CLEVELAND -- For the past 50 years, Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) has been a gateway of opportunity for students in the greater Cleveland area, and today, Tri-C will celebrate this major milestone with a line-up of events at Tower City.
Tri-C was the first community college to open in Ohio and remains the oldest and largest.
Nearly 30,000 students attend one of four campuses in the area, and an estimated 85 percent find work after graduation in Cuyahoga County.
"When we opened our doors in 1963, we had an enrollment of 3,000 individuals who were hungry for an educational experience," Tri-C President Alex Johnson says. "We attract the largest number of high school graduates in our service area by far and of course many of them come to us and have not made up their mind about what they want to do."
From recent high school grads to more experienced professionals seeking additional training, Tri-C's motto of "where futures begin" is all-encompassing.
From nursing and health care to science and IT, the number of courses and associate degrees Tri-C offers continues to grow.
"Individuals come to us with short-term training they can go out and get meaningful jobs or quality paying jobs," Johnson says. "Our plan and desire is to ensure that more individuals graduate from those programs and then of course continue to reside and contribute to the growth and development of this great region."