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Step Forward urges support for Tri-C Levy

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.

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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.

Ohio residents can register or update their voter information by visiting the Ohio Secretary of State's website or by visiting the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections website.

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