RELATED: Sinclair reports big jumps in online, high school student enrollment
“So we’re not done, but this was an important requirement to satisfy,” Murka said.
State Sen. Bill Beagle, R-Tipp City, announced the approval from the state. Murka said Beagle was instrumental in helping Sinclair get approval for the project from the state controlling board.
“Serving more than 300,000 students across the state, it is important to continue to invest in community colleges that play a key role in Ohio’s workforce development,” Beagle said in a prepared statement. “Sinclair has a proven record of providing quality education while maintaining one of the lowest tuition rates in Ohio.”
RELATED: OSU suspends fraternity for 3 years, starts lifting bans on others
The church, located at 5800 Clyo Road, is a 100,000-square-foot facility that already has around 20 classrooms already, Sinclair officials have said.
The building, less than a mile from I-675 and near Wilmington Pike, also includes a childcare facility, a coffee shop and cafe area, a kitchen, two gymnasiums and an auditorium that seats 1,500 people, according to documents provided by Sinclair.
The new learning center would likely offer most general education classes but could also offer space for the school’s veterinary technician program.
RELATED: UD conducting random reviews of body camera footage
Sinclair has been considering a new learning center in the I-675 corridor for years, president Steve Johnson said in July when the school announced it was considering buying the church.
The church building is around 15-years-old, a real estate agent told this news organization last year.