Michael Cuevas

JRNM 151 Student

Lorain County Community College has set a plan in motion to move the International Initiatives and Student Services office into the tutoring center, located in room 204 of the College Center building.

The International Initiatives office, which is currently located in the Patsie Campana building, should be moved in by March of 2017, according to Laura Carissimi, LCCC’s director of purchasing and facilities planning.

“I do believe it’s going to be a much more vibrant location,” Carissimi said of the move. She added that it will be a great opportunity for international students to interact with what LCCC has to offer, since the new location will be “near the heart of all other student clubs.”

The location of the tutoring center will not be changing despite the international office’s move. Carissimi noted that the move won’t be easy, but the opportunity to have LCCC’s international students more involved was too enticing to pass up.

Although students haven’t given any feedback, Carissimi is hopeful that students won’t have too much trouble adjusting to the new location. She said that the Patsie Campana building is quiet, but the move for students should be a positive one.

Engineers will be preparing the lighting, air conditioning, and heating in order to prepare the space for students. Carissimi said the work should be done by March.

She added that the international students at LCCC have are comfortable around each other, and that the move will allow for more “spontaneous interaction” between them. Carissimi firmly believes this to be a positive move for all involved.

Many international students chose LCCC in order to improve their English and forward their career goals.LCCC currently enrolls 109 students from more than 31 countries for the 2015-2016 academic year.