Miami teams with Cincinnati State to increase education pathways and options
Miami University and Cincinnati State Technical and Community College have announced that beginning in fall 2023 Cincinnati State will open a branch location at the Miami University Regionals’ Middletown Campus.
"Working together will enable us to substantially increase educational opportunities," said Ande Durojaiye, vice president and dean of Miami’s Regionals campuses. "The collaboration will enhance transfer pathways for students, increase the number of bachelor degree graduates in the region, and better support workforce and economic development."
Cincinnati State students will have access to the full-service campus resources at Miami Middletown, and greater exposure to Miami’s four-year degree options. Cincinnati State’s focus on certificates, associate degrees, and technical programs complements Miami Regionals’ bachelor degree offerings and workforce oriented microcredentials.
The partnership is part of the work Cincinnati State and Miami are doing as part of Moon Shot for Equity, together with Northern Kentucky University and Gateway Community and Technical College. Launched in September 2021, Moon Shot for Equity aims to remove barriers and create solutions focused on reducing equity gaps in higher education by 2030.
Currently, Miami University Regionals and Cincinnati State are focused on aligning curriculum and degree offerings to facilitate seamless transfers and create additional educational opportunities.
Increased access to post secondary education and higher levels of degree completion are the ultimate goals. Added to the direct support of student success, they are also exploring how cross-institutional use of facilities and resources will promote operational and financial sustainability.
"Aligning our programs and creating pathways to greater higher education access is a win-win for Butler County and the State of Ohio," said Miami President Gregory P. Crawford. "This partnership will enable us to help students achieve their educational and career goals and build a strong, high-performing, solution-oriented workforce for the future workplace."
Cincinnati State President Monica Posey said "Partnerships like we have in Butler County are where higher education is going. Our goal in each is to allow each student to affordably take the next step in their lives, toward a rewarding future."
To further increase opportunity, in early 2023, Cincinnati State and Butler Tech will be announcing that Cincinnati State will begin teaching classes at Butler Tech’s D. Russel Lee Campus in Fairfield Township to augment the already growing partnership between the two institutions at Butler Tech’s Bioscience Center in West Chester.
State Representative Thomas Hall commented that "the announcement further shows how crucial higher education is to this great district, this SW Ohio region, and ultimately this state." He congratulated Cincinnati State and Miami, noting that "together we can address these concerns head on and develop solutions to move us forward."
Speaking about the future, Durojaiye remarked that "having this unique educational ecosystem in place will go a long way to support continued economic and workforce development. The alignment of Butler Tech and other secondary schools with Cincinnati State and Miami will offer Butler County residents a seamless pathway from high school through undergraduate and graduate degrees.
"Our closer working relationship will strengthen our efforts in workforce development and deepen our shared commitment to economic development and community engagement."