Ohio Christian University Opens New Office in Lancaster, Ohio

by Michelle George for the Lancaster Eagle Gazette

Ohio Christian University officials hope a new office at Sixth Avenue and Memorial Drive in Lancaster will further inform residents about the associate and bachelor's degree programs the university offers locally.

The new building, at 309 W. Sixth Ave., will double as additional classroom space and as a place for student recruiter David Artrip and an admissions counselor to meet with prospective students, said Hank Kelly, executive vice president of Ohio Christian University.

An open house for the new office, hosted in collaboration with the Lancaster Fairfield Chamber of Commerce, will take place from 4:30 to 6 p.m. March 10.

"What we needed was something that would offer us a little more visibility (to the public), as well as give us the ability to have walk-in traffic," Kelly said.

Ohio Christian University has offered classes at Fairfield Christian Academy since 2007, but Kelly said, even with the help of billboards and radio and newspaper advertisements, he thinks a lot of people still are unaware of its presence in the community.

"We'll be a lot more visible in this location," he said. "At night, when classes are taking place and the lights are on, people will know we're there."

Lancaster is one of 12 campus locations in the surrounding area to offer classes through OCU's adult degree program. The university has 66 full-time students taking classes in Lancaster.

OCU's adult degree program is designed for busy working students by offering convenient, flexible and affordable degrees in an accelerated format with classes one night per week.

"The faculty are academically qualified and experience qualified, which means they're doing what they teach," Kelly said.

The Lancaster campus offers four associate degree programs in agribusiness, business management, Christian ministry and interdisciplinary studies, and bachelor degrees in business management, health care management, logistics management, interdisciplinary studies, psychology, substance abuse counseling and leadership and ministry.

"We're very happy to be serving the community, and we're trying to offer programs that our community needs," Kelly said.

The new OCU office will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays beginning next week.