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Local College to Open New Campus in Preble County

Edison State Community College is opening a new campus location in Preble County.

From the September 12, 2018 edition of The Dayton Business Journal

By John Bush, Staff Reporter

Edison State Community College is opening a new campus location in Preble County.

The Piqua-based college will partner with the Preble County Youth Foundation on the expansion — an initiative Edison State says will bring "accessible and affordable higher education to the region."

The campus, to be located in Eaton, will be on the same site that houses the Preble County YMCA, a Kettering Health and MedFlight facility, and a college learning center. It's also the same location where Sinclair Community College was offering classes before its board of trustees made the decision to cease operations there, citing lower enrollment and financial losses.

Chad Beanblossom, Edison's vice president of regional campuses, said the county's youth foundation reached out to them when Sinclair decided to forgo its lease agreement at the site. He said Edison State will have a similar lease agreement, but he feels the college will have sustained success there.

Beanblossom cited Edison's "unique service model" of attracting students to the college as a reason why the program will work in Eaton.

"We like to get our enrollment managers and academic advisors out to high schools to work hand-in-hand with guidance offices," Beanblossom said.

He added that Edison State is also planning to provide an agriculture program at the site, which may also attract young people from rural areas. The agriculture program was something the youth foundation hoped Sinclair would implement, but it never materialized.

"We gained approval for the ag program about a year-and-a-half ago, so we're going to bring that to Preble County as well to meet the needs of that particular population," he said.

The new location will include College Credit Plus courses; degree and certificate programs in agriculture, agribusiness and agriculture education; transfer pathways to both in- and out-of-state four-year institutions; expanded agreements with Miami Valley Career Technology Center; and support to regional businesses with workforce training and apprenticeship opportunities......

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