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Coping with anxiety issues in classrooms

Oscar Rosado Editor-in-Chief “Anxiety makes it really hard when teachers ask questions in class,” said fine arts major Angelina Rubensaal who has been diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder. “I am in constant fear if I get a question wrong. What…

Campus Security chief wins a state award

Jayne Giese Staff Writer  It came as a surprise to Kenneth Collins, director of Campus Security at Lorain County Community College, when he heard he was nominated for Administrator of the year.  “I feel very honored that I was nominated,…

Men’s cross-country wins championship, five men and women named All-Region

Special to the Collegian LCCC’s men’s cross-country team brought home the Division III Region XII Championship trophy this past Saturday, defeating Columbus State CC for the title.  All-Region selections Charlie Yonts (Oberlin/Firelands) and Henry Haas (Wellington) finished second and third,…

Arc Center helps fight mental health stigma

Quentin Pardon Assistant Editor “We are in a day and age where we are combatting a mental health stigma and we are losing,” said Student Senate President Udell Holmes. Holmes and his team are trying to raise awareness around the…

Campana building upgrades for new opportunities

Quentin Pardon Assistant Editor Lorain County Community College had revealed the finishing additions and renaming of the Dolore Jeneé Campana Center for Ideation and Invention with an open house and a presentation by Luke Williams, author of “Disrupt: Think the…

LCCC partners with Regeneration X to stop human trafficking

Oscar Rosado Editor-in-Chief LCCC President Marcia Ballinger, Ph.D announced, “I am so proud for the campus to hold this human trafficking conference, and those who made it possible. We need to be proactive and be apart of the solution. I…

International student crossed border for his U.S. education

Jayne Giese Staff Writer As a child, traveling for miles to cross the Mexican border into Texas was a normal part of current Lorain County Community College student Jesus Arturo Gonzalez Gaytan’s morning routine. Gaytan would wake up at 5…

Students and faculty rock out while voting

Quentin Pardon
Assistant Editor

Students and staff were hyped and ready to vote after the Rock Your Vote event took place at the courtyard. Live music was performed and food was offered to all while registration stands helped students get registered to vote for this upcoming fall election.

“Young people can really change the result of the election. They seem more interested than my generation when it came to voting” said Bret Brown, who is a trainer educator at the Board of Elections and train with other PEOs (professional employer organization). “With the presidential election coming up, it’s better sooner than later to sign up now,” he continued.

Timothy Hill, financial secretary of student senate stated “The whole purpose of this is to get students engaged and voting. We felt like enough students weren’t getting involved and this event today will hopefully start a trend of more people participating.” 

Staff Council Leadership President, Kionna McIntosh-Pharms, had also voiced her opinion on the topic. “I think this is a great opportunity for student senate to collaborate with different programs so that students can see a variety of new events to learn from.”

National Election Day will be held November 5th, the first Tuesday following the first Monday of November . Citizens will cast ballots to select public officials from- local to national government. Presidential elections are held every four years. Elections to the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate are held every two years. Local officials can be voted into office any year that is designated by the state.

Arc Center helps fight mental health stigma

Quentin Pardon
Assistant Editor

“We are in a day and age where we are combatting a mental health stigma and we are losing,” said Student Senate President Udell Holmes. Holmes and his team are trying to raise awareness around the campus about mental illnesses college students are facing. 

“We are always here for the students. We try to plan fun events during the semester,” said Holmes. “There are many resources on campus, we just need to raise more awareness so that the people that need it can actually use it for their benefit. We want to encourage people to be able to seek help. You should feel comfortable in confiding to a friend, family member or even a therapist. We want you to find strength so you can be able to do those things. You can not deal with everything by yourself.”

A safe place to talk

Jessica Terry, who is part of the student senate is also a University Partnership Representative. “We want to address suicide and depression,” Terry stated. “We have meetings every second and fourth Wednesday of the month and students are allowed to attend those meetings. We want them to know that this is a safe place where you can come and talk to us about whatever is on your mind. We all have faced moments when we have been overwhelmed to a point where we can not handle it.”

Current LCCC student Alize Payne understands how it feels to be stressed out at school. “In high school I never learned the right studying skills so when I transitioned to college I had a terrible habit of not studying and I struggled at the beginning. I felt like they didn’t prepare me for the real world,” she exclaimed. “I stress out in college when I overexert myself by adding so many courses to my schedule.” To help ease the stress, Payne “usually vents” so she can get those thoughts off her mind.

Fighting stigma everyday

Project Coordinator for LCCC care center Charlene Dellipoala helps hundreds of students each semester with their problems. “Each person is an individual. You never see the same problem. There are so many different issues students face. I listen with an open heart. Everyday we fight the stigma and everyday we fight a good fight. The goal is to be a helping hand and try to find them the best resources to solve or reduce the problem,” Dellipoala said. One of her proudest stories involves a student who went directly to her. “I had a student who was a heroin addict who at the same time was facing eviction. I was able to get them referred to a treatment center. The student came back clean and sober and is now registered into classes once again.” 

LCCC is one of the only community colleges in the state of Ohio that have a collegiate recovery program and a dedicated space for the program with a full time counselor. If you need to talk to the student senate, they are located at room CC 203. You may also go to the Arc Center in the library where they can help you with financial problems, food, clothing, etc. You can make appointments with the care center but they also accept walk-ins.

Elyria Rotary Club planning to start Rotaract Club on campus

Oscar Rosado

Elyria Rotary is in the process of sponsoring a Rotaract club on campus. Elyria Rotarians as well as other Rotarians from Lorain County came together for a meet and greet with students on Oct. 2 at the College Center. 

 The concept of Rotary derives from the desire to help those in the community, and even internationally. Whether it is dealing with hunger, sickness, or even helping families, Rotary clubs help organize operations to help those in need. 

Rotary is essentially a network of problem-solvers who unite and come together to act to create lasting change in the community. Few of what they do is fight disease, provide clean water, support education and help mothers and children, as well as tasks of the like all to promote integrity.

Giving back what people can

According to President of the Elyria Rotary Rich Fredrickson, there are about 1.2 million Rotaries worldwide, with approximately 34,000 clubs across the globe.

Sam Battle, who is in charge of youth services at the Elyria Rotary, said the concept of Rotary is, “networking and finding something in common,” and adds, “humans need to give what we can.” Battle hopes with the implementation of this Rotaract club being planned, “hope students can be Rotary to carry on what we do.”

The purpose of the meet and greet according to Fredrickson was to, “educate those interested in what Rotary is to students.” It was also to help kick start a potential Rotaract club on campus.

According to Fredrickson, a Rotaract club shares the same basic principles of a Rotary club but more so with college aged individuals, with an age range of 18-30, whereas a regular Rotary consists of those who are 18 and older in the community.

The meet and greet was also to “show what Rotary was to students so that they can be interested to start their own,” said program coordinator of the International Initiative Shaun Marsh, Ph.D.

Marsh added, “Rotary clubs are a service organization that originated in the 1900’s with an international focus on how can the community be better.”

“Service is our main goal”

 An example of what the Elyria Rotary has done was help building a roof in San Pedro Sula, Honduras for the Escuela Jose Maria Gonzalez Rosa which is a school that houses 400 children to educate.

“Something is better than nothing,” said Board Member of the Elyria Rotary Mark Mathes. “It is fellowship, and fun, but service is our main goal.”

“Ultimately up to the students”

“The International Initiative sees the Rotary as a way to help better the community and possibly provide a guide of volunteering for our students,” said Dr. Marsh. “Rotary may provide reciprocal both for American and international students should they pursue a Rotaract club on campus.” Dr. Marsh added, “The International Initiative supports the idea of having a Rotaract club on campus, but it is ultimately up to the students to decide together using the support of various North West Ohio Rotary clubs.”

Campus having annual Harvest Festival helping with donated non-perishable goods

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A Spooktacular event is slowly creeping its way towards the campus this month.  It is the LCCC Annual Harvest Festival, which is being organized by the Student Senate. The event will take place on Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the College Center Commons. The event is free and open to the public.

Celebration for a good cause

“This year’s celebration will also be for a good cause; the event will help support LCCC’s Commodore Cupboard and the United Automobile Workers (UAW) Local 2000’s food drive,” Finance Secretary of the Student Senate Tim Hall said. Hall is also one of the lead organizers of the Harvest Festival. “The goal for this year is to help as many people as possible, that’s why we are asking for self-care products donations for the first time.” Anyone can help by donating any non-perishable items, canned foods and self-care products at the event. The food drive is extended until Nov. 18 for all donations. The Commodore Cupboard is located at BU 113 on campus, and the UAW Local 2000 is located at 3151 N. Abbe road in Sheffield.

Fun activities for children

There will also be a lot of fun activities at the festival, like, the game truck, caricature artists, a bouncy house, candy, face painting, and a kid’s costume contest with trophies and medals as prizes. All the money from this event will go to Student Life which will go towards a scholarship fund.

Volunteers wanted to help

The Student Senate is also seeking volunteers to help out at the event. They seeking people to help pass out candy and games, as well as seeking a photographer to document the event. Any interested inquiries can speak with the senate at their office at CC 203 by Oct. 18, by 5:00 p.m.

Campana building upgrades for new opportunities

Quentin Pardon
Assistant Editor

Students from a class at the Campana building
Quentin Pardon | The Collegian

Lorain County Community College had revealed the finishing additions and renaming of the Dolore Jeneé Campana Center for Ideation and Invention with an open house and a presentation by Luke Williams, author of “Disrupt: Think the Unthinkable to spark Transformation in Your Business.”

The Campana Center, was first opened back in 2001, had recently underwent a 10,000-ft expansion, including new lab and equipment gear. The restoration was made possible through a private/public partnership that included nearly twenty federal, state and philanthropic sponsors of the project. The upgrade includes enhanced equipment and labs to provide students/ business an industry and the community greater access to tools and resources designed to stimulate new inventions, foster industry growth and support education and workforce development.

“This opens up our minds to what is possible. That is what the Campana Center is all about,” said Vice President of Strategic and Institutional Development Trac

Keynote Speaker Luke Williams                                                    Quentin Pardon | The Collegian

y Green. “Art students can work with engineering students can collaborate because we know ideas are everywhere. You don’t have to be an expert on a specific field to take advantage of the opportunity.” The purpose of upgrading the center is to position our region for new economic opportunities for the entire county of Lorain. “Getting connected and engaged. All the assets are here for the taking,” Green added.


       The Campana Center offers business and industry access to equipment designed to enhance competitiveness without making a huge investment. The partnerships resulted in a direct alignment between industry-needs programs in Blockchain, Industrial Internet of Things, Cyber security and Data Analytics. Specialized resources in the Center include a digital manufacturing line, industrial 3D printing lab, and virtual reality cave.

       “The Campana Center is Northeast Ohio’s Manufacturing Marketplace, offering companies a one-stop solution not only to equipment, but to the services and talent nee

A participant engaging in a virtual reality video game                  Quentin Pardon | The Collegian

ded to grow their enterprise,” said LCCC President Marcia Ballinger, Ph.D. LCCC, in partnership with local industry, recently launched an Applied Science in Digital Fabrication tools for tasks such as prototyping, Proof-of-concept exploration, and rapid tooling.

 Community members, including inventors, entrepreneurs, artists and educators, also have access to the Center’s greatly expanded Fab Lab maker-space. “This Center will be a place that inspires anyone who steps into dream, create, to build, and most importantly to see the connection between building a prototype and a company around it,” said Dr. Ballinger.

The Fab Foundation, a non-profit based out of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Center for Bits and Atoms, designated LCCC’s Fab Lab as a Super Lab during today’s program. LCCC’s Fab Lab qualified for the designation due to the level of offerings, capabilities and commitment to providing community access through LCCC’s Fab Lab. The Fab Lab is open to the community about 35 hours per week, offers custom workshops, STEAM Maker camps and programming for K-12 youth.

For more information on the Campana Center, visit www.lorainccc.edu/campana or call (440) 366-7866.

LCCC partners with Regeneration X to stop human trafficking

Oscar Rosado

LCCC President Marcia Ballinger, Ph.D announced, “I am so proud for the campus to hold this human trafficking conference, and those who made it possible. We need to be proactive and be apart of the solution. I hope this is just the start of the collaboration with Shawn Cleveland and Regeneration X,” at a human trafficking conference held on Sept. 11 at the College Center. 

LCCC President Marcia Ballinger, Ph.D., (left) thanking Moderator Shawn Cleveland (right) for speaking about human trafficking and how to prevent it.    Jayne Giese | The Collegian



“Community is our middle name. We need to collaborate  and create impact together,” said Dr. Ballinger. The purpose of the conference was to educate communities on the issues of modern day slavery as well as bring to life the plight of the missing in the community.

Words from a victim

“You can’t trust anybody. If you see something, please say something,” said special guest Gina DeJesus. Currently the Cofounder of The Cleveland Center for Missing, Abducted, Exploited Children and Adults, she shared her story of when she was abducted by Ariel Castro at the age of 14, along with two other young women, Michelle Knight and Amanda Berry. All three escaped in 2013.

“It takes a community”

“It is a big deal for us. We need everyone on board. It takes a community. You can’t do it alone. Look out for each other. Assist whenever possible,” said Executive Director of the Human Trafficking Collaboration of Lorain County, Shawn Cleveland. Cleveland is also apart of Regeneration X, and was responsible for the conference to come to life. He was also the moderator of the conference. 

This was Regeneration X’s second major event, and is currently working on recruiting and training people to join their cause.

According to Cleveland, the conference took approximately a month and a half to organize. “We are blessed. Everyone was willing to help,” said Cleveland. “I appreciate student life, Dr. Ballinger, and Jovaniel Rolon for helping to make this possible.”

Awareness to the youths

“We want to bring awareness to the young people of the college of their surroundings. No one wants to be in that situation of getting kidnapped or having a family member missing for years. We want to help stop that,” said Criminal Justice major Jovaniel Rolon who is currently in his second year. “We want to help not only the community of Lorain, but other communities too.”

Rolon was the one who connected Regeneration X to the college to set up the conference. Rolon is good friends with Cleveland, and is also part of Regeneration X. 

“I was the connection to help organize everything,” said Rolon. “Young people can talk to younger people, but don’t want to tell older people. We want to train young people how to respond and how to prevent such a situation. Technology is a big thing. Everyone is on their phone, and 20 things can happen while they’re not paying attention.”

Being self defensive

“Awareness bears observation. Make a plan, and execute it,” said Self defense technician, Ed Carrion. At the conference, Carrion talked about self defense awareness and spoke about, “Lessening the chances to be a victim.” 

Carrion has been involved in self defense for 40 years, and teaches at a school of martial arts as a senior instructor, located at 1121 Tower Blvd. in Lorain.

International student crossed border for his U.S. education

Jayne Giese
Staff Writer

As a child, traveling for miles to cross the Mexican border into Texas was a normal part of current Lorain County Community College student Jesus Arturo Gonzalez Gaytan’s morning routine. Gaytan would wake up at 5 a.m. every morning with his older sister to get ready for school and sit in a mile long line of cars to get through customs.

“The line coming into the U.S. was always miles long, while leaving the U.S. was much quicker and never had any real traffic. I understand that you must go through customs to enter the United States, but I feel they should have an additional line for the students, or at least more officers on duty.  From what I can remember there were only a few officers and if they went on break you just kind of had to wait till someone came back,” said Gaytan. 

Gaytan grew up in a small town in Mexico called Piedras Negras, which is located near the border of Eagle Pass, Texas. “Most of the time we drove to school, Eagle Pass was only about twenty minutes from my town.  We would have to wake up so early though, because crossing the bridge to get through customs everyday took over an hour,” Gaytan said. 

The elementary school that Gaytan and his older sister attended was Our Lady of Refuge school.  This was a private Christian school that had about 25% of the students attending on Visa’s, just like Gaytan and his sister.  This made it easy for carpooling with other students.

Gaytan at his workspace      Jayne Giese | The Collegian

“Most of the time my sister and I got to carpool with some of the other students coming from Mexico, like us.  There was one month we had to walk though, that was in December. I remember Texas being so hot, even in the winter.  Walking would usually be a little quicker because of how bad the traffic was coming into the United States.  It was still hard  having to walk though because it would take about 30-minutes, and my books were pretty heavy.  The heat hurts when it hits you too. The town was right by a river, so it was a very hot and humid kind of heat. I am so glad to be here in Ohio now, I do not like the hot weather after that,” said Gaytan. 

Gaytan still had to renew his visa annually.  “I get that there are laws when having a visa and it is good to protect everyone, but I wish they would make it a little simpler for students.  The process of renewing your visa was so long and tedious, even though they knew who I was. They never made it any easier or treated you any different. You would be at one building for hours just to have to go to another building somewhere else and wait for a long time as well. The process took weeks, maybe even a month just to renew my student visa” Gaytan said.

Overall Gaytan has nothing but positive memories from his experience of going to school in the U.S. while living in Mexico at the same time. “My parents are the real heroes here.  I just went to school like everyone else.  They are the ones who woke up at 4 a.m. everyday and made sure we got to school on time,” Gaytan said. 

Gaytan continues to put his education before anything else because he remembers how much work he and his family had to endure.  “To this day I work very hard for my studies.  When I got into middle school is when my family and I moved here to Ohio.  My dad got a job and an apartment and we became citizens.  They built their lives around getting my sister and I a better education, so I have never really slacked off because of it,” Gaytan said. 

Gaytan is now in his second year at LCCC and he currently works on campus at the international student office. “I really like my job on campus, I answer phone calls and take messages.  I’ll make copies and do any filing that is needed,” said Gaytan. 

MaryBeth Yates is the project coordinator for the international student office, and she encourages international students to come and stop by anytime with questions or concerns they may have.  “Here at the international student office we help students from overseas adjust to life on campus. We will help them with anything from their schedules, to finding their way around the college, paperwork, etc. We definitely encourage international students to apply, but we will of course hire any student.  It helps if the applicant is bilingual because most students from overseas speak other languages,” Yates said. 

LCCC currently enrolls students from 29 different countries and welcomes students holding an immigrant or non-immigrant status. The international student office is located on campus right next to the student life desk across from the student senate.  They can be reached by phone : 440-366-4929 or via fax: 440-366-4213

Little Free Library is a literate asset to main campus

A parent who is also a staff member, reads a story to a child Ben Kowalski | The Collegian

Ben Kowalski
A Correspondent

Located right outside the Children’s Learning Center, the previous weathered and leaking Little Free Library got an update this summer, with the addition of a new library soon to take its place. 

Celebrated with a ribbon cutting ceremony, this collaboration was done by members of Rosie’s Girls, a national group dedicated to girls in middle school to learn about trades, and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) Maker students. Together they designed and built a new enclosed structure for the Center’s playground that would allow kids and adults to take out and return books when they have the time. The winning creation, thought up by LCCC student Destiny Davis, was inspired by characters from a popular kid’s show called PJ Masks. 

While this is a new addition to the Early Childhood area, the meaning behind its existence has been a long lasting concept in Lorain County. “This has been an initiative for some of us in early childhood for a long time, that children should have books in their homes, parents should be reading; that everyone should have a life of being literate,” explained Professor and Head Coordinator of the Children’s Learning Center Michele Henes. “From birth to death people should be able to read and interact with society.”

Since its creation, The Little Free Library has had growing success. Offering a wide range of topics from picture books for toddlers to novels for adults, books continue to come in and out steadily. “We have children that this is the first thing they do or the last thing they do every day” stated Michele Henes. Open to the public, the benefits of the Little Free Library are sure to have an impact on readers of all ages. 

Commodore Cupboard, ARC aim high to help with new offices

Oscar Rosado

Earl working at the Commodore Cupboard
Oscar Rosado | The Collegian

“Our mission is to better serve the community by educating people on poverty and how we can fight food and security on our campus and our community,” said AmeriCorps Vista Alyssa Earl who is involved with the Commodore Cupboard.

Earl discussed the pantry’s current plans, and the process of moving into a new working space to help even more people in need.

“I’ve seen a lot more new families work to keep the cupboard consistent. We’ve been coming up with new ideas, like fundraising ideas,” said Earl. Moving from its previous location, located in the hallway between the College Center and the Nord Advanced Technologies Center to its new facility in the Business Building in room 113, which was the old location for the Women’s Link.

Earl said she’s working hard this semester with the Commodore Cupboard and would like for people to volunteer more so people can utilize the pantry frequently. 

Since the last location was so small, Earl said they had to limit what they had to get, and would miss items for families. Because of the new space, Earl says, food is, “not only more frequent but a lot more fresh”, as the new space has a refrigerator, which means fresh produce and dairy. Earl said there is also more hands on training, as the space has hired more workers, which means there are more tasks to do, such as incoming projects. 

One of these is called the pilot project. Earl said the project will have a locker system, in which students can order online, receive a code, and put in the code to their designated locker where the ordered food is stored. The project is still in the works, as well as more projects still being planned.

A positive change

Earl describes the move to be a, “positive change.” One positive change from moving would be the inclusion of expandable hours to its workers. According to Earl, Last semester, because there were fewer workers, there was a lot less time to work on projects. Currently, the Commodore Cupboard is open Mon-Fri from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

The Commodore Cupboard is partnering with Meijer supermarket where customers who shop there can purchase $10 donation cards, which will allow them to be a recipient of the Simply Give food pantry donation program. With the $10 donation card, it will turn into a Meijer food-only gift card where customers can help support the Commodore Cupboard with their donation for developing families such as diapers and wipes.

Cupboard and ARC as one 

When asked about the association with the Advocacy Resource Center, or ARC, Earl said, “We like to think of the ARC and the Commodore Cupboard as one big family.”

“The Commodore Cupboard is part of the advocacy,” said ARC Coordinator Tracey Maxwell.

Formerly the Women’s Link, it has officially changed its name to the Advocacy Resource Center, or ARC for short. The name was changed because according to Maxwell, “Thought it would make sense and be more clear to students to come to us.” With this new focus, there is this new comprehension access to what students need. Maxwell assures, despite the name change, the facility will still have Women’s Link calls. 

In regards to their new office space located at the first floor of the Bass Library, which was previously the Children’s Library which is now in the second floor of the Library, Maxwell said the new space allows them to expand new partnerships and counseling. She assures there will be new opportunities to help students in the upcoming future.

Greater effiency with bigger space 

Maxwell said there is greater efficiency because of the new space. Counseling will expand in the ARC so students can have a supportive service on campus.

“Students play a lot of roles. Some are employees, some are caregivers, and some are parents. These things bring challenges. Students have a lot of things to worry about,” said Maxwell. If the students do not have the proper help, they will not be successful.

The ARC moved into the new space since Aug. Maxwell said the new space has more benefits, one of these is having six whole rooms, which according to Maxwell means, “six opportunities to help those in need.” Beforehand, when located at BU 113, they only had three rooms. “More rooms equal more opportunities,” said Maxwell. 

New furniture will come in the upcoming weeks. There is now a community room to have community meetings where the ARC can meet with students. As a whole, according to Maxwell, the new space, “Gives ARC more flexibility, and makes the location more visible.”

In regards to moving into the new office space, Maxwell said, “It went well. Like moving to a new home.” The ARC is still in the process of hiring new workers.

“No problem too big or too small”

“I hope we can reach more students sooner,” said Maxwell, “To help them before it gets THAT bad.” Maxwell said whether it is gas, electricity, food, living quarters, etc, that, “We want them to know there’s a life jacket to go through whatever life throws in their lives.”

“We are ready to help when students are ready to see us. There is no problem that is too big or too small,” said Maxwell. 


LCCC unveils healthcare apprenticeship pathway

Ohio’s Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted (left) and Dr. Marcia Ballinger (right) witnessing nursing students perform on a dummy. Submitted photo

Special to The Collegian

Ohio’s Lieutenant Governor Jon Husted and Chancellor Randy Gardner joined Lorain County Community College and regional employers as the College unveiled its first apprenticeship pathway in Healthcare.  

The goal of the apprenticeship program is to help fill the healthcare talent pipeline in Northeast Ohio with a workforce that is trained and prepared through experiences developed at LCCC and refined at regional healthcare organizations.

“Healthcare apprenticeships are a strong model for the future to help people break into the healthcare industry, supply employers with the talent they need, and provide better care to Ohio patients,” said Lt. Governor Jon Husted. “I applaud Lorain County Community College for leading on this issue and helping to solve critical workforce needs in Northeast Ohio.”

Healthcare organizations have historically integrated on-the-job learning as part of their employee training and this apprenticeship pathway builds upon that long-established practice. This new program offers apprenticeship opportunities for regional healthcare employers and employees starting with STNA (State Tested Nursing Assistants) positions. STNA apprentices completing the program will earn 15 college credits with tuition assistance, receive 2,000 hours of paid on-the-job training and earn an industry recognized credential with the opportunity to continue their education on a structured pathway from STNA to LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse) to RN (Registered Nurse). The College is developing additional healthcare apprenticeship pathways including EMS to Paramedic to RN. 

The College is partnering with LeadingAge, a nonprofit trade association that represents 400 long-term care organizations and hospice centers, to engage employers in the development and implementation of this new program.  The first cohort of STNA apprentices started classes this fall at partnering organizations, Wesleyan Village and Lutheran Home.

“Apprenticeship programs are valuable recruitment and retention tools for employers to use to build their talent pipelines,” said LCCC President Marcia Ballinger, Ph.D.  “We are pleased to be partnering with LeadingAge Ohio in the development of this apprenticeship pathway in healthcare.”

The program is designed to bring value to both employers and employees as a talent development strategy.  “Our team will help employers develop the core components of an apprenticeship program that best fits their organization,” Ballinger said.  This includes completing all state-required documentation, offering on-site advising and college placement assessment to employees, working with human resource and management teams to develop the right curriculum, and securing employer stipends that are available from the State of Ohio for each new apprentice.

Goals of the program

The program’s goals include:

•Reduce turnover in positions with high attrition rates

•Provide opportunities for workers who want to advance but lack requisite education or credentials

•Provide a comprehensive instruction program for graduates of certificate programs who can further benefit from hands-on experience

•Build career ladders for healthcare workers that reduces employee turnover and onboarding costs

•Increase diversity in the healthcare workforce

•Provide healthcare workers on-the-job experience with guidance from experienced mentors or coaches

 “LeadingAge Ohio is fortunate to have a strong partner in Lorain County Community College in developing and executing these exciting apprenticeships,” said Kathryn Brod, LeadingAge President and CEO. “As LeadingAge Ohio continues to pursue workforce solutions to support our aging services providers across the state, we look forward to continued efforts with LCCC to train the frontline aging services and healthcare workforce of tomorrow.”

 “We’re confident that healthcare apprenticeships will provide additional benefits to our students seeking employment in one of the many healthcare related careers in Northeast Ohio,” Ballinger said. “As a leader in the region in training healthcare professionals we are always looking for ways to make their educational experiences more valuable so they will be able to hit the ground running when they get hired.” 

Today’s announcement supports a larger statewide priority to expand apprenticeships to in-demand industries such as advanced manufacturing, information technology and healthcare.  For the past ten years the Ohio Association of Community Colleges (OACC) and the Ohio Department of Higher Education (ODHE) have partnered to develop statewide agreements in curriculum design with the various trades apprenticeship programs approved by ApprenticeOhio and 23 community colleges.

“This is a celebration of what we can achieve with partnerships in Ohio, especially in allied health careers that really make a difference,” said Randy Gardner, Chancellor, Ohio Department of Education.

These aligned, statewide agreements positioned Ohio to receive a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor.  This grant allowed for the development of The Ohio College Apprenticeship Consortium which provides tuition reimbursement to participating students for completing pre-apprenticeship and registered apprenticeship programs in occupations identified as in-demand by local businesses.  

For more information, interested employers should contact Chrissy Cooney, business engagement coordinator, at (440) 366-4325 or ccooney1@lorainccc.edu.