The graphic design and art college -- which has about 190 students today -- has been on a growth track for some time. Last May, the school first said it was launching the $6 million expansion.
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That $6 million investment was partially financed through PNC Bank. Initial renovations to the SAA building were completed in August 2016, additionally.
“By 2025, we project enrollment will increase by 106 percent,” Barry said last year.
“Our faculty and staff needs will increase by 87 percent,” she also said. “This far exceeds the capacity of our current facility.”
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Last December, the now-37,000-square-foot school celebrated authorization for its first bachelor’s degree program from the Ohio Department of Higher Education. National accreditation awaits, but should happen soon, Barry said Friday.
The school has eight new classrooms, a library, a technology center and new conference spaces for up to 450 students as well as 2o to 30 new faculty and staff.
The school was founded in 1983 and has been located in its current building for nearly 20 years. Barry purchased the school in 2013 and has led a three-year enrollment increase of 54 percent, the school said in 2017.