Posted: 12:00 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012
Cincinnati State Middletown timeline
September 2009: Local businessman and former city councilman Perry Thatcher meets with Cincinnati State’s resident chef to cook at the Manchester Inn. A deal to bring a Cincinnati State branch campus begins in earnest.
Oct. 26, 2010: Agreement announced at Cincinnati State board of trustees meeting that the city of Middletown and the technical and community college will negotiate for the city to buy and then sell downtown buildings for a potential branch campus. College officials expressed interest in the CG&E building and the Manchester Inn.
October 2011: The city purchased the former CG&E, Bank One, First National, Masonic Temple buildings for $300,000.
Dec. 21, 2010: City Manager Judy Gilleland announced that Cincinnati State officials are only consider using of the city-purchased buildings: the former CG&E building.
June 28, 2011: An independent market study revealed that there was an adequate base of students to proceed with a downtown Middletown campus.
Aug. 14, 2011: The goal to open in the fall of 2012 is announced.
April 5, 2012: Cincinnati State and Higher Education Partners finalized its contract to bring the county’s first community college downtown Middletown. The deal has Higher Education Partners funding the construction and conversion of two buildings into a community college campus for the Clifton-based Cincinnati State. The 20-year deal between the two has four five-year extension options.
April 13, 2012: City Manager Judy Gilleland signs off on selling the former CG&E building for $202,000 and donating the former senior center to Higher Education Partners. Both buildings will play a role in the future downtown Middletown campus of Cincinnati State, though the CG&E building will be the main school’s campus in the city.
April 17, 2012: Cincinnati State hires its first Middletown campus employee, Monetta Pennington, to be the director of marketing and community outreach.
May 4, 2012: Interior demolition and construction begins at the Cincinnati State Middletown campus at 1 N. Main St.
Aug. 9, 2012: Cincinnati State names Michael Chikeleze, an associate dean in the college’s business technology division, the inaugural director of Cincinnati State Middeltown.
Wednesday: Cincinnati State opens with more than 350 students enrolled to take classes. There are 211 new students that have been admitted into Cincinnati State Middletown and 185 new students that signed up for classes.