The Lake Erie College Parker Master of Business Administration program has joined the Lorain County Community College University Partnership, giving students the opportunity to earn an MBA through flexible course offerings.
Applicants can start the program any semester – fall, spring or summer – and complete it at their own pace. Classes will begin this summer.
“Our new partnership with Lake Erie College is a remarkable opportunity for community members to advance their careers at a reasonable cost,” said LCCC President Marcia Ballinger, Ph.D. “The MBA program will act as a much-needed avenue for working professionals to gain leadership knowledge and skills through coursework that fits with their schedules.”
The need for individuals with MBA credentials is increasing in the county and region. According to Burning Glass and EMSI – both labor market analytic companies – there are 340 open positions in Lorain County and more than 2,600 across the region that require an MBA.
“We’re delighted to partner with Lorain County Community College, making our popular Parker MBA program available to professionals on the west side,” said LEC President Brian D. Posler, Ph.D. “Our distinguished faculty will continue to expand our partnership with LCCC to offer other programs in the future.”
Jim Walborn, co-founder and CCO of Banyan Technology, a freight management software and solutions provider, said the ability to access a talented workforce is a critical factor for companies to grow and prosper.
“You’re only as good as the people you hire, so it’s important to find qualified people,” Walborn said. “We cannot continue to grow without the right mix of highly educated professionals. And they have to be available in the talent pool when we are prepared to grow.”
Banyan Technology has grown from a staff of five in 2001 to a team of 42 today. “LCCC has helped us to find the necessary resources – including interns who have been hired as full-time employees – to help us grow. Adding the MBA to the University Partnership list of offerings will make it easier for people to prepare themselves for growth,” Walborn said.
Students can expect to complete the program in two years through LCCC’s University Partnership. Courses in the program will be held at LCCC’s University Center, a facility designed specifically for students enrolled in University Partnership degree programs. The program will offer two courses per semester on weekday evenings. Each course will meet once a week.
The Parker MBA program is conducted in a classroom-based face-to-face setting to facilitate the type of interaction and personal development that is at the core of developing organizational leadership and management skills. Small classes are taught by professors with managerial experience and advanced academic credentials. For the first semester, courses will include organizational behavior and management information systems.
Lake Erie College’s MBA program uniquely offers a Lifelong Learning Guarantee. This means students can return and take additional classes after graduating at no cost to the student or employer.
The Lake Erie College MBA program was established in 1981 and has since graduated over 1,300 business and non-profit leaders. In 2010, the program was renamed The Parker MBA in memory of the late Patrick S. Parker, chairman emeritus of Parker Hannifin Corporation and global industrial leader. Today it’s among the fastest-growing and most highly-regarded programs in the State of Ohio.
LCCC is the first community college in Ohio to have a University Partnership program. With the addition of the Parker MBA it now offers eight master’s degrees, 43 bachelor’s degrees and one associate degree all through leading universities. On-campus university partners provide the faculty and curriculum for all University Partnership courses. Degrees cover a wide range of specialties, including business administration, biology, computer science and engineering, nursing, public health, education and more.
The LCCC University Partnership program provides access and opportunity for community residents who seek educational attainment beyond the associate degree. Created in 1995 and supported by our residents to expand access to higher education, more than 5,200 graduates have earned bachelor’s or master’s degrees through the University Partnership.
Representatives from Lake Erie College and LCCC will hold two information sessions about the Parker MBA program from 6-7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 21 and Thursday, April 20 at LCCC’s Desich Entrepreneurship Center, room 220.
To RSVP for one of these information sessions, visit http://www.lorainccc.edu/upevents. For more information, call (440) 366-4949.