Ms. Vargas began taking classes at Tri-C her sophomore year
through High Tech Academy. This month, she’ll cross the
stage at the College’s Spring Commencement to receive an
Associate of Arts degree.
“I know I will be crying,” she said. “Tri-C helped me find my
identity, and it changed my mindset. I learned to think to the
A high school counselor pointed Ms. Vargas toward High Tech
Academy, a collaboration between Tri-C and Cleveland
Metropolitan School District. The free program prepares
students for technical careers while allowing them to earn
college credit in high school.
At first, Ms. Vargas found it difficult to balance her college
courses with high school studies and activities plus a part-time
job. Her days often started at 6 a.m. and extended late night
“I never gave up because I had self-motivation, God and the
understanding that good things were waiting at the other side of
the struggle,” Ms. Vargas said.
Now, she will be one of 12 High Tech Academy students
earning a Tri-C degree before their high school graduation. That
group joins dozens of other high school students earning Tri-C
degrees through dual enrollment programs such as College
Ms. Vargas will return to the College in the fall to begin
working toward a nursing degree and a career in Northeast Ohio’s
world-renowned health care industry. The ASPIRE Nurse
Scholars program provided her the opportunity to continue
In August, she shared her story from the podium at Cleveland
Clinic’s Nursing Leadership Summit. Vargas talked about how
Tri-C’s programs helped her put dreams within reach.
Her goal is to become a nurse specializing in postpartum care in
a neonatal unit.
“I want to leave a footprint in the world,” she said. “Tri-C
helped me take the first step to make that possible.”
Cuyahoga Community College will celebrate the academic
achievements of thousands of students on May 16, 2019 at Spring
Commencement. Check our News
and Events page
in the days leading up to the ceremony as we highlight members
of the Class of 2019.