Cincinnati State Technical and Community College
Higher Education Partners and Cincinnati State Technical and Community College have partnered on the College’s expansion into downtown Middletown, Ohio, which is 30 miles north of the main campus in Cincinnati. With HEP’s help, the College took over two city-owned properties located in the heart of the City of Middletown. Renovations on the first building were completed in 2012 and opened for over 300 eager students that Fall. The number of students doubled the following Fall and has continued to add students, classes and programs to meet the growing demand for affordable and convenient education opportunities, not only for Middletown, but for the surrounding counties that are part of the College’s service area.
When CSTCC opened, it was the first Community College for Butler County. The College now offers Middletown students over 27 degree and certificate programs in the six-story building, including Programs in the areas of Business Technologies, Innovative Technologies, Health & Public Safety and Humanities & Science. In addition to traditional for-credit opportunities, the College has done an excellent job of attracting workforce development partners in the area, both for company-specific and individual job training, and HEP has invested additional dollars to ensure the College can support the demand.
The City of Middletown has been tremendously supportive of the partnership, as they believe the College is providing an enormous opportunity to area residents to become trained in occupations with good job growth potential, and with good wages and benefits. According to city manager, Doug Adkins, the college has become “a key partner” with the city. According to the City, the millions of dollars in investment from HEP and the College has raised property values of surrounding downtown buildings. By serving as a downtown anchor, the daily student and faculty activity has made further investment in downtown more attractive, as several new businesses have opened since the College moved there in 2012.
The College is on track to enroll as many as 3,000 students at the site by the end of the decade.