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January 22, 2014 : VIDEO: January Fairfield Today Television Program: The Pickerington Center
- Cheri Russo
Communications and Marketing Manager


Lancaster – Ohio University Lancaster | Pickerington Dean Dr. Jim Smith and Pickerington Center Director Dr. Leigh Atkinson are evaluating the courses and programs offered at the Pickerington Center to make more options available for students in central Ohio.  Smith, Atkinson, and Academic Recruiter Melanie Garrabrant appeared on this month’s Fairfield Today television program to talk about the future of the Pickerington Center.
“One of the things we’re doing now is we’re looking at what courses students are taking. From what they’re taking now, we can make some decisions about what we offer in the future,” said Smith. “If we see patterns of courses that are needed, we can then take those courses and make them more convenient and more available.  We’re looking at what works for the students and to align to that need.”
We’ve tried to become a one stop shop here at the Pickerington Center,” said Atkinson. “A student can come in here and have their library books sent here from anywhere in the state.” The Center provides even small services that save a student a trip elsewhere such as student ID cards, request forms for various purposes as well as facilitating important meetings with academic advisors to plan their schedule.
The Pickerington Center opened in September, 2000. It started with 11 classes in the evening and has grown to offering more than 100 classes each semester during the day, in the evening and on Saturdays.
“We’ve grown to make this a very personalized place and an individualized experience for students,” said Atkinson.
The Pickerington Center really has a close knit feel because of its size,” said Garrabrant who emphasizes the convenience of the center with easy parking compared to downtown campuses that really simplifies things for those that need to go back to work or go back home to take care of their families.
“One of the advantages of the Pickerington Center is that it brings the resources of Ohio University to this area,” said Smith. “We serve the communities of Pickerington, Reynoldsburg, Canal Winchester, and really anything that is accessible along I-70 or I-270.  It’s convenient to be here. It’s convenience, access and affordability -- it’s a great value for students.”
Currently, six degree programs can be completed at the Pickerington Center.  But, students can also start their degrees in Pickerington and complete them in Lancaster, any of Ohio University’s regional campuses, or the main campus in Athens. 
“We’re going to be offering courses that go toward the Business Management Technology Associate’s degree in Pickerington starting in the fall of 2014 and we’re also in the process of evaluating the ability to offer an associate’s degree in Child Development in Pickerington,” said Smith. “That would be a degree program needed by daycare workers to have appropriate licensure for daycare work.”  
Fairfield Today at OUL airs weekly on Time Warner Cable Channel 9 in Lancaster.