The first classes at Sinclair Community College’s new Centerville learning center are set to start next month.
Students will start their coursework Jan. 7 at the school’s new facility at 5800 Clyo Road. The start date is the culmination of more than a year of work by Sinclair officials to buy the property and open a new location in southeast Montgomery County.
The Centerville learning center will offer 18 full degree and certificate programs focused on jobs that are in high demand, according to the school. The new location will also offer courses with credit that can be transferred to a university, noncredit classes and workforce training, according to Sinclair.
Offerings will include programs in cyber security and networking, nurse aid training and other health care fields, liberal arts transfer programs and workforce development programs in project management, leadership and more, according to the school.
“Sinclair Centerville will offer over 90 course sections this spring that will offer students the opportunity to pursue careers in the high demand fields of information technology and health sciences, as well as many courses aligned for university transfer,” said Sinclair Centerville Executive Director, Laura Mercer.
Sinclair’s new 100,000-square-foot facility in Centerville was formerly known as Far Hills Church, which is still occupying a small portion of the building as it phases out of the location. Sinclair in April agreed to pay $9.65 million for the church and its 40 acres on Clyo Road near Interstate 675 and Miami Valley Hospital South.
Sinclair planned to spend around $250,000 on “minor renovations” to turn the former church into a learning center, chief of staff Adam Murka said at the time. The facility already had around 20 classrooms, a coffee shop and cafe area, a kitchen, two gymnasiums and an auditorium that seats 1,500 when Sinclair purchased it.
The learning center also adds to the community college’s list of satellite facilities, which include locations in Englewood, Huber Heights and Mason. The college also offers classes at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and in area high schools.
Earlier this year Sinclair ceased operations at its Preble County Learning Center in Eaton and shuttered an office at Austin Landing in anticipation of the Centerville learning center’s debut. Edison State Community College, which is based in Piqua, has since announced it will take over Sinclair’s old location in Eaton.