Lorain residents who are looking for personalized attention in their pursuit for higher education have two local options. The LCCC Lorain Learning Center at City Center, 201 W Erie, and the new LCCC Community Learning Center at Lorain High School, 2600 Ashland Ave., both offer degrees and certificates with a personal touch.
An open house of the LCCC Community Learning Center at Lorain High School will be held from 5-8 p.m., Thursday, September 8. At the open house, you will be able to:
- Tour the new LCCC facility
- Register for late-start fall classes that begin on September 26, October 17 and October 31
- Get help with the Federal Application for Free Student Aid (FAFSA)
- Have a free blood pressure screening conducted by students in health career fields
LCCC student Dorisa Johnson found a second home at the LCCC Lorain Learning Center and now continues to share her passion for Lorain and LCCC as a student worker at the new LCCC Community Learning Center at Lorain High School. Johnson, 21, is studying medical assisting with an administrative focus. She expects to graduate in 2018. Johnson aspires to work in the health field as a tribute to her father, who passed away in 2014.
“When he was alive I always played doctor to him, like changing his bandages, bringing him water, and so on. So once I lost him, I realized I wanted to go somewhere in the medical field so that I can make my dad proud,” Johnson said.
From her first interaction with the LCCC, Johnson said she felt welcome.
“Ever since I applied to this college, I became part of something bigger,” Johnson said. “I am a positive thinker, hard worker, and a dream catcher.”
Affordable classes close to her Lorain home initially drew Johnson to the LCCC Lorain Center. Once there, Johnson found she not only enjoyed the challenge of her classes but she also benefitted from personalized service and mentorship from the center’s coordinator, Dina Ferrer. Johnson began as a student worker at that LCCC Lorain Learning Center and now works at the LCCC Community Learning Center at Lorain High School.
“If it was not for her I wouldn’t know where I would be. Once I started working with her I never wanted to leave. She made me feel special, successful and appreciated,” Johnson said of Ferrer.
Building close relationships with students is something Ferrer puts at the forefront of both of the LCCC Lorain centers.
“Helping a student realize their potential is the best part of my job,” Ferrer said. “There are so many opportunities for the people of Lorain – right here in their city – with LCCC. Getting a degree or certificate, or even just taking a few classes can make a big difference in people’s lives.”
Studying and work at LCCC has given Johnson a new sense of purpose.
“My dad was my hope, my passion, but now I lean on LCCC,” Johnson said. “LCCC pushes me closer to my dreams and gives me a path to everything I want in life.”
Learn more about the LCCC Lorain Learning Center and the new LCCC Community Learning Center at Lorain High School at www.lorainccc.edu/lorain.