Thursday, December 29, 2011

Technology and Business Development Center becomes operational with winter quarter

Expansion underscores Chillicothe Campus’ vision
by supporting academic mission and as economic driver

Ohio University-Chillicothe takes a major step in its mission of serving its students and serving the South Central Ohio region with the Technology and Business Development Center going online with the opening of winter quarter classes Jan. 3, 2012.

Law Enforcement Technology (LET) classes will be held in the building’s classrooms as well as classes related to Business Management Technology, Technical and Applied Studies, and the Applied Management degree programs, as well as other business and technology classes. The facility includes simulation training areas and other enhancements to provide students in the popular LET program the training they need to become top-flight professionals to protect area citizens. The LET program’s labs and offices were lost when the structure that housed them was destroyed by a storm in the fall of 2008.

Additionally, the building will provides flexible space for OU-C students and regional residents to have access to the resources they need to put their own concepts in motion and launch their own business ventures.

The center is the result of a 8,200-square-foot addition to the Technical Studies Building that increases the building’s total size to approximately 13,900 square feet. Ground was broken for the addition on June 28, 2010. The total cost was $2 million.

“In many ways, this endeavor captures the Chillicothe Campus’ mission by supporting academic programming and further bolstering the campus’ ability to serve as an economic driver for the region,” OU-C Dean Martin Tuck said. “This new space will eventually allow for Chillicothe Campus students and area residents to receive the support they need to take their ideas from concept to reality, and then to the marketplace. This underscores the campus’ commitment to serving as a gateway to promise and, in this situation, that involves providing access to resources.”

OU-C faculty member Tom Brown, who has been a driving force in connecting the building’s capabilities to the campus’ mission, said, “A purpose of this facility is to connect OU-C students and other individuals with the support they need to succeed. This responds to the desire that many students have expressed to develop their own businesses. In this way, enterprising students and community members are positioned to make their own jobs, which has the potential to stimulate the local economy. We are partnering with organizations in the region that have a similar focus so that we best utilize the resources of this area and realize the power of partnerships and teamwork.”

An official grand opening ceremony will be held in late February. Details will be released as they become available.

Also, this structure is the first LEED (Leadership in Environment and Energy Design) certified building on any of Ohio University’s regional campuses. This certification confirms that the Chillicothe Campus is modeling best-practices methods in terms of conservation and sustainability.

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