Happy Fall,

We start this newsletter on a happy note - the successful passage of Issue 3. We are most grateful to each and every one of you who offered a levy endorsement, a few words to constituents, or a community platform to share our voice. We know that each action played a role in this outcome. And, as we head into the Thanksgiving season, please accept our heartfelt thanks and continued commitment to supporting, growing and lifting our region.

What's next? The third quarter of 2019 put multiple spotlights on programs, partnerships and achievements taking place at the College with students, faculty and staff, including:

  • Tri-C Recognized as an Aspen Prize Top 150 Community College – The biennial honor, regarded as the nation's signature recognition for Community Colleges, is based on high achievement and performance in student outcomes. It distinguishes Tri-C among a pool of 1,000 Colleges nationwide and also makes the College eligible to compete for the $1 million Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence in 2021. More

  • MetroHealth invests $1 million in Tri-C & Community Success – The $1 million gift launches a scholarship fund and provides seed money to open a Tri-C Access Center at MetroHealth’s new Institute for H.O.P.E. (Health, Opportunity, Partnership and Empowerment). Details

  • Tri-C in the Nationals – For the 19th year in a row, the Tri-C women’s cross country team heads to the national finals, Nov. 9, in New Mexico. They’re currently ranked #11 in the U.S., up six spots from Oct. 30th. Go Triceratops! 


Claire Rosacco 

Claire Rosacco
Vice President for Government Relations & Community Outreach

We create this quarterly e-newsletter for you – our civic and community leaders – to share Tri-C updates and community news that may be of interest to you & your constituents. Please feel free to share articles and contact me if Tri-C can be of help to you – whether for community partnerships, tours of our dynamic workforce areas, securing meeting spaces, or simply working together to meet community goals.
Dr. Johnson speaking in Cleveland's House
A City Club Friday Forum Chat
Did You Know? In the United States, 12 million students are seeking Higher Education at 1,000+ U.S. Community Colleges.

On Friday, October 25, the bell rang in Cleveland's house of free speech and Tri-C President Alex Johnson addressed the impact of Community Colleges in our region, our workforce, and across the country.

President's Scholarship Luncheon raises
over $1M for student scholarships
NBA legend Bill Walton - featured speaker at the 2019 Tri-C Presidential Scholarship Luncheon - also helped raise awareness of Tri-C's Issue 3
Since its inception in 1992, the Tri-C Presidential Scholarship Luncheon has raised more than $21 million to help students with financial need pursue Higher Education and achieve their academic and career goals.

More than 1,000 attendees attended this year's Oct. 11 event, presented by PNC Bank. Prior to the luncheon, Walton met with students from the Tri-C Metropolitan Campus - including scholarship recipients and members of the College’s nationally ranked basketball team.

“This event is about making an investment in the people of Northeast Ohio,” said John Skory, chairperson of the Tri-C Foundation. “Our supporters make it possible for Tri-C students to pursue their ambitions.” More
Bill Walton, center, joined by Tri-C President Alex Johnson and V.P. Development Megan O'Bryan.
2019 Report to the Community
In this year's Report to the Community

Learn about the six marquee Tri-C Centers of Excellence Programs that are successfully feeding job growth in Northeast Ohio:

  1. Creative Arts
  2. Hospitality Management
  3. Information Technology
  4. Manufacturing Technology
  5. Nursing
  6. Public Safety

Also, find out how Tri-C's Transportation Innovation Center in Euclid is leading students directly to jobs - with family sustaining pay.

Students and Alumni
join Tri-C President Alex Johnson at the iconic CLE sign for the cover of the 2019 Repor t.
Tri-C's Ongoing Workforce Impact
Addressing Worker Shortages Early College, Early Career fast-tracks high school students into manufacturing careers
Tri-C turns manufacturing apprenticeships into a viable career-training option as part of the “Early College, Early Career” (ECEC) program. Created by the Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network (MAGNET), the program is available to upperclassmen at seven high schools in Cuyahoga, Lake and Lorain counties. Learn more
Working with Robots
Automated Technology Training from Tri-C helps bridge human and robot interactions in the workplace

Humans and robots are finding new ways to coexist in the workplace, and Tri-C is helping to make the introductions. Programs at Tri-C’s Manufacturing Technology Center of Excellence offer opportunities for workers to upskill, while earning associate degrees and industry certifications in robotics and automation. More
Tri-C Fire Academy Contributes to Wildfire Research Project 

A new research study shows the potential of using whole-house fire blankets to protect structures during wildfires, and was the first to scientifically assess that method of defense. The study was headed by Case Western Reserve University professor Fumiaki Takahashi, with support from NASA Glenn Research Center, U.S. Forest Service, New Jersey Forest Fire Service and Tri-C. Learn more here .
It's all about H.O.P.E.
MetroHealth funds new Tri-C Access Center
A $1 million donation launches a scholarship fund and provides seed money to open a Tri-C Access Center at MetroHealth's new Institute for H.O.P.E. (Health, Opportunity, Partnership and Empowerment)

Scholarships granted through the donation will benefit students enrolled in 30 health careers programs at Tri-C. The College ranks 1st in Ohio and 6th in the country in awarding associate nursing degrees, and leads Ohio in all 30 health professions.

The Tri-C Access Center planned for the MetroHealth campus will begin offering programming in spring 2020, and is the College’s third neighborhood-based Access Center. “It’s partnerships like these that build stronger, healthier communities,” said Dr. Akram Boutros, president and CEO of MetroHealth (pictured below with Dr. Johnson at the annual Tri-C Presidential Scholarship Luncheon, held October 11th.) More

Dr. Alex Johnson and
Dr. Akram Boutros named
2019 Humanitarians of the Year
by The Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio

Tri-C – The Community's College
Tri-C's Expanding Role in
Building a Better Northeast Ohio via
Access Centers, Workforce Development, More
Cuyahoga Community College offers more than Higher Education. It also serves as an economic engine for Northeast Ohio, providing advancement opportunities for individuals and businesses.

That’s the idea behind the opening of Tri-C Access Centers and the expansion of workforce training programs in fields such as information technology, health care and manufacturing noted College President Alex Johnson during a recent conversation with WCPN's Mike McIntyre, on The Sound of Ideas . Listen to the 10/24 conversation 
Tri-C: A National Model for Establishing ‘Guided Pathways’

A recent report by the Community College Research Center (CCRC) at Columbia University highlighted work done at Tri-C, and seven other Community Colleges across the country, in transforming how students enter and complete programs.

Tri-C instituted changes over the past few years and saw immediate results, with graduation numbers climbing to record highs. The College awarded nearly 4,300 associate degrees and certificates last year as well as more than 19,000 workforce credentials. More
Tri-C's Metro Campus Cente r
Going Green = LEED Gold

Cuyahoga Community College’s rebuilt Metropolitan Campus Center recently received LEED® Gold certification from the United States Green Building Council.

“A commitment to the environment is woven into our fabric at Tri-C,” said David November, the College’s sustainability manager, adding "the Metro Campus Center provides a healthy indoor environment, saves energy and water, and reduces stormwater runoff."

Tri-C Students & Alumni
Making their Marks in the World
Alumnus Marc Whitmore Found His ‘Keys’ to Recording Industry Success at Tri-C
He's now a sound engineer for the Grammy-Award winning Black Keys.

Volleyball Players Named
Tri-C volleyball players McKennzie Papp and Annaiya Ruffin ended their freshman season with all-conference honors from the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference (OCCAC) following their performance during 2019. Details
Triceratops On the Move
in National
Cross-Country Rankings
The Cuyahoga Community College women’s cross country team moved up in the pack in the national rankings following its first NJCAA Region XII championship. As noted above, they now rank #11. Fun Fact - Tri-C has qualified for nationals for 19 consecutive years! More
Tri-C Mandel Scholars
meet Senator Sherrod Brown
at The City Club
Throughout the year, Tri-C students engage in a number of civic engagement activities, including Promote the Vote campus events and Friday Forums at The City Club. At the Nov. 8 event, Senator Sherrod Brown was interviewed by his wife, Pulitzer Prize winning writer Connie Schultz, on his new book Desk 88. Prior to the event, the Senator took time to meet each of the Tri-C Mandel Scholars in attendance.
Distinguished Faculty & Staff
Tri-C’s Derrick A. Pledger Named Ohio’s 2019 Adjunct Teacher of the Year
The Ohio Association of Two-Year Colleges (OATYC) presented its 2019 Adjunct Teacher of the Year Award to Dr. Derrick A. Pledger, a business and economics instructor at Tri-C for more than 20 years. The honor recognizes teachers who inspire students; use innovative approaches in the classroom; engage the community; and show leadership and a passion for professional development. Details
Helping Our Veterans - a Tri-C Priority
In Tribute to Those Who Served

Cuyahoga Community College honors the courageous men and women who served in the nation’s military during Veterans Day reflections and remembrances at its four campuses. Tri-C serves thousands of Northeast Ohio veterans every year through its Veterans Initiative. For more information on programs and services, visit www.tri-c.edu/veterans .
Save the Dates
The 2019-2020 Performing Arts season is an invigorating mix, with events taking place at various Tri-C campuses and city venues. The season is made up of four presentations - Performing Arts Series, Classical Piano Series, Theatre Program and Art Galleries Action.

Opened in 1963, Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) is Ohio's first community college and remains one of the state's largest community colleges, serving approximately 51,000 students each year. To date, 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 internet.
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Please contact Katie Montgomery, Director of Government Relations:
216.987.3499 or katharine.montgomery@tri-c.edu
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