Maria Alejandra Rey

The college held a Hispanic Heritage Month event on September 25 in the College Center Commons hosted by actor and alumni Kenny Santiago-Marrero. The event celebrates the Hispanic and Latin community on and off campus. Lorain county is home to the largest Latino population in Ohio and LCCC offers support through several resources. Among these, the Diversity Incentive Award, is awarded to Lorain county high school graduates who earn a minimum GPA of 2.5 and who are of African American, Hispanic, Asian, Pacific Islander, Middle Eastern or Native American descent. 

President of LCCC, Marcia Ballinger, Ph.D. made an appearance during the celebration and spoke out about support to DACA recipients. “Our commitment goes beyond enrolment,” said Ballinger, “it continues with identifying and providing support 

to students to ensure their success.” Ballinger recognized the work of El Centro, a social services organization focus on providing assistance in the employment process, as well as youth leadership. El Centro partners with LCCC for English as a Second Language courses and General Equivalency Diploma. 

Margarita Quinones, LCCC district board of trustee’s member announced that the Governor’s Distinguished Hispanic Ohioan Awards Gala will be held at LCCC campus and will be hosted by the Latino Affairs Commission with proceeds funding a scholarship for Hispanic and/or Latino students.

One special guest held a workshop that highlighted the Puerto Rican tradition of making masks for carnival. The event had dance performances, a live band-Latin City Soul, as well as a sawdust and sand carpet artwork by the Cruz Family.