Statistics show the
economic struggles within neighborhoods surrounding the
locations, with a high percentage of residents unemployed or
living in households with incomes below the federal poverty
Connecting people to
education and job training opens the door to opportunity.
Proposed services at Tri-C Access Centers include college and
career readiness workshops; English as a Second Language
courses; and the College’s Women in Transition program.
Workforce offerings may
include advanced manufacturing and information technology
training programs to guide residents into careers with
sustainable wages and growth potential.
“Tri-C Access Centers
affirm the College’s commitment to promoting individual
development and achievement in every household,” Johnson said.
“These centers promise to serve those who are often
under-resourced and underrepresented in higher education.”
The idea for Tri-C Access
Centers grew from conversations between Johnson and leaders with
Esperanza, OHCDC and CMHA. The centers reflect the College’s
commitment to partnerships and the values and mission of each
three decades, Esperanza and Tri-C have partnered to bring
educational opportunities to our community,” said Victor Ruiz,
executive director of Esperanza. “With the Tri-C Access Center,
we are putting a quality education within reach for all members
of our community.”
The Rev. Jawanza Karriem Colvin of Olivet Institutional
Baptist Church called the establishment of Tri-C Access Centers
significant to the community.
“This partnership brings together entities that are each
committed to connecting people to opportunity,” Colvin said. “In
coming together to educate and train a wide and diverse student
population, we are seeking to set a model for effective
neighborhood- and community-based access to the established and
emerging workforce industries in our region.”
ceremony to establish the first two Tri-C Access Centers took
place June 13 at Tri-C’s Jerry Sue Thornton Center in
Cleveland. Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish and
Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson were among the community
Some programs are already
being offered at the Centers. Others will evolve over time based
on community needs. Many of the services will be at no cost to
The need to eliminate
economic disparities in Northeast Ohio has been well documented
in studies such as The Tale of Two Tomorrows report by
the Fund for Our Economic Future. These inequities undermine the
region’s ability to prosper.
“CMHA is pleased to have the opportunity to collaborate with
Tri-C on such a worthwhile initiative,” said CEO Jeffery K.
Patterson. “The Access Centers will create new opportunities
for our residents to gain access to vital skills and resources
that will help them move toward self-sufficiency.”