An anticipated 60 new, paid internships will be created during the 2017-2018 academic year at Lorain County Community College thanks to a two-year, $127,020 Career Ready Internship Grant from Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation & Affiliates.
“Internships are an important avenue for students to apply what they have learned in class in real work situations,” said Marcia Jones, manager of LCCC’s Career Services. “It’s also a great way for graduates to get a foot in the door at a local company. About 67 percent of students who participate in internships get hired by the same employer.”
“Paid internships benefit students, colleges and employers,” said Richard D. George, Great Lakes president and chief executive officer. “Students gain meaningful workplace skills and are more likely to earn degrees and use their internship experiences to help secure good jobs upon graduation. Colleges will see increased completion and job placement rates, and employers gain a pipeline to fresh talent. It’s a win-win-win.”
LCCC is one of 16 two-year institutions across Arkansas, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, Ohio, and Wisconsin that received a combined $2.1 million to create over 1,000 internships. It is only one of three community colleges in Ohio that received the grant. LCCC will collaborate with businesses and nonprofit organizations to provide the greatest number of current and future students with an educational opportunity they might not otherwise have.
“With this two-year Career Ready Internship grant, LCCC students nearing graduation will gain valuable work experience with local non-profits,” said Marcia Jones, manager of LCCC’s Career Services.
LCCC will spend the spring and summer of 2017 on administrative planning, employer outreach, and student recruitment, and will begin placing students in paid internships in September 2017. The Great Lakes grant period continues through May 2018.
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Knowing that education has the power to change lives for the better, Great Lakes Higher Education Corporation & Affiliates was established as a nonprofit group focused on a single objective: helping students nationwide prepare for and succeed in postsecondary education and student loan repayment. As a leading student loan guarantor and servicer, Great Lakes has been selected by the U.S. Department of Education to provide assistance and repayment planning to more than 8 million borrowers—as well as assistance to colleges and lenders nationwide. The group’s earnings support one of the largest and most respected education philanthropy programs in the country. Since 2006, Great Lakes has committed over $172 million in grant funding to promote higher education access and completion for students of color, low-income students, and first-generation students. For additional information, visit home.mygreatlakes.org.