Pete Bliss’ Path to Community Service Began at Tri-C
As founder and coordinator of the Cuyahoga County Suicide Postvention Response Team, Pete Bliss partners with the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office to reach out to those most immediately impacted by suicide loss. He regularly conducts suicide-prevention and loss-response training for law-enforcement teams, first responders and a wide array of other community-service providers.
Bliss has worked in the crisis intervention field for more than 25 years, and Cuyahoga Community College served as a crucial step on his career journey. He enrolled at Tri-C after graduating from high school, and his time here widened his perspective on social issues. In addition, Tri-C made a great deal of practical sense for Bliss.
“Tri-C was affordable, close to home and allowed me to continue working locally,” said Bliss, who graduated with an Associate of Arts degree.
Since graduating, Bliss has been devoted to education and crisis intervention through various nonprofits and colleges. In addition to his work with the Cuyahoga County Suicide Postvention Response Team, he serves as group facilitator and trainer for Cornerstone of Hope, a nonprofit offering comprehensive bereavement support services for individuals, families and children.
Bliss has been a member of the adjunct faculties of Case Western Reserve University’s Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences, the University of Akron, the American Society of Professional Education and Vyne Education. He is also an associate member of the Cuyahoga County Police Chiefs Association, an honorary member of the Golden Key International Honour Society, staff associate for Busch Funeral and Crematory Services, and an Ohio representative for Grief Care Fellowship.
“I would recommend Tri-C to anyone who wants to begin a higher learning journey, or continue personal and professional development,” Bliss said. “It is an excellent resource.”