June 26, 2016

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Tri-C plans Brunswick center

BRUNSWICK — Cuyahoga Community College plans to bring as many educational opportunities as possible to area residents with its planned $10.2 million Brunswick College Center.

“We’re very excited about it,” At-large Councilman Pat McNamara said, “because it’s on the Brunswick High School campus and right next to the library and recreation center.”

The 30,000-square-foot, three-story building will be built behind First Christian Church, 3611 Center Road. About half an acre is owned by the school board and the other 1.2 acres are owned by the church. The land is zoned low-density residential, which permits schools.

Project talks began several years ago when the city approached the college with a request to bring higher education to Brunswick, Tri-C Western Campus President Patricia Rowell said.

“They have been wonderful partners,” she said of the school district. Classes have been offered to local residents for about eight years at the high school, she said.

After the college opens in January 2011, Tri-C classes no longer will be offered at the high school, she said. But Tri-C, which offers associate degrees, won’t be the only school to offer classes at the new campus. It is currently talking with other colleges and universities that could potentially provide bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the same location, Rowell said.

Colleges that have showed interest in participating are Ashland University, Baldwin-Wallace College, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland State University, Tiffin University, Ursuline College, the University of Akron and the University of Toledo, a Tri-C statement said.

“We are working with our partners, so a degree can only be offered by one institution,” Rowell said. “This helps build courses up to capacity.”

But for specialized degrees, Rowell said Tri-C gives people a cost-friendly option to get some classes out of the way at the state institution, she said.

“All those stepping courses will be right there at Brunswick,” Rowell said.
“The resources this brings to the city for our residents is also an economic development benefit,” Ward 3 Councilman Joe Delsanter said. Businesses want to be near colleges for employees to advance their degrees and remain in the area, he said.

The college also is in talks with Medina Hospital, which is “opening new options for us,” said Rowell, who aims to increase the number of clinical locations available to health care students.

Construction bids are still being accepted, she said.

Tri-C is funding the $10.2 million building cost.

The architect, Robert Maschke of Robert Maschke Architects Inc. in Cleveland, included two brick colors “to blend into the current campus architectural design,” a “Green Rooftop Terrace over part of the building” and energy-efficient windows and lights, the Tri-C statement said.

Plans for the college show 21 state-of-the-art classrooms that can hold between 10 and 32 students each.

“This is only the beginning of what is going to be available in the realm of education” for area residents, Delsanter said.

Tri-C will have a groundbreaking ceremony at 8:30 a.m. Dec. 17.

Contact Audrey McCrone at (330) 721-4063 or amccrone@ohio.net.