Sinclair Community College will open a second building at its Mason campus on Friday to double the capacity for students in what the school said is one of the fastest growing counties in Ohio.
Sinclair will hold a formal dedication ceremony at 8 a.m. for “Building B” on the Courseview Campus, which opened in 2007 at 5386 Courseview Drive along Interstate 71 near Kings Island. The additional space is a part of Sinclair’s long-term plan to serve 10,000 students at the campus.
“Sinclair made a commitment to the people of Warren County years ago that we would grow along with them and this building is the next step in that plan,” said Sinclair President Steve Johnson in a news release.
“In order to continue developing a diverse economy, this community will require a well-trained workforce and consistent access to quality higher education. Sinclair will continue to grow our programs and our campus as necessary to keep pace with Warren County.”
Courseview is serving 1,300 students this fall, a 300 percent increase in enrollment since it opened, according to Sinclair. The college said the Courseview campus has a $45 million economic impact in Warren County.
The school and the Sinclair Community College Foundation have invested $7 million this year to expand the Mason campus to a total of about 75 acres, including the new building. The college has said it anticipates serving 2,500 students and employing an additional 24 people as the building opens.
The space was formerly the Stress Engineering Building and underwent renovations, including the additional of a community meeting room, a dedicated workforce development space, five laboratories and seven classrooms.