August 2011
In This Issue
45th Annual Commencement Ceremony
11th Annual GED Commencement Ceremony
Tri-C Among the Nation's Largest and Fastest Growing Community Colleges
Tri-C Officially Opens New Westshore Campus
Six Tri-C Students Named to All-Ohio Academic Team
Tri-C President Thornton Tapped to Co-Chair National Community College Commission
Cost-Saving Textbook Innovations at Tri-C
Tri-C Partnership with Ford Motor Company Featured on PBS Program
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Dear Friends of Tri-C,

At Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) we value our strong relationships with our civic and community leaders, and have developed this e-newsletter to share information with you.

We hope this information is helpful to you.  As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions, or to offer feedback.


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Claire Rosacco
Vice President for Government Relations and Community Outreach




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45th Annual Commencement Ceremony -  
More than 2,500 Graduates Honored

 The 45th annual Cuyahoga Community College Commencement Ceremony was held Thursday, May 19; with 2,544 students honored.


"The Commencement Ceremony is the highlight of our year," says Karen Miller, dean of student affairs at the Metro Campus.  "It's so exciting to watch our graduates celebrate with their families and friends and walk across the stage.  It was also fantastic to see so many staff, faculty, and administrators volunteer to help and participate in the ceremony to support our students.  It was a great night for everyone involved!" Read more... 


GED Graduates Celebrate 

11th Annual GED Commencement Ceremony - More than 580 GEDs Awarded

Cuyahoga Community College awarded more than 580 Ohio high school equivalency General Educational Development (GED) diplomas to students who took the GED test at Tri-C's testing center this year. 150 students participated in the 11th Annual GED Commencement Ceremony at the Tri-C Eastern Campus Theater June 30.


Toya Jackson, 36, of Warrensville Heights delivered the commencement address, and Levi Butts, 67, of Cleveland spoke on behalf of the students honored.  Read more...


Metro Campus PhotoTri-C Among the Nation's Largest and Fastest Growing Community Colleges


Figures compiled by the U.S. Department of Education show enrollment growth has put Cuyahoga Community College on the list of the nation's largest two-year colleges, with
Tri-C now standing as the nation's 15th largest community college. Read more...


Mayor Clough Speaks at Westshore Opening 

Tri-C Officially Opens New Westshore Campus

Cuyahoga Community College
(Tri-C) officially introduced its new Westshore Campus with a grand-opening event June 16, and community wellness fair June 18. The Westshore Campus, located in Westlake, is the College's fourth campus and the first new higher education campus in Northeast Ohio in many years. 


 Tri-C staff, faculty and students joined a number of dignitaries and city leaders for the celebration. 



Shah and Rep. AnielskiSix Tri-C Students Named to All-Ohio Academic Team


Six Cuyahoga Community College students  were honored as members of the 2011 All-Ohio Academic Team in a luncheon ceremony at the Ohio Statehouse Atrium April 28.

The All-Ohio Academic Team program provides statewide recognition and scholarships to outstanding students at Ohio's 23 community colleges.

Read more... 


Tri-C President Thornton Tapped to
Co-Chair National Community College Commission 


Dr. Thornton at AACCWalter G. Bumphus, president of the American Association of Community Colleges, has created a 21st Century Commission on the Future of Community Colleges.

The commission's three co-chairs are Tri-C president Dr. Jerry Sue Thornton; Kay M. McClenney, director of the Center for Community College Student Engagement at the University of Texas at Austin; and Augustine P. Gallego, chancellor emeritus of San Diego Community College District. Read more... 


Stack of booksCost-Saving Textbook Innovations at Tri-C

A team of five Tri-C faculty members was recently honored with a University System of Ohio 2011 Ohio Faculty Innovator Award for their efforts to improve educational content and reduce the cost of course materials.


In realted news, Tri-C and Barnes and Noble have parterned to offer a textbook rental program beginning in Fall 2011. Read more... 


Tri-C Partnership with Ford Motor Company Featured on PBS Program


A workforce training partnership between Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) and the Ford Motor Company Brook Park plant was featured recently on the Western Reserve PBS program "NEOtropolis".


The portion of the program on the Tri-C partnership, entitled "Revving Up Cleveland Engine Plant No. 1", begins at minute 7:11 of the video that can be watched by clicking here. 





Opened in 1963, Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) is Ohio's first community college and remains the state's largest, serving more than 55,000 students each year. More than 900,000 county residents have come through Tri-C's doors.

The college offers two-year associate degrees, certificate programs, and the first two years of a baccalaureate degree. The curriculum includes over 1,000 credit courses in more than 140 career, certificate and university transfer programs. 

Courses are offered at four campus locations, two Corporate College® facilities, many off-campus sites, and via television and the Internet.

Office of Government Relations & Community Outreach

Claire Rosacco, Vice President

700 Carnegie Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44115

(216) 406-8821 


Stephanie Franz, Government Affairs Liaison

700 Carnegie Avenue

Cleveland, OH 44115

(216) 987-3499