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LCCC’s 56th commencement ceremony put on hold

Special to The Collegian Lorain County Community College has decided to cancel its spring commencement ceremony originally scheduled for May 16, in light of the rapidly evolving coronavirus COVID-19 situation.   No date has been set to reschedule the College’s 56th commencement ceremony.             “It…

College switches many classes to online as precaution

Jayne Giese Staff Writer Lorain County Community College has postponed all in-person classes from March 11 through March 14, in response to the coronavirus, COVID-19. The college also has extended its spring break from March 15 to March 24, and…

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…

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…

New levy will bring $15 million to academic budget

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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

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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?

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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

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“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

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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

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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

Coach Powers awarded Central Region Men’s Coach of the Year

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“My kids actually told me I had won the award,” said Jim Powers, Central Region Men’s Coach of the Year. “I had no idea I had won until my kids started screaming coach you won”. Powers received the trophy at the team banquet before the NJCAA Div.3 Championship meet and the Coaches Association President handed me the award. “It was a total surprise for me but I was greatly appreciative of it. I don’t know how much I deserved it but I appreciate deeply.”

“The kids did all the work. All I did was make sure they were there,” said Powers. The men’s team had won the Div.3 Regional Championship against Columbus State and the sixth ranked women team won an invitational earlier this year at the Finger Lakes Community College Invitational, which is the first time ever the women’s team had won an invitational here. “As far as the year went on, we had a special year. A lot of milestones were accomplished,” he continued. LCCC had five runners make All-Region. Three were women (Kelsey Gannon, Samantha Glass and Mackenzie Glass) and two were men (Charlie Yonts and Henry Haas); the most LC had ever produced off of one season. 

“We also had one All-American, Kelsey Gannon, who took 15th at nationals,” said Powers. Earlier this past season, Gannon was selected as the Division III Runner of the Week in just the second race of her career.  

Due to hard work of the team

Powers said, “It’s due to the hard work of the team. It’s not all me. The team won the award but ultimately they just gave it to me.”  

“Hopefully we’ll have a good group back for next year. I had already talked to some high schoolers who are interested for the next season. This year was phenomenal and I hope for more in the future.” 

Precautions to take action for animal safety in the winter

A domestic dog wearing a sweater with a scarf.
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Ryan Bennett an LCCC student, age 21, who is majoring in Computer Science Engineering, will now think and possibly buy his dog a pair of booties after hearing about the outside dangers that could harm his dog’s feet. Bennett said, “I own a Siberian husky named Everest. I think animals shouldn’t be left outside for a long period of time. I do walk my dog during the wintertime, but I do not have protection for her feet. I will consider buying booties for her now knowing the possible dangers.”

Words from a veterinarian

Dr. Frank Krupka, age 47, one of the owners, along with being a veterinarian, of the Avon Lake Animal Clinic, said, “It’s not so much as the temperature outside, it’s about freezing temperatures. When it gets below 45 degrees, there is going to be a risk of the animals becoming hypothermic. An animal should not be left unattended, but wind is our biggest factor. That is why wind-chill is important when talking about the weather. It’s all about getting out of the wind.”

Animals need the right materials, such as shelter, during the winter months just like people do. It is preferred that animals stay inside in a warm environment during the winter, but if the animal must be kept outside or in the garage, it will need a specific kind of shelter. The type of shelter that should be provided should keep the animal out of the wind and should be made from a thick material to keep the animal from getting wet. When asked what type of shelter should be used, Dr. Krupka said, “I prefer one that wind will not blow into. So, a doghouse that allows the animal to walk in and turn to go into another area, so there is no wind tunnel blowing right into the house. So, a four-sided structure with a door and a little bit of an alley way which will allow the animal to get out of the wind.” If animals are subject to wind along with cold temperatures, they are at risk of hypothermia. “Hypothermia is the first thing we notice along with frostbite. We see frostbites at extremities, like the tips of the ears, and then obviously hypothermia as in just getting too cold in general,” said Dr. Krupka.

“About clothing materials”

Animal safety is not just about the type of shelter, it is also about the clothing materials along with what animals should be wearing on their feet, such as booties, in order to ensure pet health. When pets are taken outside during the winter season, their paws encounter salt and harmful chemicals. This can be detrimental to an animal’s health, especially when it is ingested. “Paw protection is about a lot of different things. Some of it is about salt exposure. Some of it is about chemical exposure that comes from walking on sidewalks. Other parts of it is about the sharp ice. So, it is not so much as the boots protecting them from the cold, it is more used to keep them safe from traumas like the sharp ice and salt” said Dr. Krupka. When it comes to buying booties for an animal’s feet, the booties should have grip to it or be made from a non-slip material. This will ensure that the animal stays safe when walking on icy sidewalks and roads. This is an important factor when it comes to animal health because the salt from the sidewalks can cause erosions or ulcers on the bottom of the animal’s paws. Dr. Krupka said, “The salt can actually cause erosions or ulcers to the feet, so in order to avoid this, we just need to rinse off their feet when we get back home, but if the animal is wearing booties you can skip this step.”

When it comes to slippery ice, we see a lot of hazards with orthopedic injuries. We see knee injuries and back injuries just like if a person were to slip on the ice.” An animal’s fur should also be left alone because the more protection from the cold, the better. If an animal has a specific style that consists of shaving their fur down, a coat or a sweater would make a great substitute. Although, it is stressed that all animals should be bought sweaters or winter coats along with being given extra blankets during winter weather, Dr. Krupka said, “If a person is going to get a dog groomed and give the animal a short coat, we need to make sure that we put a sweater on them or some type of wind block. Just a light jacket on them will keep their core body temperature warmer. If the animal is going to have extended amounts of time outdoors, it would be a good idea to buy the animal a coat so that they have some type of insulation.” According to Morgan Lisaula, age 23, another student who attends LCCC and is majoring in Nursing, owns one dog and although she sees this information as being insightful, will only consider buying her dog a coat. Lisaula said, “Yes, I have one dog named Koda, his breed is a boxer and no, I do not really think about animal safety because during the winter months my dog does not get much outside activity. I rarely walk my dog during the wintertime. Now knowing this information, it is definitely concerning, but I feel like I’ve never had these complications with any of my animals in the past or currently. So, I believe I will let my dog wear a coat this upcoming winter.”

Animals may get dirty during these cold months, but should we bathe them? According to Dr. Krupka, “So, obviously we don’t want to take the dog outside shortly after a bath. You are getting into their under coats and getting rid of some of their natural insulation by doing a good bath and combing routine, so just make sure the animal is good and dry before taking them outside.”

When an animal is cold, the animal will use up more energy in order to stay warm. When this happens, food portions may need to be increased depending on the breed or on how the individual animal is fairing. “They are using up more energy just to stay warm especially if they are being housed outdoors. I am unsure if indoor dogs use up that much more energy, but then again it all depends on the type of animal. We necessarily do not have to increase food portions, the only reason I would consider shortening up food portions is if the owner decreases the activity level. We typically see 10% weight gain over the winter. It is not that the animals are eating more, it’s that they are less active. So, if the owner is not as active with their pet over the winter, that’s where we can potentially be dealing with some weight gain, but the animals still need to be active, they need to be running around and be just as active even though it’s cold outside. But again, it all depends on what the individual animal needs, so owners should make sure they are paying attention to what their pets need just in case they do need to increase their animal’s food portion.”

Beware of antifreeze

Antifreeze is highly dangerous for any animal and animals should be closely monitored when outside in order to avoid them accidently ingesting it. Antifreeze is a liquid, typically one based on ethylene glycol, used in the radiator in an internal combustion engine, to lower the freezing point of the cooling medium in a motor vehicle (Dictionary.com). Dr. Krupka said, “Antifreeze is a huge risk, it doesn’t take much antifreeze to kill an animal. It causes their kidneys to shut down. But antifreeze is always a risk. During the Spring, Summer and Fall we have antifreeze toxicity potential as well because people are working on their cars. Antifreeze is always in our vehicles meaning it is always a risk. Animals are attracted to it because it has a sweet taste and unfortunately if they find a puddle of it, they will drink it because of it having that sweet taste.”

Animals are more susceptible to outdoor injuries than they are of becoming ill during the winter months. It is important to make sure the animal has scheduled exams along with having a winter wellness exam, especially if it is a senior pet. The winter wellness exam is important because an animal may become sick before winter or may have a health issue and if it is not caught early on, the animal may struggle during the cold months or have a drastic decrease in its health. Dr. Krupka said, “Frostbite is when the animal gets red and inflamed tissue around the ear margins which can lead to the tissue cracking and then falling off. So, that would be a traumatic injury to the animal. Broken nails and cut feet will obviously resolve in bleeding. There is far less bacterial and viral spread in the wintertime outdoors just because of the environment. So, we tend to see less contagious diseases during the wintertime and more of traumatic injuries. All pets should receive regular wellness exams. With senior pets, twice a year is a good idea and if it is a young active animal, I do not think a winter exam is needed unless there is some medical ailment that is happening.”

Even if a person does not own any animals, they still need to be on the lookout for outside animals. Stray animals use the hoods of cars, along with hiding underneath them for warmth and shelter, which can cause serious harmful injuries if people do not notice them soon enough. According to Dr. Krupka, “Sometimes we see dogs and cats both get up into the hoods of cars trying to seek heat in there. So, if we know there are animals in the environment that would be seeking shelter in the hood or where there’s a warm area, check in those places before you start up the car. We have seen fan blade injuries a lot.”

Celebrating the life and legacy of Toni Morrison

Keynote speaker Marilyn Sanders Mobley Ph. D. at the Spitzer Conference Center speaking about the legacy of Toni Morrison Angela Andujar | The Collegian

Angela Andujar
Staff Writer

Lorain County Community College celebrated the life and works of Lorain born Nobel Prize and Pulitzer Prize winning novelist, Toni Morrison, after her passing on Aug. 5, 2019 at the age of 88. Born Chloe Anthony Wofford on Feb. 18, 1931, Morrison would go on to write novels covering topics of community, family, and African-American life and culture.

Keynote speaker Marilyn Sanders Mobley, PhD, whose first book, “Folk Roots and Mythic Wings in Sarah Orne Jewett and Toni Morrison: The Cultural Function of Narrative”, was one of the first cross-cultural studies on the Nobel Prize winning author. Mobley thanked Morrison for creating a place of belonging for her works recalling, “Love for her adaptability to work with language until it spoke to us with richness and complexity that was familiar and welcome, and trust that she respected us and the community from which she came with a deep sense of knowing.”

Jewon Woo, PhD, African-American literature professor here at LCCC, worked with her students to help create a digital map and narrative of Toni Morrison life in Lorain. Some places include her home on Elyria Ave. and the Old Lorain Library. Many of the places included were worked into Morrison’s writing. Anybody can view this digital map at https://uploads.knightlab.com/storymapjs/3bde773f6fea3d4e97bc8a9373de6b0e/toni-morrisons-lorain/index.html