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Tests and the Rest: College Admissions Industry Podcast

Nov 26, 2019

For many students, community college represents the path to academic and career success, while others only see a stop on a longer educational journey.  County by county and state by state, these institutions truly focus on community. Amy and Mike invited Cuyahoga Community College Director Heidi Nicholas to describe the experience and advantages of attending a community college.

 What are five things you will learn in this episode?

  1. What is distinctive and great about attending community college?
  2. What is campus life like at a community college?
  3. How does the community focus of these schools benefit students?
  4. Are there programs community colleges offer that cannot be found anywhere else?
  5. What kinds of students thrive at community colleges and which do not?


Heidi Nicholas is currently the District Director of Enrollment Management and Dual Enrollment at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Ohio. Prior to assuming this role, Heidi served in several positions at Tri-C; Completion Manager, Interim Assistant Dean of Students at both Eastern and Metro Campus’, and Student Success Specialist. Prior to working at Tri-C, Heidi held positions in admissions and recruitment at several private colleges. 

Heidi’s most notable achievements include the 2018 Cuyahoga Community College, President’s Award for her contributions in increasing the IPEDS graduation rate and the 2013 Innovation of the Year Award by the League of Innovation. Heidi is active in the Kent State University Alumni Association and is a College Now, Greater Cleveland professional mentor. 

Heidi graduated with her Bachelor’s Degree from Kent State University and her Master’s Degree in Adult Learning and Development from Cleveland State University. She has completed coursework toward a Doctorate in Community College Leadership from Ferris State University and is currently A.B.D.

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