Cliff Peale reports:
Sinclair Community College’s foundation has bought a building and land adjacent to Sinclair’s Courseview campus in Mason, the first step in an expansion the college says could grow the Warren County location to 10,000 students in the next two decades.
The Dayton-based college currently serves about 1,400 students in its building off Interstate 71.
It’s the next step in a higher education expansion in Greater Cincinnati’s northern suburbs that also includes a Middletown campus that Cincinnati State Technical & Community College will open Aug. 29.
A Sinclair spokesman confirmed the affiliated foundation had bought the adjacent Stress Engineering building, although it would not start classes there this fall.
Sinclair, which has more than 20,000 students throughout the system, has long wanted to expand the Mason location. It said Warren County is one of the fastest growing in the state and also is under-served by community colleges.
“Sinclair Community College is committed to meeting the needs of this community now and in the future,” Sinclair board Chairman Barney Wright said in a statement. “The continued future economic development of the Warren County community requires a significant investment in the workforce of the future.”
The expansion would be a direct challenge to Cincinnati State’s planned expansion into Middletown. Cincinnati State has about 10,000 students overall and hopes to start with 200 in Middletown.
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