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Three Cuyahoga Community College alumni were awarded Alumni Awards

Paul Krasinic

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CLEVELAND, OH — Terri S. Pope, Ariane Kirkpatrick, and Harry Quiñones received Alumni Awards from Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C®) for their contributions to the College and community throughout their time in Tri-C.

The awards were presented at an Advisory Committee and Community Champions event last week. Alumni are honored with Tri-C Alumni Awards for their professional achievements and dedication to Northeast Ohio and the College. The honorees were chosen from a pool of community nominations.

Pope and Kirkpatrick were honored with the Distinguished Alumni Award, which is given to students who graduated over a decade ago. Quiñones was honored with the Rising Star Alumni Award, which honors recent Tri-C graduates.

“Each of this year’s recipients has impacted the Northeast Ohio community in their own unique way,” said Megan O’Bryan, the College’s vice president of resource development. “It shows that the value of a Tri-C education extends beyond your career. It makes you a more well-rounded person and gives you the tools to really make a difference in the lives of those around you."

Terri S. Pope of Avon Lake is a longtime member of the Tri-C community and will step down from her position as president of the Westshore Campus at the end of July. She has worked at the College in a variety of academic and administrative capacities since 1988, and the last seven as the head of the Westshore Campus.

She was the driving force behind the One Door, Many Options for Success initiative, an integrated Collegewide service model that transformed the student experience. It worked by providing structured educational pathways and support to shorten the time to finish college and increase the number of students who earn their degrees, certificates, or job-related credentials.

Ariane Kirkpatrick, of Solon, is the President and CEO of The AKA Team, a full-service commercial construction and facilities company with a variety of divisions including general trades, commercial waterproofing, and commercial cleaning.

The AKA Team has worked on numerous big projects for well-known Cleveland clients such as the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Flats East Bank, Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority, and Warrensville Heights City Schools.

Harry Quiñones, of Garfield Heights, is the owner of 787 Market and Café in Cleveland’s Old Brooklyn neighborhood. The market, which opened earlier this year, focuses on Puerto Rican goods and groceries, as well as prepared food and coffee. It is in line with his aspiration of bringing his Puerto Rican heritage to Cleveland.

Not only has the market begun Quiñones' business career, but it has also aided the transition for many Puerto Ricans who have settled in Northeast Ohio following Hurricane Maria in 2017.

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