KeyBank Foundation Awards $1.4 Million To Tri-C To Expand Public Safety Training Programs
February 11, 2016
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The initiative will include a campaign to recruit minority and female candidates for first responder jobs, as well as outreach programs to U.S. military veterans and the creation of a youth-focused Summer Academy. The grant awarded to the Cuyahoga Community College Foundation also provides scholarship opportunities.
“KeyBank and KeyBank Foundation have a long history of supporting Cuyahoga Community College programs that are designed to build a thriving workforce,” said Margot Copeland, chair and CEO of the KeyBank Foundation. “The enhanced public safety education and training programs will benefit from structured career pathways that lead to college credentials, job placement and long-term job retention. With this investment, we’re educating a workforce dedicated to helping build safe and thriving neighborhoods throughout Cuyahoga County.”
Employment projections for Northeast Ohio show a critical need for protective service personnel, with nearly 1,500 job openings expected each year through 2022. Much of the need is based on replacing retiring workers, particularly in law enforcement.
The goal under the grant is to increase the annual number of graduates from Tri-C’s Public Safety Training Center by 35 percent over the four-year period. Larger increases are targeted for minorities (54 percent) and women (97 percent).
To better connect these public safety graduates with employers, Tri-C intends to create an outreach specialist position to oversee student, employer and community engagement.
“Generous support from the KeyBank Foundation will enable Cuyahoga Community College to expand its public safety training program to meet local workforce needs,” said Alex Johnson, Tri-C president. “The partnership between KeyBank and Cuyahoga Community College has increased completion of higher education, helping to enhance the future of our community.”
Tri-C opened its new Public Safety Training Center at Western Campus in Parma in 2014. The regional center offers specialized training opportunities for police, fire and emergency medical technicians.
Located on a 10-acre site in Parma and Parma Heights, the center includes top-level training tools such as a two-story burn building, an indoor shooting range, a paved area to learn driving techniques and an above-ground trench training area to practice confined space rescues.
The KeyBank Foundation has been a long-term partner of Tri-C and made a lasting impact on the region through workforce initiatives and scholarship programs providing opportunities for thousands of community members.