The program is designed to
help residents in the city select a career path and find the
training needed for employment in their chosen field. The goal
is to connect people to jobs with family-sustaining wages and
high growth potential.
The College is
collaborating on the project with Maple Heights City Schools,
the city of Maple Heights and the Urban League of Greater
“Education and workforce
training opens the door to opportunity,” said Alex Johnson,
president of Tri-C. “The College is committed to meeting the
community where they live to change lives and put a better
future within reach.”
The program’s first
session begins this fall at Maple Heights High School, with
additional sessions later in the year. The plan is to enroll up
to 20 adults in the inaugural course. The enrollment focus is on
young parents and recent high school graduates.
“Our school district is deeply invested in not just the lifelong
success of our students, but in the success of everyone in our
community,” said Charlie Keenan, superintendent of Maple
Heights schools. “This partnership will create opportunities and
pathways to success for everyone.”
The course is being created by the College and the Urban League,
which will collaborate to develop a curriculum that targets
career exploration. Sessions will also cover basic skills needed
to turn job training into job offers.
Upon completion of the course, graduates will have the
opportunity to continue their education and training at Tri-C or
through Urban League programs.
“There is an interconnectedness between education and workforce
development,” said Marsha Mockabee, president and CEO of
the Urban League. “Our goal is to create permeable boundaries
between these areas to empower the community and change lives.”
The program reflects the
College’s commitment to partnerships and the values and mission
of each organization. A signing ceremony to establish the
program is set for 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, in the media
center at Maple Heights High School.
Maple Heights Mayor
Annette Blackwell views the program as a way to grow talent
in the city.
“Our residents will be able to expand their career opportunities
through this partnership, leading to better jobs with better
pay,” Blackwell said. “The success they find will help improve
the quality of life in Maple Heights while strengthening
households and the overall community.”