Clark State clashes with Sinclair in Greene

Published: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 @ 3:37 PM
Updated: Wednesday, October 30, 2013 @ 6:22 PM

By the numbers: Clark State’s presence in Greene County

1,365: Number of Clark State students at its Greene Center in Beavercreek

5,000: Total number of students in Clark State’s four-county service area

$27.8: Amount, in millions, invested by Clark State in Greene County

$13: Amount, in millions, of additional money Clark State wants to invest there

With non-credit job training in demand — and revenue to be made from it — a turf war has broken out between two local community colleges each determined to serve the high-tech needs of Greene County and Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

One, Springfield-based Clark State Community College, says it has theauthority to be the provider of those courses in Greene County, and late Tuesday announced its intention to invest another $13 million in that county.

Clark State opened a campus along Interstate 675 in Beavercreek in 2006, and it has reaped close to $1 million the past three years by marketing its training services just to Greene County companies, said Duane Hodge, the college’s director of workforce development, sales and outreach.

The other, Dayton-based Sinclair Community College, has plans to move its custom training and consulting services — and possibly its unmanned aerial systems program — to the same area by early 2014. Sinclair spokesman Adam Murka on Wednesday said the school was approached by Greene County leadership about expanding there because needs allegedly weren’t being met.

“If they’re going to come in there with a big budget and nine sales reps, that’s different. I’m down there with one rep,” Hodge said Wednesday.

But, he added, “What they’re going to find is … we’ve connected with all those companies.”

In the most recent three-year span, Clark State has served 1,385 non-credit individuals in Greene County, Hodge said, training them in such areas as how to be supervisors, how to use the software program Oracle or how to drive a forklift.

“What makes Sinclair think they’re going to drum up all this business with companies that we’ve already been serving since 2004?” Hodge said.

In a statement, Murka said Sinclair has set out “to better meet the growing unmet needs of businesses directly and indirectly connected to Wright-Patterson.”

“The local economy benefits when workforce needs are being filled in an efficient manner,” Murka added.

But, Clark State’s board chairman insists, Sinclair wants to do it in an area it’s not entitled to serve.

“Greene County is Clark State’s to serve. The Ohio Revised Code speaks to that,” said Jim Doyle, chairman of the Clark State board and a 16-year trustee of the school.

Clark State’s legislated service area includes Greene County, where it has 1,365 students, in addition to Clark, Champaign and Logan counties.

Sinclair serves Montgomery and Warren counties, Murka said.

But, Murka said, that doesn’t apply to non-credit training.

“What we’re talking about is serving industry needs,” he said.

Doyle doesn’t buy Sinclair’s interpretation of the service area.

“Those (service areas) have been blazed in stone by the state government,” Doyle said.

Both institutions have said they want to strike a partnership because it’s a waste of taxpayer money to duplicate services, said Clark State President Jo Alice Blondin.

Murka said Sinclair “awaits thoughtful consideration and response” to a memorandum of understanding it sent Clark State outlining potential terms for a partnership.

“We haven’t received anything,” Blondin said, just before the Sinclair proposal arrived Wednesday.

Clark State was reviewing that plan, a spokeswoman said.

Clark State, for its part, has drafted a memorandum of its own, Blondin said.

“A collaborative solution exists,” she said, “in the form of a written memorandum of understanding.”

In a letter Monday to Sinclair President Steve Johnson, Doyle and Blondin wrote, “At this time, Clark State’s board of trustees and I cannot approve Sinclair’s proposed move into our state-assigned service area without a memorandum of understanding that ensures the best use of taxpayer dollars.”

According to Doyle, Sinclair has rebuffed the idea of a partnership.

“So far, Sinclair says, ‘No, we don’t need that,’ ” Doyle said. “If they want a physical presence there, we want to have a memorandum of understanding that says you do this, we do that.

“The response so far has been, ‘No, we’re coming.’ ”

The timing of Clark State’s Tuesday night announcement that it plans to seek millions more in state funding for its Greene County campus is coincidental, according to Blondin.

Ohio’s 23 community colleges have a Friday deadline to submit their capital requests to the state Board of Regents, she said.

Already, Clark State has committed $27.8 million to Greene County, and the additional $13 million would purchase 3.4 acres of nearby land for another 50,000-square-foot facility.

Blondin took over the Clark State helm on July 1.

“Whenever there’s a change in leadership, there may be a change in direction,” she said. “When you look at our numbers, Greene County is a big focus.”

Patrol arrests man suspected of firing shots in Sidney

Published: Monday, May 22, 2017 @ 1:33 PM

A man suspected of firing shots in Sidney was stopped and arrested today by troopers with the Ohio State Highway Patrol Piqua Post.

The suspect was riding a motorcycle when he was stopped on an exit ramp from I-75 South between Piqua and Troy.

The motorcyclist was wanted after police in Sidney received a call at 12:13 p.m. that a motorcyclist at Laser Fab, 1528 Fair Road, was shooting a firearm into the air and building, according to Sidney Police Capt. J.A. Tangeman.

The motorcyclist fled at a high rate of speed, but his description and direction of travel was communicated to the Ohio State Highway Patrol Piqua Post, and troopers were able to stop the suspect and taken into custody at the 78 ramp on I-75 South, Tangeman said.

The investigation is ongoing. 

The incident prompted Emerson Elementary, Sidney Middle and High Schools to temporarily go on lockdown.

Memorial Day ceremony set

Published: Monday, May 22, 2017 @ 2:45 PM

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 11:  Gulf War veteran Bill Virill, retires U.S. Army, attends a Veterans Day ceremony at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial November 11, 2014 in Washington, DC. Originally established as Armistice Day in 1919, the holiday was renamed Veterans Day in 1954 by President Dwight Eisenhower, and honors those who have served in the U.S. military.  (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
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The American Legion Post 707 is hosting their annual Memorial Day ceremony on Saturday, May 27 at the Northmont High School football field memorial site, 4916 National Road, in Clayton. The start time of the ceremony is 10 a.m.

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The ceremony activities will include bag pipes played by Chief Jim Michaels, a flag presentation by United States Army, the main address presented by retired U.S. Army Command Sgt. Major Michael White, and the presentation of the wreath by the United States Navy. 

The ceremony is open to all community residents.

Township to restore headstones

Published: Monday, May 22, 2017 @ 2:04 PM

Xenia Township has received a $5,000 matching grant for the restoration of 58 veteran grave stones and markers from as early as the revolutionary war in its Stevenson Cemetery on Jones Road. 

The restoration project was made possible from Cedar Cliff Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and matching grant funds came from the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution. 

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Any interested person can register for a four-hour basic headstone restoration class if they agree to — under direct supervision — clean three other headstones in Stevenson Cemetery within a month of taking the class. 

The class will be offered 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Friday, June 2 at the cemetery. The rain date for the event is Saturday, June 3. To RSVP, call Mary at 937-372-0859 by noon Thursday, June 1.

New attraction in Xenia set to open

Published: Monday, May 22, 2017 @ 9:55 AM

Bennett Play Depot and Splash Pad at Xenia Station

The City of Xenia will officially unveil and dedicate the Bennett Play Depot and Splash Pad at Xenia Station at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 25.

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The play station is named after African-American educator and leader Richard Bennett. This new edition is just a single part of the effort to revitalize the city and add quality-of-life amenities for children and families, according to the city’s website. 

The event is open to the public. 

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