Community Colleges Expand in Southwest Ohio

Southwest Ohio’s four community colleges have seen explosive growth as the cost of a four-year degree and the demand for skilled workers continues to spike.

Sinclair, Clark State, Edison State and Cincinnati State have expanded beyond their four main campuses in recent years to 17 locations in six counties where they offer two-year degrees, certificate programs and soon bachelor’s degrees.

Waning is the idea that community colleges are backup schools or a place for students who aren’t quite ready to attend a university. That shift in perception is propelling the region’s community colleges and some education and business leaders don’t see the growth slowing.

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