June 30, 2016

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High school reporter: Brunswick mom finds college studies rewarding

Cheyenne Wurm | BEAT Reporter

It took Arlena Lockard quite a few years before finding the time and the opportunity to begin her college studies. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

It took Arlena Lockard quite a few years before finding the time and the opportunity to begin her college studies. (PHOTO PROVIDED)

When students graduate from high school, many go on to college to extend their education, head into the workforce or begin a family without any break.

But some experience some challenges along the way. Arlena Lockard was one of those students.

After graduating high school, Lockard enrolled in Early Childhood Education classes at Lorain County Community College.

She postponed her studies after she received a promotion at work. But she never lost her desire to attend future schooling.

When her youngest child went to school full-time, Lockard was offered a chance to return to school and pursue a degree in creative writing.

About 12 years later, Lockard found herself looking at Lorain County Community College for her education.

This time, she discovered an option much more convenient.

LCCC offers classes at the Midpoint Campus Center in Brunswick, offers the same quality of learning as the main campus, but is much closer to home.

Going back to school after such an absence was daunting for someone considered a “non-traditional” student.

“I remember the first time I came to Midpoint,” Lockard said. “So many things stood out; the warm and welcoming staff, the smaller student-to-teacher rations, the wide variety of students and the convenient class schedule.”

With an optimistic outlook, Lockard enrolled at Midpoint Campus and began her study of English.

Midpoint’s array of services made it easy for Lockard to begin again. She could enroll in classes, order books, meet with advisors online, and accomplish this all right in Brunswick.

Midpoint Campus Center isn’t only for returning students. It’s available to anyone who wants to receive an education from Lorain County Community College or the University of Akron.

Midpoint also offers classes to students enrolled in high school who want to begin receiving college credit through a program called Post-Secondary Education Option.

Classes to enhance skills for a better job such as for Microsoft Excel and Word are also available.

“Midpoint is truly a great resource for the community,” said Lockard, who appreciates the opportunity “to be able to receive such a wonderful higher education, and have it available so close to home.”

Cheyenne Wurm, a senior at Brunswick High School, is one of more than 35 “backpack journalists” in the award-winning Brunswick Schools Video Program. Go to www.thebeat22.com to learn more about the Program, or visit thebeat.pegcentral.com to view videos produced by the students.

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