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Lorain County Community College President Roy Church (seated left) signs the resolution establishing the new strategic plan – Vision 2020 – for LCCC after LCCC Board of Trustees Vice Chairman Ben Fligner finished signing the document. The Board approved the strategic plan at its Thursday meeting. Watching (standing from left) is Michael Bruckman , director of research for NanoBio Systems, a Boston company that moved its operations to the LCCC Desich SMART Center; Charlene Dellipoala, an LCCC and University Partnership graduate and current master’s degree student, and Marty Eggleston, LCCC men’s basketball coach and student success coach.
Lorain County Community College will go through a tremendous change in the next few years. These changes are set to improve how the campus can improve the student body, the local economy, and above all, the community. This plan, known as Vision 2020, being set into motion by LCCC’s Vision 2020 team.
“At LCCC, we have a history of setting vision and priorities. Vision 2020 defines our key priorities for the next three to five years,” according to Tracy Green, vice president of Strategic and Institutional Development.
What exactly are the priorities for this initiative? The first goal for the vision is: To drive student completion for academic and career success. Green went into some detail into this priority for the college. “LCCC has to reduce time and cost to complete degree. Students will be able to save about 50 percent on a B.A. compared to that of a university. More detail was given in the press release about the other priorities given in this outline. Another was known as: Lead talent development while accelerating business and job growth. “LCCC serves as an engine for economic growth.” LCCC has been instrumental in bringing jobs and economic growth, according to a written statement issued by the college, “NanoBio Systems, a new company locating in the GLIDE incubator and Desich SMART Center, just moved here from Boston to tap into these resources to grow their biomedical company.” And that is just one example of what LCCC has been able to do by improving the local economy.
The third and final priority is to: Inspire community engagement, connectivity, diversity and wellness. The main idea of this priority is pretty basic. The main idea is to just be a positive influence on the community and to “address issues that affect the entire community” as stated by officials at LCCC. Another thing to know about this priority is that the college plans to the best of its ability serves the needs of the “under privileged population through partnerships.”
From the statement:
The college’s refreshed core values embrace the recognition that:
“We are the community’s college. We are trusted by the community to educate, lead and inspire. We create a better, more sustainable future for our community.”
Through its core values, Lorain County Community College’s work is guided by the mission that the college exists:
• Individuals to succeed through quality education
• Economies to grow through innovation
• Communities to thrive through partnerships and rich cultural experiences”
To fulfill its core values and mission, Vision 2020 sets a refreshed action agenda of three strategic priorities and 17 supporting initiatives.
The three Vision 2020 strategic priorities are:
Priority 1: Drive student completion for academic and career success
Initiatives to advance this priority include a commitment to Coach Every Student by wrapping personalized intervention and coaching strategies around every student to map a successful pathway. LCCC Success Coach Marty Eggleston underscored the importance of this priority. “Young people, and I include myself, are notorious for lacking direction and then make poor decisions. They need guidance. I want to be that guy.” Coach Eggleston is that guy for 19-year-old Madison Willis of Sheffield Lake. Marty was assigned to Madison as she entered her first semester here at Lorain County Community College, apprehensive about the transition from high school to college. She is adjusting to college life and feels more confident. With Marty’s support, she is exploring program options in the Allied Health and Nursing Field. “Madison found a direction and confidence. She’s found a great rhythm on campus. That’s what we stand for in enrollment services,” Eggleston said.
Other initiatives to advance this priority include a commitment to Reducing Time and Cost to Completion and Engaging Adult Learners. University Partnership student Charlene Dellipoalo relates well to this priority. She came to LCCC to earn an associate degree but so inspired by her learning experience that she continued on to earn her bachelor’s degree from Youngstown State University through the University Partnership. She is currently working on her master’s degree in Social Work also from Youngstown State University through the University Partnership. A mother, student and volunteer, Charlene shares, “I came to LCCC for a quality education and to make a better life for myself and my family. The learning environment and ability to earn an associate, bachelor’s and master’s degree all at LCCC make it easy for me to shoot for stars,” Dellipoala said. “I was able to go after my dreams with ‘singleness of purpose’ because of the affordable, accessible opportunities at LCCC.”
Priority 2: Lead talent development while accelerating business and job growth.
Building talent and growing jobs is the focus of Priority 2. “In the past 25 years, companies less than five years old have accounted for all new net job growth in the United States. That’s not changing. Entrepreneurship and innovation are essential to economic growth,” said Church.
To drive Priority 2, Vision 2020 calls for initiatives to expand support to start-ups and existing businesses such as developing new products and coaching and mentoring. NanoBio Systems, a new company locating in the GLIDE incubator and Desich SMART Center, just moved here from Boston to tap into these resources to growth their biomedical company. “NanoBio Systems is developing technology to measure glucose levels in saliva as a means to monitor diabetes,” said Dr. Michael Bruckman, Director of Research for Nanobio Systems. “This is the environment we need to grow our company and this technology market. The Desich SMART Center is a unique resource and the coaching of GLIDE will help us move the business forward. And as we do, we will be able to find the talent right here through Lorain County Community College to fill the jobs we will create.”
Priority 3:Inspire community engagement, connectivity, diversity and wellness.
“As the community’s college, we serve all…students, companies, organizations, residents,” Church said. “We are a resource for the entire community.”
Priority 3 of Vision 2020 sets to improve quality of life in our community with a focus on wellness, seniors, creativity, diversity and ensuring all segments, especially those that are under-served and under resourced, of our population have the opportunity prosper.
Executive Director William Harper joined the event today emphasizing the importance of the college’s partnership with the community – organizations, municipalities and neighborhoods — to address issues that affect the entire community.