Since 1963, Tri-C has provided veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces with access to affordable education and workforce training programs that allow them to transition successfully from military to civilian life. To date, more than 30,000 veterans and service members have attended Tri-C. The population of veterans in Northeast Ohio who are seeking higher education and workforce training is increasing. An estimated 1,000 service members and 500 reservists from the region are on active duty. Approximately 1,500 veterans have returned to Northeast Ohio over the past two years and approximately 5,000 veterans will return over the next four years. Of that number, 700 are currently enrolled in courses at Tri-C.
Like other area schools, Tri-C stands ready to meet the needs of veterans through high quality, traditional educational opportunities leading to associate degrees, which often result in upward movement for many graduates to four-year degree programs.
Tri-C veteran services and programs are distinguished from other area college veteran programs because:
- Tri-C offers veterans wishing to quickly transition back to the workforce a variety of fast-track certification and degree programs that align with Northeast Ohio workforce needs (e.g., manufacturing and applied technologies, skilled trades training and health care).
- Tri-C’s Veterans Education Access Program has a 45+ year history of providing support services to eligible veterans not yet ready for college to complete preparatory coursework, develop academic skills and remain enrolled in and graduate from post secondary education.
- Tri-C is committed to professional development that enables Tri-C faculty, staff and administrators to address veteran transition issues.
- Tri-C is committed to serving the families of veterans. During 2016-2017, Tri-C hosted eight major events for military families. Family support and outreach is critical because it is often a family member who helps a veteran decide to return to school.
Through Tri-C’s Veterans Initiative and its Veteran Services & Programs Office, Tri-C continues its commitment to enhance outreach to veterans and their families and to customize support services to serve those who have served so proudly. Education and support services include:
- Benefits acquisition (GI Bill ®)
- Veterans Education Access Program
- Veterans Today Club
- Registration and enrollment support
- Assessment and counseling
- Special classroom needs (ACCESS)
- Occupational career programs
- Baccalaureate transfer/liberal arts curriculum
- Bachelor’s degree completion
- Post-degree professional certificates
- Apprenticeship programs/Applied Industrial Technology
- Career planning
- Scholarship opportunities
- Student Life outreach and activities
- Distance learning/eLearning opportunities
- Access to community resources
- Access to employment opportunities
In addition, Tri-C offers priority enrollment to Veteran and servicemember students. “Priority enrollment” is a policy allowing a Veteran or servicemember student to register for classes earlier than other students. It does not mean Veterans or servicemembers need to be allowed to register before all other students. Veterans and servicemembers will be notified of the College’s priority enrollment dates via their College e-mail on My Tri-C Space.
Whether a discharged veteran, still serving on active duty or a member of the Guard and Reserve, you and your family are welcomed home at Tri-C. Visit www.tri-c.edu/veterans for more information.
Veterans Education Access Program (VEAP)
VEAP provides a variety of support services to assist veteran students in the successful pursuit and completion of their educational and career goals. VEAP offers an academic enrichment program featuring refresher courses in math, science, English and basic computer skills. Five nine-week sessions are offered per year as well as a six-week accelerated summer bridge program. Other services include academic and financial aid advising; career and personal counseling; tutoring; Veterans Affairs benefits information; college transfer assistance; scholarship opportunities; peer mentoring; and a veterans club. All services are free to eligible participants at the Eastern, Metropolitan and Western campuses. DD-214 and income verification are required to apply. Call 216-987-4938 or visit VUB at www.tri-c.edu/veap.