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