Cuyahoga Community College

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  • Course Cancellations with little notice or decent cancellation fee
  • Parking fees charged to faculty while 20 vice presidents receive $600/month car allowances
  • Delayed paychecks

These are only the latest policy travesties at Tri-C.  If you care about student learning and want adjunct professors to be treated with respect, join with us as we move forward with our organizing.


To join our effort to improve adjunct working conditions at Tri-C, use the form below

Tri-C contact information

Andrew Bonthius and Keisha Davenport, Co-chairs, Tri-C OPTFA Organizing Committee ( and

News and Events:

Tri-C organizing makes national news!

Sept. 11 Deadline for submitting proposals for the “Adjunct Faculty Conference” on October 10. TriCcall-for-proposals

 On July 10, Tri-C adjuncts went to the Tri-C Jazz Fest and distributed information and sought signatures on a petition to improve adjunct working conditions.

Jazz Up Higher Ed with Adjunct Equity


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Adjuncts who teach music and other arts are among  the lowest paid in higher education — at Tri-C, even less than the $2700 national average, according to The Adjunct Project at the Chronicle of Higher         Education.  Almost 80% of the faculty at Tri-C are part-time and currently have no access to collective bargaining through which to help Tri-C create contracts that support faculty and students more effectively.  Support adjunct efforts to improve their working conditions — students, faculty and the whole community will benefit!



Feb 21 “Adjunct Engagement Session” and Feb 26 Town Hall Meeting at West

Tri-C PTFA members attended and raised the issue of the well-documented connection between faculty working conditions and student learning conditions with the college presidents and hundreds of colleagues.

Response to OPTFA’s June 27, 2013, Public Records Request

To be posted.

Response to OPTFA’s July 11, 2013, Public Records Request

Tri-C news


  1. David Wilder says:

    To offer a “yardstick”: Best Jobs For Those Without A High School Degree

    “Despite what teachers may say, high school dropouts do have career options, they just aren’t always very lucrative ones.

    Workers without a high school degree earn an estimated $973,000 in their lifetimes, roughly $330,000 less than they would with a high school diploma and only a fraction of the $2.3 million one earns with a bachelor’s degree, according to a report from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce. That means high school dropouts, on average, earn $24,000 a year or $11.40 per hour.”


  2. Anonymous says:

    In the past few weeks the Tri-C Truck Driving Academy located at the Heritage Business Park Campus has been greatly affected by the reduction of hours of its seven part time Instructors. The Truck Driving Academy, part of the (Weed) Program, recently celebrated its five-year anniversary. On 9/3/13 Mr. Kreigh Spahr (Program Director) was escorted from the facility by Human Resources after submitting his letter of resignation ten days prior. Mr Spahr, responsible for starting the Truck Driving Academy, previously held a meeting with his Instructors, where he announced his decision to resign, refusing direct orders from his immediate supervisor Dr. Michael Bankey (Vice President Technical Programs) to reduce the hours of the seven part time Instructors to 30 hours to comply with the Affordable Health Care Act. On 9/27/13 the Instructors were notified as of 10/1/13 their hours would be reduced to 30 hours a week and were asked at that time their intentions of staying or leaving the program, and four of seven have decided to leave. As the Instructors at the Truck Driving Academy are not considered to be Adjunct Faculty, they are required by the state of Ohio to possess and maintain a current Instructors License to teach. With Tri-C’s decision to reduce hours, and the loss of four Instructors, Tri-C has compromised the quality of training at the Truck Driving Academy making it a substandard Training Program. Tri-C’s policy is… Invest in People. After seeing the salaries and benefits paid to the top 50 full time employes, its clear just who they invest in. Im am curious as to when they will start investing in the people that are responsible for making their Training Programs a success.

    • Anonymous says:

      I need to make a clarification, the resignation of Mr. Spahr was given less than 24 hours before the Human Resources Manager walked him out. The new Vice President of Technical Programs, Dr. Michael Bankey would not accept the 3 week notice given. Not only was the cutting of hours to meet the Affordable Care Act part of Mr. Spahr’s decision but the overall demands for budget cuts and the change from student success in training to financial success for the college. The Truck Driving Academy was doing very well with an FY13 Budget surplus of nearly 12%. This is one of the highest paybacks to the college in the Workforce and Economic Development Division. The program was on track to grow per the FY14 Budget. When the Truck Driving Academy was established in 2008 Tri-C had an Executive Vice President, NO other Vice Presidents and I believe 2 Executive Directors. Now for FY14 an Executive Vice President, 2 Vice Presidents, an assistant Vice President and many Executive Directors. Tri-C is so heavily loaded with top money administrators they can’t justify yet they refuse to look at providing stability to the college by hiring full time instructors. For the Truck Driving Academy, Trainco from Toledo has been announced as partnering with a CDL Test site to be placed at or near the Heritage Business Park Campus. There are also rumors that Tri-C may outsource the program to Trainco like Dr. Bankey did when he was with Owens Community College in Toledo.

      • Anonymous says:

        On 11/16/13 the Forklift class, offered by the Truck Driving Academy was cancelled for the first time. The four customers that prepaid in the amount of $200.00 were notified and their payment was refunded. The reason given to the instructor by Mr.Ian Wilson Interim Program Director, who replaced Mr. Spahr, was that the minimum amount of customers to hold a class had changed to six. The policy in the past per Mr.Spahr, was a minimum of three customers, one payment covering the expenses of the instructors wages, and a clear profit from the other two.

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