Can community college degrees lead to a job or transfer opportunities?

Culinary dessertA degree from your community college in many cases is a step directly into the job market. Lorain County Community College has programs that lead to a degree in two years or less and prepare students to enter the workforce. It means a career with responsibilities and chances for promotion and personal growth. A degree from your community college may also mean transferring to the university of your choice and graduating with a bachelor’s degree, which can open up a host of possibilities. Remember, attending a community college for two years gives you two years to save money, and that could give you the opportunity to attend a university without going into as much debt. Whether your goal is an associate degree, additional workforce training or an advanced degree, we have a program to meet your needs.

Who really goes to a community college?

All sorts of people of all ages and backgrounds go to community colleges. In fact, we are often the first choice of area high school seniors and frequented by people with high levels of educational completion. In fact, 35 percent of all high school seniors in Lorain County graduate with some college credit from LCCC. We offer many student clubs and organizations, convenient scheduling and almost everything else you can imagine. In fact, U.S. News and World Report reported that community college graduates perform better academically than those who start out as university students.   

What are the qualifications of community college faculty?

Our faculty have master’s and doctoral degrees related to what they love. You’ll be taught by faculty members who will care about you personally, and about how and what you learn. At community colleges, one-on-one means personal attention. We don’t have any lecture halls that seat 500 and we don’t have any graduate assistants, so, yes, we are different than large universities. We offer faculty who will meet before and after class. Faculty are current and up-to-date with what they are teaching and many also hold other jobs in their field of expertise.  LCCC has been around for more than 50 years and currently has the second lowest tuition in the state.

Do course credits transfer?

Of course credits transfer. That’s how they are designed. In educational jargon, there is an “articulation agreement” between the institutions – equivalent courses must cover the same material with the same depth. In fact, we have articulation agreements with both public and private colleges and universities that will accept associate degree coursework credits. LCCC’s professional academic advisors can help students select the best courses and programs. Additionally, with the University Partnership programs, students can take classes toward their university degrees on the LCCC campus and save thousands toward a bachelor’s or master’s degree.

What is the value of a community college degree?

LCCC is very affordable. Community colleges are supported with money from four main sources: your tuition and fees, allocations from the state, property taxes and grants. LCCC itself is on par with many large universities in countless ways. It is home to world class technology and equipment along with hands-on instruction from professors with advanced experience. After graduation, LCCC graduates tend to succeed. The school scored highest among all Ohio community colleges in earnings for graduates in a 2015 value-added report by the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings.