By Sue Kiesewetter
WAYNESVILLE - A partnership among the Wayne Local Schools, the Warren County Educational Service Center, and the University of Cincinnati will bring college-level classes to Warren County as early as October.
The partnership - which has been more than two years in the making - was announced here Tuesday by UC and Warren County educators.
"We will become part of Waynesville, and you will become part of UC," said UC President Joseph Steger. "I'm here to say: 'Let's dream big dreams.' "
The partnership is the second announcement this summer involving higher education in the county. In June, a two-year pilot program to bring college credit courses into existing Warren County classrooms in 2004 was approved as part of Gov. Bob Taft's $48.8 billion state budget. That partnership involves the Warren County Career Center and could lead to a community college in the county.
Initially, UC will offer courses through a teacher-training institute, similar to Cincinnati's Mayerson Academy. Classes would be at Waynesville High School until a school can be built. Those classes are expected to begin in October, said UC dean Lawrence Johnson, who is working on the partnership. He is dean and professor of College of Education, Criminal Justice and Human Services.
The first class would likely be the Batelle for Kids program that shows teachers how to utilize data to improve classroom instruction, Johnson said. Some undergrad courses could be offered as early as winter term. It is also possible that some research projects would move to Warren County, said Steger.
"We see this as a great opportunity for the students and residents of Waynesville,'' said Wayne Local Superintendent Thomas Isaacs. "It will bring visitors to Waynesville and will be promoted on UC's Web site.''
A committee of UC, Wayne Local and Warren County officials is being formed to create a five- to 10-year plan that includes construction of a building that will be located on up to 5 acres being donated by the Wayne Local Board of Education, and will be built by UC. The land is behind Waynesville High School, along Ohio 73.
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