Dayton-based Sinclair Community College expects to open another facility in two years at its Courseview campus in Mason, reports the Enquirer’s Paul McKibben.
Enrollment has grown at the Mason campus since it opened in fall 2007 by 262 percent. The campus had 1,250 students last fall.
Warren County commissioners received a briefing about the college during a work session Monday. McKibben has the details:
“We’re at capacity now basically in terms of students and classes at the Courseview campus center,” said Madeline Iseli, Sinclair’s vice president of advancement. “I think the county commissioners would agree we want to continue to educate more Warren County residents and to do that we need to add more room.”
Sinclair was the first brick-and-mortar campus college campus in Warren County when Courseview opened. The building is along Interstate 71.
Sinclair owns a 32-acre parcel across a street from its current facility. Iseli said issues such as how much space the college needs and what programs are needed are now being studied. Iseli said the plan is to maintain operations at the current facility when the new one opens.
“That’s all going to be a part of the planning phase … to figure out what would be best there, what needs to go across the street (and) all those kinds of details,” she said.
Iseli said the new facility would cost millions but didn’t have a precise figure. She said Sinclair currently offers 21 degree and certificate programs through the Courseview campus.
“Obviously, with a larger facility we’ll be expanding that number,” she said.
Sinclair officials are aiming to have construction completed in June 2013 with classes starting in the new building two months later.
“I think it’s very exciting,” Warren County Commissioner Pat South said. “We’ve seen a constant growth in the numbers of residents attending the Courseview campus.”
For more information, go to www.sinclair.edu/courseview.
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