The Lorain County Community College Wellington Center offers residents of Southern Lorain County a chance to pursue higher education with the added convenience of being close to home. It’s the tenth year Wellington continues the LCCC tradition with a personal, smaller atmosphere that focuses on general education and business courses.
Wellington Center coordinator Amy Szmania said many high schoolers who don’t have access to college classes in their high schools enroll at LCCC to challenge themselves.
“It was important to bring higher education to the southern part of the county,” Szmania said. “The learning center connects students to what’s available in the rest of the county.” For many students, starting college at Wellington is an easy transition. “Often, we’re the beginning of the pathway for students,” she said. “Students come from communities all around us like Oberlin, LaGrange, Kipton, Rochester, New London – even Ashland! We’re affordable, easy to get to and we have a warm, supportive learning environment.”
Wellington High School graduate Riley Caldwell said her dream was to earn an associate degree before she graduated from high school, and she did just that – for free. She plans to earn her bachelor’s degree in nursing through the LCCC University Partnership program.
She credits the staff members and professors who helped her achieve her goals and stay dedicated to coursework. “My academic advisor from the Wellington Center has helped me tremendously in achieving my degree by providing a course completion plan and answering all the confusing questions that I have thrown his way,” Caldwell said.
Each semester the learning center offers around 50 courses. Numerous classes are also taught by instructors at other locations through distance learning in the six interactive video distance-learning classrooms. Students are also able to participate in online courses through LCCC.
The 10,000-square-foot facility features study and conference rooms, as well as other resources for the community. Non-profit organizations can use space at no charge.
LCCC’s other learning centers include the Community Learning Center at Lorain High School, Lorain Learning Center at City Center and University Partnership Ridge Campus in North Ridgeville.
The Wellington Center is located at 151 Commerce Drive, Wellington.
To learn more, visit www.lorainccc.edu/wellington or stop by for a visit.