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“Living Single” actor speaks at MLK event about living the dream

Quentin Pardon Assistant Editor “We must be supporting younger artists. How to guide the younger generation and use their gifts. To push culture forward, to say something positive, to move the needle back where it’s supposed to go. Dr. King…

New levy will bring $15 million to academic budget

Quentin Pardon Assistant Editor Lorain County Community College is placing a 2.3-mil 10-year levy due to the speed of change within the economy, to keep up with the highest standard of Ohio education.  The Lorain County Community District Board of…

Arts educator to receive governor’s award for the arts

Oscar Rosado Editor-in-Chief Program Developer and Outreach Coordinator of the Campana Center, Joan Perch won Governor’s Award for the arts. According to the Ohio Arts Council, “the award has been a tradition since 1971. The Governor’s Award showcases and celebrates…

LCCC named among top 150 community colleges

Oscar Rosado Editor-in-Chief LCCC President Marcia Ballinger, Ph.D. is pleased with the college being named among the top 150 community colleges in the country by the Aspen Institute.  As one of the 150 top community colleges, LCCC is eligible to…

Coping with anxiety issues in classrooms

Oscar Rosado Editor-in-Chief “Anxiety makes it really hard when teachers ask questions in class,” said fine arts major Angelina Rubensaal who has been diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder. “I am in constant fear if I get a question wrong. What…

LCCC partners with Regeneration X to stop human trafficking

Oscar Rosado Editor-in-Chief LCCC President Marcia Ballinger, Ph.D announced, “I am so proud for the campus to hold this human trafficking conference, and those who made it possible. We need to be proactive and be apart of the solution. I…

Childcare hours extended for flexibility for student parents

Eliza Lockhart
JRMN 151

Lorain County Community College is pleased to offer their new Flexible Evening Childcare program for students and staff, allowing parents attending or giving evening classes to take advantage of the college’s existing daycare services. 

The program, launched in the 2020 Spring Semester, is slightly different than the childcare already available through the college, and allows students greater flexibility in choosing when they need childcare. 

While the daytime care requires parents to reserve time for the whole semester, the evening care program (available from 5:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. for children age 3 through 11) can be booked when the parent needs it. The time must still be reserved via telephone, but it can be reserved at any time during the semester as long as the parent has completed the registration application and attended the required orientation. The $20 registration fee won’t be collected until the parent first uses this service, and at just $2.75 per hour per child, the new program is extremely affordable. 

Giving students support they need

“I’m very excited because this will let me take night classes and finish my degree faster,” said Carla Cobra, a social worker attending classes at the college.

“This just gives the students the support they need to be successful,” said Michele Henes, the Children’s Learning Center coordinator. Michele came to the decision to expand the program based on surveys and the opinions of fellow faculty members.

Strongly encouraged to utilize

Henes strongly encourages parents to register if they think they will need the care, especially since the registration fee won’t be charged until the parent uses the service. She also encourages students to book care for a half hour before and after their class, to allow them to get to and from their class without worry, and says that the more time in advance the time is booked, the more options for care the parent will have.

While the program has a limited number of spots available at the moment (just 12 children per half hour slot), the program will expand based on need. It has already created three additional part-time jobs in the Childcare Center, and may create more depending on how many parents use the service. 

This program will continue into the fall semester. Students can register at any time by filling out a registration form can be found at the Children’s Learning Center on campus. Call (440) 366-4038 with any additional questions.

The coronavirus spreads to the U.S. and tips to keep yourself healthy

Jayne Giese
Staff Writer

What started as an epidemic originating in Wuhan, China, the Coronavirus is now classified as a pandemic.  Confirmed cases of the virus have been reported in China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Australia, France, Japan, Malaysia, Nepal, Singapore, Thailand, The Republic of Korea, the U.S., and Vietnam.

With numerous countries affected, including the U.S., will the odds be in our favor of avoiding the virus? Dr. Harry Kestler, professor of microbiology at Lorain County Community College, believes that the odds are more in our favor than not. 

“We still don’t know much about this Coronavirus, it’s a bit of a mystery to us. We do know that when an epidemic or pandemic occurs, quarantine is the best solution to isolate the virus and prevent future outbreaks,” said Kestler. 

Currently, the whole area in Wuhan, China that the virus birthed from is being quarantined.  Travel in and out of the city has been suspended until the virus is under control.  “There is a big push for quarantine going on right now.  The two cases that made it out here to the U.S., a man from Seattle, WA and a woman in Chicago, IL are said to be bound to their homes for two weeks.  The government is being very diligent and screenings are being done at all international airports.  If you have even a slight temperature, they will catch it,” Kestler said.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), if you have recently traveled to Wuhan and fell ill with a fever or cough 14 days after you left, you should seek medical attention immediately.  There currently is no vaccine or treatment for the Coronavirus but the CDC has said the best prevention of catching the virus and keeping yourself safe is to treat this like you would with any flu.

Tips to keep yourself healthy:

  • Avoid contact with others who may be ill, stay home if you are ill
  • Never travel while sick
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (never your hand) when coughing or sneezing 
  • Wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds to avoid spreading or catching the virus.
  • If you are traveling out of the country, make sure you are up-to-date on all routine vaccines before every trip.

Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“Living Single” actor speaks at MLK event about living the dream

Actor/Singer & Voice Over Artist, Terrance C. Carson explains the message of MLK as Keynote Speaker at the MLK Celebration event, “Living the Dream”.                          Oscar Rosado | The Collegian

Quentin Pardon
Assistant Editor

“We must be supporting younger artists. How to guide the younger generation and use their gifts. To push culture forward, to say something positive, to move the needle back where it’s supposed to go. Dr. King understood that. He supported artists throughout the whole civil rights movement because he understood we had a voice, that people listen to us, that we were able to move a nation,” said Keynote Speaker Terrance C. Carson at LCCC’s annual celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

The event “Living The Dream” was set up by the Student Senate and was accompanied with music from the Lydian Jazz Band on Jan. 29. 

Carson is an actor, voice-over actor, singer and dancer. He is most known for his role as Kyle Barker in the sitcom television show “Living Single” (1993-1998) and Mace Windu on “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” (2008-2015). Carson started off doing music but each opportunity he took advantage of kept leading to more. “I started with music. Music led to dance and theater. Theater led to film and television so it was all just a progression,” Carson stated. “Growing up we all were Michael Jackson fans. Everyone wanted to be Michael. When I was younger I would sing in bands and sing his songs until my voice changed. So that wasn’t happening any more.” Even though he may have stopped singing classical Michael Jackson songs, that did not stop his music career. “I got two albums out. The latest one is called T.C. Carson: Live in Beverly Hills and there is an all original album, that is the first one, and that one is called Truth.” Both albums are now currently available on all streaming platforms.

Carson had role models he molded his career path around because of their work ethic and how they were able to do many things. “Ben Vereen who was a theater, dancer and singer. André De Shields was another one who was able to do everything and I think that’s what I saw more than anything. It was possible to be able to sing, dance and act. You just didn’t have to do one thing. You can do all three.” Ben Vereen is remembered for his role as Chicken George in the ground breaking miniseries “Roots” (1977) and won a Tony as Best Actor in a Musical as Pippin in the Broadway 

musical “Pippin”. André De Shields is profoundly known for his huge role as The Wiz in “The Wiz” (1983).“The biggest thing people see is that you don’t have to do just one thing. You can do more than one thing and kinda be successful at the things you love to do.”

“Living Single was the biggest break. I have done a couple TV shows before that and had been doing music and stuff but Living Single was the biggest break. It provided me a platform to reach a wider audience of people,” said Carson on his reflection of what was the biggest moment in his productive endured career. “Being part of a show (Living Single) that was culturally relevant; that was able to show us in a different light. It was kind of like the Cosby Show when it first came out. We didn’t see that kind of family before so now we understood that those families do exist and the families who were like that were like yea that’s my family. So to be on a show where people go ‘Wow! those black people do exist. I got someone like Khadijah (Queen Latifah), I know someone like Kyle.’ It makes it tangible and it makes it aspirational for my community.”

“Inspire some young people on their journey,” said Carson on what his presence and message is here. “Having conversations like this. Going to colleges. Hopefully starting to work with people in the jazz band so that they can get my knowledge and I can feed off of what they are bringing. The thing about it is when you hang around old people, you get old. But when you make sure you have young people in your life they keep you abreast, they keep you current, they help you with vitality. I love hanging out with younger people and hopefully I can impart some type of wisdom to them that can help them,” he continued.  To his surprise he found out he has also inspired his generation as well. “The brother who played bass in the band( Lydian Jazz Band). He said he watched me and he dealt with women differently because of how I dealt with the girls on the show. He dressed differently because of how I dressed on the show. It made him inspired to be better, which is what I wanted.” 

Carson wants to not only inspire the upcoming generation, but also lead them to where they want to be. “We see people on our phones and on TV all the time but very rarely do we get the chance to sit across from somebody that we have been watching and actually have a conversation with them. So I think it’s important to have those moments with young people and young artists,” said Carson on how significant it is for role models to talk to the youth. 

“Open up the door so we can have a real conversation about life and about how to move forward. What can help you and what can be a detriment to you. We lived it. We have the experience that you’re gonna have. So in order to help you, we have a conversation. Young people have to be willing and open enough to receive a conversation and older people have to be able to talk to them in a way that they’ll hear. That’s a problem too. We have to be able to speak the language.”

The Lydian Jazz Band performing at the MLK event. The members include: Dennis Good (Bass), Keitch Anderson (Drums), Raymond Towler (Lead Guitar), and Rodney Smith (Vocals)
                                                                                      Quentin Pardon | The Collegian

New levy will bring $15 million to academic budget

Quentin Pardon
Assistant Editor

Lorain County Community College is placing a 2.3-mil 10-year levy due to the speed of change within the economy, to keep up with the highest standard of Ohio education. 

The Lorain County Community District Board of Trustees is holding an issue on Mar. 17 to update the general operating levy which expires later in the year in Dec. This issue LCCC is currently under represents 12 percent of the college’s operating budget. The goal is not only to renew the existing 1.8 millage offered but also add an extra .5 tax rate which will equal to an additional amount of $1.46 per month per $100,000 in property value and add to the current budget. “Per year, it currently around $12 million and with the increase it will bring in $15 million” said Vice President for Strategic and Institutional Development Tracy Green. “Every dollar the taxpayer pay, $14 will go back into the economy.”

More opportunities near 

 “If the levy is renewed for a whole new decade, many more opportunities are due in the near future,” said  Green. “In the past few years we had made huge steps in developing our programs and technology. One of our biggest breakthroughs was improving the Campana Center. Our students here have one of the best and most importantly convenient opportunities to learn and thrive in the community they live in.”

“State funding has changed a lot over the years. 10 years ago it used to be based on pure enrollment. In 2012, the state decided to change it to performance based funding. Ohio was the second state in the country to move towards 100 percent performance based funding. So not only does it mean its based on enrollment, it also means completing courses, certificates and degrees. For a number of years, Ohio was not increasing or decreasing its funding. Just recently, they modestly infused one percent into the last budget for higher education due to our success rate,” said Green.

LCCC has been locally supported since 1963, when the first general operating levy was passed that created this campus as the first community college in the state of Ohio. LCCC is the college of first choice for the entire community, and has served one in four county residents, impacting greater than 50 percent of Lorain County households. At 61 percent, Lorain County high school graduates start their college experience with LCCC. In 2019, 43 percent of all Lorain County high school graduates earned some college credit from LCCC before high school graduation, saving families $6.5 million in college costs. LCCC serves more than 10,000 students enrolling each year, along with 3,000 plus students taking University Partnership courses to earn a bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Students and families served by LCCC benefit from affordable tuition, among the lowest in the state.

“Can create more jobs” 

 “The ability we have here can create more jobs for the surrounding area for which we live in. It would be a great loss for the levy to fail. A large number of programs and advancements on upcoming projects will either be lost or postponed due to lack of funds.” Green continued.  “Every time one of our students graduate, get a job and then continue to better their careers, it’ll give back to the college and the community.”

Critical to the economy

 LCCC is critical to the economy, delivering programs that people need to prepare for the jobs of today in healthcare, information technology, engineering, advanced manufacturing, skilled trades and business. Additionally, LCCC partners with area employers to keep our workforce up to date.  Over 85 percent of LCCC graduates live and work in the region, and has the highest student success rate of any community college in Ohio and is recognized nationally. 

LCCC’s impact has grown 94 percent in number of individuals earning degrees and certificates since 2011, the campus produces the most highly trained first-responders that keep our community safe and healthy, serves everyone in our community: taking care of veterans as they return home; and delivers programs for seniors, youth and businesses that keep our community strong. 

Without this issue, LCCC would be forced to cut the budget by 12 percent which means we would have to reduce existing programs and cease the development of new training programs for jobs in our region. “Every time one of our students graduate, get a job and then continue to better their career, it’ll give back to the college and the community,” said Green.

The funds from the issue will be used for:

• Keeping education affordable and high quality

  Keep university transfer programs strong 

•Protect College Credit Plus 

• Develop new programs and services people need to succeed in high demand fields like healthcare, technology, advanced manufacturing, public safety, engineering and business

• Keep Technology and labs up to date

Arts educator to receive governor’s award for the arts

Joan Perch                         Submitted Photo

Oscar Rosado

Program Developer and Outreach Coordinator of the Campana Center, Joan Perch won Governor’s Award for the arts.

According to the Ohio Arts Council, “the award has been a tradition since 1971. The Governor’s Award showcases and celebrates exceptional Ohio artists, arts organizations, arts leaders and patrons, and business support of the arts. Award recipients will be presented with the only arts award in the state that is conferred by the governor.”

Perch is one of eight people receiving the award on Mar. 25. The award category she won was for community development in participation.

Perch was nominated via letters of support by artist professionals who have worked with her. Perch was involved in art initiatives in Cleveland before working here at LCCC. Perch was involved at the forefront of art galleries, such as the SPARX City Hop. She has helped with the ingenuity festival and the Cleveland Art summit, ran two galleries, and created a nonprofit organization called the RED Dot project, that helped market and sell the work of regional artists, and helped them make a living. “It’s important to me that we support artists in our communities.”

Perch has worked at the Stocker Art Center for 12 years, and during her time she was involved with the community on campus, and her and a group of others created the healing garden, and from that came the FireFish festival, which she has led. From the FireFish, Perch had initiated what became known as the STEAM maker academy, which she brought to the campana, which is an innovative program for teens in Lorain and Elyria that teaches them 21st century workforce development skills through art and creativity and brings in technology, which gives them college credit for intro to digital fabrication class.

Believer of Art and Tech

“I’ve always been a big believer in the connection between art and technology and the importance of having artists and artwork in communities and getting artists, kids, students, and youth engaged in new technology.”

Perch said she has also initiated a program called Future Artists Lab at the Campana, from Oberlin, to Lorain County, to Cleveland.

“It’s really an honor. I’m really happy and excited to receive it. It’s a lot of fun to get an award,” said Perch who heard the news of her achievement before Christmas. 

“I had the opportunity to come here and work in this new and exciting building that was about connecting everything including the arts, and technology,” said Perch. She added, “Technology right here is growing and it’s going to be really a part of the future world in ways people can’t even imagine now. When artists and creative people get together with technologists who know how to do all that magic, great things happen.”

Perch will continue to serve and volunteer as a board member for the FireFish festival, which is about re imagining Lorain and Lorain County.

“We will continue to grow exciting programs for the community and youth and teens and adults and everyone to grow the efforts. So that more and more people can come in and creatively use the campana center and its great technology and other services,”

Showcasing Value in Arts

Perch added, “Receiving the award provides a real opportunity to showcase the value of the arts in education and in communities and in Stem education and in technology, it gives us an opportunity to highlight what we’re doing at the campana center and what we’re doing with the FireFish festival,” said Perch. She added, “I hope it brings attention to the work we all do together. The award is about community, and we’re a community college and the work we all do together, and when it all comes together, that’s when we’re doing our very best. I am proud that the award is about community because that’s in our name, community!”

Why do so many people fall in love so easily?

JRNM 151 Students

Valentine’s Day is a day of love. Flowers. Chocolates. Hugs. Or is it?

For some, the Valentine’s Day could very well be these wonderful traditions on Feb. 14. For others, it could have a more negative appeal due to their experiences.

Love should be everyday

Marty Eggleston, LCCC’s basketball coach, has mixed feelings about this holiday. He believes that love should not be celebrated on just one day and instead he “[tries] to make every day a Valentine’s Day.” Eggleston says, more than the Valentine’s Day, his wife means a lot to him. He said he might come up with a Valentine’s Day surprise “like a fun getaway. Decompress.”

A time to reconnect

Valentine’s Day is a time to not only buy flowers and candy for someone special but also to reconnect. 

Karla Tomlin, who is majoring in teaching, says that Valentine’s day is, “a time to remember why you fell in love.” Tomlin has been married to her husband, Jake, for eight years. Raising their two daughters can be a tiring job. She works for Lorain County City Schools while taking classes at LCCC. Her husband works for Lorain County as well on the police force. Their schedules don’t always align and Valentine’s Day is different when you’re married. When you’re single, you spend a lot of effort proving that you love someone. When you have been married awhile, your love is already established.” 

Na Li, who is majoring in Nursing has similar views. She has been married to her husband, Allan, for 19 years. She recalls her first Valentine’s day as a couple she received a cooking pan. After nearly two decades together, they don’t focus on the gifts as much. Li is originally from China and as a child and young adult didn’t celebrate Valentine’s Day in her native country. 

“It’s a good opportunity to appreciate your significant other, but it’ll be more enjoyable once I have a solid income,” says Max Lapuh, a student whose major is undecided. “I have a Valentine but at the moment we don’t have any plans, but I’m sure I’ll figure it out.”

Julia Jalovec, a culinary arts student, will celebrate her first Valentine’s Day with her sweetheart. “I have no clue what we’re doing. It’s whatever he has planned for us, but I’m really excited,” Jalovec said.

Showing love & appreciation 

Jeff Bito, who is majoring in Business Administration, said, “It’s just another day for me, because my wife’s birthday is the day after. I plan to go to school that day if I have class and spend the rest of the day with my wife. I do not believe that Valentine’s day is just a day for the candy and card companies to make a profit, but a day to spend with someone you love and show your love and appreciation toward that person.” 

Austin Bullock, a Computer Gaming and Programming major, has similar views. “I don’t have any plans for Valentine’s Day other than preparing for my birthday, which is three days later,” Bullock said. “I do not have a Valentine and I hate when people think you should have a Valentine on Valentine’s Day. I think Valentine’s day is like the Black Friday for buying people cards, chocolates and flowers, and although many people make a big deal about Valentine’s Day, I think the holiday is overrated.”  

Jeremy Eldred has “indifferent” feelings about Valentine’s Day in recent years so he wasn’t planning on doing anything but working. On the other hand, John Hooks, adjunct faculty, does have a Valentine: his wife Dr. Karin Hooks. He likes Valentine’s Day because, “it allows two people to take the time to be with each other.” His plans for Valentine’s Day include a nice candlelight dinner with his wife. 

Unfortunately, not everyone enjoys Valentine’s Day and it is the case with Gabe Luchkowsky. He described last year’s Valentine’s Day as a “shit show” that led to him to a temporary break up with his girlfriend. 

Josefa Collazo, Brittany Kidd, Megan Kopp, Emily Leetch, Harleyann McQuaid, Raigen Plato., Amy Roy and Nicholas Simmerly contributed to the story.

Origin of Valentine’s Day

There are several theories about the origin of this romantic day. One theory suggests that Saint Valentine, a priest, was executed by Claudius II of Rome for performing secret marriages between lovers. Marriages were outlawed in that era because Claudius believed that single young men made better soldiers than the married ones. Another theory claims that Valentine’s Day was put in place by Christians who wanted to counter the Pagan fertility festival known as Lupercalia, but it wasn’t until much later that this holiday became associated with love. 

Yet another theory suggests that in the years between 1380 to 1390, Geoffrey Chaucer, author of The Canterbury Tales, wrote in his poem, Parlement of Foules, that the Saint’s Day in Feb. was for the mating and breeding of birds. As a result, noblemen started to write to their sweethearts during this bird-mating season. Quickly enough, this trend took over and with greetings cards and candy manufacturers taking the reins, Saint Valentine’s Day was turned into romance.

A fourth theory says that Emperor Gothicus, who ruled the Roman Empire between 268 and 270, had Valentinus, beheaded due to their religious beliefs. The saints known as Valentinus, or rather, Saint Valentine, were never truly represented for romance or love. It wasn’t until over a thousand years later when Saint Valentine would be first used in a romantic sense.

Senate Fundraising

The Student Senate will sell Valentines’ Day packages containing carnations and chocolates for $5.00 on Feb. 13-14 near Market Place in College Center. 

 “It’s a nice little surprise to treat your special one,” Student Senate President Udell Holmes III said.

However, the event isn’t exclusively for couples, the packages make a good present for friends and family too. The senate hopes to raise at least $250 to help fund scholarships. 

This is the first time the senate is holding a Valentine’s Day fundraiser event. If it all goes well they hope to repeat and expand next year.

Women’s team uses momentum, wins back to back conference games

Billings going up over an offender for a floater Quentin Pardon | The Collegian

Quentin Pardon
Assistant Editor

“One of our goals is to finish the season with 10 wins or more. We had never had back to back winning seasons,” said Head Coach of LCCC’s Women’s Basketball Team Vince Granito . After a slow start at the beginning of the season, the tides are changing for them as they have won back to back OCCAC conference and are four games away from reaching 10 wins as their record stands at 6-14 and 2-4 in the OCCAC. Over a span of four games, the women’s team went 3-1.

“We kept our composure” 

“It was an ugly game but we kept our composure when needed,” said Coach Granito on how the Women’s Basketball Team notched their first OCCAC conference win, besting Division II Clark State Community College 54-46 on Jan. 18. “The key aspect of the win was how intense we started off the game; where in previous games we are usually on the other end of that.” The women’s team started off on a 11-0 run to begin the game and carried that momentum throughout the game. 

Vanecia Billings (Lorain/Clearview) had a double-double by the end of the first half with 12 points and 13 rebounds, propelling the Commodores to an early lead. She finished the game with 14 points and 18 rebounds. Haley Sprouse (LaGrange/Keystone) contributed nine points and nine rebounds, while teammate Kelsey Simmerly (Avon Lake) had nine boards and eight points. Bri Gallagher (Medina/Cloverleaf) led with three assists and pulled in 11 caroms as LCCC won the battle of the boards 57-33 over the Eagles.

LCCC Women’s Basketball team played a tough first-half ball to keep it close against Division II Edison State but couldn’t keep up the pace against the OCCAC Conference leaders in an 80-47 loss on Jan. 25. The Commodores were down just 32-26 at the half but failed to connect on several great scoring opportunities down the stretch to keep it close. The Charges are now 6-0 in the tough OCCAC and 17-2 for the season with their only two losses coming at the hands of nationally-ranked Mott Community College. 

Vanecia Billings (Lorain/Clearview) and Haley Sprouse (LaGrange/Keystone) led the Commodores in scoring with 12 apiece. Billings led with seven rebounds and had four blocked shots. Spouse pulled in five rebounds and had three steals, while Bri Gallagher (Medina/Cloverleaf) handed out three assists. Azzia Moore (Cleveland/Cleveland JFK) came off the bench to chip in with eight points.

In their next outing,  they got out to a 9-0 lead over Division II Bryant & Stratton College and never looked back on their way to a 61-39 win. Vanecia Billings (Lorain/Clearview) once again led the Commodores, logging her 13th double-double of the year with a 19 point, 10 rebound performance. Haley Sprouse (LaGrange/Keystone) was right behind with 18 points and a team-high five steals. Kelsey Simmerly (Avon Lake) led with five assists.

On Feb. 1, the team continued to feed off the momentum of the last game and beat Hocking College with a 67-55. With the win, LCCC improves to 6-14 overall and 2-4 in the OCCAC. 

Vanecia Billings (Lorain/Clearview) continues to dominate for the Commodores, as she tied a school record with five blocked shots and put up her 14th double-double of the season with 14 points and 14 rebounds. During this span, Vanecia Billings has averaged 14.8 points and 12.3 rebounds for the Commodores. Haley Sprouse (LaGrange/Keystone) had a double-double of her own with 10 points and 11 boards. Bri Gallagher (Medina/Cloverleaf) led LCCC in scoring with 16 points and also had two assists, while Kelsey Simmerly (Avon Lake) dropped in 15 points. Kelsey Gannon (Avon) added three steals in the victory.

Men’s Commodores fall short, last in standings

Nelson down on injury during game                                               Quentin Pardon | The Collegian

Quentin Pardon
Assistant Editor

Struggles are becoming a theme for the men’s team as inconsistency and turnovers plague them. The Commodores current standing is 4-17 overall and 0-6 in the OCCAC as they seek their first conference win. LCCC’s Men’s Basketball team got out to an early lead against Division II Clark State Community College but a late first-half run by the Eagles gave them the lead and the eventual 81-67 win over the Commodores on Jan. 18. 

“Obviously it’s tough taking a loss like that, especially  at home,” said Coach Eggleston. “We are gonna get back into the lab tomorrow and find the solution to our problems. Especially on the defensive side.”  

Alex Wyatt (Brunswick) recorded his first double-double of the season, finishing with 15 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Commodores. Wyatt also handed out six assists and had two steals. Derek Yahnke (Hilliard/Hilliard Bradley) had 14 points, nine boards, and two blocked shots. Jacob Marsh (Elyria) dropped in 13 points, while Jason Becka (Brunswick) scored a season-high 11 points. De’Miko Nelson (Cincinnati/DePaul Cristo Rey) and Jaylen Jenkins (Willoughby/Willoughby South) each had five assists.

The men’s team came back strong against Terra State on Jan. 22 to beat them 86-68. 

Division II Edison State Community College overcame a 15-point deficit in the second half to defeat Lorain County Community College 80-70 today in men’s basketball. LCCC played their best half of basketball this season to take a 37-28 lead into the locker room against one of the top teams in the OCCAC but could not contain Edison’s Ronald Hampton III after the break as he exploded for 25 points. 

Leading the Commodores offensively were Jaylen Jenkins with 23 points and De’Miko Nelson who scored a career-high 18 points. Nelson also grabbed eight rebounds and three steals, while Jenkins added six rebounds and three assists. Alex Wyatt had a team-leading 10 rebounds, four assists, and two blocked shots. Jacob Marsh recorded four steals.

The Lorain County Community College Men’s Basketball team squared off against a tough Bryant & Stratton College team that recently knocked off the 11th ranked team in the nation, but a couple of scoring spurts by the Bobcats propelled them on to an 84-61 win over the Commodores.

Jaylen Jenkins led the Commodore offense with 15 points and four assists. He also pulled in five rebounds and two steals. Alex Wyatt logged his second double-double of the season with 12 points and 10 boards, along with dishing out three assists and blocking two shots, while Jacob Marsh dropped 14 points, had two steals and two assists.

Derek Yahnke put up an astounding 36 points and 22 rebounds but the Commodores fell short to Hocking College 77-89 on Feb. 1. 

LCCC named among top 150 community colleges

Oscar Rosado

LCCC President Marcia Ballinger, Ph.D. is pleased with the college being named among the top 150 community colleges in the country by the Aspen Institute.  As one of the 150 top community colleges, LCCC is eligible to compete for the $1 million Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the nation’s signature recognition of high achievement and performance among America’s community colleges.

“This designation by the prestigious Aspen Institute is quite an honor, and a true indicator of LCCC’s continued commitment and progress toward student success,” Dr. Ballinger said.

LCCC one of three in OH

Based on strong performance and continued improvements in student outcomes — including graduation rates, employment rates, earnings, and equity — 15 percent of community colleges nationwide have been invited to apply for the Aspen Prize – and LCCC is just one of three Ohio community colleges to be among those contenders. The other two Ohio colleges named are Cuyahoga County Community College and Ohio State University’s Newark Campus.

“LCCC has made student success, that means success in academics and in careers, a top priority.  We have redesigned programs and systems to best meet the needs of our students today, while building a highly skilled workforce to meet the needs of employers and drive our economy,” Dr. Ballinger said.

Words from Vice President  

Vice President for Strategic and Institutional Development Tracy Green expressed a similar reaction.

“So much of what we do is driven by the needs of our students today and what they are going to need to be successful in the economy of the future and really looking at our local needs. What has transpired that’s made us one of the best in the country, but it’s really driven by what do our students need and it’s constantly looking at how can we do better for our students to help them complete, to get to the finish line with less time and less cost,” said Green. 

Green said they were not aware where among the top 150 the institution is at, but said Purposely institutions are not told where they are ranked among the 150, because it can be discouraging.

The Aspen Institute looks at what colleges continuously improve where they’re at. The next step in the process is that LCCC has to apply and submit an application as one of the 150, and the Aspen Institute will narrow the 150 down to the top 10.

“This has qualified us to apply for the Aspen prize, so they will narrow this done by way of process. It is completely done by their own data using the info that gets reported. The next step is to apply for the Aspen prize,” said Green.

According to Green, there are about a little over 1,250 community colleges in the country alone. 

The next step

The 150 community colleges named today are eligible to compete for the 2021 Aspen Prize and were selected from a pool of nearly 1,000 public two-year colleges nationwide using publicly available data on student outcomes. Located in 39 states in urban, rural, and suburban areas, serving as few as 500 students and as many as 75,000 students, these colleges represent the diversity and depth of the community college sector according to a press release.

Data shows that over the last two years, student retention, graduation rates, and degree completion have improved at the top tier of 150 Aspen Prize-eligible colleges. Locally, Lorain County Community College has seen a 93 percent increase in the number of degrees and certificates awarded since 2011.

“We’re pleased to see evidence that these institutions are improving, that more are delivering on their promise. We’re also pleased to play a role in honoring outstanding community colleges and sharing what works to ensure great outcomes for students—through graduation and beyond,” said Executive director of the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program Josh Wyner.

“We’re very proud of being named one of the top 150. It is such an honor, and we will celebrate that recognition,” said Green. She then said, “More importantly, we will use it to help inspire what more we need to do. We are really focused on what our strategic plan is, what is our vision, which is that 10,000 degrees of impact and really helping our students, get to where they need to be. Everything we do is driven by the needs of our students and by the needs of the community.”

LCCC won’t be notified until next Spring around late May, when the finalists will be announced. Regardless, Green said there is value even in the application process, and said, “It makes you really look at what are the things we’ve been doing really well and how is that connected to that plan and what are the things we will be doing next.”

Green then said “That is what is going to keep driving us, this will help us celebrate, saying ‘hey we’re on the right path, but we got a long way to go’ and so everything we’re doing right now is being focused on, is not necessarily that national recognition, that’s a great thing to have, but more importantly it’s what is the impact we need to have right now in our own backyard.”

“This is an extraordinary recognition of the College’s focus on providing this community with access to high quality, affordable education that aligns with careers and jobs in growing sectors.  We’ve made great progress, but in this rapidly changing economy we have more work to do,” said Ballinger.  

The top ten finalists for the 2021 Aspen Prize will be named in May 2020. The Aspen Institute will then conduct site visits to each of the finalists and collect additional quantitative data, including employment and earnings data. A distinguished jury will make award decisions in spring 2021.  This Aspen recognition follows LCCC being recognized by the American Association of Community College as the 2018 Top Community College for Excellence in Student Success, according to a press release.

Campus partners with Amazon for new business courses next semester

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 “We’re really excited to be bringing the Amazon Small Business Academy to local entrepreneurs and businesses,” said LCCC President Marcia Ballinger. “This is a perfect fit with our Vision 2025 strategic plan to help improve the economic competitiveness of our region.”

“Our goal is to stimulate innovation and entrepreneurship,” Ballinger said. “By leveraging our facilities and services with a national training program from Amazon we can help foster new growth in our local economy,” said Dr. Ballinger. “This is a great collaborative project between NACCE and our Amazon partner.”

This is in response to the Amazon Small Business Academy which will begin offering its range of digital business courses to Lorain County entrepreneurs and businesses through Lorain County Community College next semester, which was announced on Nov. 1. 

One of seven colleges in the U.S

LCCC is only one of seven community colleges across the U.S. where the academy is being established, according to a press release. The purposes of the courses is to help small businesses harness the power of the internet to reach more customers, build their brand, and grow sales. The initiatives include in-person seminars, community college courses, and webinars.

“I hope the Amazon Small Business Academy program will have people starting a business with Amazon. We’re very excited for it!,” exclaimed Director of the NEO LaunchNET Janice Lapina. “It is good for our institution, for our community, and our region, really. It is a great opportunity; and it gives a national spotlight. The sky’s the limit.”

How it came to be

According to Lapina, this has been in process since Aug. earlier in the year when Amazon pitched to the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship, or NACCE. NACCE is the nation’s leading organization focused on promoting entrepreneurship through community colleges, representing more than 325 community and technical colleges and 2,000 faculty, staff, administrators and presidents who serve more than three million students according to a press release.

“We’re thrilled to embark on this innovative program with Amazon,” said Rebecca Corbin, Ed.D., president and CEO of NACCE.  

It was NACCE whom reached out to LCCC whom was asked to co-lead. Since then, Lapina and her team have been working on the logistics and how it will all work. Lapina said she and her team developed a marketing plan, as well as a formal launch for the courses that will be in place.

The only in Ohio

The Amazon Small Business Academy that will be placed here on campus is the only in the state of Ohio. LCCC itself is developing the curriculum by way of the NEO LaunchNET, and is co-building the curriculum alongside North Idaho College in Coeur dÁlene, Idaho.

There will be eight modules, with the NEO Launch NET doing four, while the other four are made by North Idaho College. The classes offered on campus will be non-credit course according to Lapina.

What will be covered 

The classes will cover the fundamentals of online business strategies, marketing, merchandising, inventory management, and more. The curriculum will provide sixteen hours of beginner, intermediate and advanced content. The content was created in collaboration with NACCE. LCCC is one of two lead NACCE lead schools. The other is North Idaho College, according to a press release. Not every detail is currently planned, as Lapina said Amazon has the final word on everything.

 LCCC will be launching Canvas Catalog, which is a new platform for the institution. According to Lapina, it is basically Canvas but for non-credit courses, and will launch next semester, when the courses are planning to come out.

Currently there is no official location to have these classes, but Lapina said, “We want it somewhere convenient for people, and easy to find.”

According to Lapina, the one who will instruct these courses will be NEO LaunchNET Program Coordinator Matthew Poyle. 

For more information contact Janice Lapina, at (440) 366-4192 or at Lapina@lorainccc.edu