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The Next Hundred Years Begin (1987 - 1997)

Chronology of Sinclair history, the next hundred years (begin 1987-1997)
Date/s Event/s
1987 Sinclair Community College celebrates 100 years of service to the community
  • Sinclair admitted to the League for Innovation in the Community College, and Montgomery County voters approve 2.5 mill levy to support the college
  • Sinclair Center, Building 12, 200,000 square foot home of the Corporate & Community Services Division, opens
1990 David Ponitz celebrates 15th anniversary as Sinclair President; Board renames Sinclair Center in his honor
  • Sinclair and Wright State University are the recipients of a $2 million Kellogg Foundation grant to develop a model program to improve health care in underserved neighborhoods
  • Sinclair, and a consortium of eight local colleges, high schools and business and industry representatives, receive a $525,000 Tech-Prep grant from the Ohio Department of Education
  • Sinclair Center auditoriums are renamed in honor of Frederick C. Smith and Charity E. Earley, retired Sinclair Board members and officers
  • Foundation's Trustees scholarship is renamed in honor of Virginia N. McNeal
  • The trio provided nearly 50 combined years of leadership and service to the Board
  • Sinclair enrolls a record high 20,948 students for Fall Quarter 1993
  • Sinclair's FTE - Full Time Equivalent - enrollment figure is also a record
  • Advanced Integrated Manufacturing (AIM) Center and Building 13 opens
  • Sinclair and the UD receive $5-million grant from National Science Foundation to establish a National Center of Advanced Manufacturing Education at the AIM Center
  • Sinclair Building 15, housing Sinclair Foundation and Alumni Association offices, opens
  • College’s In Touch kiosk counseling and information system receives national award
  • Sinclair’s Distance Learning Program named one of nation’s 20 best
  • Sinclair’s STEP II tooling and machining program begins 3rd shift training
  • Sinclair Theatre's production of The Overcoat is recognized by the Kennedy Center/American College Theatre Festival as one of the finest productions in competition with 44 other four-year theatre programs
  • Sinclair sophomore accounting major Jane M. Leach is selected as a member of the All-USA Community and Junior College Academic First Team
  • Sinclair is only college in the country to have students selected for first or second team honors in seven of the eight years of the competition
  • Sinclair’s Automotive Technology Program is selected as the national winner of the 1996 American Vocational Association/American Automobile Manufacturers Association Industry Planning Council’s Award for Excellence in Automotive Service Programs
  • Sinclair led Miami Valley Tech Prep Consortium wins two national awards from the U.S. Department of Education and the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC)
1997 Dr. David H. Ponitz retires after 22 years as president