Local students will get a chance soon to learn about new post-secondary opportunities in Grove City.

Local students will get a chance soon to learn about new post-secondary opportunities in Grove City.

Leaders of the schools in the local university partnership will host a grand opening and educational fair from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Aug. 17 at the South-Western Career Academy, 4750 Big Run South Road.

The partnership kicks off classes this fall. Classes for most colleges and universities begin Sept. 22.

Member institutions include Ashland University, Columbus State Community College, Mount Vernon Nazarene University, Ohio Christian University, Otterbein University, University of Toledo and South-Western City Schools' adult education program.

Presidents or provosts from each institution will give remarks about the beginning of classes after two years of organizing, facilitated by Grove City officials. Mayor Richard "Ike" Stage will deliver welcoming remarks. A ceremonial ribbon-cutting is planned.

Representatives of each institution will staff booths with information about their schools and class offerings.

Until now, Columbus State and South-Western were the only schools offering classes at the career center. The others are new to Grove City. Most will offer classes at the career center weekdays from 6 to 10 p.m. Exceptions are Ashland University, which will operate on a Friday night-Saturday schedule, and hold classes at City Hall, and the University of Toledo, which plans online classes, according to Don Walters, Grove City community and business relations officer.

Mount Vernon Nazarene, based in Mount Vernon, also operates in Gahanna, Lima, Marion, Mansfield, Newark, Cincinnati and at Polaris. It will offer one class, a business class called "personal development and research skills." Ohio Christian, based in Circleville with a branch in Chillicothe, will teach "Christian excellence" and "introduction to computers."

Otterbein, based in Westerville, this month changed its name to Otterbein University. Grove City is its first off-campus class location. It will offer two fall courses, essentials in business and adult transition.

Ashland's start date and classes have yet to be confirmed,Walters said.

The University of Toledo will bring the largest number of classes among schools new to Grove City. After first-night orientation classes at the career center, on-line classes will follow. Offerings include courses toward associate, bachelor and master's degrees. Subjects include accounting, management, computer software, health information, nursing, marketing, engineering and criminal justice.

Columbus State and South-Western class listings are available from those schools.

Long-term plans are for the institutions to share a dedicated building and offer day-time classes as well as an evening schedule, city officials say. The partnership has a two-year lease at the career center, where classes are limited to evenings.