LCCC Graduates Get Advice From Former Board Member

{mosimage}Lorain County Community College and University Partnership graduates got some advice from Richard Desich, founder of Equity Trust and a LCCC Board of Trustees Emeritus, during the College’s 47th annual commencement.

"Be persistent in reaching your goals; do not be afraid of failure," Desich told the graduates and their families. "Many people fail, but continue and later become successful."

LCCC honored 1,144 graduates and 317 University Partnership graduates during the ceremony Saturday, May 7 in the LCCC Ewing Activities Center. Desich’s commencement address centered on the theme of "Inspiring Dreams. Creating Futures."

This year 77 students received two degrees, five received three degrees and one received four degrees for a total of 1,234 degrees awarded. LCCC’s graduating class received two-year associate degrees in arts, applied business, applied science, science, individualized studies and technical studies. One-year technical certificates were also awarded.

An additional 317 students were honored for earning bachelor’s and or master’s degrees from the eight universities in the LCCC University Partnership program.

More than 570 LCCC and University Partnership students participated in this year’s commencement ceremony. They were recognized individually by name as they crossed the stage and received their diplomas from LCCC President Dr. Roy A. Church.

Desich – who was a LCCC Board of Trustees member for 35 years and started three businesses during his career­ – added it was important for graduates to keep looking forward. "As you start your advancement in life, it’s like climbing a mountain. As you climb this mountain, you should never look back. Keep moving forward," Desich said.

"As the class of 2011, these graduates are not only the leaders of tomorrow, but the inspiration for us and all future LCCC and University Partnership graduates. They are now ready to carry forward with the inspiration of hard work and dedication to create their own futures," said LCCC President Dr. Roy A. Church.

Annie Croft of Elyria is poised to earn a bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies from Cleveland State University through the University Partnership. Having the UP here at LCCC made it possible for her to achieve her goal of earning a bachelor’s degree while working full time and being a full-time mom.

"Without the convenience of the UP, my education would have been on the backburner," Croft said.

Yorki Encalada Egusquiza first visited LCCC in 2004 as an exchange student. The Peru native then moved in with a host family in Oberlin in 2005 and enrolled at LCCC. He earned an associate’s of arts degree in 2008, but his real goal was a bachelor’s degree from Ashland University through the University Partnership.

He earned his Bachelor of Science in Education degree from Ashland graduating Summa Cum Laude in December. He will march in Saturday’s commencement exercise.

"Everything from the quality professors, to the academic advisers, to the friends I met on campus contributed to a wonderful education," he said. "This foundational experience at LCCC enabled me to continue my education here through the University Partnership."

Also this year the fourth class of Early College High School students graduated. This group of 52 students from Lorain and 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.

"Being in Early College made me feel like I’m part of a close-knit family. This family supported me when I was struggling, guided me when I didn’t know what to do, told me what’s right when I was wrong, and gave me opportunities to lead when I wanted to shine. This family gave me support, guidance, and opportunity that I needed," said Sixto Anthony Torres of Lorain. "All I needed was the will to listen, learn, and succeed."

Also graduating from LCCC with associate of arts degrees are 15 Post Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) students representing 10 different school districts. 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.

"The big advantage in taking PSEO classes for me was to help me get core classes out of the way before I transfer on to a four-year college," said Elise Sedlock from Columbia High School. "This way I will be going on to college with two years under my belt."

LCCC Graduates Get Advice From Former Board Member

{mosimage}Lorain County Community College and University Partnership graduates got some advice from Richard Desich, founder of Equity Trust and a LCCC Board of Trustees Emeritus, during the College’s 47th annual commencement.

"Be persistent in reaching your goals; do not be afraid of failure," Desich told the graduates and their families. "Many people fail, but continue and later become successful."

LCCC honored 1,144 graduates and 317 University Partnership graduates during the ceremony Saturday, May 7 in the LCCC Ewing Activities Center. Desich’s commencement address centered on the theme of "Inspiring Dreams. Creating Futures."

This year 77 students received two degrees, five received three degrees and one received four degrees for a total of 1,234 degrees awarded. LCCC’s graduating class received two-year associate degrees in arts, applied business, applied science, science, individualized studies and technical studies. One-year technical certificates were also awarded.

An additional 317 students were honored for earning bachelor’s and or master’s degrees from the eight universities in the LCCC University Partnership program.

More than 570 LCCC and University Partnership students participated in this year’s commencement ceremony. They were recognized individually by name as they crossed the stage and received their diplomas from LCCC President Dr. Roy A. Church.

Desich – who was a LCCC Board of Trustees member for 35 years and started three businesses during his career­ – added it was important for graduates to keep looking forward. "As you start your advancement in life, it’s like climbing a mountain. As you climb this mountain, you should never look back. Keep moving forward," Desich said.

"As the class of 2011, these graduates are not only the leaders of tomorrow, but the inspiration for us and all future LCCC and University Partnership graduates. They are now ready to carry forward with the inspiration of hard work and dedication to create their own futures," said LCCC President Dr. Roy A. Church.

Annie Croft of Elyria is poised to earn a bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies from Cleveland State University through the University Partnership. Having the UP here at LCCC made it possible for her to achieve her goal of earning a bachelor’s degree while working full time and being a full-time mom.

"Without the convenience of the UP, my education would have been on the backburner," Croft said.

Yorki Encalada Egusquiza first visited LCCC in 2004 as an exchange student. The Peru native then moved in with a host family in Oberlin in 2005 and enrolled at LCCC. He earned an associate’s of arts degree in 2008, but his real goal was a bachelor’s degree from Ashland University through the University Partnership.

He earned his Bachelor of Science in Education degree from Ashland graduating Summa Cum Laude in December. He will march in Saturday’s commencement exercise.

"Everything from the quality professors, to the academic advisers, to the friends I met on campus contributed to a wonderful education," he said. "This foundational experience at LCCC enabled me to continue my education here through the University Partnership."

Also this year the fourth class of Early College High School students graduated. This group of 52 students from Lorain and 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.

"Being in Early College made me feel like I’m part of a close-knit family. This family supported me when I was struggling, guided me when I didn’t know what to do, told me what’s right when I was wrong, and gave me opportunities to lead when I wanted to shine. This family gave me support, guidance, and opportunity that I needed," said Sixto Anthony Torres of Lorain. "All I needed was the will to listen, learn, and succeed."

Also graduating from LCCC with associate of arts degrees are 15 Post Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) students representing 10 different school districts. 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.

"The big advantage in taking PSEO classes for me was to help me get core classes out of the way before I transfer on to a four-year college," said Elise Sedlock from Columbia High School. "This way I will be going on to college with two years under my belt."

LCCC Graduates Get Advice From Former Board Member

{mosimage}Lorain County Community College and University Partnership graduates got some advice from Richard Desich, founder of Equity Trust and a LCCC Board of Trustees Emeritus, during the College’s 47th annual commencement.

"Be persistent in reaching your goals; do not be afraid of failure," Desich told the graduates and their families. "Many people fail, but continue and later become successful."

LCCC honored 1,144 graduates and 317 University Partnership graduates during the ceremony Saturday, May 7 in the LCCC Ewing Activities Center. Desich’s commencement address centered on the theme of "Inspiring Dreams. Creating Futures."

This year 77 students received two degrees, five received three degrees and one received four degrees for a total of 1,234 degrees awarded. LCCC’s graduating class received two-year associate degrees in arts, applied business, applied science, science, individualized studies and technical studies. One-year technical certificates were also awarded.

An additional 317 students were honored for earning bachelor’s and or master’s degrees from the eight universities in the LCCC University Partnership program.

More than 570 LCCC and University Partnership students participated in this year’s commencement ceremony. They were recognized individually by name as they crossed the stage and received their diplomas from LCCC President Dr. Roy A. Church.

Desich – who was a LCCC Board of Trustees member for 35 years and started three businesses during his career­ – added it was important for graduates to keep looking forward. "As you start your advancement in life, it’s like climbing a mountain. As you climb this mountain, you should never look back. Keep moving forward," Desich said.

"As the class of 2011, these graduates are not only the leaders of tomorrow, but the inspiration for us and all future LCCC and University Partnership graduates. They are now ready to carry forward with the inspiration of hard work and dedication to create their own futures," said LCCC President Dr. Roy A. Church.

Annie Croft of Elyria is poised to earn a bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies from Cleveland State University through the University Partnership. Having the UP here at LCCC made it possible for her to achieve her goal of earning a bachelor’s degree while working full time and being a full-time mom.

"Without the convenience of the UP, my education would have been on the backburner," Croft said.

Yorki Encalada Egusquiza first visited LCCC in 2004 as an exchange student. The Peru native then moved in with a host family in Oberlin in 2005 and enrolled at LCCC. He earned an associate’s of arts degree in 2008, but his real goal was a bachelor’s degree from Ashland University through the University Partnership.

He earned his Bachelor of Science in Education degree from Ashland graduating Summa Cum Laude in December. He will march in Saturday’s commencement exercise.

"Everything from the quality professors, to the academic advisers, to the friends I met on campus contributed to a wonderful education," he said. "This foundational experience at LCCC enabled me to continue my education here through the University Partnership."

Also this year the fourth class of Early College High School students graduated. This group of 52 students from Lorain and 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.

"Being in Early College made me feel like I’m part of a close-knit family. This family supported me when I was struggling, guided me when I didn’t know what to do, told me what’s right when I was wrong, and gave me opportunities to lead when I wanted to shine. This family gave me support, guidance, and opportunity that I needed," said Sixto Anthony Torres of Lorain. "All I needed was the will to listen, learn, and succeed."

Also graduating from LCCC with associate of arts degrees are 15 Post Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO) students representing 10 different school districts. 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.

"The big advantage in taking PSEO classes for me was to help me get core classes out of the way before I transfer on to a four-year college," said Elise Sedlock from Columbia High School. "This way I will be going on to college with two years under my belt."

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