When considering his options after high school graduation, Claudio Pena chose to continue his education at Cuyahoga Community College because it offered flexible class schedules, helpful staff and faculty and an affordable opportunity to pursue his dream career. “At Tri-C, I had the help I needed to prepare for the next step in my college career,” he said. “The support system the College offers gives you the opportunity to aspire for more than you could imagine.”
Pena is particularly grateful for the assistance provided by Assistant Professor Linda Lanier. “She guided my last steps toward graduation,” he said. “She worked with me to help me achieve my goals even in the most challenging situations.” He received several scholarships from Tri-C, which made it possible for him to continue his education. “I don't know how I would have completed my degree without the scholarship support from the Tri-C Foundation,” he said.
He graduated with an Associate of Arts degree in 2014 with all the prerequisites he needed to transfer to a four-year university, and is now pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Engineering Technologies. Pena is also working as a Construction Assistant Superintendent at Regency Construction Services, and has returned to his alma mater to teach welding and manufacturing classes at Tri-C.
Pena credits the resources available at Tri-C for his success. “The College has an exceptional support system of staff and faculty to provide help when needed,” he said. “And, the process to obtain financial aid and scholarships is accessible and easy to navigate.”