As the Cleveland and Northeast economic and demographic landscape changed, it became clear that the workforce had again radically shifted and new skills were in demand.
To meet this growing need, Tri-C decided to offer an educational approach for a new set of students, including those who desired to work or were already employed in the white-collar environment. Tri-C launched Corporate College in 2003 to provide an alternative option for training office workers, support staff, and executives in an enriching learning environment at an effective cost.
By offering the best-in-class education and flexibility for working students while meeting a growing market need, Corporate College was well positioned for success from the start.
It was a significant strategic development during Dr. Thornton’s administration to expand the definition of “student” to unlock new markets for the College, including these white-collar professionals.
Given the wonderful feedback of students using the new facilities and the changing demographics of the area, the leadership of Tri-C began to contemplate shifting away from the multi-campus model to enter into new markets.
In 2010, Tri-C opened the Hospitality Management Center on Public Square in downtown Cleveland, linking the College to the exciting growth of the culinary and entertainment district along East Fourth, Euclid, and Prospect avenues. The Center offers students the opportunity to learn in a top-notch facility alongside local chefs.
The College continued its expansion to meet the exponential demand for healthcare talent in the region in 2011 by opening the first building at the Westshore Campus in Westlake -- a campus focused on careers in nursing and healthcare in Northeast Ohio.
The same month the College opened Brunswick University Center, a collaboration with Cleveland State, Franklin and Tiffin universities for students to pursue an associate degree or transfer credits to a four-year university for a bachelor’s or master’s degree.