Partnership Extends OCU Adult Program Offerings to Grove City

The City of Grove City announces the opening of the Grove City Center for Higher Education this fall. Ohio Christian University and several other institutions have come together to provide a broad base of educational opportunities not available through a single institution.

A grand opening ribbon cutting and education fair will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 17 at the South-Western Career Academy, 4750 Big Run South Road. The education fair will provide an opportunity for people to speak with representatives from each school about future classes and curriculum.

"This is only the second such program in Ohio and will allow schools to share classrooms, academic administration, staff and equipment," said Mayor Richard L. "Ike" Stage.

The partnership will operate initially at the South-Western Career Academy with founding partners Ashland University, Columbus State Community College, Mount Vernon Nazarene University, Ohio Christian University, Otterbein University, the South-Western City Schools' Adult Basic Literacy Education (ABLE) program and the University of Toledo. Additional universities are considering joining the partnership.

The participating college and universities have completed articulation agreements allowing the schools to recognize and provide credit for each other's courses. An adult student will be able to take a refresher English course, for example, through South-Western City Schools' ABLE program, move into a Columbus State Community College associate program and then proceed to a bachelor's and graduate degree at one or more of the other participating universities. The Grove City Center for Higher Education will grow and move to a permanent location providing further personal and career advancement opportunities for residents.

"The partnership members estimate that within the next 10 years as many as 3,000 students will attend classes annually," said Stage. "Combined with the professors and administrative staff needed to support the students, the center will have an important, positive impact on Grove City's economy."

According to the 2009 bi-annual community survey conducted by Saperstein Associates, 91 percent of the City's respondents had a positive impression about a higher-education partnership in Grove City.

South-Western City Schools District Superintendent Dr. Bill Wise stated, "This is a great opportunity to be part of expanding the educational options for our entire community."

Ribbon cutting attendees are encouraged to bring a canned good or donation for the Grove City Food Pantry and Emergency Services. Contributors will be entered into a raffle for college- and university-provided gift baskets.

"We have been working toward this day for two years," said Stage. "I am so pleased the participating institutions remained with the effort and are committed to making this opening possible."

For additional information or to register for fall classes, visit www.ohiochristian.edu/adult-degree-programs or call 1-877-496-8342.


Adapted from http://www.grovecityohio.gov/departments/news/default.cfm?NewsID=223