Aidan Bundy is using computer science degree to help others find joy and entertainment. 

Aidan Bundy’s super powers are kindness and helping others and – yes – he does have a cape.

The Lorain man and his family are members of Heroes United, an organization with volunteers who dress as super heroes to brighten the spirits of children in local hospitals.

“Seeing children’s faces light up and all of their worries go away when they see their favorite superhero makes all the difference to the children during their darkest times,” Bundy says.

Bundy is also active within his church community at Zion Lutheran Church in Lorain, offering help with communion and community service. And he's a student leader with CCO LC3 College Ministry that helps students connect in service and ministry with aspects such as weekly bible studies.

His super hero volunteer work is one of the many ways that Bundy strives to help others. In fact, he plans to make a career out of it.

Bundy, 20, earned his Associate of Applied Business in Computer Information Systems – Software Development with Honors in December 2020. He is continuing his education through LCCC’s University Partnership to earn a bachelor’s degree in computer programming from The University of Akron.

He aims to work in software and gaming developing, helping people find joy and entertainment through games.

“I love helping people in any way I can. Using my love for programming to bring people joy through games would be my ideal career,” Bundy says.

Bundy will be the first person in his family to earn a college degree. To help him navigate the college experience, he found support in LCCC’s Students Accelerating in Learning (SAIL) program. The program provides financial and academic support to help students stay on track for graduation.

He also found mentorship and financial support through LCCC’s Choose Ohio First (COF) scholarship program for Computer Science majors. Funded through the Ohio Department of Higher Education, the COF scholarship covers a minimum of $1,500 for qualifying STEMM degrees all the way up to full tuition, fees and books. In addition to financial support, Bundy benefitted from the LCCC COF learning community and networking opportunities, which kept him connected with his peers and local industry.

Additionally, an on-campus job at the LCCC Academic Support Center allowed him to help others while practicing the skills he learned in his classes.

“Through LCCC’s wonderful support programs such as SAIL and work study opportunities like the tutoring center, I have access to mentors, tuition assistance, and the opportunity to earn a wage in a rewarding job on campus,” Bundy says.

His patient demeanor made him a favorite in the tutoring center. And while times could be stressful – especially when helping the center adapt to online tutoring due to the COVID-19 pandemic – Bundy never lost sight of the bigger picture for each tutoring session.

“By helping other students improve their skills and sharing with them kind words and encouragement, I am helping them get closer to graduation and closer to achieving their career goals,” he says. “While sometimes days can be stressful, I am very grateful that I can impact my community in a positive way.”