On September 23, 1963, the largest first-day enrollment for a community college in the nation’s history took place at Tri-C’s first home – the 19th-century Brownell School building in downtown Cleveland, leased from the Cleveland Board of Education. The initial enrollment was just over 3,000 students. Today, Tri-C serves more than 60,000 credit and noncredit students each year.
Now one of the largest colleges in Ohio and the largest in Greater Cleveland, Tri-C has expanded to four modern campuses in downtown Cleveland, Parma, Highland Hills and Westlake, as well as two Corporate College sites in Westlake and Warrensville Heights. Other facilities include District Administrative Services in Cleveland and the Manufacturing Technology Center adjacent to the Metropolitan Campus. Tri-C opened its beautiful and spacious 50,000-square-foot Advanced Technology Training Center (ATTC) in October 2012. The ATTC features high-bay labs, multipurpose training areas and an energy-efficient environment for learning with state-of-the-art technology and curriculum. The ATTC provides students with education, hands-on training and employment preparation for well-paying jobs and provides employers with a constant feeder system of job-ready candidates for the in-demand high-tech industry.
Founded in 1971, the Eastern Campus serves students who want to complete their first two years of college in a high quality educational environment as well as those seeking a direct-to-job educational experience. The Eastern Campus offers Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees for those wishing to transfer to a four-year institution. The campus has articulation agreements with more than 40 four-year schools, including on-site bachelor's degrees through Hiram College. Located off I-271 in Highland Hills, the campus features four buildings with state-of-the-art classrooms and laboratories. Staff in the Enrollment Center, Financial Aid, Counseling, Career Center, Student Success Center, Learning Commons (library and technology support), Tutoring, Writing Center, and the Alfred Lerner Veterans Center provide a strong support system for students. The Eastern Campus is also home to The Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Humanities Center, which provides high performing students a collaborative, problem-based learning environment with a focus on leadership development and community engagement. Additionally, the campus features the 600-seat Simon and Rose Mandel Theatre, Gallery East art gallery and Café 4250, a student-run restaurant (part of the College-wide Hospitality Management program). Students and community members can enjoy a healthy lifestyle with a gymnasium, indoor and outdoor tracks, natatorium, dance studio, fitness center and massage therapy student clinic.
The heart of the hospitality program is the Hospitality Management Center, located across from Public Square in downtown Cleveland. This location, supported by faculty from the Metropolitan Campus, is in the center of the culinary and hotel district, within walking distance of nationally recognized chef-run restaurants and expanding lodging and entertainment businesses. The program also features a second student-run restaurant, the Tri-C Hospitality Management Center Pop-Up Bistro, located at 180 Euclid Ave.
Directions to Campus: http://www.tri-c.edu/campuses-and-locations/eastern/directions-to-eastern-campus.html
Opened in 1969, the Metropolitan Campus is Tri-C’s first campus. Located near downtown Cleveland in the Campus District, the campus is easily accessible from Interstates 71, 77 and 90. Classes are offered during the day, evenings, on weekends and online.
The Metropolitan Campus houses outstanding science, engineering and health careers labs. Students learn first-hand in labs similar to those in the work environment. Labs exist for nursing, information technology, manufacturing and recording arts.
The Gill and Tommy LiPuma Center for Creative Arts presents the best in local, regional and international artists in the areas of music, dance, theater and performance art. Students can mix music, record and stage musicians as part of the Recording Arts and Technology program. The Visual Communication and Design program offers degrees and certificates in graphic design, illustration, web and interactive media, photography, digital video and digital filmmaking, 3D design and 3D animation.
Students with an interest in engineering technology can choose from nine degree programs recognized by the American Society for Engineering Education and the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology.
A state-of-the-art center for nursing provides opportunities for hands-on learning. Students use a human patient simulator, a computer-driven mannequin that mirrors the physical characteristics of a human and allows students to respond to critical care issues. A simulated hospital care unit with 22 beds allows students to study and test simulated patients.
Allied health laboratories also exist on the campus for many other careers in the health care field including dental hygiene, health information management, surgical technician, emergency medical technician, and occupational and physical therapy. The Dental Hygiene Clinic provides low-cost preventive dental care to community residents.
The Preventative Care Center (PCC) is a professional, well-equipped health career classroom providing a high quality educational experience for students. Low-cost services and screenings are available in the educational center, where students from the Dietetic Technology, Medical Assisting, Occupational Therapy Assistant and Physical Therapist Assistant programs gain valuable, hands-on experience in their fields. All students are under the direct supervision of licensed professionals when assisting community members, Tri-C faculty, staff and students over the age of 18. The PCC does not require a doctor’s referral to utilize its services.
Additionally, the Transfer Connection Center opened in 2013 to help students navigate the process from degree completion at Tri-C to a successful transfer to a four-year college or university.
Metropolitan Campus - Directions: http://www.tri-c.edu/campuses-and-locations/metropolitan-campus/directions-to-metropolitan-campus.html
The Western Campus in Parma has served Cleveland’s southwest suburbs since 1966, operating in the former Crile Veterans Hospital.
The facilities were replaced in 1975 with a six-building interconnected campus. The sprawling, tree-lined campus offers more than 1,000 day, evening and weekend classes for associate degree programs. Students benefit from industry-standard laboratories and spacious learning environments such as the Advanced Automotive Technology Center. The KeyBank Public Safety Training Center of Excellence was completed in fall 2014. As the only such facility in Northeast Ohio, the center offers the latest in specialized training for EMTs, firefighters and police officers.
The Western Campus provides a full array of student services in the centralized Galleria. These services include the Enrollment Center, Admissions Office, Career Services, Barnes & Noble bookstore, a library, computer labs, a cafeteria and a coffee shop. Students and community members also have access to numerous science, health career and technology labs, a 466-seat theater, an indoor pool, gymnasium, fitness center, outdoor track and athletic fields for soccer, softball, and baseball. Senior residents can take free noncredit courses through the Encore Program, and summer camps provide affordable, fun educational experiences for children and teens.
The 220-acre Western Campus at 11000 Pleasant Valley Road is accessible from Interstates 71, 77 and 480. Greater Cleveland RTA buses provide public transportation services to the campus.
An extension of the Western Campus, Brunswick University Center (BUC) was built in 2011 in Brunswick. Serving Medina County, BUC offers associate degree programs as well as bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in criminal justice, business administration, accounting, forensic accounting and management leadership through partnerships with Tiffin University and Franklin University.
Brunswick University Center at 3605 Center Road (Route 303) is easily accessible from Interstate 71. It is located next to Brunswick High School. The Brunswick Transit Authority provides public transportation to the center.
The Westshore Campus is committed to meeting the educational needs of the residents of Cleveland’s Westshore communities. With the Westshore Campus Health Careers and Sciences building opening in 2011 and the extension of the campus at the existing Corporate College West facility, Tri-C provides additional opportunities for students to complete associate degrees for transfer to four-year institutions or earn certificates and degrees leading careers in business and a variety of health careers. The Westshore Campus is a transfer-focused campus with an emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medical (STEMM) and Associate of Arts and Science programs and degrees.
The Westshore Campus offers a one-stop student services area and a variety of health career programs as well as courses in liberal arts, business, IT, pre-engineering, nursing, emergency medical technology, English as a Second Language and other subject areas. The campus also offers a Technology Learning Center, library, five science labs and four health careers labs, including a human patient simulator. The campus has a strong commitment to sustainability as noted by the LEED Gold status of its initial facility.
The Westshore Campus and Corporate College West sites are easily accessible from Interstates 90 and 480 and are located approximately five miles from each other in the city of Westlake.