Outstanding Student Award

Article Published: 05/17/2018

Lorain County Community College’s Outstanding Student Award is given each year to a student who has demonstrated excellence in leadership, scholarship, personal integrity and community service, and has unselfishly applied these talents to benefit the campus and community.

This year, the recipient is in the Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program held at EHOVE Adult Career Center.  This occupational program is possible through a partnership between Lorain County Community College (LCCC) and EHOVE to provide students the opportunity to earn an Associate of Applied Science degree through classroom instruction, hands-on learning and fieldwork with professionals.  

OTA students learn skills in occupational therapy intervention in pediatric, mental health and physical dysfunction to become eligible to take the national certification test.  Upon successful completion of the program and test, they have the ability to pursue a career as a certified occupational therapy assistant in a variety of settings like hospitals, schools, skilled nursing facilities and outpatient facilities.

Karli Bollini of Sandusky was honored with the award on May 2 in a ceremony at LCCC.  She was nominated by Occupational Therapy Assistant Program Director Barbara Haase.  In the nomination letter, Haase noted Bollini’s drive to succeed, excellent grades, positive attitude and her sincere willingness to always help others.  

“Her interpersonal communications and support to others goes beyond just being classmates,” said Haase in the letter.  “I have witnessed this on several occasions and am struck how this single mother with a job and a full slate of classes is able to offer the support she does.”

Haase also praised Bollini’s leadership abilities as Vice President, and then unexpectedly President, in the students’ community service group called Student Occupational Therapy Association (SOTA).  She organized two fundraisers, from developing to marketing to staffing, that raised $1379 to benefit the Ohio Veterans Home activity programs and Connecting for Kids.  

On the LCCC Dean’s List, she is a member of the state and national Occupational Therapy Associations.  She also volunteers at Firelands Montessori Academy to assist a child with disabilities and dedicates time to assist 4WARD, a local group that raises funds and awareness for veterans’ causes and animal welfare, all to honor the memory of Army National Guardsman Eric Ward.

More information:
LCCC, EHOVE, OTA or SOTA - www.LCCC.edu, www.EHOVE.net, 419-499-4663 x283.  Firelands Montessori – www.firelandsmontessori.org. Ohio Veterans Home – dvs.ohio.gov 4WARD – www.4WARDproject.com

PHOTO (L-R):  OTA Program Director Barbara Haase, Outstanding Student Award Winner Karli Bollini and her son, Liam, OTA Instructor Marty Siegel and Academic Fieldwork Coordinator Teri LaGuardia