Otterbein University Buys Land, Looks To Expand

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Otterbein University has bought some land and is planning to expand.

The Westerville university bought 25 acres off Cleveland Avenue at Cooper Road, south of West Main Street.

The property will stay farmland for now, but Otterbein President Kathy Krendl said the school will put it to use as they finalize their master plan for academics and growth.

Krendl hopes to develop certificate programs so area residents can sharpen job skills.

She also expects to boost enrollment above the current 3,000 students, by focusing on Otterbein's strength in health sciences.

"We know that's one core area where we could expand our capacity significantly, if we were to use the land in that way.  And we don't have the facilities right now to expand the numbers of students that we're serving in those areas," said Krendl.

Krendl said Otterbein is looking to see which jobs will offer the most potential in the future, so it can develop classes to prepare students for those occupations.

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