September 21, 2014

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Election: LCCC rallies for Issue 2

The rally at Lorain Community College on Thursday evening was well attended by students as well as community members interested in learning about the benefits Issue 2 provides should it be passed. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

The rally at Lorain Community College on Thursday evening was well attended by students as well as community members interested in learning about the benefits Issue 2 provides should it be passed. KRISTIN BAUER/CHRONICLE

ELYRIA — Passage of Issue 2 would make Teja Vazquez’s life a lot easier.

Vaqzuez, close to earning an associate degree in nursing, is planning to join 3,000 Lorain County Community College students who take part in the University Partnership Program, which allows them to get bachelor’s and master’s degrees and professional certificates on campus. Issue 2, a 10-year, 1.5 mill property tax levy renewal that includes a 0.6 mill increase, would pay for the program.

Rejection of the levy might mean Vazquez, a 30-year-old Lorain resident and mother of four children, would have to commute about 75 miles daily to the University of Akron to pursue a bachelor’s degree in nursing. That would mean spending more money on gas, car maintenance and daycare.

Teja Vazquez, of Lorain, and her husband, Jefferey, are among hose who will be affected by Issue 2. Teja is in her first year of Nursing School at LCCC, partnering with The University of Akron.  If the bill does not pass, Teja, a mother of four, will have to commute regularly to Akron to complete her degree rather than continuing her education at LCCC.

Teja Vazquez, of Lorain, and her husband, Jefferey, are among hose who will be affected by Issue 2. Teja is in her first year of Nursing School at LCCC, partnering with The University of Akron.

“If the levy does pass, it will save me money and time,” Vazquez said at a Thursday rally on the college campus, 1005 N. Abbe Road, for passage of Issue 2. “It’ll just make life easier.”

Meletha Glover, 51, of Lorain, earned associate degrees in human resources management and business administration at the college and is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business administration at Kent State University. Without the partnership, Glover would have to commute about 65 miles daily, something she’d like to avoid.

“To be able to do everything in one location is a plus,” Glover said. “It would be a long commute every day and the winters are not kind.”

However, with voter turnout traditionally light in non-presidential elections, Church said passage isn’t guaranteed.

He urged rally goers to encourage others to vote early at the Lorain County Board of Elections or vote on Election Day Nov. 5.

Contact Evan Goodenow at 329-7129 or egoodenow@chroniclet.com.

Issue 2

WHAT IT IS: Renewal of a 1.5 mill property tax levy that includes a 0.6 mill increase
for Lorain County Community College.
DURATION: 10 years
HOW MUCH WOULD IT RAISE: $12 million annually
PURPOSE: Paying for the University Partnership Program, which allows LCCC students to get bachelor’s and master’s degrees and professional certificates from area colleges on the LCCC campus and to pay for infrastructure improvements related to the program.
COST TO TAXPAYER: The owner of a home worth $100,000 would pay an additional $21 per year.
Source: Lorain County Community College


  • SweetScarlet

    The college does so much for the community. You’ve got my support, LCCC! The University Partnership is a great resource too.

  • oldruss

    The article is disingenuous. It claimed that students in LCCC’s associate degree programs, who want to continue with nursing, must go to the University of Akron, in Akron, Ohio, if this tax increase isn’t passed.

    Cleveland State University, in Cleveland, Ohio, offers both Bachelor and Master Degrees in Nursing. From the CSU website:

    “The School of Nursing at Cleveland State University (CSU) offers undergraduate and graduate programs in professional nursing leading to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and a Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree. The undergraduate program is approved by the Ohio Board of Nursing, and accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The graduate program is also accredited by Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The programs are available to qualified men and women who have been admitted to CSU and the School of Nursing.” http://www.csuohio.edu/nursing/

    If you want to try an bamboozle the voters into approving this tax increase, at least don’t try and spin tall tales of woe about purely made-up “hardships”.

  • copperbill

    Why was my negative comments about LCCCs greed and money requests removed from comments?? The college continues to come after us for money. They recently passed a levy, they receive grants and gifts which were also published,not to mention that they are building all the time all you have to do is drive by. Enrollment is at all time high and most students like the man in the story can go to LCCC on line and do. Manage your money,stop coming after ours!

  • SweetScarlet

    To both of the other people who posted here, I want to mention a few things. First, yes, many colleges offer the same programs–you mentioned how Cleveland State offers nursing, like Akron. This is true. However every curriculum is different–different classes, different focuses, different pre-reqs, different opportunities. Therefore if someone is better suited for Akron’s curriculum, (they already have pre-reqs, they lined up internships, etc..) it makes sense for them to continue through the college. Why start over somewhere else when you can get ahead at another institution?

    Yes, a levy was previously passed for the college–however none of that goes to the University Partnership. It’s a totally different bill. Also, the reason you see so many buildings going up is because the school gets grants for BUILDINGS AND LAND ONLY. Operating costs are not covered by those grants–but land and buildings costs are. Further, if they are not utilized, they are lost to other schools. So it makes sense to take these grants, subsidized by the government.

    Enrollment is NOT at a high. If you look at the schools reports, you will see that enrollment is down from previous years. We have maintained numbers, yes, but there have been no increases. Further, LCCC has taken substantial measures to not increase its fees to the community and students. Most colleges would raise tuition–LCCC strives to maintain affordability. The college has even started to transition to e-textbooks–some of which are available for little or no cost to students.

    Just because students go to school online does not mean that costs go down. There are technology fees that must be incurred for these classes. Some classes are not available on line–and never will be. Some classes require in-lab work.

    The University Center allows students to develop their talent in county–and in many cases, keep it local. They can get better jobs. Better jobs = better economy, better economy = better future.

    • oldruss

      Is providing bachelors’ degrees really a core responsibility of a community college? With Cleveland State University, The University of Akron, and Bowling Green State University all within driving distance from Lorain County, why is it necessary to duplicate the programs that those public universitites offer on their campuses? Add to that list the private schools from this area, Oberlin College, Baldwin-Wallace University, Case Western Reserve University, Ashland University, John Carroll University, Notre Dame College, Ursuline College and the College of Wooster, among others, and one has a virtual smorgrasbord of choices. Surely, the taxpayers of Lorain County need not furnish any additional bachelors’ degrees programs in addition to all those currently available at those four-year institutions.

      • John

        Raising the educational attainment of the community is a core mission of the college, a mission that will bring high-skilled, higher paying jobs to this area. LCCC’s programs do not duplicate Bachelors degree programs offered at other schools—it partners with four year institutions to bring their programs to LCCC, which saves Lorain county students thousands of dollars while they work on their Associates, Bachelors, or Masters degrees. It’s a great deal for Lorain County.

        • oldruss

          The bachelors’ degree programs offered through LCCC are part and parcel exactly the same bachelors’ degree programs that are offered through the four-year public universities that are paired up under the University Partnership umbrella. While it is more convenient for local students to go out to the LCCC campus, instead of, say, driving downtown to Cleveland State, or going to Cleveland State’s Westlake campus, should Lorain County taxpayers be supporting bachelor degree programs that are readily available at campuses not that far from Lorain County? Besides Cleveland State there is Bowling Green State University’s Firelands campus in Huron. What does one get through LCCC’s University Partnership besides convenience that warrants taxing Lorain County taxpayers twice, once to support the four-year public schools and again to support LCCC’s bachelors’ programs?

  • Bill

    If you keep passing these levy’s they are going to continue to come at you with their hands open for more. You can spin it however you want but they are always going to have a different reason. My vote will be no.

  • Beentheredonethat

    I think there are 6 different levy’s looking for additional or continuing tax money this election. Thats just on a local level, not state or federal. When does it end? I guess when it reaches 100% of your income!