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Tri-C Launches New Adult Diploma Program

Participants earn diploma and career credential; enrollment opens July 6

(Plain Press, July 2015) A new program launching at Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C) will link earning a high school diploma with free job training for adults, age 22 or older, who left school before graduating.

Enrollment in the Adult Diploma Program at Tri-C opens Monday, July 6. The state-funded project is designed to provide the schooling and training needed for jobs within in-demand fields.

Those accepted into the program will simultaneously earn a high school diploma and an industry credential. The College’s program will prepare participants for careers in health-care services, manufacturing, logistics and construction.

“Ohio adults without a high school diploma are twice as likely to live in poverty as those with a diploma,” said JaNice Marshall, associate vice president of access and community engagement at Tri-C. “This program represents a pathway to a brighter future.”

Students will choose a career pathway and work under a personalized success plan. The approach will embed academics — such as math and reading — into career and technical coursework.

Unlike in traditional classrooms, students will show they have mastered their courses by passing a job skills test rather than a traditional academic test.

Participants may receive instruction through a blend of classroom and online sources in addition to video conferencing, academic coaching and hands-on training in work settings. Career guidance also will be offered.

To enroll or obtain more information, call 216-987-0610, or go to

The Ohio Department of Education awarded Tri-C a grant to start the program and develop a new approach to adult education.

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