By Kerri Klatt


Lorain County Community College’s Society of Women Engineers and the United States Army have joined together for three programs starting fall semester to improve army recruitment and retention rates. These programs are provided at no cost to the college and include educational incentives for students. Students stand to benefit, as programs will provide a structured plan and tools to succeed.

“This is an opportunity to generate STEM awareness to reach women and minorities to aid them in working to their full potential, as well as putting LCCC in a national spotlight,” said Ramona Anand, faculty advisor of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE).

ADVAB Career Exploration Program (CEP) is a career program that can provide students with a structured plan as well as assist the student in career, educational, and vocational planning. This program helps students to identify their academic strengths and weakness, while program assessments can also be practice for the SAT and ACT tests.

An online program, March2 Success, is sponsored by the U.S. Army. This interactive program allows teachers to track students as well as mentor them and allows students access for test preparations. This program includes 30 hours of instructions and over 50 online lessons. These lessons range from basic math to engineering.

The ConAP, is a program offered for Army soldiers, veterans, and Reserve soldiers enrolled in college. This program recognizes potential Army training and job experience as college credit.

“There is no enlistment needed for any students,” Staff Sergeant Luke Jamison, from the U.S. Army explained.

The U.S. Army offers several opportunities for financial assistance, such as cash enlistment bonuses, tuition assistance, a college loan repayment program, and the Montgomery GI Bill, which provides education and training benefits to eligible members.

This collaboration will be formally announced at the “Careers in STEM” event October 4, 2016 8:30am to 11:30am at the CC building.

For more detailed information on these programs, please contact SSG Luke A. Jamison at, (440) 254-6351 (email, or Ramona Anand at  (440) 366-4930 (email