Students are not only taking college courses and attaining degrees at Lorain County Community College – they are finishing up their high school credentials in preparation for further academic success. LCCC offers two programs to help community members meet this goal: Adult Basic Literacy Education (ABLE) and the 22+ Adult Diploma Program.

Ultimately, 22+ allows Ohio residents 22 years or older to earn a high school diploma and ABLE provides instruction that prepares students for the GED exam. Many students in the programs enroll at LCCC after completion of the programs to continue their education.

Jody Page

Elyria resident Jody Page, 22, received her GED after completing the ABLE program last fall.

Federal financial aid requires that to receive federal student aid funds, students must be qualified to study at the postsecondary level. Students qualify if they have completed high school, a GED or homeschooling at the secondary level as defined by state law.

Page was happy to find out the ABLE program at LCCC prepares students to earn a GED at no cost. “I loved that the program is free and flexible,” Page said. “It is set up to accommodate adult students and the teachers treated everyone with respect.” ABLE students take their GED test in a licensed Pearson Vue testing center, one of which is on campus in the Desich Entrepreneurship Center.

The best thing about the program is how professional and encouraging the professors and entire staff are,” Page said. “I always felt understood and encouraged.” Page has since started LCCC in January and is working toward a bachelor’s degree in pursuing film, television and interactive media.

Another LCCC student, Andrea Metz, is a graduate of the 22+ program who is now flourishing. The 36 year-old lives in Vermilion and has started LCCC this year to earn her associate of arts degree and continue on with the University Partnership to complete paralegal studies through Kent State University. She completed 22+ and received her diploma last May.

Andrea Metz

The 22+ program lets adults complete coursework through the school district where they live through Lorain County Community College in partnership with the Graduation Alliance. “I loved the fact that the program was offered online and that they used your high school transcripts [to determine the classes that needed to be completed]. I am a very busy mom to four high schooler and two elementary school kids,” Metz said. “Being able to work around their school and sports schedules was very important to me.”

Metz enrolled in the program because she wanted to complete her high school diploma. “I left high school in my senior year so being able to only complete what I needed was a great benefit of the program,” Metz explained. The state program is offered at no cost to participants.

Her plans are to finish college and eventually work for a law firm as a paralegal. “I wanted to show my children to never give up,” Metz said. “Life sometimes takes you down an unexpected road, but it’s never too late to accomplish your goals. I really enjoyed school and I wanted to finish what I started years ago.”

In addition to the adult literacy classes that prepare adults to take the GED, ABLE also offers ESOL classes, which help speakers of other languages improve their English skills.

To learn more about the 22+ Program, call (440) 218-8344, email Mary Murphy at mmurphy@lorainccc.edu or visit www.lorainccc.edu/22plus.

To learn more about the ABLE program, visit www.lorainccc.edu/ged or call
(440) 366-4530.