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Cuyahoga Community College

Coordinates: 41°26′49″N 81°30′04″W / 41.447°N 81.501°W / 41.447; -81.501
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Cuyahoga Community College
Other name
TypePublic community college
Established1963; 61 years ago (1963)
Parent institution
University System of Ohio
Academic affiliations
PresidentMichael Baston
Location, ,
United States
Colors      Teal, black, white
(previously Challengers)
Sporting affiliations
MascotStomp the Triceratops[3][4]

Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) is a public community college in Cuyahoga County, Ohio. Founded in 1963, it is the oldest and largest public community college within the state. Not until 1961 had Ohio permitted the establishment of community colleges[5] and Ohio was then one of only four U.S. states without them.[6]

Tri-C schedules on the semester basis, and offers over 1,000 courses in associate degree programs through traditional classroom settings as well as distance learning services and its flagship offering known as Cable College. Cable College has offered classes live through the Cleveland area cable companies since the early 1990s. The institution promotes academic advancement through transfer articulation agreements with four-year colleges and universities. Tri-C is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.


Part of Tri-C's Eastern Campus in Highland Hills

Cuyahoga Community College operates a multi-campus college district in Northeast Ohio. With Cuyahoga County as its primary service area, Tri-C serves Cleveland and the surrounding communities. The four primary campuses include the Eastern Campus in Highland Hills, the Metropolitan Campus of Downtown Cleveland's Campus District, Western Campus in Parma and Parma Heights, and Westshore campus in Westlake. Tri-C houses its district administrative services at a separate location in Cleveland.

An additional facility, the Brunswick University Center in Brunswick, operates as an extension of the Western Campus. The college also operates two Corporate College business training facilities: Corporate College East in Warrensville Heights and Corporate College West in Westlake. Other locations in downtown Cleveland include the Tri-C's Workforce and Economic Development Division (based in the Unified Technologies Center) and the Hospitality Management Center at Public Square.[7]

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Library and Archives are located at the Metropolitan Campus' Gill and Tommy LiPuma Center for Creative Arts.[8]

Athletics and student life[edit]

Cuyahoga Community College has the following sports activities.[9]

  • Men's Baseball
  • Men's Basketball
  • Women's Basketball
  • Women's Cross Country & Track
  • Women's Softball
  • Women's Volleyball
  • Men's Soccer

The college also has a variety of activities ranging from involvement in the campus governance systems to fine arts and entertainment programming, and membership in student organizations and clubs.

Cuyahoga Community College has won the following NJCAA national titles:[10]


Since 1980 Cuyahoga Community College has hosted the Tri-C JazzFest.[11][12]


  • Charles Chapman (1962-1973)[13]
  • Nolen Ellison (1974-1991)[14]
  • Jerry Sue Thornton (1992-2013)[14]
  • Alex Johnson (2013-2022)[15]
  • Michael A. Baston (2022-Present)[16]

Notable alumni[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ As of fall 2016. "Headcount Enrollment at University System of Ohio Institutions, Fall 2007 to Fall 2016" (PDF). Ohio Department of Higher Education. Retrieved 4 March 2018.
  2. ^ https://www.tri-c.edu/administrative-departments/marketing-and-communications/documents/Tri-C-Graphic-Standards-and-Style-Guide_July2020.pdf [bare URL PDF]
  3. ^ Horton, John (2019-09-09). "Big News: Stomp the Triceratops Makes Debut" (Press release). Cuyahoga Community College. Retrieved 2019-09-09.
  4. ^ Horton, John (2018-10-05). "Tri-C Announces 'Triceratops' as New Mascot" (Press release). Cuyahoga Community College. Retrieved 2018-10-11.
  5. ^ Dorsey, Ray. "Colleges Plan Gets House OK." Cleveland Plain Dealer, 29 June 1961, 1
  6. ^ "Vested Interests and Community Colleges." Phi Delta Kappan, May 1961, 366.
  7. ^ "Campuses". Retrieved 2012-01-09.
  8. ^ "Library and Archives | Rock & Roll Hall of Fame". www.rockhall.com. Retrieved 2022-01-02.
  9. ^ "Tri-C Athletics, Sports: Cleveland Ohio". www.tri-c.edu. Retrieved 2017-03-15.
  10. ^ "College Home Page For Cuyahoga Community College". NJCAA. Archived from the original on 2004-01-17. Retrieved 2012-04-01.
  11. ^ Yarborough, Chuck (2018-01-19). "'Hamilton' star Leslie Odom Jr. to help kick off 39th Tri-C JazzFest". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  12. ^ Tri-C JazzFest. "About JazzFest". Cuyahoga Community College. Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  13. ^ Farkas, Karen (2012-05-20). "Tri-C's First President Charles Chapman Impressed by School's Growth". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved 2014-07-30.
  14. ^ a b Farkas, Karen; clevel; .com (2013-08-20). "Cuyahoga Community College's presidents gather at convocation". cleveland. Retrieved 2022-05-04.
  15. ^ "Dr. Alex Johnson to Become Fourth President of Cuyahoga Community College". Cuyahoga Community College. May 14, 2013. Archived from the original on August 28, 2014. Retrieved August 31, 2014.
  16. ^ Moujaes, Anthony (2022-05-04). "Tri-C Selects Michael A. Baston as College President". www.tri-c.edu. Retrieved 2022-05-04.
  17. ^ "Halle Berry Biography". Biography.com. A+E Television Networks, LLC. Retrieved 28 October 2011.
  18. ^ Categories, All; Tri-C; Campus, Eastern; Campus, Metropolitan; Campus, Western; Campus, Westshore; Arts, Creative; Careers, Health; Hospitality. "County Democratic Party Chair Started Her Path at Tri-C: Cleveland Ohio". www.tri-c.edu. Archived from the original on 2020-08-06. Retrieved 2022-01-02.
  19. ^ *Karlstrom, Paul J. (September 29, 1995). "Oral history interview with Jerome Caja". Archives of American Art. Smithsonian Institution. Retrieved 30 June 2015.
  20. ^ a b c "List of Major League Baseball Draftees". Baseball Reference. Retrieved 2014-12-02.
  21. ^ Dean, Wendy (2016). "Wayne Dawson's Future Began at Tri-C". The Voice. Fall (4). Cuyahoga Community College. Retrieved 24 January 2018.
  22. ^ "Profile at Cleveland's official website". Archived from the original on December 20, 2008. Retrieved 2006-01-07.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  23. ^ Kushlis, Jennifer (July 19, 2005). "Moceanu vaults back after five-year break". USA Today. Retrieved December 2, 2014.
  24. ^ Cacho, Daniela (2015-02-13). "One of many Tri-C Alumni Contains a Creator of Children's Literature – The Voice". Cccvoice.com. Retrieved 2018-02-27.
  25. ^ Berkow, Ira (4 July 2004). "After Hair-Raising Victory, a Hero's Welcome". New York Times. Retrieved 28 October 2011.

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