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Offers a list of all two-year community colleges and technical schools within Ohio, including brief introduction and official website address.

Cleveland, Ohio

Cleveland is a port city and the second largest city in the state of Ohio in the United States. The city has 383,793 residents (U.S. Census, 2018) and Greater Cleveland (Cleveland-Elyria) forms a larger metropolitan area with approximately 2.06 million residents.

The city is located in northeastern Ohio, at the mouth of the Cuyahoga River on the southern shore of Lake Erie, south of the Canada border and about 100 miles west of the state of Pennsylvania. Most of the city lies on a plain on Lake Erie and is divided by The Flats, a few hundred meters wide valley. Cleveland Hopkins International Airport is located 18 miles southwest of downtown.

The name is after the city’s founder Moses Cleaveland (1754-1806).


After World War II, the population has declined sharply in the city itself, and since 1970 there has also been a decline in the entire city region. The city currently has 383,793 residents, compared to 506,600 in 1990. 50.4 percent of residents are of African-American origin, 39.8 percent are white, 11.2 percent are of Hispanic or Latin American origin, and 2.1 percent are of Asian origin.

Economics and culture

The Ohio and Erie Canal and several rail links helped make Cleveland a hub of transportation and an important industrial and business center. The city was previously a much more significant center for steel industry and export. The decline has been partially offset by a rise for service industries, including research and development of high-tech infrastructure (fuel cells, biotechnology) and telecommunications. The city and state’s largest employer is the Cleveland Clinic with about 50,000 employees. The major health sector also includes University Hospitals of Cleveland and MetroHealth Medical Center. Cleveland is an important center for technical and medical research. There are more than 400 research institutes in the Cleveland region.

Cleveland has three universities and a technical college. Case Western Reserve University is the premier university in the University Circle research and teaching area about 8 kilometers east of downtown.

The Cleveland Orchestra is one of the world’s leading symphony orchestras. Other well-known orchestras include the Cleveland Pops Orchestra and the Cleveland Youth Orchestra. Jazz and polka have long traditions in the city.

The 1915 Karamu House is America’s oldest African-American theater. Several other theaters are located in Playhouse Square.

Many museums are located close to each other in the University Circle area eight miles east of downtown. The city has two major art museums, the Cleveland Museum of Art (opened 1916) and the Museum of Contemporary Art. Other well-known museums include the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & Museum, the world’s largest of its kind, the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, founded in 1920, and the Cleveland Aquarium, opened in 1954. The Great Lakes Science Center was founded in 1966. In Cleveland there are a number of parks, including the Cleveland Zoo and a large botanical garden.

The 235-foot-tall Terminal Tower from 1930 was North America’s tallest building outside New York City until 1964 and the largest in Cleveland until 1992. Then, the Key Tower, which at 289 feet, is the city’s tallest building.

Historic churches include Old Stone Church and St. Theodosius Russian Orthodox Cathedral.

Among the annual festivals are the Cleveland International Film Festival since 1977, Fashion Week Cleveland’s first week in May since 2002, the Cleveland National Air Show since 1964, and One World Day for all ethnic communities in the city since 1946.


Before the English came to the area, French and Indigenous people had trading posts in the lower part of the Cuyahoga Valley. In 1796, when the Ohio area opened for permanent settlement, Connecticut reserved large areas (Western Reserve) in northeastern Ohio. Moses Cleaveland of the Connecticut Land Company bought the land from the indigenous people and came with surveyors to speed up the sale of plots.

1796 is considered Cleveland’s founding year. Then a city plan was made for Cleaveland, which changed its name to Cleveland in 1831. The city’s growth was slow until the Ohio-Erie Canal was completed in 1832. Through the canal and the Hudson River, the city gained waterway connection with the Atlantic Ocean. In 1836, Cleveland gained city status. About a decade later, railroads increased the city’s commercial and industrial activity. When the St. Mary’s Faults Canal (Soo Canal), a canal linking Lake Superior and Huron, opened in 1855, Cleveland became the shipping port for timber, copper, iron ore. Coal and agricultural products were transported by rail.

Cleveland had a strong growth in the post- Civil War era. The city’s central location as a transport hub between the East Coast and the Midwest increased in importance. In 1870, John Rockefeller founded the Standard Oil Company in Cleveland, which became a leading oil center. In the early 1900s, suburban trains and cars were produced in the city. All the main streets ended at Public Square. The city’s economic growth was driven, among other things, by large immigration from Ireland, southern and eastern Europe as well as by many African-Americans. In 1920, Cleveland reached a population peak with 796,841 residents and was then the United States’ fifth largest city. 30 per cent of the residents were foreign born. After World War II, the population declined significantly.

As the first American metropolis, Cleveland elected an African-American mayor, Carl B. Stokes, in 1967. This happened after several serious riots, most recently the year before. In the 1960s and 1970s and later, urban renewal took place in large parts of the downtown area as well as in the residential areas. In 1978, Cleveland became the first major American city after the Depression to become bankrupt during the oil crisis. The city was also hit hard by the recession in the early 1980s, but was saved by federal aid. In recent years, the city’s economy has improved and become more diverse, including a more versatile industry.

Belmont Technical College

Two-year college serving counties in eastern Ohio provides an application for admission, and information about the Learning Resource Center.


Bowling Green State University Firelands

Huron, Ohio campus provides course schedules, faculty listings, employment opportunities, and its library catalog.


Cincinnati State Technical and Community College

School provides an events calendar, financial aid info and a student activities overview.


Cincinnati State Technical and Community College – AS

Alumni Services provides alumni association board minutes and membership information. Register for the alumni email newsletter.


Clark State Community College

Springfield school discusses how to attend, its programs and courses. Details community services.


Columbus State Community College

Includes departmental homepages, a student handbook, a bookstore and an overview of available computer services.


Community & Technical College

Check out this school affiliated with the University of Akron. Includes course schedules and descriptions, and a list of degrees available.


Cuyahoga Community College

Check the schedule, learn about registration, or figure out costs and how to get financial aid. Campuses in Cleveland, Highland Hills and Parma.


Cuyahoga Community College ACCESS

Take a look at programs for students with disabilities. Includes eligibility requirements, services and contact information.


Cuyahoga Community College Upward Bound

Find out about this community college’s upward bound program. Includes a description of the opportunity and a list of available services.


Edison Community College

Located in Piqua, this community college offers online courses, and details its programs and departments.


Edison Community College – Library

Offer a suggestion or make a request after exploring the libary’s resources and services.


Lakeland Community College

Register for classes, or learn about the community services it offers to Kirtland.


Lakeland Community College – Alumni Association

Members of the assoc. receive discounts on performing-arts tickets and use of the college’s athletic facilities. Send updates to the newsletter.


Lorain County Community College

Details enrollment, programs and courses, and partnerships with several four-year universities. Located in Elyria.


Muskingum Tech

Find out about classes, resources, and faculty at this two-year college located in Zanesville.


Newark Campus

Institution is run jointly by Central Ohio Technical College and Ohio State University. Discover program listings, admissions, and financial aid.


Northwest State Community College

Archbold college offers classes in business and engineering technologies, as well as adult-education programs. Learn about online classes.


Owens Community College

Get the shuttle schedule, the college’s history and details about both the Owens and Findlay campuses.


Owens Community College – Library

Go to the audiovisual-resource page or to the Internet links set. Browse a selection of popular databases.


Rio Grande Community College

Part of the University of Rio Grande, this school offers campus news, and academic choices in liberal arts, professional and technical programs.


Sinclair Community College

Prospective and continuing students can read about news and events at this Dayton college.


Sinclair Community College – Alumni Association

Nominate a former classmate for an alumnus award and read updates from other alumni. Describes alumni events and activities.


Terra Community College

Get the catalog, register, put together a schedule or learn about financial aid. School is in Fremont.


Washington State Community College

Marieta community college describes its services to southeastern Ohio. Read about admissions and services.


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