Happy Summer!

Tri-C JazzFest, Edgewater Live, the Tall Ships, and an All-Star Game! As we settle in to enjoy all that CLE and Cuyahoga County has to offer this summer, we wanted to share some highlights from our corner of Carnegie and Ontario.

We have created 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. Highlights include:

  • Tri-C Levy on the Ballot November 5th – Every five years, Tri-C has a levy on the ballot - 2019 is that year. Thanks to the ongoing support of Cuyahoga County voters, we're able to offer the lowest tuition rate in Ohio and a strong ROI to the community and our students. (Highlights below)
  • Tri-C in the Neighborhoods - In June, Tri-C formally opened two Access Centers at Esperanza and Olivet Institutional Baptist Church in conjunction with CMHA - offering access to Higher Ed in areas that need it most. (Details below)
  • Tri-C's Annual Appreciation Breakfast on June 20, honored Community Champions, Alumni, 2019 Advisory Committee of the year and featured a Blockchain discussion with Bernie Moreno.
  • Tri-C Baseball Player headed to the Major League! Tri-C’s Brock Begue was selected by the Milwaukee Brewers as an 11th Round MLB draft pick. (See this article and more about our award-winning athletes below.)

We always welcome the opportunity to host tours of our dynamic workforce areas for elected officials and community partners. Please contact me if Tri-C can be of help to you, whether for community partnerships, tours, securing meeting spaces, or simply working together to meet community goals.


Claire Rosacco 

Claire Rosacco
Vice President for Government Relations & Community Outreach
A National Role
Tri-C President Alex Johnson takes the helm
of the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) Board
The AACC is the primary advocacy organization for the nation’s Community Colleges. The association represents nearly 1,200 two-year institutions that collectively educate more than 12 million students — nearly half of the nation’s undergraduates.

“I have seen again and again the tremendous impact community colleges have on lives and society,” Dr. Johnson said. “These institutions are at the forefront of degree attainment and workforce development in America. I am honored to serve as board chair to expand on this effort.”
Every Five Years a Levy 
For every dollar spent on education at Tri-C,
the College provides $9.40 in economic benefit
to Greater Cleveland and beyond.
FY2017-2018 Economic Impact Study
Levy Speakers – Need a speaker for your next meeting? We’d be happy to share Tri-C projects and programs underway and explain why the Levy is important to Tri-C and our community. Please contact Katie Montgomery, Director of Government Relations: 216.987.3499 or katharine.montgomery@tri-c.edu
Tri-C Workforce Development
Tri-C Exec. VP William Gary Heads Ohio Workforce League
23 Community Colleges working to strengthen Ohio's career-readiness training
The group was created in response to the increased focus on workforce training by Gov. Mike DeWine and his administration. The panel was organized by the Ohio Association of Community Colleges. More
Tri-C Access Centers Bring College Programs into the Community

Tri-C is collaborating with Esperanza Inc. and Olivet Institutional Baptist Church and CMHA on the first two centers. “Bringing the college experience and resources to these sites removes barriers to higher education,” Tri-C President Alex Johnson said. “Tri-C is meeting residents where they are to help them pursue degrees, workforce credentials and the opportunity for a better life.” More
AT&T Commits $100,000 to Tri-C as part of ‘Believe Cleveland’ Initiative
AT&T’s financial commitment to Tri-C will be used to fund certificate programs for adults and scholarship opportunities in tech-based fields such as Blockchain. Along with the launch of “Believe Cleveland,” the global telco company also announced it will introduce mobile 5G service to the Cleveland area in early 2020. More
Goldman Sachs Expands Program Following Success at Tri-C

In 2012, the program debuted in Ohio at Tri-C - one of seven sites in the country - providing small business owners with the tools to take their companies to the next level. Based on the success of the 700+ small businesses who have gone through Tri-C's program, it will now also be offered in Columbus, Dayton and Cincinnati.
Tri-C Workforce Program Draws Ohio Higher Education Chancellor during Ohio's In-Demand Jobs Week

The visit highlighted Tri-C's Mobile Training Unit in action at the Oatey Company. More
The Illuminating Company hires 24 Tri-C grads from its Power Systems Institute at Tri-C.
GM Dealer Technician Scholarship at Tri-C offers Students Debt-Free Two-Year Path to Auto Tech Jobs.
Tri-C's Transportation Innovation Center in Euclid offers workforce programs for in-demand jobs critical to keeping U.S. economy rolling across the logistics cycle - warehouse to transport.
Tri-C - The Community's College
Metro Campus Center

On April 30, Tri-C officially introduced the world to the revitalized Metro Campus Center.

Plain Dealer reporter Steven Litt offered a full review of the new space, which is serving as a beacon to both the campus and the neighborhood. More

Tri-C Officially Earns National
Voter Friendly Campus Designation
Tri-C is one of only a dozen community colleges across the country to earn the designation. Overall, only 123 campuses in 31 states were recognized for their work to develop a culture of democratic engagement. More

In June, Tri-C's work with the Campus Vote Project and on-campus Democracy Fellows in the area of student voter registration was one of 12 U.S. Colleges and Universities highlighted in the national report. More
Meet Our 2019 Community Champions
2019 Tri-C Community Champions Awards Ceremony (L to R) Tri-C Scholar Richard Summers; Eleven Angels Scholarship supporters Jesse Cunion and Dr. William Cunion; OMNOVA Solutions Foundation President Theresa Carter; Hyland Exec. VP and CFO Chris Hyland and Hyland HR Program Manager Kelly Diamond; Keynote Speaker Bernie Moreno, Tri-C President Alex Johnson.
Each year, Tri-C honors Community Champions 
making a difference in the lives and career paths of Tri-C Students 
Nominated by Tri-C Faculty/Staff, awards are given in three categories – Individual, Small Business (<50 employees), and Large Business (>50 employees,). This year – for the first time – two awards were given in the Individual category – one to a student and the other to an Associate Dean and his wife. 

Awards were handed out by Tri-C President Alex Johnson at an annual gathering of 200+ Tri-C fans, Advisory Board members and supporters who gathered at Tri-C's Corporate College East on June 20th. This year, guest speaker Bernie Moreno - Chairman of OWNUM and President, Bernie Moreno Companies - joined Dr. Johnson in making the presentations. Read about each Champion here.
2019 Outstanding Advisory Committee named
The 2019 Outstanding Advisory Committee honor goes to the 19-member
EMT Advisory Committee, headed by Tri-C Program Director Edward Bak, pictured far left.
About the Award - Since 1993,
Tri-C hosts an annual event to honor and celebrate the contributions of
Tri-C’s many Program Advisory Committees - comprised of community and staff members with professional expertise.

Members offer input to program development and help ensure students are well-positioned for success in their chosen field.
The Economic Impact of Tri-C
Tri-C Balloons

The College's annual economic impact is $1.7 billion - equivalent to nearly 2% of the County's Gross Regional Product, supporting over 21,000 jobs.

One out of every 44 jobs in the County is supported by the activities of Tri-C and its students.

An associate degree grad will see an average earnings increase of $10,500/year & $338,500 more in lifetime earnings versus a grad with a high-school diploma.
Tri-C Students & Alumni
Making their Marks in the World
Tri-C’s Brock Begue Selected in
11th Round of MLB Draft
The Triceratops left-handed pitcher is officially a professional baseball player.
The Milwaukee Brewers selected him in the 11th round of the 2019 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. Begue, one of the top junior-college pitchers in the country the past two seasons. Learn more
Adolphe Musanga's American Dream
From Congo to Cleveland
Seeking a better life, Adolphe Musanga’s journey took him thousands of miles from the Congo to the U.S. — and to Tri-C. His time was well spent, as a Mandel Scholar, one of 11 Tri-C students on the All-Ohio Academic Team, and now an author. We invite you to read more of his story.
Tri-C Alumna & Toastmasters World Champion Ramona Smith (right) receives 2019 Tri-C Rising Star Alumna Award at June Advisory Appreciation Breakfast. Tri-C VP Government Relations Claire Rosacco (left) emceed the annual event.
2019 Alumni Awards Ceremony - from L to R - Foundation President Megan O'Bryan, 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award winners Rachel Von Hendrix & Dr. Terry Calaway, Keynote Speaker Bernie Moreno, Tri-C President Alex Johnson
More Tri-C Scholars Making a Difference
  • Spring Commencement Celebrates Academic Success of Graduates More
  • Two Triceratops Named Baseball All-Americans More
  • Tri-C JazzFest Academy Student Repeats as U.S. ‘DownBeat’ Jazz Vocalist Winner More
  • Tri-C College Credit Plus Student Earns Perfect ACT Score More
  • Two Tri-C Softball Players - Megan Mulhan & Daniele Rivera - Named All-Americans More
Distinguished Faculty & Staff
Tri-C Metro Campus President
Dr. Michael Schoop Appointed to College-Wide Position
Dr. Schoop takes on the College-wide role of Vice President of Evidence, Inquiry and Retention, effective July 1. He has led Tri-C’s Metropolitan Campus since 2006. The pivotal role involves a data-driven institutional effectiveness program focused on improving student retention and completion. 

His position will build upon Tri-C’s considerable increase in graduation rates — nearly 300% from 2010 to 2017 — and its significant gains in student retention and number of degrees and certificates awarded.  More
Ohio Transfer Council Honors
Tri-C's Kimberly Liddell for her work with diverse populations

The Ohio Transfer Council (OTC) awarded Liddell its Tom Vandermeulen Award, which recognizes contributions leading to enhanced relations among people of diverse backgrounds.

As a transfer specialist, Liddell helps Tri-C students moving on to four-year schools to pursue bachelor’s degrees. Much of her time is spent with first-generation college students finding their way through the halls of academia. Learn more here.
Tri-C's Mark Rodriguez
Athletic Director of the Year

The honor — voted on by the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference's athletic directors — follows award-winning seasons by Tri-C’s baseball and softball teams. Two team members from each team also earned All-American honors.

Rodriguez has been with the College for more than three decades,and is based at the Western Campus Student Life office. This is his second nod for the award. More
Helping Our Veterans - a Tri-C Priority
Tri-C Selected as Military Spouse Friendly School

Tri-C one of 200 schools out of 8,880 institutions reviewed receiving the honor Cuyahoga Community College works with thousands of military families a year through its veteran services centers, which offer a full array of services that build toward educational and career goals.

Early in 2019, Tri-C received a Top 10 Gold Military Friendly School designation from VIQTORY for the 10th straight year. Details
Memorial Day & D-Day Remembrances

Tri-C's annual Memorial Day Remembrance Event and Planting of the Poppies (shown above) took place at Western Campus on Friday, May 24.

Tri-C commemorated the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion — the deadly mission that changed the course of World War II — during an evening vigil Weds., June 5, at Western Campus.
Enjoy the latest issue of Tri-C Times

  • The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Humanities Center - educating a new generation of influential Clevelanders - P. 6

  • Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program at Tri-C - offers "huge economic opportunity" to its graduates - P. 13

  • Spotlight - Introducing the Triceratops! Tri-C has a new mascot, 68-million years in the making - P. 16

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 more than 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 300 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.
Katie Montgomery | Cuyahoga Community College| 216-987-3499 | katharine.montgomery@tri-c.edu
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