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Creating access and opportunity in Cleveland

Bank of America’s partnership with Cuyahoga Community College is helping adults earn a high school diploma and industry credential

The world around us is ever-changing — and as our reality continues to evolve, so do the needs of the job market. Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) works to ensure individuals have the skills necessary for today’s workforce by preparing them for in-demand careers like administration, health care, food services and more through its Adult Diploma Program.

Opened in 1963 as Ohio's first community college, Tri-C has provided high-quality, affordable education and programs to more than 1 million Northeast Ohioans, fueling economic growth and meeting workforce needs throughout the region. Its Adult Diploma Program focuses on career exploration, essential workplace skills and job placement. Since 2016, 306 people have successfully completed the program.  

Support from Bank of America is helping to scale and support Tri-C’s Adult Diploma Program. The funding will work to increase enrollment and completion rates by enhancing career coaching efforts, improving access to workforce credentials and removing barriers to continuing education — including lack of access to technology, transportation and child care. This initiative builds upon ongoing work to advance racial equality in Northeast Ohio by addressing underlying social issues.

“With this grant, Bank of America is demonstrating its commitment to providing access to an education and a better future for all Northeast Ohio residents, no matter their background or access to resources,” said Megan O’Bryan, president of the Cuyahoga Community College Foundation. “One of our primary missions as a community college is assisting those who are most in need of access to education and a pathway to a better life. The gift from Bank of America will greatly assist us in accomplishing that mission.”

“We are committed to supporting innovative ways to advance economic opportunity in Cuyahoga County and creating positive change throughout the region,” said Jeneen Marziani, Bank of America Ohio president and member of the Tri-C Foundation’s Board of Directors. “Our collaboration with Tri-C will strategically focus on advancing economic opportunity for Northeast Ohioans by providing access to the resources needed by Black and Hispanic-Latino individuals to build stronger careers and a more successful future.”

Bank of America’s partnership with Tri-C’s Adult Diploma Program is creating access for Cleveland’s underserved communities and contributing to lasting change in the area.


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