Tri-C’s Encore On-the-Go Program offers Online Classes
CLEVELAND: Encore 55+ Learning at
(Tri-C®) will begin offering online classes as the
College works to maintain community programs while adapting to
challenges created by the COVID-19 outbreak.
Encore On-the-Go features virtual sessions three days a week to
enrich the minds and lives of those aged 55 and older. Classes
begin April 21, 2020 and take place every Tuesday, Thursday and
Friday through May 29. The 90-minute sessions start at either 10
a.m. or 1 p.m.
Classes cover a wide variety of subjects including fitness,
history, music, religion, science and more. A full list with
dates and times is available at
Instructors will teach the classes via Webex, an easy-to-use
online meeting platform. Assistance is available for those
unfamiliar with Webex, and the Encore team is offering test
sessions on using the app.
Enrollment cost is $8 per class. Visit
to sign up any time before each individual session.
Tri-C launched Encore On-the-Go after the COVID-19
outbreak closed campus sites and forced the cancellation of
in-person classes, including the popular Encore Campus Fridays’
program scheduled for this spring.
Tri-C Working Overtime to reach students during COVID-19
How do you keep college students connected to classes and
campuses after they become distance learners during a pandemic?
Two words: personalized attention. Lots of it, too.
Faculty and staff at Tri-C have made nearly 20,000 phone calls
to students since the College shifted to remote delivery of
classes to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.
Each call focused on ensuring students made a seamless
transition to online learning and services. Thousands of calls
led to follow-up conversations to lend assistance.
Tri-C President Alex Johnson
said the person-to-person contact was meant to deliver an
important message: The College cares about its students and will
do whatever it can to help them achieve.
unprecedented time presents challenges, but we want everyone to
know they’re not facing them alone,” Dr. Johnson said. “We will
get through this together. Situations may change, but we will
find a way to help our students succeed and reach their goals.”
In addition to the calls, the College has also held several
virtual Town Hall meetings with students; conducted text and
email campaigns; and shared videos with tips on how to maximize
the distance learning experience.
Tri-C also increased student access to emergency funds and
distributed computers to those who lacked the technology needed
to participate in online classes.
“The programs and processes we’re developing in response to the
COVID-19 outbreak carry the College and its students forward,”
Dr. Johnson said. “We will emerge stronger, smarter and more
compassionate than ever.”