February 20-26 is Engineers Week and Lorain County Community College is celebrating by highlighting engineering programs, graduates, and local industry connections. LCCC offers more than 30 associate degrees, bachelor’s degrees and certificates in engineering fields that lead to good paying jobs in Northeast Ohio.
“An LCCC credential in an engineering field prepares students for rewarding careers, right here in our region,” said LCCC President Marcia J. Ballinger, Ph.D. “In today’s period of rapid change, engineers are needed more than ever as our community and country create a new path forward.”
LCCC engineering programs are designed with direct input from local employers, making LCCC graduates even more marketable in the local economy. In fact, many programs have a nearly 100 percent employment rate, including LCCC’s MicroElectrical Mechanical Systems (MEMS) program, which prepares students for employment in the field of semiconductors (also called chips) and microelectronics. LCCC offers Ohio’s first applied bachelor’s degree in the ground-breaking MEMS field. The local semiconductor industry is a vital part of the regional supply chain – a role that is expected to grow with Intel’s plans to build two chip factories in Ohio.
The MEMS applied bachelor’s and associate degree programs include paid internships that often lead to full-time employment for students following graduation. One-year and short-term certificates in MEMS are also offered.
“The MEMS major has been opportunity after opportunity. Being part of a technology-based major has given me a great stepping stone,” said Em Williams, who will earn an associate degree in MEMS in May and plans to continue for the applied bachelor’s degree. Williams was awarded two NASA/Ohio Space Grant Consortium scholarships for her research in MEMS.
Those interested in learning more about the MEMS program may attend upcoming information sessions:
- 3-4 p.m., Friday, February 25
- 3:30-4:30 p.m., Friday, March 4
Both sessions will be held in room 140 of the Desich SMART Commercialization Center on the LCCC campus. To register for an info session, visit www.lorainccc.edu/mems.
LCCC is currently developing its second applied bachelor’s degree, this in Smart Industrial Automated Systems Engineering Technology. The program has received approval from the Ohio Department of Higher Education Chancellor Randy Gardner.
Another LCCC program with a near 100 percent employment rate is the computer science and engineering bachelor’s degree program offered by LCCC’s University Partnership and The University of Toledo. The program is offered at LCCC’s University Partnership Ridge Campus in North Ridgeville and includes mentorship and career connections through co-ops and internships. Full scholarships are available for this program.
“The University Partnership program set me up with real world experience, and at an affordable price,” said Joey Kilgore, who earned a bachelor’s in computer science and engineering through the LCCC Partnership in May 2021. “I have a sufficient groundwork of foundational courses and completed real world experience to help me understand the field before getting into it as a career,” he said.
Learn more about the computer science and engineering bachelor’s degree at www.lorainccc.edu/cse.
For those looking to make a quick career change, LCCC’s free Fast-Track training programs include engineering and pre-engineering options that can be completed two semesters or less. Some Fast Track programs may be completed in as fast as 16 week or less. Learn more at www.lorainccc.edu/fasttrack.
In addition to MEMS, computer science and fast-track programs, LCCC offers a wide variety of programs in engineering fields. To see all the offerings, visit www.lorainccc.edu/engineering.
- Automation Engineering
- Computer Science and Engineering
- Digital Fabrication
- Electronic Engineering
- Engineering Technology
- Industrial Safety
- Manufacturing Engineering
- Mechatronics (MEMS)
LCCC University Partnership bachelor’s degree programs in engineering include:
- Computer Science and Engineering – The University of Toledo
- Microelectronic Manufacturing (MEMS) – LCCC