Tri-C Women in Transition program offers free help to pursue education, career

Tri-C Women in Transition program offers free help to pursue education, career

Cuyahoga Community College is launching a new session of Women in Transition, a free program aimed at helping women pursue education, training and career development.

The program begins the week of Aug. 21 and is available at the Metropolitan Campus in Central. It is also offered at the Eastern Campus in Highland Hills, Western Campus in Parma and Corporate College West in Westlake.

The eight-week, noncredit career development program is free and open to the public.

women_studyingParticipants build confidence and skills through classes on personal development, career exploration and financial and computer literacy. The course is designed to assist women in transitional periods of their lives, such as a career change or return to the workforce. The courses are designed to help women develop confidence, build self-esteem, identify marketable skills, explore interests, research options for careers and job training, and examine Tri-C educational and workforce options.

Registration is required. For more information or to enroll, call 216-987-2272 (Eastern Campus), 216-987-4974 (Metro Campus), 216-987-5091 (Western Campus) or 216-987-5764 (Corporate College West). Details can also be found at tri-c.edu/women-in-transition.

The schedule for each location is below. Participants must attend every day of the week the classes are offered.

Metro Campus, 2900 Community College Ave., Cleveland

  • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays – Aug. 22 to Oct. 12

Eastern Campus, 4250 Richmond Road, Highland Hills

  • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays – Aug. 21 to Oct. 11
  •  6 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays – Aug. 22 to Oct. 12

Western Campus, 11000 Pleasant Valley Road, Parma

  • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays – Aug. 21 to Oct. 11

Corporate College West, 25425 Center Ridge Road, Westlake

  • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays – Aug. 21 to Oct. 12

Minimum Eligibility Requirements for the program include:

  • Women in various stages of transition in their lives i.e. returning to work force, unemployed, divorced, widowed, seeking career change or just feeling “stuck”
  • Individual intake appointment completed and eligibility determined prior to start of class
  • Registration is required for enrollment

Other Services Available with the Women in Transition Program:

  • Help with assessing financial aid resources
  • GED information
  • Workshops to define and strengthen your life management skills
  • Information, resources and referrals to appropriate Cuyahoga Community College programs / services as well as other appropriate external resources and agencies
  • Pre-employment skills including resume writing, cover letters, interviewing and presentation skills
  • Help on improving your nutritional well being
  • Improve your status with financial literacy
  • A network of academic contacts and new friends

Tri-C’s Women in Transition program typically serves about 300 women a year. Initially known as The Displaced Homemakers program, The Women in Transition Program was created in March of 1978 by the Ohio General Assembly as a pilot program. It is rumored that a wife of one of the Vice President’s pushed for the program and the program began on Cuyahoga Community College’s Eastern Campus. The original program started through the counseling department as a credited course. The initial purpose of the program was to provide services and referrals to divorced women, women with limited skills, and women who no longer had financial security.

Through the years the program has thrived under different leaders, rally trips to Columbus, and new initiatives.

In 2006, the program changed its name to the Women in Transition (WIT) Program. The program has continued through grant support and individual donations and is subsidized through the College’s budget. The current program serves women who are experiencing any transitional phase in their lives. The program has evolved with the times, always focused on fulfilling the needs of the women it serves. Evolving populations took the program from being one focused on social services to a program that focused on making post-secondary education attainable. The current WIT program is focused on helping women transition to degree completion and workforce skill attainment.