Rebecca Marion

Managing Editor


Rebecca Marion | The Collegian | LCCC President Dr. Marcia Ballinger and LEC President Dr. Brian D. Posler sign the partnership agreement on March 3. The University Partnership will offer MBAs through LEC as early as this summer.

Lorain County Community College signed an agreement with Lake Erie College, who will now offer their Parker Master of Business Administration through the University Partnership on March 3. This program will meet the Northeastern Ohio job market’s growing need for MBA credentials.

Seeking to take advantage of the job market’s expanding demand, LCCC set their eyes on creating a partnership that would provide students looking to attain an MBA with flexible and affordable

options from a high-quality college. Currently, the University Partnership offers students the choice between eight master’s degrees in several areas including education, and eight master’s degrees with the addition of the Parker MBA program.

“When we look at opportunities to bring in a partner there’s a lot of criteria that we consider,” said Dr. Marcia Ballinger, president of LCCC. “One of those is how we can achieve the best synergy

between our institutions and provide the greatest value and flexibility for students at the highest quality, and that was exhibited by Lake Erie College.”

The Parker MBA program was created in 1981 and shares its name with Patrick S. Parker, the late chairman of the Parker Hannifin Corporation. Since it’s conception, the Lake Erie College program has graduated over 1,300 students and looks to produce even more business leaders as a part of LCCC’s University Partnership.

“President Ballinger and her team all the way from the top to the bottom have been wonderful partners,” said Dr. Brian D. Posler, president of Lake Erie College. “It’s just been very easy and exciting to think about how two institutions can partner to bring together what I hope is the first of several four-year programs here to LCCC.”

The Parker MBA program will be taught by experienced full-time faculty from Lake Erie College who will commute to the LCCC campus. So far, it will make available two courses per semester, with each class meeting once a week, and can be completed in 22 months. If all goes according to plan students could end up takes classes through the partnership as soon as summer, if the demand is high enough.  As an added bonus, the Lake Erie College grants the graduates of the Parker MBA Program a Lifelong Learning Guarantee allowing students to take classes after completion of the degree at no additional cost.

To educate students about the Parker MBA program, LCCC and Lake Erie College will have two information sessions; the first will be held on March 2,1 and the second on April 20. Both will be held at  LCCC’s Spitzer Conference Center from 6-7 p.m.

For more information, students can contact the University Partnership office at (440) 366-4949, or call Dr. Douglas J. Bird, adjunct faculty for the Parker MBA program at (440) 375-7178.