Lorain County Community College gives students in pursuit of bachelor’s degrees the unique opportunity to take classes from 12 Ohio universities on the LCCC campus. The college was the first community college in the state to start a University Partnership, with the first class taking place in 1996. The partnership enables students to earn more than 50 bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

Students can save on average up to $50,000 by earning their degrees through the University Partnership, compared to the cost of room, board and tuition at other universities. The partners provide the faculty and curriculum for all University Partnership courses.

The University Partnership can “open doors to some prestigious institutions and careers,” Associate Provost John Crooks, Ph.D., said. More than 5,000 students have graduated from LCCC’s University Partnership since its inception. “For many students, they don’t have the opportunity to leave home for a variety of reasons and we’re bringing bachelor’s and master’s level education at an extremely effective price,” Crooks said. Currently, the college has the lowest net price of any Ohio community college. “LCCC is your best value in higher education. The University Partnership is a natural extension of that, and really is part of the LCCC educational experience,” Crooks said.

Degrees cover a wide range of specialties, including business administration, biology, computer science and engineering, nursing, public health, education and more. This year several new offerings have emerged, including a bachelor of the arts in integrated environmental studies from Hiram College, a Lake Erie MBA and a Western Governors University partnership.

For more information on the University Partnership, visit www.lorainccc.edu/up.