In the heart of Cuyahoga County, an institution of affordable education and community empowerment has been serving Northeast Ohio for more than half a century.
Cuyahoga Community College, commonly referred to as Tri-C, was founded in 1963 as Ohio’s first and largest community college. It has been an invaluable resource, providing high-quality education and programs to more than a million community members over the years. Tri-C’s commitment to its mission of providing accessible and affordable educational opportunities and services that promote individual development and improve the overall quality of life in a multicultural community has never wavered. Now, the institution needs the community’s help more than ever.
On November 7, Cuyahoga County residents will have the opportunity to vote on a $2.1 million renewal levy. According to Tri-C, a 0.4 mill increase would cost an additional $1.17 per month on a $100,000 property. The levy is critical for Tri-C to continue its exceptional work and drive economic growth in Northeast Ohio.
Step Forward is proud to be part of the noble cause and stand alongside Tri-C in its mission to create a brighter future for our community.
“Tri-C’s doors have been open to more than a million community members who have come to improve their lives,” Jacklyn A. Chisholm, Ph.D., Step Forward’s President and CEO, said. “This is a testament to the college’s enduring impact, and this levy is our chance to make sure that Tri-C can keep its doors open for future generations."
Tri-C’s impact on the community is immeasurable, but the facts speak volumes:
For every $1 of support Tri-C receives from Cuyahoga County, it provides an astounding return of $11.80 in economic benefit to the community
More than 90 percent of Tri-C graduates from career programs find employment. Nearly 83 percent of those jobs are directly related to their field of study.
About 85 percent of Tri-C graduates live and work in Northeast Ohio
Without the levy, Tri-C would face drastic reductions to technical education, two-year transfer programs, workforce training, and affordable access to higher education. Levy proceeds will enable Tri-C to keep its tuition affordable, ensuring that education remains accessible to everyone.
“This isn’t just about maintaining the status quo; it’s about ensuring that Tri-C can continue to adapt to the changing needs of our community,” Dr. Chisholm added. “We urge Greater Clevelanders to stand with us in supporting Tri-C’s vital levy. Each vote is more than just a mark on a ballot. It’s an investment in our community’s future, the future of our children, and the continued success of Cuyahoga County.”
The journey to secure a better future for Cuyahoga County starts with early voting on October 11th and culminates on November 7th, which is Election Day.