July 2012
In This Issue
Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses, Tri-C and City of Cleveland partner to help small businesses grow
Tri-C partners with ArcelorMittal and United Steelworkers to prepare students for careers in manufacturing
Tri-C honors community members serving on program advisory committees
46th Annual Commencement Ceremonty- More than 2,600 graduates honored
12th Annual GED Commencement Ceremony - Nearly 450 GEDs awarded
High Tech Academy students celebrate graduation
Tri-C announces naming of Tommy LiPuma Center for Creative Arts
Elected officials visit Tri-C - President Obama, U.S. Congressman Tim Ryan, Ohio Rep. Nan Baker
Tri-C in the news
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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.

In the last few months, Tri-C has announced two new public-private training partnerships; celebrated the graduation of students from our traditional academic programs, GED programs, and early-college programs; announced the naming of our Tommy LiPuma Center for the Creative Arts - and many more exciting developments.


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




Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses,
Tri-C and City of Cleveland partner to help small businesses grow

Initiative will commit $15 million to support access to capital and business education for small businesses



 May 8, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson announced a partnership between his office, Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) and the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses initiative to help Cleveland's small businesses gain crucial education, business support services and access to capital. The initiative, which is already in place in six other cities, is committing $15 million for small business loans, business education and grants for supporting community partners - allowing local small businesses to create jobs and stimulate economic growth. Read more... 

Tri-C partners with ArcelorMittal and United Steelworkers to prepare students for careers in manufacturing 


steel worker

May 22, ArcelorMittal Cleveland, the United Steelworkers Local 979, and Cuyahoga Community College
(Tri-C) announced the expansion of the Steelworker for the Future program to Cuyahoga County. Steelworker for the Future is a 2.5 year cooperative work-study program that will prepare students for high-tech, well-paying manufacturing careers.


"As more men and women near retirement age, many manufacturers like ArcelorMittal will lose skilled workers," said Eric Hauge, Vice President and General Manager, ArcelorMittal Cleveland. "The Steelworker for the Future program will help ensure that we have a prepared, skilled workforce in the future, allowing us to continue to compete in the global marketplace and produce safe, sustainable steel. We are proud to partner with Tri-C on this important initiative."

Tri-C honors community members serving on program advisory committees 

Radiography Committee selected
"2012 Outstanding Advisory Committee"


Radiography Program Advisory Committee

June 28, Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) announced that the Radiography Advisory Committee was selected 2012's "Outstanding Advisory Committee" at the 20th Annual Advisory Committees Appreciation Breakfast. Organizations represented on the Radiography Advisory Committee include the Cleveland Clinic, Fairview Hospital, Kaiser Permanente, Lakewood Hospital, Marymount Hospital, MetroHealth Medical Center, Parma Community Hospital, Southwest General Health Center and University Hospitals.


 More than 650 community members serve on more than 50 Tri-C Program Advisory Committees, generously sharing their expertise with program managers and academic leaders to help Tri-C graduates enter the workforce with an education that is up-to-date in their fields.


Jennifer Berkey, Jim Petro, Charles Chapman

46th Annual Commencement Ceremony-  
More than 2,600 graduates honored


Tri-C is proud to announce the 2012 Commencement Ceremony with 2,693 students petitioned to graduate. The 46th annual Commencement Ceremony was held Thursday, May 17.


 Jim Petro, Chancellor of the Ohio Board of Regents delivered the commencement address, and the ceremony was also attended by Dr. Charles E. Chapman, the first president of Cuyahoga Community College, who served in that position from 1962 until 1973.

The student speaker was Jennifer Berkey, a resident of Seven Hills, who graduated with an Associate of Arts degree and a 4.0 GPA. 

12th Annual  GED Commencement Ceremony - Nearly 450 GEDs awarded



GED GraduatesCuyahoga Community College
(Tri-C) celebrated nearly 450 General Equivalency Diplomas (GEDs) earned during the last academic year at the 12th annual GED commencement ceremony.
Approximately 150 students participated in the commencement ceremony held at the Tri-C Metropolitan Campus Auditorium.

Read more... 


High Tech Academy students celebrate graduation  

 One student receives associate degree prior to high school diploma


This June, 72 High Tech Academy students graduated from this dual enrollment program between Cuyahoga Community College and the Cleveland Metropolitan and Warrensville Heights School Districts, which allows students to earn college credits while attending high school.


One student, Kendale King earned an Associate of Applied Business degree in Accounting from Tri-C on May 17- several weeks before his high school graduation from John Hay High School's Cleveland School of Architecture and Design. King began participating in the Tri-C/Cleveland Metropolitan School District High Tech Academy in 2009 and earned 94 college credit hours through the program. Most students who participate in the program earn between 20 and 60 college credit hours.  Read more...

Tri-C announces naming of
Tommy LiPuma Center for Creative Arts

Tommy LiPuma mentors students   

April 26, Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) officially celebrated the naming of the Tommy LiPuma Center for the Creative Arts in honor of the many accomplishments and contributions of Mr. Tommy LiPuma, a Cleveland native and chairman emeritus of the Verve Music Group.

"Mr. LiPuma has been one of the music industry's most innovative and creative forces for more than four decades," Tri-C President Dr. Jerry Sue Thornton said in announcing Mr. LiPuma's $3 million gift, the largest private gift in College and Tri-C Foundation history. "He has been a long-time friend of the College and we are so pleased to celebrate his commitment and support to our students and his establishment of a legacy for the future." Read more...


Elected officials visit Tri-C 


Several elected officials have visited Tri-C or hosted events at our facilities in recent months.  Please feel free to contact Claire Rosacco at 216-406-8821 if you are interested in visiting us.


President Obama delivers remarks on the economy at Tri-C's Metropolitan Campus
Read more... 

President Obama delivers remarks at Tri-C's Metro Campus


U.S. Congressman Tim Ryan visits with Tri-C fast track program completer James Lambert



Congressman Tim Ryan and James Lambert


Ohio Representative Nan Baker holds business roundtable at Tri-C's Westshore Campus to discuss jobs, education and economic development


Rep. Baker roundtable



Tri-C in the news 


Cuyahoga Community College receives grant to help retain and graduate students
Cleveland Plain Dealer - July 9, 2012


Cuyahoga Community College seeking out-of-state students for online degree program
Cleveland Plain Dealer - June 29, 2012

Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright to speak at
Tri-C this fall

Cleveland Plain Dealer - May 24, 2012


Local steel company teams with Cuyahoga Community College to train future steelworkers
WEWS/Newsnet5.com - May 22, 2012


Tri-C's first President Charles Chapman impressed by school's growth
Cleveland Plain Dealer - May 20, 2012


Cleveland-area small businesses eligible for grants, loans through $15 million program
Cleveland Plain Dealer - May 8, 2012


Tri-C hospitality program helps students set table for career in culinary arts, hospitality, lodging
Cleveland Plain Dealer - May 5, 2012

Opened in 1963, Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) is Ohio's first community college and remains the state's largest, serving more than 52,000 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