Cuyahoga Community College Veterans Initiatives
The Cuyahoga Community College Veterans Initiatives and NEOVETS/Tri-C Collaboration supports U.S. Military Veterans and their families with gaining affordable education and workforce training opportunities. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Cuyahoga County is home to over 90,000 veterans, which equals over 11% of the veterans that live in the State of Ohio. The Ohio Department of Veterans Services, (ODVS) reports that with more than 800,000 veterans, Ohio represents the sixth largest population of veterans in the United States. With the lack of a full-service military base in Northeast Ohio to provide services to our veterans, NEOVETS and the Cuyahoga Community College Veterans Initiatives have become the first place for many veterans and their families to seek help and support as they readjust from military life to civilian life.
Tri-C has established Veterans Services Centers on each of its campuses and in the Veterans Administration Louis Stokes Medical Center in University Circle to reach the northeast Ohio veteran population most effectively. The training of these veterans, who are highly sought out by Northeast Ohio employers, will help to address shortages and workforce gaps in our region and in the state, especially in IT, manufacturing and health care industries. These centralized locations provide essential resources for Veterans, their spouses, and dependents to assist in supporting educational and workforce goals along with transitional needs. The Veterans Service Centers offer the atmosphere of a “virtual base” of support for the transition from soldier to student to civilian employment. The College also provides “hoteling” space to outside military support agencies on a regular basis. These services, in coordination with its NEOVETS Collaboration and existing support services, create a “one-stop” resource center to serve our military community in Northeast Ohio. Each Veterans Service Center is staffed with a Veterans Services Coordinator to support our veterans and their families.
Over the past 10 years, Tri-C has connected with 75,000 veterans, family members and organizations. Tri-C Veterans Services Team members have responded to 28,000 requests form veterans seeking support services in the past three years alone. The Cuyahoga Community College Veterans Initiatives supports Veterans Services Centers, and are open to all veterans and military family members from Northeast Ohio, whether or not they are students at Tri-C.
In 2018, Tri-C was recognized as a Military Friendly Institution of Higher Education AND as a Military SPOUSE Friendly Institution of Higher Education in a national survey of 1,600 colleges and universities (conducted by Ernst & Young and Victory Media). This is the 9th consecutive year that Cuyahoga Community College has received this distinction. In addition, Tri-C placed 2nd among 700+ colleges for the quality of its services for veterans and their families (up from 5th last year).