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JVS Partners with LCCC to Give Students an Advantage Towards Associate Degrees

The JVS is pleased to announce an exciting new initiative with Lorain County Community College that gives students an opportunity to earn a year’s worth of college credits or about 30 credits from Lorain County Community College that goes towards an associate degree while still in high school.

On Wednesday, October 17, Dr. Glenn Faircloth, Superintendent of JVS and Dr. Marcia Ballinger, the president of LCCC announced the Career & College Advantage (CCA) program in the Precision Machine Technology lab at JVS.

“Lorain County Community College is thrilled to provide Lorain County JVS students with a pathway to a year’s worth of college credits – at no cost to their families. The Career & College Advantage program is a great option for students and provides a direct connection to internships and employment with local companies,” said LCCC President Marcia J. Ballinger, Ph.D.

The CCA program embeds college credits through Lorain County Community’s College Credit Plus program along with articulation agreements with LCCC and the state of Ohio.

“The partnership with LCCC is yet another opportunity for students who are interested in getting a head start as they transition into post education after high school,” said Dr. Glenn Faircloth, JVS Superintendent. “Financially, JVS families can save $5,000 or more in college costs, which will be very helpful to so many of our students who are in need.”  

The partnership launches with four JVS programs including Computerized Design and Drafting, Culinary Arts, Network Communication Technology and Project Lead the Way – Engineering. In eight additional program pathways students can earn a full semesters worth of credits or more in Allied Health Sciences, Bakery and Pastry, Carpentry, Education, Heating and Air Conditioning, Precision Machine Technology, Sports, Health and Fitness Technology and Welding and Fabrication. Classes are held on both the JVS and LCCC campuses.

Ballinger added that some of the employers who hire LCCC graduates offer tuition assistance to pay for the balance of their associate degree while the students are working and earning at their place of employment. 

LCCC and JVS are working to expand CCA to have every JVS career pathway connected to College Credit Plus with the opportunity for students to earn at least 30 college credits in every program. “We are excited to expand upon our strong partnership and offer this innovative approach to higher education for our community – programs like CCA have the potential to be game-changers for our entire county,” said Ballinger.