The Lorain County Community College Board of Trustees on April 24 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 Roy A. 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:
Computer Science and Engineering
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.”
MyUniversity is centered on a learning community framework, Church noted.
“The MyUniversity program provides access to learning pathways created with the student’s interest in mind while offering opportunities to develop academically, socially, and creatively. MyUniversity participants have access to an enriched educational experience by developing a plan that utilizes the best that their high school has to offer in conjunction with LCCC’s top-rated faculty,” Church said.
For more information, visit www.lorainccc.edu/ourpromise.
MyUniversity Key Facts:
• Students can earn an associate degree and high school diploma simultaneously –
but have the flexibility to participate when they are ready.
• Students can earn bachelor’s degree by age 20 to prepare for careers in
high-demand, well-paying jobs.
• MyUniversity can save students up to 80 percent of the cost of a bachelor’s degree.
• Includes onsite and ongoing academic and career advising.
• Enjoy full high school and college experience.