January 2014
In This Issue
Tri-C honors more than 1,500 graduates at Fall Commencement Dec. 19
Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland moves to June for Long Days, Warm Nights and Hot Music
Tri-C partners with RTA for U-Pass Program
Tri-C selected for participation in Walmart Brighter Futures 2.0 Project
Multiple Tri-C Employees and Students featured in Who's Who in Black Cleveland
Enroll Now for Tri-C's Spring 2014 Semester
Spring 2014 Senior Adult Education Classes
Inauguration: Dr. Alex Johnson officially installed as fourth president of Tri-C
Cleveland Public Library's 2014 Drum Major for Change Award presented to Tri-C's Kenneth Hale
Tri-C Veterans Initiative Director Rick DeChant testifies at regional hearing of Ohio House Committee
Sen. Brown and County Executive FitzGerald host press conference at Tri-C to announce scholarship for veterans and urge Congress to extend VRAP program
Tri-C's Workforce and Economic Development Division Leaders meet with Local Economic Development Directors
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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.

 

Sincerely,
 Claire signature

Claire Rosacco
Vice President for Government Relations and Community Outreach

 

Tri-C honors more than 1,500 graduates at Fall Commencement Dec. 19

 

 Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) held its second annual Fall Commencement ceremony Dec. 19; honoring 1,596 students who petitioned to graduate.

 

"As these students walk across the stage in celebration of their academic success, they become part of the foundation of educational excellence built over 50 years at Cuyahoga Community College," said Alex Johnson, president of Tri-C.

 

Read more, including profiles of some of the December 2013 Tri-C Graduates...

Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland moves to June for Long Days, Warm Nights and Hot Music 

 

JazzFest 2013Tri-C JazzFest Cleveland will celebrate its 35th anniversary with a big move from April to June 2014, presenting three jam-packed days of concerts in the theaters of Playhouse Square plus free music outside on Star Plaza.

 

Twelve ticketed shows and a host of free outdoor events will be featured June 26-28, 2014 in what JazzFest Director Terri Pontremoli says is an exciting change for loyal JazzFest audiences and a fresh opportunity for new ones. "With a growing population downtown and so much appetite for new experiences in the city, it's the perfect time to introduce people to this wonderful musical experience with deep roots in Cleveland," Pontremoli says. Read more...

Cuyahoga Community College partners with RTA for U-Pass Program

     

 Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) and The Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority (RTA) will offer eligible Tri-C students a U-Pass for unlimited RTA rides during qualifying semesters.

 

"Through this agreement, Tri-C and RTA will benefit 30,000 students by increasing their access to classes and support services," said Dr. Alex Johnson, Tri-C president. "This collaboration embodies our commitment to remove hurdles that may stand in the way of students' success in their education." Read more...

Cuyahoga Community College selected for participation in Walmart Brighter Futures 2.0 Project through the League for Innovation in the Community College 
 

Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) is one of 12 community colleges in the country selected to participate in the Walmart Brighter Futures 2.0 Project, which is supported by a $3.5 million grant from the Walmart Foundation to the League for Innovation in the Community College (League).

 

The project aims to provide low-income adults and older youth the skills necessary to obtain middle-skill jobs, enabling them to become financially self-sufficient. In addition, the project is modeled to provide participants with the confidence they need to know they've acquired the skills employers want, which will empower them to document those skills and communicate them effectively to employers. Read more...

Multiple Tri-C Employees and Students featured in Who's Who in Black Cleveland

 

Mr. Kenneth Hale, executive director of Early College and Outreach Programs; Ms. Stacy Hutchinson, principal of High Tech Academy (HTA); Dr. Ormond Brathwaite, chemistry professor; and Dr. Valerie Brown, sociology professor were recently profiled in the 2013 Edition of Who's Who in Black Cleveland, a publication that celebrates African-American achievement in Northeast Ohio.

 

Also profiled were five HTA scholars: Rashee Brooks, Sophia Higginbottom, Celeste Kamasa, Marshay Wilson and Vic Young; and two HTA alumni, Melvin Hamilton and Nathan Johnson. Read more...

 

Enroll Now for Tri-C's Spring 2014 Semester

16 week classes began Jan. 13

14 week classes began Jan. 27

8 week classes begin March 17

     

 

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

 

Click on the photo below to hear the story of Tri-C graduate Josh Gatka. 

  

 

 

 

Spring 2014 Senior Adult Education Classes

     

For 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 Spring 2014 Schedule Brochure here.

Inauguration

Dr. Alex Johnson was officially installed as the fourth president of Cuyahoga Community College during a meaningful and heartfelt ceremony in November.

 

 Dr. Alex Johnson was installed as the fourth president of Cuyahoga Community College during a ceremony Nov. 21 in the Metropolitan Campus Auditorium. Pomp, circumstance, humor and emotion marked the occasion.

 

"A Tri-C education must not just be about learning how to weld, or care for patients, or manage a business or even to succeed in college. It must be about those things, but a Tri-C education must go beyond them," Dr. Johnson said. "We have to be about the business of preparing successful citizens who situate themselves in the larger context of our society."
Read more...

 

 

Cleveland Public Library's 2014 Drum Major for Change Award presented to
Tri-C's Kenneth Hale 
 

 

 Kenneth Hale, Tri-C's executive director of Early College and Outreach Programs, has been selected as the recipient of the Cleveland Public Library's 2014 Drum Major for Change Award for his volunteer service to the community, and particularly for his time devoted to support children's literacy.

 

In honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., this award derives from a sermon King delivered to the congregation of Atlanta's Ebenezer Baptist Church two month before he was assassinated in1968. Read more... 

Tri-C Veterans Initiative Director Rick DeChant testifies at regional hearing of Ohio House Committee

 
  

Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) Veterans Services Director Rick DeChant testified before a regional hearing of the Ohio House Policy and Legislative Oversight Committee Sept. 26.

 

Committee Chairman, Rep. Mike Dovilla (Berea) hosted the Northeast Ohio regional hearing to learn more about local efforts to implement recent legislation (HB490)... Read more...

Sen. Brown and County Executive FitzGerald host press conference at Tri-C to announce scholarship program for veterans and to urge Congress to extend the VRAP program

             

Dec. 16, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown and Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald hosted a press conference at Cuyahoga Community College's Advanced Technology Training Center to urge Congress to extend the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP) and to publicize scholarship funding available through Cuyahoga County for VRAP eligible students.

 

Rick DeChant, Executive Director, Tri-C Veterans Initiative, spoke at the press conference, as did Everett Chambers III, a Tri-C student who has received VRAP funds.
Read more... 

 

Tri-C Workforce and Economic Development Division Leaders meet with local economic development directors 

 

  

Nov. 8, Susan Muha, Tri-C Workforce and Economic Development Division Executive Vice President; Michael Bankey, Vice President; and Terrance Robinson, Director, met with the economic development directors of communities in Cuyahoga County.

 

The group discussed current economic development and workforce development projects in Cuyahoga County and workforce training opportunities available through Cuyahoga Community College. Economic development directors wishing to work with Tri-C on workforce training or grant opportunities should contact Claire Rosacco, Vice President of Government Relations and Community Outreach by phone at
216-987-4804 or by e-mail at claire.rosacco@tri-c.edu 
 

 

Newspaper

    

Tri-C in the news 

 

Cuyahoga Community College to encourage minority students to enter science and technology fields: Higher Education Roundup

The Plain Dealer - Jan. 14, 2014

 

Parma woman reflects on return to academia after 20-year absence

Northeast Ohio Media Group - Dec. 24, 2013

 

Veterans attending Cuyahoga Community College may be eligible for a $500 scholarship

The Plain Dealer - Dec. 16, 2013

 

Cuyahoga Community College recieves grant for job training: Higher Education Roundup 

The Plain Dealer - Dec. 5, 2013

 

Cuyahoga Community College students will recieve free RTA pass for spring semester

The Plain Dealer - Nov. 26, 2013

 

Cuyahoga Community College's fourth president, Alex Johnson, inaugurated today

The Plain Dealer - Nov. 21, 2013

 

Tri-C JazzFest switches to June and three days to make it a 'destination event'

The Plain Dealer - Nov. 21, 2013

 

Veterans commission honors those who have served veterans and their community

The Plain Dealer - Nov. 11, 2013

 

Women in transition get a needed boost at Tri-C: Regina Brett

The Plain Dealer - Nov. 9, 2013

 

Cuyahoga Community College breaks ground on $10.1 million Public Safety Training Center of Excellence at Parma campus

Northeast Ohio Media Group - Nov. 5, 2013

 

Westlake campus of Cuyahoga Community College names Terri Pope interim president

Northeast Ohio Media Group - Oct. 24, 2013

 

Tri-C runner Asia Smith was homeless and becomes a beacon of hope: Tim Warsinskey's Take

The Plain Dealer - Oct. 17, 2013

 

Former  President Bill Clinton speaks at Cuyahoga Community College luncheon about the value of community colleges and the need for everyone to cooperate

The Plain Dealer - Oct. 17, 2013

 


Opened in 1963, Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) is Ohio's first community college and remains the state's largest, serving more than 60,000 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) 987-4804
claire.rosacco@tri-c.edu 

 

Stephanie Franz, Government and Community Affairs Liaison

700 Carnegie Avenue

Cleveland, OH 44115

(216) 987-3499

stephanie.franz@tri-c.edu

 

www.tri-c.edu