The University Partnership program at Lorain County Community College was created 25 years ago with support from a visionary community who recognized the powerful impact raising educational attainment in Lorain County could have on our community and our region. Today, the program has expanded to 14 partner colleges and universities offering more than 100 programs and nearly 7,000 graduates.
Student Success Stories
History of the University Partnership
LCCC’s strategic planning process reveals a need to address the county’s low educational attainment – the lowest within a seven county region and 40 percent lower than the national average
November – LCCC convenes more than 300 community residents as part of the University Center Partnership Plan Summit Conference to develop a plan to bring bachelor’s and master’s degrees to Lorain County December – LCCC’s District Board of Trustees approve the planning recommendations for the University Partnership
Lorain County voters approve the creation of the University Partnership with a 1.2 mil levy
Programs expand to include three additional master’s degrees with Kent State University, Cleveland State University, and Ashland University
1999-2006 – Programs continue to expand to 27 bachelor’s degrees and 12 master’s degrees
SOAR - Success and Opportunity Advancing the Region
Lorain County Community College presents SOAR, an outdoor installation of 2,022 sculpted birds designed to celebrate the college’s commitment to student success and advancing Northeast Ohio through education and career training while highlighting the 25th anniversary of the University Partnership. Visitors can walk around the 200-foot-long installation to view the birds, which are in perpetual kinetic motion, and experience a sensation of being at the starting point of when a flock of birds unites and takes flight. Augmented reality components, designed by LCCC students, create a comprehensive sensory experience.