges

{mosimage}President Barack Obama’s visit to Lorain County Community College highlighted the importance of community colleges in the retraining and recovery efforts for the U.S. economy.

The president made Lorain County Community College the second stop on his “White House to Main Street Town Hall” tour on Friday, January 22. While at LCCC he met with students in the Alternative Energy Technology program and its Fab Lab before hitting the stage to address the crowd in LCCC’s Ewing Activities Center.

In an effort to spend some time out of Washington and talk to American families about what they are experiencing during these tough economic times, the president’s “White House to Main Street” tour is visiting communities across the country over the next several months. During these visits he is spending a day with members of the community and sharing ideas to rebuild the economy for the long term.

In 2009, President Obama’s American Graduation Initiative called upon the nation’s community colleges to help people gain the skills and knowledge needed for high-tech jobs and to help businesses maintain a workforce in order to compete in the global economy.

The initiative asks every American to commit to at least one year or more of higher education or career training and set a new national goal: by 2020, America will once again have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world. “To improve the quality of America’s schools and to lift up great community colleges like this one (LCCC) so that people are constantly learning and constantly retraining for the jobs of the 21st century,” President Obama said.

“President Obama has been extremely supportive of community colleges and we appreciate that. His visit sheds light on the role community colleges are playing in strengthening the economy,” said LCCC President Dr. Roy A. Church. “He got to see first hand that we’re not waiting for anyone else to drive our economic development. Through partnerships LCCC is stepping up and doing what it can with the resources available to make a constructive difference for our community.” 

When President Obama visited with students in the Alternative Energy program he got to see up close the training they receive in preparation to become wind turbine repair and maintenance professionals.

“That’s why we enacted initiatives that are beginning to give rise to a clean energy economy. That’s part of what’s going on in this community college. If we hadn’t done anything with the Recovery Act – talk to the people who are building wind turbines and solar panels – they would have told you their industry was about to collapse because credit had completely frozen,” President Obama said. “And now you’re seeing all across Ohio some of the new cutting-edge wind turbines and batteries that are going to be going into energy-efficient cars.”

LCCC student Josh Labonte, 25 from Elyria, said the president’s visit adds significance to what he’s doing. “I joined the wind turbine program because I wanted a job once I got a degree. To meet the president lets me know that I’m on the right track to doing something great. It’s not just a job anymore; I’ve got a purpose,” Labonte said.

Fellow student Anthony Whitmore, 48 from Elyria, agreed with Labonte.

“This was an excellent opportunity to highlight what’s going on here at the college and hopefully it will inspire some young people to want to explore opportunities in alternative energy,” Whitmore said. “I hope this opportunity will increase awareness of all the things that Lorain County Community College has to offer,” Whitmore added.

“I saw the great clean energy job training program here at Lorain County Community College and am thrilled to be able to spend some time with you,” President Obama said of his visit to the wind turbine lab.

President Obama also visited LCCC’s Fab Lab and met with Early College High School students there.

In collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), LCCC is one of three community colleges nationwide to develop a personal fabrication lab offering students of all ages and the community an opportunity to develop prototypes and stimulate innovation and entrepreneurship.

The Fab Lab provides off-the-shelf industrial tools and materials for people to experiment with and invent new objects. The Fab Lab at LCCC integrates digital fabrication experiences in support of the College’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) initiatives. The lab provides equipment that students, entrepreneurs and local residents can use to create objects that range from sensors to signs.

The set of tools curated by MIT include a computer-controlled laser cutter, a computer-controlled milling machine for household products, a precision milling machine for micron-size projects, a sign cutter and computer programming tools. In addition to helping start-up companies with rapid prototyping and testing models, the Fab Lab encourage cross-discipline activities among liberal arts, engineering and technology students and faculty.

“The experience of meeting the President of the United State was unimaginable. A year ago, you were watching him at the inauguration, and you didn’t think in a million years that you’d be meeting him a year later. My wildest dreams became a reality. It was pretty crazy,” said Early College High School student Chelsea Engle, 15, of Lorain.

Mark Ballard, 15 of Lorain, said the President’s visit will make him more “positive and thoughtful about things” because as a 15-year old he would never expect to meet the President. “Now, I’m like, ‘anything can happen. Go for the best’,” Ballard said. Ballard is also an Early College High School student.

While in Elyria, President Obama visited EMC Precision Machining where he talked with employees who told him that LCCC training helped them get their jobs. “They said, ‘We used to work in an old plant and got laid off and then came to LCCC and took a 6-month, 12-hour a day course that completely retrained us and that’s what got us these jobs’,” President Obama said.

To see photos and videos of the President’s visit to LCCC go to www.lorainccc.edu/townhall.

President Obama’s Visit to LCCC Highlights Importance of Community Colleges

{mosimage}President Barack Obama’s visit to Lorain County Community College highlighted the importance of community colleges in the retraining and recovery efforts for the U.S. economy.

The president made Lorain County Community College the second stop on his “White House to Main Street Town Hall” tour on Friday, January 22. While at LCCC he met with students in the Alternative Energy Technology program and its Fab Lab before hitting the stage to address the crowd in LCCC’s Ewing Activities Center.

In an effort to spend some time out of Washington and talk to American families about what they are experiencing during these tough economic times, the president’s “White House to Main Street” tour is visiting communities across the country over the next several months. During these visits he is spending a day with members of the community and sharing ideas to rebuild the economy for the long term.

In 2009, President Obama’s American Graduation Initiative called upon the nation’s community colleges to help people gain the skills and knowledge needed for high-tech jobs and to help businesses maintain a workforce in order to compete in the global economy.

The initiative asks every American to commit to at least one year or more of higher education or career training and set a new national goal: by 2020, America will once again have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world. “To improve the quality of America’s schools and to lift up great community colleges like this one (LCCC) so that people are constantly learning and constantly retraining for the jobs of the 21st century,” President Obama said.

“President Obama has been extremely supportive of community colleges and we appreciate that. His visit sheds light on the role community colleges are playing in strengthening the economy,” said LCCC President Dr. Roy A. Church. “He got to see first hand that we’re not waiting for anyone else to drive our economic development. Through partnerships LCCC is stepping up and doing what it can with the resources available to make a constructive difference for our community.” 

When President Obama visited with students in the Alternative Energy program he got to see up close the training they receive in preparation to become wind turbine repair and maintenance professionals.

“That’s why we enacted initiatives that are beginning to give rise to a clean energy economy. That’s part of what’s going on in this community college. If we hadn’t done anything with the Recovery Act – talk to the people who are building wind turbines and solar panels – they would have told you their industry was about to collapse because credit had completely frozen,” President Obama said. “And now you’re seeing all across Ohio some of the new cutting-edge wind turbines and batteries that are going to be going into energy-efficient cars.”

LCCC student Josh Labonte, 25 from Elyria, said the president’s visit adds significance to what he’s doing. “I joined the wind turbine program because I wanted a job once I got a degree. To meet the president lets me know that I’m on the right track to doing something great. It’s not just a job anymore; I’ve got a purpose,” Labonte said.

Fellow student Anthony Whitmore, 48 from Elyria, agreed with Labonte.

“This was an excellent opportunity to highlight what’s going on here at the college and hopefully it will inspire some young people to want to explore opportunities in alternative energy,” Whitmore said. “I hope this opportunity will increase awareness of all the things that Lorain County Community College has to offer,” Whitmore added.

“I saw the great clean energy job training program here at Lorain County Community College and am thrilled to be able to spend some time with you,” President Obama said of his visit to the wind turbine lab.

President Obama also visited LCCC’s Fab Lab and met with Early College High School students there.

In collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), LCCC is one of three community colleges nationwide to develop a personal fabrication lab offering students of all ages and the community an opportunity to develop prototypes and stimulate innovation and entrepreneurship.

The Fab Lab provides off-the-shelf industrial tools and materials for people to experiment with and invent new objects. The Fab Lab at LCCC integrates digital fabrication experiences in support of the College’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) initiatives. The lab provides equipment that students, entrepreneurs and local residents can use to create objects that range from sensors to signs.

The set of tools curated by MIT include a computer-controlled laser cutter, a computer-controlled milling machine for household products, a precision milling machine for micron-size projects, a sign cutter and computer programming tools. In addition to helping start-up companies with rapid prototyping and testing models, the Fab Lab encourage cross-discipline activities among liberal arts, engineering and technology students and faculty.

“The experience of meeting the President of the United State was unimaginable. A year ago, you were watching him at the inauguration, and you didn’t think in a million years that you’d be meeting him a year later. My wildest dreams became a reality. It was pretty crazy,” said Early College High School student Chelsea Engle, 15, of Lorain.

Mark Ballard, 15 of Lorain, said the President’s visit will make him more “positive and thoughtful about things” because as a 15-year old he would never expect to meet the President. “Now, I’m like, ‘anything can happen. Go for the best’,” Ballard said. Ballard is also an Early College High School student.

While in Elyria, President Obama visited EMC Precision Machining where he talked with employees who told him that LCCC training helped them get their jobs. “They said, ‘We used to work in an old plant and got laid off and then came to LCCC and took a 6-month, 12-hour a day course that completely retrained us and that’s what got us these jobs’,” President Obama said.

To see photos and videos of the President’s visit to LCCC go to www.lorainccc.edu/townhall.

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