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March 2013
In This Issue
Tri-C Launches 50th Anniversary Commemorative Website
Dr. Jerry Sue Thornton to retire as President of Cuyahoga Community College
Tri-C to host job fair March 21
Free tax prep services offered at Tri-C
Tickets available now for 34th Annual Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland
First class graduates from Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program at Tri-C
Tri-C senior adult education opportunities
36th Annual MLK Celebration
Tri-C Eastern Campus Math Instructor Earns State Award
Tri-C Westshore Campus building achieves LEED Gold certification
U.S. Congressman Joyce visits Tri-C
South African Educators Visit Tri-C
Tri-C in the news
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Dear Friends of Tri-C,

2013 promises to be an exceptionally eventful year for Cuyahoga Community College as we celebrate our past and look forward to our future.  Tri-C opened for classes in 1963 as Ohio's first community college; and this year, we celebrate the 50th Anniversary of this important milestone.


2013 will also be a significant year in Tri-C's history for another reason.  Our president, Dr. Jerry Sue Thornton, has announced that she will be retiring in June 2013 after more than 21 years of service. In the words of Jerry L. Kelsheimer, chairman of the Board of Trustees, "Dr. Thornton worked tirelessly for more than two decades to shape Cuyahoga Community College as truly a place 'where futures begin.' With tremendous momentum in place and a new strategic plan now in its final stages of development, she will leave her successor with a strong foundation upon which to continue to build."  Dr. Thornton leaves a lasting legacy at Tri-C, and we wish her well as she begins this next chapter of her life just as the College begins a new era in its 50th Anniversary.


Learn more about these and many other exciting developments at Cuyahoga Community College in the newsletter below.  As always, I hope that you find this information to be useful to your work in the community, and please feel free to contact me if Cuyahoga Community College can be helpful to you.


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Claire Rosacco
Vice President for Government Relations and Community Outreach





Tri-C begins 50th Anniversary year - Launches Commemorative Website


50th Anniversary WebsiteTri-C has launched a 50th Anniversary commemorative website.  The site features an events calendar listing 50th Anniversary celebration events, the opportunity to sign up for 50th Anniversary updates, a photo gallery for each of Tri-C's five decades, a timeline listing notable events in Tri-C's history, and the opportunity for students and the community to share their Tri-C story. 


View the 50th Anniversary Website here. 

Dr. Jerry Sue Thornton to retire as President of Cuyahoga Community College

  Dr. Jerry Sue Thornton   

Dr. Jerry Sue Thornton, who has guided unprecedented institutional growth and development during 21 years as president of Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C), announced that she is retiring, effective June 30, 2013.


Cuyahoga Community College, currently marking a year-long celebration of its 50th anniversary, was Ohio's first community college and remains its largest.  Dr. Thornton became its third president on Jan. 2, 1992, after serving six years as president of Lakewood Community College (now known as Century College) in White Bear Lake, Minn. She began her community college career in 1971 as an English faculty member at Triton College in a Chicago suburb and remained there until she left in 1985 from her position as the dean of Academic Affairs.

Read more...  

Tri-C to host job fair March 21 


Job Fair Tri-C's annual Spring job fair will be held March 21, 2013 from 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. at the Eastern campus in Warrensville Heights.


The job fair is open to the public and presents a great opportunity for employers to network with students, alumni and community members seeking full or part-time employment, and internships.


 Last year, more than 90 employers from diverse industries, and nearly 1,000 job seekers attended the Spring Job Fair. We hope you will join us in making this year's event an even bigger success. Visit our website for additional information including how employers may register to participate, and what information job-seekers should bring with them to the job fair.



Free tax prep services offered at Tri-C 


Tax Forms Cuyahoga Community College
(Tri-C) is offering a free personal income tax filing service at four campuses for those who meet eligibility requirements with an earned 2012 income of less than $60,000.




Walk-in assistance on a first-come, first-served basis is available as follows:

         Metropolitan Campus, 2900 Community College Ave., Cleveland - Saturdays, Feb. 2-March 30 (except for March 16), from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Technology Learning Center Room 155.

         Western Campus, 11000 Pleasant Valley Rd., Parma - Fridays and Saturdays, Feb. 1 - April  6, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. in Room WSS G280. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m.

         Corporate College West, 25425 Center Ridge Rd., Westlake - Thursdays, Feb. 7 - April 4 (except for March 14), 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.


Service is available by appointment as follows:


Eastern Campus, 4250 Richmond Rd., Highland Hills - Feb. 4 - April 4 by appointment only.  To schedule an Eastern Campus appointment, contact Jim Chen at 216-987-2402. Read more... 



Tickets available now for 34th Annual
Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland



JazzFest 2013  

Tickets are now available for the 2013
Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland (April 19-27), a 10-day event brimming with music from New Orleans swamp to bop, Latin, smooth, world and the great American Songbook. For additional information, tickets and memberships, visit www.tricjazzfest.com. Tickets may also be purchased by calling the PlayhouseSquare box office at
216-241-6000 or 866-566-1353.


With two weekends of back-to-back events at PlayhouseSquare, and three days of educational events that culminate in nightly performances, the 2013 festival promises to showcase the diversity and inclusiveness of jazz. Read more...

First class graduates from Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program at Tri-C  

 Encore Campus Students    

Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) hosted the graduation of 36 Cleveland-area small business owners from the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program February 11. These business owners spent 11 weeks at Tri-C studying a business and management curriculum designed by Babson College, the top ranked school for entrepreneurial education, and customized by Tri-C faculty. 


Read more here:

Inaugural Cleveland Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program graduates first class

Cleveland Plain Dealer - February 11, 2013

Tri-C offers senior adult education opportunties  

 Encore Campus Students    

For over 35 years, the Center for Aging Initiatives at Cuyahoga Community College
(Tri-C) has been a premier provider of senior adult education opportunities for individuals 55+.


Tri-C offers a unique approach to senior adult education with on and off-campus experiences.  On-campus experiences are available at our Encore Campuses located at Tri-C's East Campus, West Campus, and at a Southeast location at Christ Church Episcopal in Hudson.  The Neighborhood Scholars program is offered in cooperation with community partners and brings programs to various locations throughout the Greater Cleveland area.  For more information, please view our information brochure here.

Tri-C's 36th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration honors students and features musician Avery Sharpe 


2013 MLK Scholarship RecipientsThirteen recipients of the Tri-C Foundation's Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship were honored at Tri-C's 36th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. birthday observance January 20. The program also featured the Cleveland Philharmonic Orchestra and a multi-media perfromance honoring the life of Dr. King by acclaimed musician, compser and music producer Avery Sharpe.


Approximately 800 community members attended the free event.

Tri-C Eastern Campus math instructor earns state award  


 Diana Beigie 

Mastering a basic math course can mean the difference between succeeding in college and abandoning a dream.

Cuyahoga Community College
(Tri-C) Eastern Campus adjunct instructor Diana Beigie has been making a difference for Tri-C students since 1996 and a state organization recently honored her for it.


The Ohio Association for Developmental Education (OADE) presented the Shaker Heights resident with the award for Outstanding Contribution to Developmental Education by a Part-time or Adjunct Professional. The award recognizes outstanding service to developmental education in higher education through efforts including innovating/creative teaching, leadership and program development. Read more...

Tri-C Westshore Campus building achieves LEED Gold certification


Westshore CampusThe Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) Westshore Campus Health Careers and Sciences building has earned the College its second LEED Gold certication from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).


Tri-C is the first community college in Ohio to earn three LEED certifications. The Eastern Campus Health Careers and Technology building earned Gold, the second-highest level of distinction for sustainable design, in July. The Brunswick University Center earned Silver in June. Read more...

U.S. Congressman David Joyce visits Tri-C's Eastern Campus


Congressman Joyce with students U.S. Congressman David Joyce visited Tri-C's Eastern Campus January 25   to address a group of Northeast Ohio higher education and business leaders.  Several Tri-C students assisted with greeting and registering guests of this event and had the opportunity to meet Congressman Joyce.


Tri-C is always honored to host elected officials on our campuses. Elected officals interested in scheduling a visit to Cuyahoga Community College, should contact Claire Rosacco, Vice President for Government Relations and Community Outreach at 216-406-8821.

South African Educators Visit Tri-C 


South African VisitorsA group of lecturers and administrators from Sedibeng College for Further Education and Training in South Africa visited Cuyahoga Community College February 14 to learn more about American community colleges.


The visitors were in town for a State Department-sponsored program to visit a selection of higher education institutions across the United States. The Cleveland Council on World Affairs, which regularly hosts distinguished international visitors and seeks to connect them to professional counterparts here in the Cleveland area, highly recommended the group see Tri-C.


The group from Sedibeng was particularly interested in learning about the administration of large community colleges as well as Tri-C's ventures in harnessing technology for the classroom, partnering with businesses and government for graduate placement, and programming/services for minorities and non-native English speakers.




Tri-C in the news 


Noize from the Basement wins the Tri-C High School Rock Off

Cleveland Plain Dealer - February 9, 2013


Thornton leaving a bigger, stronger Tri-C: Editorial
Cleveland Plain Dealer - January 25, 2013

 Cuyahoga Community College President Jerry Sue Thornton announces her retirement
Cleveland Plain Dealer - January 24, 2013 


Tri-C offers low-cost physical and occupational therapy, bone density, glucose and cholesterol screenings
Cleveland Plain Dealer - January 21, 2013


My Town: MLK Day Celebration Honors Students
Fox 8 Cleveland - January 20, 2013


NewsChannel 5 in your community: Leon Bibb honors MLK
NewsChannel 5 - January 20, 2013



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