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.

Pancake breakfast serves-up parent’s guide to special education

Pancake breakfast serves-up parent’s guide to special education

On Saturday, March 4, 2017 dozens of families gathered at East Technical High School for a pancake breakfast, but the main course was an informational seminar on special education. The half-day event featured sessions designed to help parents and families get a better understanding of how to support children on Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) and how to get more academic support for children in school.

Families enjoy breakfast at East Technical High School .
Families enjoy breakfast at East Technical High School .

A partnership between Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD), Cleveland Transformation Alliance, Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood and Cuyahoga Community College, the event was designed to raise awareness of the important role parents play in a child’s education and to increase participation in parent-teacher meetings. Research shows that parent involvement in education can predict a child’s academic success. The benefits of parent involvement increase dramatically if a student has learning differences or is on an IEP.

After enjoying a family breakfast, attendees split into groups with adults heading to seminars and children attending drumming and dance classes with the help of City Year Cleveland volunteers.

Timothy Goler, founder and chief executive officer if HBCU Preparatory Schools Network, served as keynote speaker and delivered a passionate, inspirational and personal account of how parental involvement is the most essential factor of a child’s success at school, and often, in life.

“More than anything else in this city, we need conscious, committed, loving parents. Spend quality time with your kids. Don’t just tell them you love them, show them you love them. Give them affection,” Goler said in his address. “Whether you believe it or not, you are the example of success your children will envision. The best way to make our schools stronger is to make our families stronger and more loving. The foundation for school success starts with the family.”

After hearing from Goler, adult attendees chose from a variety of workshops hosted by experts from the CMSD special education department, Cuyahoga Community College Access department and Milestones, an organization dedicated to providing resources to families of children who have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.

Children get a lesson on African drumming.
Children get a lesson on African drumming.

Workshops were held on the following topics:

  • Middle school to high school transition: how to prepare and what to expect
  • Choosing a high school that meets the needs of your child
  • High school to college transition: How Tri-C supports children and adults with making the jump to higher education
  • Parenting children with challenging behaviors and building the parent-teacher relationship

“We hope the event is able to eliminate some of the stress and intimidating factors that can often go along with the special education process,” said Richaun Bunton, education performance manager, Cleveland Central Promise Neighborhood. “It’s really special to see the community, school district and residents rally around this cause and put this event together because ultimately we need educators and parents working together. This event was a true demonstration of the parent-teacher partnership we want to happen.”

The day concluded with giveaways, including 20 Dave’s Supermarket gift cards courtesy of Cleveland Transformation Alliance, one iPad Mini and one Beats by Dre headphones set.

The pancake breakfast was part of a larger initiative by Promise Neighborhood and Cleveland Transformation Alliance to build better partnerships between schools and families.