CLEVELAND - Giving money to students is the goal of the Tri-C Foundation Presidential Scholarship luncheon. A former president's appearance helped shed light on the organization's important mission Thursday.
Former President Bill Clinton was at the Renaissance Hotel in Cleveland today and he said he has always had a soft spot for community colleges.
"My belief is community colleges work the way all of America ought to work. They are open to everybody, they're highly flexible and they change all the time to what the community articulates and they tend to get very, very good results."
The annual Tri-C Foundation Presidential scholarship event raised over $1.5 million dollars, thanks to corporate sponsors like Fifth Third Bank, AT&T, Pepsi and Sherwin Williams.
The money benefits a slew of scholarships for Tri-C students, students who otherwise may not be able to afford a college education.
Vickie Lewis, who just retired from Dominion East Ohio Gas, said, "It's so important kids go to school and get a degree because they have more opportunities when they get a degree."
Dr. Patrick Bray is on the Board of the Sisters of Charity Foundation of Cleveland, a sponsor of the event. He believes community colleges are a great way to get an education.
"As a personal example, my nephew just graduated from Tri-C and he instantly found a job."
Tri-C has been around for 50 years training students for jobs now and for jobs in the future. Clinton said that is what this country needs: more jobs and more new businesses to provide those jobs.
He also said community colleges are based on a concept of shared decision making and the whole world can take a lesson from that.
"This college keeps costs low and results high," said Clinton.
Catherine Kilbane, Chairperson, Cuyahoga Community College Foundation, said in a press release, "We are truly grateful to all of our supporters, many of whom have been long-term donors, for making this possible."
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