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Sinclair College President: 2019 Marks Historic Year for Sinclair

Sinclair College brings to close another exceptional year; set several student success records; the historic launch of two new bachelor’s degree programs; ranked most affordable community college in Ohio and the top 25 in the nation

DAYTON, OH – Sinclair Community College announces the end of a remarkable 2019 year. Among a list of milestone accomplishments this year, the college set several student success records, launched two new bachelor’s degree programs in Aviation Pilot and Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS), and received a number of national and state-level recognitions.

Recognitions include:

  • Sinclair ranked number one in the nation to offer work-based learning programs (Data derived from the National Center for Education Statistics’ and the U.S. Dept. of Education)
  • Sinclair ranked most affordable community college in Ohio and Top 25 most affordable community college in the nation (Ranking based on US Department of Education’s annual “College Affordability and Transparency List”)
  • Sinclair’s nursing program ranked #1 out of 107 programs in Ohio

(Data source includes the US Department of Education, States Board of Nursing, Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. (ACEN))

  • Sinclair’s ranked largest workforce development program in the Dayton region (Ranked by the Dayton Business Journal)
  • Sinclair’s ranked top 10 largest employers in the Dayton region (Ranked by the Dayton Business Journal)

Sinclair, this fall term, opened the $15.3 million-dollar James W. McSwiney Welcome Center, located in Building 10. The Center establishes the college’s front door to the community and provides a centralized location to address wrap-around student support needs. College’s staff have been cross-trained in addressing student needs and visitors to campus will know exactly how and where to begin their Sinclair experience. 

Sinclair’s new Centerville campus started classes January of 2019 with over 380 students. This fall term there were more than 770 students enrolled at the site. Sinclair’s Centerville location offers eighteen academic programs in Information Technology, Health Sciences, Elementary Education and a number of general education courses for university transfer students.

As part of an effort to create more hands-on learning opportunities through internships and apprenticeship programs, the college launched the Office of Work-Based Learning to connect students to employers in their field of study. The office serves as a front door to companies who are looking to engage with Sinclair students on work-based learning opportunities.

“This has been a historic year for us with the launch of two new bachelor degree programs,” said Sinclair College President, Steve Johnson. “Along with the numerous different national recognitions we received the most memorable event from this year was our commencement ceremony. We celebrated another record year of over 8,000 degrees and certificates that were completed by nearly 5,500 students. I am incredibly proud of everything our college has been able to accomplish up until this point.  We look forward to the upcoming year and I am energized by the great things Sinclair will be doing for the region in the months and years to come.”

Sinclair’s 2019 Commencement ceremony witnessed the largest graduating class in the history of the college – 30% larger than the 2018 graduating class. Over ten years, the college has experienced more than a 400% increase in the number of degrees and certificates awarded to African American male students and over a 200% increase for minority students. The number of degrees and certificates earned by low-income students has also increased by more than 40%.  

Students have earned over 40,000 degrees and certificates from Sinclair College, over the past decade. These credentials will result in increased earnings and opportunities for students and their families and help expand the workforce of the Dayton Region. Nearly 90% of Sinclair graduates stay in this community. Sinclair remains an anchor institution of downtown Dayton with continued investments in the Dayton region –positioning the college to provide top-quality, world-class educational programs and facilities.

Sinclair is recognized as a local and national leader in delivering high-quality and affordable higher education. One of the oldest and best-known community colleges in the nation, Sinclair was founded in 1887 by David A. Sinclair and is a board member of the prestigious League for Innovation in the Community College.

Sinclair offers more than 260 accredited degrees and certificates. For more information, contact Deena John at 937-272-8208 or