January 27th, 2018 – Huber Heights City Schools (HHCS) superintendent Susan Gunnell is having a say in the educational future of Sinclair Community College. Gunnell and three other superintendents from Montgomery and Warren counties joined 125 top leaders from Sinclair, major Dayton area employers, and Sinclair students to take part of the discussions.
Numerous representatives from organizations including the Ohio House of Representatives and the Ohio Senate, The New York Times, Fifth Third Bank, Dayton Children’s Hospital, and Fahlgren Mortine were in attendance. Educational institutions such as the University of Dayton, Wright State University, New York University, and Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School gave their perspective as well.
The strategic conversations touched on a variety of topics to ensure Sinclair meets the changing needs of Southwest Ohio. Some of the talks focused on what Sinclair is supposed to accomplish, the trajectory of the region’s workforce needs, and the trajectory of Southwest Ohio’s societal needs. Other talks zeroed in on what Sinclair does now that it needs to continue doing in the future, and what educational programs Sinclair need to add and stop doing to better serve students.
Gunnell thought the talks were beneficial for all those involved. “I was honored to be part of Sinclair’s strategic planning process. HHCS and Sinclair have a strong connection including Sinclair’s satellite building in Huber Heights and the partnership with HHCS allowing students to earn college credits from Sinclair while attending Wayne High School. I look forward to continue strengthening our relationship with Sinclair, now and in the future.”
The discussions during the day focused around STEM and other technical fields. The leaders at the conference identified careers geared toward healthcare/bioscience, advanced manufacturing, aerospace science, advanced IT, and logistics as Southwest Ohio’s top needs.
Luckily for HHCS students, these technical fields of study already fit in with their curriculum. Students at Wayne High school have the opportunity to take classes matching those identified needs such as aerospace science, computer science, pre-engineering, and biomedical science. 184 Wayne students are currently earning college credit with Sinclair, so those students and the numerous students behind them are well on their way to being prepared for meet the demands of Southwest Ohio’s changing workplace.
From here, Sinclair’s Board of Trustees will review the overall results from these discussions at their Board meeting in May. Sinclair will then select and announce the school’s new educational focus during their Board meetings in May and June.