Spirit of Innovation Guides College in its Mission to Increase Access to Higher Education

A spirit of innovation in higher education has blossomed throughout Lorain County. This spirit has been encouraged by many things – chief among them the development of the University Partnership program at Lorain County Community College.

{mosimage}More than 4,000 people have earned bachelor’s or master’s degrees through LCCC’s University Partnership since it began impacting the lives of Lorain County residents in 1996. The University Partnership is Lorain County residents’ pathway to bachelor’s and master’s degrees as 12 colleges and universities, including The University of Akron, offer more than 40 degrees on the LCCC campus.

"The University Partnership is an innovative model that increases access to higher educational opportunities. It has helped prepare the citizens of Lorain County for the development of a new economy in Northeast Ohio," said Akron President Dr. Luis M. Proenza.

"By the year 2020 we know that 60 percent of all jobs in Ohio will require a college degree," Proenza continued. "Employers need a workforce that is skilled and knowledgeable."

The University of Akron was one of the first universities to join the University Partnership and now offers 10 of its bachelor’s degrees and two master’s degrees through the UP. 

Since the start of the UP, 488 residents have graduated from degree programs offered by The University of Akron through the UP, noted John Crooks, Associate Provost of the University Partnership.

"To compete globally our residents must have access to higher education. The University Partnership fosters knowledge creation on an individual level," Proenza said. "This is critical to ensuring a stronger and better prepared source of human capital for our employers to drawn upon."

Earning a bachelor’s degree will also increase the earning potential for graduates compared to those who only earn a high school diploma.  "It is estimated that those who earn a bachelor’s degree will earn on average $1 million more in a lifetime over high school graduates," Proenza said.

Bold thinking started the University Partnership, and LCCC is fortunate to have a visionary leader in LCCC President Roy A. Church, Proenza noted. "He hasn’t been afraid to take risks and take your community college in directions that others might never have imagined," he said.

The development of LCCC’s University Partnership was driven by the fact that at the time Lorain County ranked first in the state for associate degree holders, "… but dead last in bachelor and graduate degree attainment," Church said.

Lorain County has improved to seventh in the state in bachelor and graduate degree attainment since the UP opened.  "We have made great strides, but still have a long way to go," Church said.

In 1995 Lorain County voters approved a levy that gave birth to the University Partnership.  LCCC is asking voters to renew that 1.5-mil levy with a modest increase of 0.6 mils in November to keep the University Partnership strong and growing.

The unique partnership of a community college and four-year colleges and universities was the first of its kind in Ohio and has now been duplicated by other community colleges.  "You know it’s a great idea when others start to copy what you do," Proenza said of the University Partnership.

The University Partnership has allowed students who, for a variety of reasons, may not have been able to access what Akron has to offer an entirely new opportunity in learning, he noted. "It’s just an outstanding educational partnership that is creating better futures for residents of Lorain County," said Proenza.

Spirit of Innovation Guides College in its Mission to Increase Access to Higher Education

A spirit of innovation in higher education has blossomed throughout Lorain County. This spirit has been encouraged by many things – chief among them the development of the University Partnership program at Lorain County Community College.

{mosimage}More than 4,000 people have earned bachelor’s or master’s degrees through LCCC’s University Partnership since it began impacting the lives of Lorain County residents in 1996. The University Partnership is Lorain County residents’ pathway to bachelor’s and master’s degrees as 12 colleges and universities, including The University of Akron, offer more than 40 degrees on the LCCC campus.

"The University Partnership is an innovative model that increases access to higher educational opportunities. It has helped prepare the citizens of Lorain County for the development of a new economy in Northeast Ohio," said Akron President Dr. Luis M. Proenza.

"By the year 2020 we know that 60 percent of all jobs in Ohio will require a college degree," Proenza continued. "Employers need a workforce that is skilled and knowledgeable."

The University of Akron was one of the first universities to join the University Partnership and now offers 10 of its bachelor’s degrees and two master’s degrees through the UP. 

Since the start of the UP, 488 residents have graduated from degree programs offered by The University of Akron through the UP, noted John Crooks, Associate Provost of the University Partnership.

"To compete globally our residents must have access to higher education. The University Partnership fosters knowledge creation on an individual level," Proenza said. "This is critical to ensuring a stronger and better prepared source of human capital for our employers to drawn upon."

Earning a bachelor’s degree will also increase the earning potential for graduates compared to those who only earn a high school diploma.  "It is estimated that those who earn a bachelor’s degree will earn on average $1 million more in a lifetime over high school graduates," Proenza said.

Bold thinking started the University Partnership, and LCCC is fortunate to have a visionary leader in LCCC President Roy A. Church, Proenza noted. "He hasn’t been afraid to take risks and take your community college in directions that others might never have imagined," he said.

The development of LCCC’s University Partnership was driven by the fact that at the time Lorain County ranked first in the state for associate degree holders, "… but dead last in bachelor and graduate degree attainment," Church said.

Lorain County has improved to seventh in the state in bachelor and graduate degree attainment since the UP opened.  "We have made great strides, but still have a long way to go," Church said.

In 1995 Lorain County voters approved a levy that gave birth to the University Partnership.  LCCC is asking voters to renew that 1.5-mil levy with a modest increase of 0.6 mils in November to keep the University Partnership strong and growing.

The unique partnership of a community college and four-year colleges and universities was the first of its kind in Ohio and has now been duplicated by other community colleges.  "You know it’s a great idea when others start to copy what you do," Proenza said of the University Partnership.

The University Partnership has allowed students who, for a variety of reasons, may not have been able to access what Akron has to offer an entirely new opportunity in learning, he noted. "It’s just an outstanding educational partnership that is creating better futures for residents of Lorain County," said Proenza.

Spirit of Innovation Guides College in its Mission to Increase Access to Higher Education

A spirit of innovation in higher education has blossomed throughout Lorain County. This spirit has been encouraged by many things – chief among them the development of the University Partnership program at Lorain County Community College.

{mosimage}More than 4,000 people have earned bachelor’s or master’s degrees through LCCC’s University Partnership since it began impacting the lives of Lorain County residents in 1996. The University Partnership is Lorain County residents’ pathway to bachelor’s and master’s degrees as 12 colleges and universities, including The University of Akron, offer more than 40 degrees on the LCCC campus.

"The University Partnership is an innovative model that increases access to higher educational opportunities. It has helped prepare the citizens of Lorain County for the development of a new economy in Northeast Ohio," said Akron President Dr. Luis M. Proenza.

"By the year 2020 we know that 60 percent of all jobs in Ohio will require a college degree," Proenza continued. "Employers need a workforce that is skilled and knowledgeable."

The University of Akron was one of the first universities to join the University Partnership and now offers 10 of its bachelor’s degrees and two master’s degrees through the UP. 

Since the start of the UP, 488 residents have graduated from degree programs offered by The University of Akron through the UP, noted John Crooks, Associate Provost of the University Partnership.

"To compete globally our residents must have access to higher education. The University Partnership fosters knowledge creation on an individual level," Proenza said. "This is critical to ensuring a stronger and better prepared source of human capital for our employers to drawn upon."

Earning a bachelor’s degree will also increase the earning potential for graduates compared to those who only earn a high school diploma.  "It is estimated that those who earn a bachelor’s degree will earn on average $1 million more in a lifetime over high school graduates," Proenza said.

Bold thinking started the University Partnership, and LCCC is fortunate to have a visionary leader in LCCC President Roy A. Church, Proenza noted. "He hasn’t been afraid to take risks and take your community college in directions that others might never have imagined," he said.

The development of LCCC’s University Partnership was driven by the fact that at the time Lorain County ranked first in the state for associate degree holders, "… but dead last in bachelor and graduate degree attainment," Church said.

Lorain County has improved to seventh in the state in bachelor and graduate degree attainment since the UP opened.  "We have made great strides, but still have a long way to go," Church said.

In 1995 Lorain County voters approved a levy that gave birth to the University Partnership.  LCCC is asking voters to renew that 1.5-mil levy with a modest increase of 0.6 mils in November to keep the University Partnership strong and growing.

The unique partnership of a community college and four-year colleges and universities was the first of its kind in Ohio and has now been duplicated by other community colleges.  "You know it’s a great idea when others start to copy what you do," Proenza said of the University Partnership.

The University Partnership has allowed students who, for a variety of reasons, may not have been able to access what Akron has to offer an entirely new opportunity in learning, he noted. "It’s just an outstanding educational partnership that is creating better futures for residents of Lorain County," said Proenza.

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