History of the
University Partnership

University Partnership Timeline

The University Partnership began in 1996 with five colleges and universities delivering 12 bachelor’s and masters programs. Today, more than 100 bachelor’s and master’s degrees are offered by 15 partner colleges and universities.

Preloader
  • 1993

    LCCC’s strategic planning process reveals a need to address the county’s low educational attainment –..Learn more

  • 1994

    Community Members meeting

    November – LCCC convenes more than 300 community residents as part of the University Center..Learn more

  • 1995

    Lorain County voters approve the creation of the University Partnership with a 1.2 mil levy

  • 1996

    1996

    Launched with five colleges and universities delivering 12 bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

  • 1997

    Programs expand to include three additional master’s degrees with Kent State University, Cleveland State University,..Learn more

  • 1998

    University Center Dedication

    First class of University Partnership students graduates. University Center building opens on LCCC’s Elyria campus..Learn more

  • 1999-2006

    1999-2006 – Programs continue to expand to 27 bachelor’s degrees and 12 master’s degrees

  • 2013

    University Partnership Ridge Campus

    University Partnership Ridge Campus opens in North Ridgeville with state-of-the-art space dedicated to The University..Learn more

  • 2014

    Lab Sciences Building

    Laboratory Science building opens providing full-service lab space for upper level chemistry courses critical to..Learn more

  • 2016

    Roy A Church University Center

    LCCC’s District Board of Trustees unanimously votes to dedicate the University Center in honor of..Learn more

  • 2018

    Mems Class

    LCCC becomes the first community college in Ohio to deliver an applied bachelor of science..Learn more

  • 2021

    Mems graduates

    The first three graduates of the applied bachelor of science in microelectronic manufacturing graduate. LCCC’s..Learn more

In the early 1990s, the economy was entering a period of technological innovation, a period that would give rise to the internet, advanced manufacturing, medical innovations and more. This transformation would alter the nature of jobs, requiring talent to have greater levels of education and skills.  However, at that time, Lorain County ranked first in the region for associate degree holders but last in the region for those with bachelor's and master’s degrees.

Recognizing the change underway on November 15, 1994, more than 300 community leaders first gathered to form a plan to raise educational attainment and keep Lorain County’s workforce competitive.  These conversations would create the vision for what would become LCCC’s University Partnership.

A year later, in 1995, Lorain County voters supported the concept by passing a levy to create Lorain County Community College’s University Partnership.  In 1996, the University Partnership launched with five colleges and universities delivering 12 bachelors and master’s degrees. That vision and leadership from our community made LCCC the first community college in Ohio to offer such a program.

The history of LCCC’s University Partnership tells the story of opportunity, innovation and collaboration. And it has been a game-changer for our community, helping to dramatically increase the number of people who hold bachelor and master’s degrees in Lorain County.

1993

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.

1994

  • 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 approved the planning recommendations for the University Partnership.

1995

The community supports the University Partnership

November - Lorain County voters approve the creation of the University Partnership with a 1.2 mil levy.

1996

  • Launched with five colleges and universities delivering 12 bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

 

  • 250 students enroll in seven bachelor’s degree programs and one master’s degree program.

1997

Programs expand to include three additional master’s degrees with Kent State University, Cleveland State University, and Ashland University.

1998

  • Spring - First class of University Partnership students graduates

 

  • Fall – University Center building opens on LCCC’s Elyria campus providing a permanent hub for University partners to advise students and hold interactive distance learning classes.
University Center begins to take shape
Future home of the University Partnership
A community celebrates
Dr. Roy Church shares remarks
The University Center is ready for a new semester

1999 - 2006

Programs continue to expand to 27 bachelor’s degrees and 12 master’s degrees.

2013

University Partnership Ridge Campus opens in North Ridgeville with state-of-the-art space dedicated to The University of Toledo Computer Science and Engineering bachelor’s degree program.

University Partnership Ridge Campus

2014

Laboratory Science Building

Laboratory Science building opens providing full-service lab space for upper-level chemistry courses critical to many University Partnership programs.

2016

LCCC’s District Board of Trustees unanimously votes to dedicate the University Center in honor of President Emeritus Dr. Roy A. Church for his remarkable leadership and dedication.

Roy A Church University Center
Dr. Roy A. Church University Center

2018

LCCC becomes the first community college in Ohio to deliver a bachelor of applied science in microelectronic manufacturing.

2021

May – the first three students of the bachelor of applied science in microelectronic manufacturing graduate.