Northeast Ohio has some excellent four-year colleges and universities, including Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland State University. The area also boasts a good collection of two-year colleges that offer degrees in everything from hospitality to farm management. Many also allow you to use your credits toward a four-year degree at an area university.
Cuyahoga Community College, commonly referred to as Tri-C, is the oldest and largest community college in the state of Ohio. Founded in 1963, the college has three main campuses: the Metropolitan Campus in downtown Cleveland, the western campus in Parma and the eastern campus in Highland Hills. In addition, Tri-C operates the Hospitality Management Center at Public Square.
The school, one of the more affordable in Ohio, offers 140 career and tech programs as well as corporate, GED and continuing education courses. In 2014, Tri-C served more than 55,000 students.
Notable alumni of Tri-C include newscaster Wayne Dawson, Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson, Olympic medalist Dominique Moceanu and Ben Wallace of the Detroit Pistons.
They even host the Tri-C Jazz Festival.
Lakeland College, founded in 1967, serves nearly 21,000 students at its main campus in Kirtland as well as its off-site locations in Madison, Painesville, and Willowick. Lakeland offers 150 associate degree and certificate programs as well as continuing education courses.
The Mooreland Mansion, located on the Lakeland campus, is the restored 42-room mansion that was once the summer home of Cleveland industrialist, Edward W. Moore, and his family. Today, Mooreland Mansion is used as a reception and conference facility.
Founded in 1969, The Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Insitute (ATI) offers two-year associate degrees in a variety of farm-related subjects. The school, located just outside of Wooster, offers 28 degree programs, including nursery management, floral design, crop management, swine production, agricultural business and livestock science.
Coursework for these two-year degrees will also transfer to OSU's Columbus campus towards a four-year bachelor's degree if the student maintains at least a 2.0 GPA.
Stark State College, founded in 1960, is located on 200 acres in North Canton that it shares with Kent State University's Stark Campus. The college has a 2011 enrollment of more than 13,000 students and offers 200 degree and certificate programs as well as continuing education programs.
Stark State College has an open door admissions policy, where any high school graduate (or GED equivalent) may attend the college, although specific courses and departments may limit admission. Stark State also has satellite locations in Alliance, Barberton, Carollton, Canton, Massillon, Navarre, Plain, Portage Lakes and Lake/Hartville, Ohio.
Located in Elyria, Lorain County Community College (LCCC) offers more than 110 degree and certificate programs. The college also offers students the opportunity to earn one of nearly 40 bachelor's and master's degrees on the LCCC campus through the school's University Partnership with eight four-year institutions, including Bowling Green State University, Kent State University, Cleveland State University and the University of Akron.