December 2012
In This Issue
Warren Buffett appears at Tri-C as part of Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses
20th Annual Presidential Scholarship Luncheon features address by Dr. Madeleine K. Albright
Tri-C opens Advanced Technology Training Center
Tri-C named a "Military Friendly School" for fourth straight year
Tri-C helps organizations enhance teams through culinary team building
Tri-C speakers bureau offers free speaking engagements to the community
Local hospitals honor Tri-C Eastern Campus President for community service
Tri-C partners with Cleveland Public Library to expand service for students
Tri-C offers ABLE/GED program at Cleveland Sight Center
U.S. Senator Rob Portman visits Tri-C
U.S. Congressmen Renacci and Brady visit Tri-C
Tri-C in the news
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Dear Friends of Tri-C,

As 2012 comes to a close, Cuyahoga Community College

(Tri-C) looks forward to our 50th Anniversary, which we will celebrate with the community throughout 2013.


Tri-C opened for classes in 1963, as Ohio's first community college. This achievement was made possible by a group of committed Cuyahoga County residents who wanted to form a community college to respond to changing workforce needs in the county. These community members worked diligently with the State of Ohio and the Cuyahoga County Commissioners to authorize the establishment of the Cuyahoga Community College District.


When Tri-C opened its doors; more than 3,000 people stood in line to register for classes. This was the largest first-day enrollment in community college history, and emphasized the need for accessible, affordable higher education in Cuyahoga County. To this day, Tri-C is Ohio's largest community college.


Tri-C is truly the "community's college". We are humbled and honored by your support over the past 50 years, and look forward to continuing to work with you in the future.

If you would like to share a story of how Tri-C has touched your life, please visit
 Additional details on our 50th Anniversary will be forthcoming throughout 2013.


We hope that you find this December 2012 community newsletter to be helpful to your work in the community, and please feel free to contact me at any time with questions or to offer feedback.


 Claire signature

Claire Rosacco
Vice President for Government Relations and Community Outreach





Warren Buffett appears at Tri-C as part of Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses


Warren BuffettWarren Buffett visited Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) Nov. 30 to attend the business pitch presentations of the small-business owners participating in the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program at Tri-C.


Earlier this year, Cleveland was selected as the seventh city for Goldman Sachs' national 10,000 Small Businesses Program; which provides business and management training to small business owners, one-on-one business advising to assist in the development of a customized business growth plan, and the opportunity and tools to position their business to access loans to fund business growth. Buffett serves on the program's advisory council.


To read more about Warren Buffett's visit:

Warren Buffett appears at Tri-C, gives advice to small-business owners in the Cleveland area

Cleveland Plain Dealer - November 30, 2012


Learn more about the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program at Tri-C, including how small businesses can apply to participate at



20th Annual Presidential Scholarship Luncheon celebrates importance of scholarship support with address by
Dr. Madeleine K. Albright

 Dr. Madeleine K. Albright  

The Cuyahoga Community College Foundation celebrated its 20th Annual Presidential Scholarship Luncheon, presented by Fifth Third Bank, on October 2, 2012 with the address of Dr. Madeleine K. Albright, former U.S. Secretary of State (1997-2001) and Chair of Albright Stonebridge Group and Albright Capital Management LLC.


More than 1,200 community and business leaders attended the sold-out event, which raised a record $1.2 million for student scholarships.


Read more about the 2012 Presidential Scholarship Luncheon in the Cuyahoga Community College Foundation's Invest in People newsletter.

Tri-C opens Advanced Technology Training Center  

 Welders at Advanced Technology Training Center 

Cuyahoga Community College
(Tri-C) hosted the grand opening celebration of the College's Advanced Technology Training Center (ATTC) on October 24.

The ATTC, combined with
Tri-C's Unified Technologies Center, is the largest technology training complex in Ohio. The ATTC provides students with education, hands-on training and employment preparation skills for well-paying jobs. Read more...

Tri-C named a "Military Friendly School" for fourth straight year   


Color Guard PhotoG.I. Jobs has named Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) to its 2013 Military Friendly Schools list; which is published by Victory Media, the premier media entity for military personnel entering civilian life.

This is the fourth consecutive year
Tri-C has earned this honor. The 2013 Military Friendly Schools list honors the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace America's military service members and veterans as students. Read more...


Tri-C helps organizations enhance teams through culinary team building


Culinary team building 

Corporate College, a division of Cuyahoga Community College, recently introduced a new team building program that offers organizations the opportunity to get their employees out of the office, and into the kitchen.


Meetings can be dull, but cooking is an excellent way to focus a group on working together and discovering their hidden talents.  Corporate College's team building programs provide the opportunity to bring employees, or work groups, together for an adventure that will enhance the positive dynamic of your organization and re-energize your corporate family.   Read more...

Tri-C speakers bureau offers free speaking engagements to the community   


The Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) speakers bureau offers free speaking engagements by Tri-C faculty and staff to the Greater-Cleveland community. As the community's college, Tri-C takes pride in sharing the expertise of our faculty and staff with the community, and having the opportunity to interact with community groups with interest in our speech topics.


Tri-C speakers bureau members speak on a wide range of topics including academic and career counseling, creative arts, history, financial literacy, computer literacy, personal development, workforce and economic development, and much more.


To learn more, or to book a speaker for an upcoming meeting or event, please visit

Local hospitals honor Eastern Campus President Paul Gasparro for community service   



Dr. Paul Gasparro Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) Eastern Campus President Dr. Paul Gasparro was honored with a community service award from Marymount and South Pointe hospitals, presented at an awards luncheon November 12.


Dr. Gasparro was honored for his active role in the Tri-City area, which includes Highland Hills, Warrensville Heights and North Randall. Some of Dr. Gasparro's efforts which led to his selection for this award are...Read more...

Tri-C partners with Cleveland Public Library to expand service for students  


 Tri-C Metropolitan Campus

September 17, the Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) Metropolitan Campus celebrated a new partnership with the Cleveland Public Library that will enable Tri-C students to access Cleveland Public Library resources through a site at the Metropolitan Campus. A selection of popular fiction and nonfiction books, audio books and magazines from the Cleveland Public Library system will be available for checkout using Cleveland Public Library or CLEVNET cards. In addition, students can apply on site for a Cleveland Public Library card.

Tri-C offers ABLE/GED program at Cleveland Sight Center 


ABLE/GED at Cleveland Sight CenterCuyahoga Community College
(Tri-C) now offers Adult Basic Literacy Education/General Equivalency Diploma (ABLE/GED) courses at the Cleveland Sight Center. This is the
23rd off-site location where Tri-C ABLE courses are offered. Read more...

U.S. Senator Rob Portman visits Tri-C


Senator Portman visits with students    

U.S. Senator Rob Portman visited Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) December 7 to tour the College's new Advanced Technology Training Center and to meet with Tri-C's workforce and economic development staff, employer representatives from Ford Motor Company and Alcoa, and students enrolled in Tri-C's Youth Technology Academy. Read more...

U.S. Congressmen Jim Renacci (OH) and Kevin Brady (TX) visit Tri-C


Congressmen Brady and Renacci, and Tri-C's Ed Kopp  

U.S. Congressmen Jim Renacci (OH) and Kevin Brady (TX) visited Tri-C October 9 to tour Cuyahoga Community College's Western Campus Health Technologies Center and Automotive Technologies Center in Parma; and the Hospitality Management Center on Public Square in Cleveland. Read more...


Tri-C in the news 


Gates Foundation supports MOOCs at community colleges
Community College Times - November 19, 2012


Colleges need to do more to ensure students stay in school and graduate, task force says
Cleveland Plain Dealer - November 13, 2012


Diary of Lakewood man traces the war that led to Veterans Day
Cleveland Plain Dealer - November 11, 2012


Michael Feinstein, Natalie Cole headline 2013 Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland
Cleveland Plain Dealer - November 11, 2012


Cutting College Costs: Work Study - November 1, 2012


Tri-C now offers GED tests by computer - October 17, 2012

Cleveland Heights' Danay Johnson starts business to aid her native Cambodian village
Sun News - October 13, 2012


Tri-C culinary students find ingredients for success at CVCC
Brecksville Patch - October 3, 2012


Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright's speech entertains full house at Cuyahoga Community College luncheon
Cleveland Plain Dealer - October 2, 2012


Kasich names workforce board members
The Business Journal - September 25, 2012


Brunswick CCC campus adds to degree programs
Sun News - September 23, 2012


Enrollment remains stable at public and private universities: Higher Education
Cleveland Plain Dealer - September 17, 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 and Community Affairs Liaison

700 Carnegie Avenue

Cleveland, OH 44115

(216) 987-3499