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October 2013
In This Issue
Tri-C's 50th Anniversary Celebrated September 23 at Tower City Center
Commemorative photo books celebrating Tri-C's first 50 years available for purchase
Tri-C's Fall 2013 Semester Begins
Senior Adult Education Classes begin September 20
Tri-C Announces Third Graduation Class of Cleveland Small Business Owners from Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses
Nursing Accreditation Status Update
Tri-C recieves National Science Foundation Grant for Youth
Tri-C honors community members serving on Program Advisory Committees
Tri-C's Corporate College announces exclusive partnership with Plexus International to offer ISO Training
Tri-C's Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) Earns National Distinction
Chancellor John Carey meets with Tri-C President Alex Johnson, Tours ATTC
Congressman Jim Renacci hosts Veterans Forum at Cuyahoga Community College's Western Campus
Tri-C joins local Chambers of Commerce in welcoming new teachers
Cleveland Corporate Challenge Kickball Event hosted at Tri-C's Western Campus
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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.


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's 50th Anniversary Celebrated September 23 at Tower City Center

Tri-C classes first began September 23, 1963


Tri-C President Alex Johnson cuts the 50th Anniversary cake with culinary arts students.

To commemorate the official 50th Anniversary of the start of classes at Cuyahoga Community College, Tri-C hosted a celebration at Tower City Center with activities scheduled throughout the day September 23 at Tower City Center's Skylight Concourse by the fountain.


Learn more by watching media coverage of the event below: 

Cuyahoga Community College Celebrates 50th Year

WKYC.com - September 23, 2013

Commemorative photo books celebrating Cuyahoga Community College's first 50 years available for purchase


History BookThis newly-released 100 page book features never before seen photos of Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) from day one to the present.


It is a virtual walk through the past 50 years of Tri-C - from the more than 3,000 people who lined up to register in 1963; to the opening of the most recent facility, the Advanced Technology Training Center on the Metropolitan Campus.


The cost of the book is $15. Download an order form here.

Tri-C's Fall 2013 Semester Begins 

16 week classes began Aug. 26

14 week classes began Sept. 9

8 week classes will begin Oct. 21

Dr. Johnson visits with a student
Tri-C President, Dr. Alex Johnson, visits with students registering for Fall semester classes.

Tri-C's 16-week Fall Semester began August 26 and 14-week classes began Sept. 9. But, there is still time for students to enroll this Fall. Eight week classes will begin Oct. 21.


Tri-C offers staggered start dates each semester to allow students who want to enroll after the beginning of the semester the opportunity to do so more quickly than waiting until the start of the next semester.


Students considering enrolling at Tri-C should visit our website at www.tri-c.edu/apply or call 800-954-8742.


Senior Adult Education Classes Begin September 20 


Senior Adult Education Brochure CoverFor over 35 years, the Center for Aging Initiatives at Cuyahoga Community College has been a premier provider of senior adult education opportunities for individuals over age 55.


Based on the concept of providing senior adult education programs within an academic environment, the program holds to an education standard that recognizes the intellectual interests of older students. To provide learning opportunities, Tri-C offers a unique approach to senior adult education with on and off campus experiences. 

View the Fall 2013 Schedule Brochure here.

Tri-C Announces Third Graduation Class of Cleveland Small Business Owners from Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses
Applications Due Nov. 4, 2013 for the program beginning Feb. 2014


Third class - Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses  

August 23, Cuyahoga Community College hosted the graduation of 38 Cleveland-area small business owners from the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program.


Tri-C President Alex Johnson offered brief remarks, and Tim McCarthy of The Business of Good Foundation gave the keynote address. Two graduates nominated by their peers shared their stories: Mitch Zlotnik, president of Audimute Soundproofing, and Christian Weekley-Baker, general manager of Weekley's Mailing Service Inc.


The business owners who graduated represented a wide variety of industries and businesses including manufacturing, catering, marketing and IT services. Read more...

Nursing Accreditation Status Update 


Nursing Students Cuyahoga Community College announced August 9 that it has reached an agreement with the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ("ACEN") regarding the status of its Associate Degree Nursing Program accreditation.


Read a letter from Cuyahoga Community College President Alex Johnson and review answers to commonly asked questions at:


Cuyahoga Community College receives National Science Foundation Grant for youth


Youth Technology Academy StudentsCuyahoga Community College Foundation has secured a new $1.1 million grant award for Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) from the National Science Foundation for the Youth Technology Academy: STEM Academy for youth featuring Youth Essential Skills, also called SAY-YES!


Alex Johnson, president of Cuyahoga Community College, said, "We are pleased to partner with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District for this innovative project, which is designed to enable high school students to successfully pursue post-secondary STEM studies when they arrive in college, rather than enrolling in remedial coursework. We are grateful to the National Science Foundation for its support of this important work." Read more...

Tri-C honors community members serving on Program Advisory Committees 

 Respiratory Care Committee selected as
"2013 Outstanding Advisory Committee"
2013 Outstanding Advisory Committee 

Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) announced June 19 that the Respiratory Care Advisory Committee was selected 2013's "Outstanding Advisory Committee" at the 21st Annual Advisory Committees Appreciation Breakfast. The Respiratory Care Advisory Committee includes representatives of employer/clinical sites, alumni who are working in the field, a current student representative, a member from the American Lung Association, and two Cuyahoga Community College staff members.


More than 660 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 thir fields. Each year, Tri-C honors these individuals for their service and selects an "Outstanding Advisory Committee" that has gone above and beyond in support of their program. Read more...

Tri-C's Corporate College announces exclusive partnership with Plexus International to offer ISO Training



Corporate College Corporate College, a division of Cuyahoga Community College, announced a partnership with Plexus International July 22. This partnership will ensure that International Organization for Standardization (ISO) courses use up-to-date, internationally recognized curriculum and are taught by Plexus International certified instructors. ISO provides state-of-the-art specifications for products, services and good practice, helping to make industry more efficient and effective. Developed through global consensus, ISO helps break down barriers to trade. 


"By partnering with Plexus International, a global leader in ISO training, Corporate College will help individuals and organizations utilize ISO as a vital part of their management system and business strategy," said Robert Peterson, president and CEO of Corporate College. Read more...

Tri-C's Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) Earns National Distinction

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Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) was the first community college in the nation to launch a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) -free online classes to help high school students pass developmental math, also known as remedial math, before they enter college.


Tri-C recently learned that its MOOC is the first in the nation to earn Quality MattersTM  recognition through QM's Continuing & Professional Education Program. Quality Matters, a leader in quality assurance for online course design, uses a peer-based approach for continuous improvement in online education and student learning. Read more...

Chancellor John Carey meets with Tri-C President Alex Johnson; Tours Advanced Technolgy Training Center  


Group Photo with Dr. Johnson and Chancellor Carey
(From Left) Vice Chancellor Gary Cates; Tri-C President Alex Johnson; Tri-C Technology Academies Exec. Dir. George Bilokonsky; Tri-C Workforce and Economic Development Division Exec. VP Susan Muha; Chancellor John Carey

July 30, Ohio Board of Regents Chancellor John Carey and Vice Chancellor Gary Cates visited Cuyahoga Community College
(Tri-C) to meet Tri-C President Alex Johnson and to tour Tri-C's Advanced Technology Training Center (ATTC).


The ATTC links workforce education to the latest technology. People in workforce training programs get hands-on experience in welding simulation and robotics labs; and participate in programs including energy, construction, information technology and advanced manufacturing.


The ATTC opened in October 2012. Located near Tri-C's Unified Technologies Center (UTC) on the Metropolitan Campus, together the UTC and ATTC make up the largest technology training complex in Ohio. Learn more about the ATTC...

Congressman Jim Renacci hosts Veterans Forum at Tri-C's Western Campus  


Congressman Renacci and VA Panel
Congressman Renacci and a panel of Veterans Affairs representatives at the Aug. 14 Veterans Forum

August 14, Congressman Jim Renacci hosted a Veterans Forum at Tri-C's Western Campus in Parma to allow local veterans to discuss veterans' benefits with representatives of the Department of Veterans Affairs.


Rick DeChant, Tri-C's Executive Director of Veterans Services and Programs, delivered the introduction for the forum; and Tri-C also provided information regarding utilizing veterans' education benefits.To learn more about Tri-C's Veterans Services and Programs, please visit www.tri-c.edu/veterans.


Elected officials wishing to host constituent forums at Cuyahoga Community College's facilities should contact Claire Rosacco, Vice President of Government Relations and Community Outreach, by phone at 216-406-8821.

Tri-C joins local Chambers of Commerce in welcoming new teachers for the 2013-2014 academic year 


New Westlake Teachers
New Westlake teachers at the August Westshore Chamber New Teachers Luncheon

Tri-C is a member of numerous local Chambers of Commerce, and joins them annually in welcoming new local teachers and sharing information regarding the programs and services Cuyahoga Community College can offer to them and to their students.


On behalf of Cuyahoga Community College, welcome to the new teachers at all of our local school districts! 


Cleveland Corporate Challenge Kickball Event Hosted at Tri-C's Western Campus

 Kickball Photo 

Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) was pleased to partner with Hermes Sports and Events to host the 2013 Cleveland Corporate Challenge Kickball Event at the Western Campus in Parma June 29-30. Teams representing more than 90 Northeast Ohio companies participated.


This was a great opportunity for these local companies to engage in some friendly competition and enjoy the lovely facilities at Tri-C!



Tri-C in the news 


Jerry Sue Thornton deserves honors at Cuyahoga Community College: Editorial

The Plain Dealer - Sept. 22, 2013


Tri-C provides low-cost physical therapy, occupational theraphy, nutrition coaching and more: The Frugal Patient

The Plain Dealer - Sept. 19, 2013


Diana Krall to teach free master class at Tri-C the day after her PlayhouseSquare gig

The Plain Dealer - Sept. 19, 2013


Patience, fertilizer and weather contribute to a great tomato crop

The Plain Dealer - Sept. 19, 2013


Cuyahoga Community College building named for Jerry Sue Thornton

The Plain Dealer - Sept. 18, 2013


Alex Johnson likes being back at Tri-C and in town: My Cleveland

Cleveland.com - Sept. 13, 2013


Brunswick welcomes new Tri-C Presidents

Sun News - Sept. 13, 2013


Hispanic Rountable Essay Winner: I am Latino. I am American. I understand - Juan Caminero
(Caminero is a Cuyahoga Community College student)
Cleveland.com - Sept. 1, 2013


Oakwood Summer Camp Kids Amongst First in US to Build and Utilize Raspberry Pi Computer
Liberty News - Aug. 2013


AmeriCorps 'coaches' help high school and community college students win in the classroom

The Plain Dealer - Aug. 22, 2013


Students in Ohio's four year public universities who attended a community college could qualify for an associate degree

The Plain Dealer - Aug. 21, 2013


Cuyahoga Community College recieves grant to enroll Cleveland high school students in technological classes
The Plain Dealer - Aug. 21, 2013


Michael Symon and friends benefit for Autism Speaks draws chef fans, foodies: Restaurant Row
The Plain Dealer: Aug. 11, 2013


Ohio's public colleges must offer in-state tuition to undocumented immigrants with temporary legal status, regents say
The Plain Dealer - July 30, 2013


Cuyahoga Community College's free online developmental math course open to all
The Plain Dealer - July 29, 2013


Fostered teens in Ohio get lessons in making it on their own
The Plain Dealer - July 28, 2013


President Bill Clinton to speak at Cuyahoga Community College scholarship luncheon
The Plain Dealer - July 23, 2013


Short-Term Help, Lasting Payoff

Inside HigherEd - July 10, 2013


Jerry Sue Thornton celebration raises $1 million for student scholarships at Cuyahoga Community College

The Plain Dealer - June 10, 2013


Instructor at Tri-C in Parma co-authors chapter in new book

Sun News - June 10, 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